THE BOND, NEVER BROKEN
Training methods are reward-based and
do not include force, intimidation, choke chains or electronics
About Northern Tails Dog Training
I firmly believe that forceful training methods are not necessary if the dog has been taught a solid foundation, been set up to succeed and rewarded for doing so. The reward, or reinforcement, that works best depends on each individual dog. Most like food. Some prefer praise and social approval. Others prefer play. We can always find something the dog wants to work for.
I also believe that dogs are on this planet to work in cooperation with us. Humans started fiddling with genetics long ago specifically to create helpers and companions to suit our needs. It stands to reason, therefore, that dogs want to please us. So, when humans and dogs are at odds with one another, the miscommunication is probably on the human end. Dogs are often punished and coerced because humans haven’t held up their end of the bargain and TAUGHT their companions how to succeed in this crazy human world.
Small classes reap big results! You will receive individual attention as needed, because everyone does not learn at the same pace. There are two class locations to serve you: Spokane and Clayton. And, each location has plenty of room to accommodate worried or shy dogs that might need a little extra space.
Private training packages provide more individualized training in the convenience of your home and neighborhood. In addition, some situations (such as setting your puppy up for home success prior to attending puppy class, and resolving fear and separation problems) are more effectively addressed in private lessons rather than a group class.
Private training can be done in your home, in a public space or at my facility. I also offer semi-private lessons, when I have two clients working on similar issues with compatible dogs.
Training package rates for all services range from $175.00 to $1,100.00. Please call or email to discuss your situation.
“Lisa has the unique and critical ability to see behavior and training through a dog’s eyes. She is passionate about the bond that we all share with our pets, and always strives to make it a seamless relationship. I have referred many clients to Lisa whom have struggled with their dog’s problem behavior and have needed personal attention to achieve success.”
“I have been referring clients and their dogs to Lisa Lucas for almost a decade now. Lisa is wonderful to work with as a veterinarian and understands that I don’t want to reach for drugs right away. Most of my clients learn behavior modification skills (for them and their dog!) from Lisa along with natural remedies. I love that Lisa works with and promotes the Veterinary Behaviorist at WSU’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital and keeps current with her training skills. My daughter and I took our own dog through one of Lisa’s basic obedience classes and her calmness and demeanor worked miracles for us. I cannot recommend Lisa enough!”
Lisa M. Lucas, Professional Dog Trainer
Lisa was certified from 2004 through June, 2019 through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT). This certification is endorsed by veterinarians, veterinary behaviorists and other animal care professionals. She has 15+ years of experience in various environments — group classes, board-and-train programs, private training, prison dog-training program (Geiger Corrections) and in an animal shelter (SCRAPS).
Lisa is a professional member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers