Lisa Desatnik, CPDT-KA, CPBC, is a certified professional dog trainer – knowledge assessed; a designation earned by having trained more than 300 hours, being recommended by clients, colleagues and veterinarians, and by passing an extensive four-hour exam. Additionally, she is a certified parrot behavior consultant through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC).
An animal lover her entire life. she has studied Applied Behavior Analysis and how it relates to setting people and their pets up for success since meeting and being inspired by her first teacher and mentor, Dr. Susan Friedman, Ph.D., professor emeritus, Psychology Dept. at Utah State University, more than 14 years ago. Dr. Friedman pioneered the use of ABA with companion and captive animals worldwide.
Over the years, Lisa has taken courses and attended classes and conferences from some of the world’s leading positive trainers and behaviorists including Dr. Friedman, Barbara Heidenreich, Steve Martin, Susan Garrett, Dr. Ian Dunbar, Suzanne Clothier, Dave Kroyer, and Karen Pryor Academy’s Clicker Expo (including teachers Emily Larlham, Michele Pouliot, Ken Ramirez, Kathy Sdao, Laura VanArendonk Baugh, and others). Most recently she has completed eight-week mentorship programs through IAABC – Conrol Unleashed by Leslie McDevitt and Aggression by Michael Shikashio. She sees education as an ongoing process and is continually looking for opportunities where she can learn and grow, to share her knowledge with others.
Lisa offers individualized dog (and parrot) training and behavior consultations, using and teaching the most positive strategies for training manners behaviors as well as solving and preventing pet problem behaviors.
With a big heart for children, Lisa also offers a unique beginner dog training class for kids called My Dog’s Super Hero that teaches participants (and their parents) how dogs communicate, as well as how to be a positive teacher and a safe and fun dog friend. It is all about dog bite prevention and strengthening relationships.
Additionally, Lisa shares her knowledge through her popular Hyde Park Living pet behavior column, her blog, and speaking engagements. She is also a member of the leadership team for Dr. Friedman’s online group that teaches ABA to parrot owners world wide.
Lisa is a member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, the Pet Professional Guild, and the Association of Professional Dog Trainers.