Welcome! My name is Lisa Bert, and I am nationally trained and certified in the US as a Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA), and a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP). Educating people is as important to me as training dogs, and I love to share science-based knowledge. I know that understanding builds people’s confidence in themselves and empathy for their dogs. And that creates a beautiful upward spiral toward a stronger human-animal bond.
What do I do? Build dog awareness and develop relationships for families with dogs through marker-based positive reinforcement training, education, and ongoing support. I have been a Licensed Educator for Family Paws Parent Education since 2011, creating Dog Aware™ generations.
As a parent with two children and dogs, I understand firsthand the challenges that having children and dogs can present. Juggling the needs of both while keeping everyone safe isn’t easy, nor is deciding what information to trust as you seek support. Ultimately I decided to use all my experience with parenthood, dog ownership, and community volunteering to specialize in supporting other families finding their way through the challenges that come with the joys of having dogs and children.
In order to maintain my credentials, I continue to network with fellow professionals, attend annual conferences, seminars, live webinars, and teleconferences, and follow industry developments with regard to animal behavior and training, childbirth and parenting, and child development. I also maintain my longstanding professional membership with the Association for Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) and now APDT Australia.
Though I’ve enjoyed the benefit of many fine mentors, my greatest teachers have been my beloved canine companions. Boomer, with moderate separation anxiety, was my reason for becoming involved professionally with dogs, because the training was such a life saver for us. Stray puppy Maya, the “Wild Child”, passed KPA with me – as an adolescent, no less. That said, even as a senior dog she certainly isn’t perfect (no dog is), but she is proof, with the move to Australia, that even senior dogs can learn.
Our newest family member, Bandit, reminded me that adopting adult dogs is an exercise in patience and relationship-building – and that the payoff is well worth it. In his case, when the decision to move to Australia was made, I decided that he would have a better life with a family with children in the States than making an around-the-world journey to wait for occasional attention from a pair of busy humans (he’s an Attention Hound). The payoff for him has been a wonderful, adoring family, sad though it was for me to let him move on.
Learning never ends, but it is a fascinating journey! I take opportunities, when they arise, to train other species (cats, chickens, and a black pig, to date) and learn about all sorts of animals. Each of my dogs has been a true testament of positive reinforcement clicker training to impact behaviors and improve the lives of pets – and their families.