Lisa J. Edwards, CPDT-KA, CDBC, is the best-selling author of A Dog Named Boo: The Underdog with a Heart of Gold, and Please Don’t Bite the Baby (and please don’t Chase the dogs) keeping our kids and our dogs safe and happy together. Since 2001 Lisa has been a Nationally Certified Professional Dog Trainer through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) and a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, Inc., (IAABC); a Pet Partners Certified Evaluator and Certified Instructor, and an American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Evaluator. Lisa and three of her dogs have been registered active Pet Partners. Boo was a finalist for the Delta Society Beyond Limits Award before his bestselling book.
As a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant, Lisa is able to use her knowledge and understanding of the roots of behavioral problems and incorporate that as preventative exercises in her classes in an effort to keep behavioral problems from developing.
Lisa trains both animal and human teams for Animal Assisted Therapy work and was a regular Humane Educator in the Yorktown School and Mahopac School Districts. As the former Director of HART Programs, Inc. Lisa set up various Animal Assisted Therapy Programs in the Hudson Valley and NYC areas.
As a Pet Partners Certified Evaluator and Certified Instructor, Lisa teaches and evaluates teams for the rewarding work of Animal Assisted Therapy. As a registered Pet Partner with all three of her dogs Lisa has done well over 300+ visits with her pets including hospitals, schools, nursing homes, group homes, residential care facilities for children with HIV, crisis response at the Family Assistance Center post 9/11. Lisa is also a registered American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Evaluator. And she done lectures at Green Chimneys either for the Mercy College AAT course or for the Professional Group Lecture Series; and has been called in by local businesses like UPS to help prevent dog bites.
Her philosophy of Dog/Human relationships is:
The best Dog/Human relationship comes through a balance of boundaries, requested behaviors, and freedoms.
She has been working with dogs since 1990 and training professionally since 2000.
Why is it important to have a trainer who is a CPDT-KA and a behavioral consultant who is a CDBC?
Each of these certifications are earned through extensive field experience, testing and/or peer review, and require references from colleagues, clients and other animal professionals. Probably the biggest benefit to you and your dog from these certifications is the fact that in order to maintain these credentials Lisa must complete annual continuing education through workshops, conferences, and lectures. This separates these certification from so many others that require no on-going education and allows Lisa to offer you the most up-to-date knowledge from a certified professional.
Because of these requirements you can feel secure that a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant will bring you the most current science and skills in the world of dog training and behavioral modification. You can feel secure that their methods are based in science and an empirical approach with demonstrated effectiveness. This is why both the ASPCA and the AVSAB suggest trainers have certifications such as these along with continuing education.
Additionally, for many the most important aspect of these two certifications is the rigorous code of ethics that requires the certified practitioner to treat both humans and canines with care, respect, and professionalism.
Each certifying body, both the CCPDT and the IAABC strive to make life better for both the humans and animals involved in any kind of training and behavior modification. For more information on either of these organizations, their certifying process, or code of ethics please visit www.iaabc.org, and www.ccpdt.org.