Lisa is the principal of the ISCP. She is an ABTC Accredited Animal Behaviourist and INTODogs Certified Canine Behaviourist, with a distinction in Canine Psychology. Lisa developed the gentle Sympatico method of working with dogs that is now used globally. She has a medical and counselling background and is also qualified in Emotional Intelligence. In 2009 she was awarded an honorary Doctorate in Humanities for her lifetime achievements.
Lisa founded the Dog Welfare Alliance, which brings together dog owners, behaviourists, trainers, health professionals, rescues and organisations around the world to promote dog welfare and positive training methods. You can find it on Facebook, too. She also founded The Dog Helpline, which is now owned by Theo Stewart, our ISCP Director. She is Chair of The Association of INTO Dogs and is the INTO Dogs representative for the Animal Behaviour & Training Council (ABTC). Lisa is a full member of the Pet Professional Guild, Pet Dog Trainers of Europe and The Dog Rescue Federation. She’s a member of the Institute of Noetic Sciences. Lisa is the ambassador for HumAnima CIC, which provides counselling and animal assisted therapy.
She has had 30 books published, including three full-length books about dog behaviour. The Heartbeat at Your Feet, published by Rowman & Littlefield, is available in hardback and on Kindle. Dog Training – The Essential Guide was published in paperback and as an e-book by Need2Know Books. Her latest book Charlie, the Dog Who Came in from the Wild has a foreword by Marc Bekoff and is about how Lisa rehabilitated her adopted Romanian feral dog. She has also written a mini-book for rescues and adopters, Adopting a Rescue Dog, which is available as a free PDF file here.
Lisa lives in a small village in Somerset, England, with her daughter and her lurcher, Skye. She reads all of the coursework and assesses the final thesis as well as unit coursework.