uses a Behavioral Model Approach
when working with behavioral issues.
Lisa (Laney) Patrona, Dip.
DTBC, CPDT-KA, ACDBC
Trainers Academy, LLC
affinity for animals, especially dogs, as a very young girl.
was old enough, she
began volunteering at an animal shelter.
The very sad and often hopeless environment led her
to decide that keeping dogs in their homes, and ultimately out of shelters would become her
strongly believed that most were in such places because they were misunderstood and never properly trained.
In October of 2005, Lisa became the owner and President of Trainers Academy, LLC - 6 years after joining Trainers Obedience Centers' staff.
has worn many hats, including General Manager, Director of Behavioral Sciences, Class Instructor and Behavioral Consultant.
Lisa graduated from the Companion Animal Sciences Institute in 2006 with honors, and holds a Diploma of Dog Training and Behavior Consulting.
University level studies included developmental psychology, learning theory, training processes, canine social behavior, behavior modification, and professional ethics.
James O'Heare, CABC, President of Companion Animal Sciences Institute said this about Lisa.
studies passing with Distinction, the highest level of recognition we offer for exceptionally excellent work.
work demonstrates that she
is highly knowledgeable in all areas of dog behavior, training and behavior consulting.
The course work she
completed was advanced, in-depth, and at the university level, requiring both academic and hands-on demonstration of her
knowledge and skills.
has also been an extremely helpful presence in class, participating in discussions and helping less knowledgeable students understand the topics under review.
has been so helpful in fact that we have asked Lisa
to remain in class with us after graduation in order to contribute to future discussions for the benefit of our students."
She earned the title of Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA), through the Association of Pet Dog Trainers in 2002, joining the ranks of less than 500 others to become one of the first in history to earn the certification in the United States and Canada.
Lisa is an Endorsed Professional Member of the Association of Animal Behavior Professionals, an Associate Certified Dog Behavior Consultant with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC), a Professional Member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), a Platinum Member of the InternationalAssociation of Force Free Pet Professionals (IAFPP), a Full Member of the Pet Professional Guild, and a member of Truly Dog Friendly.
has written the curriculum for the schools' educational programs, and training articles that have been published on national websites.
work was also published in the book the APDT's Top Tips from Top Trainers
, released in February 2010.
was featured in a front-page article in the Daily Tribune
work with rescued dogs, and has also appeared in the Detroit News and Free Press
, and on Detroit Public Television.
In 2010 Lisa
was nominated for, and honored with an award for Behavioral Therapy Excellence by the International Positive Dog Trainers Association
In 2011, Lisa
led her school to becoming the first facility in the world honored with personal acceptance by Victoria Stilwell to join her growing network of training professionals licensed by Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Training, LLC.
"I wanted to thank Lisa
for showing me how to train a dog properly or I may have a mess on my hands today.
Because of her
, I know what NOT to do and if I were to listen to the German Shepherd "expert" at another place, I would have a HIGHLY leash reactive dog on my hands, maybe worse!
They kept insisting I use a prong collar or at least a choke chain.
Good thing I know that the best way to train is positive reinforcement.
Onceagain, Thank you Lisa
for teaching me how to train a dog properly and use positive reinforcement techniques.
My husband and I are very proud and can not thank Lisa
team enough for training all of us!
However, I wanted to keep him because I did not blame Dozer for doing what was natural to him, so I contacted Lisa
team at Woofology, where I received a lot of wonderful educational material.
We eventually enrolled in Lisa's Intermediate class and began to teach Dozer what he
should have learned years ago.
I wish I learned all of this before the baby came but I am glad I can tell new parents who have dogs to contact Lisa
Lisa is a fantastic trainer with a lot of knowledge.
was able to help me so that my dog could learn task(s) in positive manner.
I loved the clicker and positive reinforcement training method!
My dog had major behavior improvements as a result of taking a class and individual conferences with Lisa
was kind enough to spend a lot of time on the phone with me and offered to come to my home for a one on one.
The shelter agreed to pay for this and let me tell you the results were amazing.
With in two days of Lisa's visit Bruno had stopped biting me.
There were times when I would see him start to go for my leg and stop as if he
was thinking twice about it.
I worked with him using positive reinforcement and when he
was getting into things rather than yell or correct him I would redirect his
attention to something he
was allowed to do and reward him for it!
caught on real quick.
Bruno has now been adopted to a wonderful family in Canada.
I passed on all I learned to them and they continue to use the methods.
Bruno gave them a run for their money the first week, but is now behaving as he
I always knew he
had it in him to be a wonderful dog.
Thank you Lisa
for showing me how to bring out the best in him.
received this Bruno update in August of 2009:
and the training staff were amazing.
was able to get Murphy to do
was extremely helpful in addressing a neurological problem with Otis and helped us address the issues with our vet.
This class finally connected the dots for me, and now I am able to put the book knowledge into the real world because thanks to Lisa
, I know how to.
has done wonders with Doodle
I bought Doodle
was 3 months old from a breeder that mishandled her
was not socialized properly and Lisa
was recommended to me by my vet, who was very concerned about Doodle's inability to meet new people and her
lack of socialization.
Within one training session, Doodle
was sitting and staying in a special spot while I answered the door . Lisa
then taught me how to allow Doodle
to come forward and meet and greet new people by using the Click and Treat method.
Prior to my 2nd session, I had been practicing with friends, and now Doodle
will approach new people within a few minutes.
I was not sure the Clicker training would work, but I will be the first to tell anyone, IT WORKS, it has been a miracle for me and Doodle
, and Lisa has taught me to use a technique to train Doodle has helped her
may always be a cautious dog, she
is much happier and has learned that people are not so bad.
At the 3rd session, Lisa had me work with Doodle to "Come when called", I had learned another method from a previous trainer, but with not a lot of success not , but by the end of my 3rd session not only did Doodle come but by the end of the session, she had learned to fetch and return her ball, and to sit on command while walking.
, you are terrific- engaging and interesting.
"Muffin has been to Puppy Class and Intermediate Class, both have been taught by Lisa
, who I might add, is the BEST!
Muffin has learned so much and at present she
is the "queen" of the "leave it" command.
This is the one she
So the owner set up a private consult with Lisa
, thank you so much for the tools to teach Olive to be a great dog.
Puppy Class Graduates Jan Bragoli & Arielle
"I have owned dogs all of my life, but I have never had such a positive response from my dogs as I have had with this program.
Thank you Lisa
for giving me the knowledge to teach my dog to become a great companion."
Puppy Class Graduates Lisa Vanston & Rocco
"I've been to Trainers Academy with all three of my dogs.
Lisa is the best instructor I have experienced."