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About Lisbeth

Lisbeth Plant ACDBC UW-AAB KPACTP CBATI is the founder and owner of Cowichan Canine. She was born and grew up in Sweden, but she is British by naturalization and Canadian by marriage! She got her first dog, Dino the dachshund, when she was 13 and they trained and competed together in obedience and tracking. After Dino, Lisbeth embarked on education, family and a career in the international insurance industry, and she was the CEO of an insurance/reinsurance company in the City of London, England, until she was forced to retire in 1998 following a severe horse-riding accident. She moved from London, England, to Cobble Hill, where she lives with her husband Bill and their Bernese Mountain Dogs.

Lisbeth is an Associate Certified Member in the Dog Division of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, holds a Certificate in Applied Animal Behavior from the University of Washingon, a Certified Training Partner of the Karen Pryor Academy and a Certified Behavior Adjustment Training Instructor (CBATI). She specializes in the behaviour modification of fearful and aggressive dogs, but works with dogs with many different behaviour issues on a daily basis.

Lisbeth is a strong advocate for increased professionalism and continuing education for professional dog trainers, and is a founding member and current President of the Vancouver Island Animal Training Association (VIATA). She is a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, the Canadian Association of Professional Pet Dog Trainers, the Behavior Education Network and the Pet Professional Guild.

Lisbeth is a licensed Be A Tree-presenter with Doggone Safe, a non-profit organization dedicated to dog bite prevention through education and dog bite victim support. The Be a Tree programme is a seminar program for elementary school children that teaches dog body language and how to act safely around dogs. Through the sponsorships of Cowichan Canine, Lisbeth offers the Be a Tree dog bite prevention program free of charge to schools, scout groups and similar community groups.

Lisbeth is a Canine Good Neighbour evaluator for the Canadian Kennel Club.

From time to time, Lisbeth serves as an expert witness in the Provincial Court of BC in relation to dangerous dog cases.

Lisbeth's resume:

 

Current Certifications

2016
Re-cert every 3 yrs

ACDBC - Associate Certified Dog Behavior Consultant,
International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants

http://iaabc.org/

 

2016

UW-AAB - Certificate in Applied Animal Behavior from the University of Washington, Seattle, WA.

https://www.pce.uw.edu/certificates/applied-animal-behavior
http://staff.washington.edu/jcha/uwaab.html

 

2015

CBATI - Certified Behavior Adjustment Training Instructor
Certified Behavior Adjustment Training Instructors (CBATIs) are professional trainers who have passed a detailed practical skills assessment and theoretical exam about BAT. CBATIs are experienced trainers who have trained clients and dogs for at least 200 hours, with half of those hours specifically in behavior modification for fear, aggression, and frustration.

http://empoweredanimals.com/certification/

 

2011
Re-certification every 3 years

Dogsafe Canine First Aid, Levels 1-2
Theory and practice. Re-certification every three years since 2011.

http://www.dogsafe.ca/courses2.html

 

2009
Annual re-certification

KPA CTP - Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner
https://www.karenpryoracademy.com/dog-trainer-program

 

Work Experience

2009-present

President, Cowichan Canine Behaviour & Training Ltd

http://cowichancanine.ca/

 

2013-present

Volunteer trainer, Cowichan & District SPCA

http://www.spca.bc.ca/branches/cowichan/

 

2011-present

Founding Member and currently serving as President of the Vancouver Island Animal Training Association. Past volunteer positions as Treasurer, Secretary, Director, Vice President, Chair of Education Committee, and Chair of the Complaints Committee.

 

2009-present

Speaker

BC SPCA Cowichan & District Branch Staff & volunteer education

Vancouver Island Animal Training Association various events

Association of Professional Dog Trainers Annual Conference 2012

Mill Bay Veterinary Hospital Staff course "Low Stress Handling"

 

2009-present

Author, dog training articles in various publications, inc:

The APDT Chronicle,  South Cowichan Life, Times Colonist, Duncan Free Press and various US and European breed specific club magazines.

 

2011-2015

Recurring assignments as Teacher's Assistant for the Karen Pryor Academy Dog Trainer Professional Program, national and international courses, working under:

 - Terry Ryan CPDT-KA CDBC KPACTP

 - Julie Shaw RVT VTS-Behavior

 - Helix Fairweather BS KPACTP

 

2011 Aug

Co-presenter, Behavior Education Network Webinar of the Month: "Modular Dog training Classes - Wave of the Future or an Instructor's Headache?"

http://behavioreducationnetwork.com/

 

2004-2009

Volunteer trainer, assistant trainer, director
Cowichan Dog Obedience Training Club

 

1997-1998

 

General Manager
Sirius International Insurance Corp (publ) UK Branch,
London, England

(until forced into medical retirement following a horse-riding accident)

 

1995-1997

 

Managing Director
WASA International (UK) Insurance Co Ltd, London, England

(until company was purchased by Sirius Int'l)

 

1996-1998

Volunteer Instructor
British Ski-Club for the Disabled, Hillingdon, London, England

 

1992-1997

Volunteer Instructor, Diving Officer
Richmond Sub-Aqua Club, Richmond, Surrey, England

 

1992-1995

Chief Underwriter
WASA International (UK) Insurance Co Ltd, London, England

 

1990-1992

Underwriter
WASA International (UK) Insurance Co Ltd, London, England

 

1988-1990

Underwriter
WASA International Insurance Co Ltd, Stockholm, Sweden

 

1986-1987

Underwriting Assistant
WASA International Insurance Co Ltd, Stockholm, Sweden

 

1983-1986

Underwriting Assistant
Skånska Brand Insurance, Lund, Sweden
(until merged with WASA International)

 

1979-1983

Reinsurance Accounts Clerk
Skånska Brand Insurance, Lund, Sweden

 

1977-1979

Accounts Clerk
Malmöhus County Council, Lund, Sweden

 

1975-1977

Accounts Clerk
Revisor Börje Jönsson Accountants, Malmö, Sweden

 

Professional Courses

2015-2016

Certificate in Applied Animal Behavior
- Prof Renee Ha PhD, Prof James C Ha PhD, Univ of Washington, Seattle

A three-semester credit program online course (3 credits per semester) on the basic principles of evolution and natural selection as they relate to animal behavior, the application of animal behaviors to human-animal interaction, the latest scientific research on the training and care of companion animals, and methods to integrate theory with real-world practice in treating and improving behavior.

Psych 200C/ AAB 200A: Comparative Animal Behavior
Grade: 94.69%

Psych 291/ AAB 291: Principles of Applied Animal Behavior
Grade: 99.33%

Psych 292A/ AAB 292A: Applied Animal Behavior in Practice
Grade: 100%

https://www.pce.uw.edu/certificates/applied-animal-behavior

 

2015

Learning Theory 201: An Advanced Look at How Animals Learn
 - Kristina Spaulding BSc
A five-week online certificate course.
https://apdt.com/education/courses/

 

 

The Canine Brain: from Neurons to Behavior
 - Jessica Hekman DVM MS
A three-week online course providing an introduction to the canine brain, with a focus on its effects on behaviour.
https://apdt.com/education/courses/

 

 

Canine Hormones: from Molecules to Behavior
 - Jessica Hekman DVM MS
A three-week online course providing an introduction to hormones in the dog, with a focus on their effects on behaviour.
https://apdt.com/education/courses/

 

2014

BAT 2.0 - Instructors' Course
 - Grisha Stewart MA CPDT-KA KPACTP

A five-day hands-on instructors' course for behaviorists and trainers. Certification for BAT (Behavior Adjustment Training) instructors is a way to provide dog owners with a trusted source of referrals to behaviorists and trainers using BAT to rehabilitate dog aggression and other issues.
http://empoweredanimals.com/certification/bat-instructors-course/

 

 

Animal Behavior
 - Prof Mark Elgar PhD & Assoc Prof Raoul Mulder PhD
An eight week non-credit online course authorized by The University of Melbourne, Australia, and offered through Coursera. Verified Certificate with Distinction.
https://www.coursera.org/course/animalbehav

 

2013

Behavior+Works - Living & Learning With Animals: The Science & Technology of Behavior Change
 - Susan G Friedman PhD, Dept of Psych, Utah State Univ

This course provides the foundation for a comprehensive and coherent understanding of behavior analysis as it relates to facilitating the lives of captive and companion animals. The principles and procedures discussed throughout the class apply to all species.

http://www.behaviorworks.org/htm/lla_professional_overview.html

 

 

Puppy Start Right for Instructors
 - Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training & Behavior, Debbie Martin RVT VTS(Behavior) CPDT-KA KAPCTP and Kenneth Martin DVM DACVB

The Puppy Start Right Preschool™ curriculum is co-written by a veterinarian and a Karen Pryor Academy faculty member and is a unique course that brings together veterinary and dog training expertise.

https://www.karenpryoracademy.com/puppy-start-right/details

 

2011

Internship on Behaviour Analysis & Behaviour Modification
 - Terry Ryan CPDT-KA CDBC KPACTP, Legacy Canine Behavior & Training Inc, Sequim, WA

http://legacycanine.com/

 

2009

Karen Pryor Academy Professional Dog Trainer Program
 - Terry Ryan CPDT-KA CDBC KPACTP

This six-month programme is aimed at highly motivated trainers who have specific goals for improving knowledge, skills, and career prospects. The course combines online learning with four two-day workshops with the best teachers in the field, to create outstanding positive reinforcement trainers to teach the general public.
https://www.karenpryoracademy.com/dog-trainer-program

 

 

Coaching People To Train Their Dogs I & II
 - Terry Ryan CPDT-KA CDBC KPACTP, Legacy Canine Behavior & Training Inc, Sequim, WA

The syllabus of  what was at the time a two-week course contains: Behaviour problems, Class organization, Hands-on dog training and teaching dog owners, Ethology/Body language, Family dog skills/children & dogs, Husbandry/dog care, Instruction/people skills, The science of learning/hands-on animal training, Puppy development socialization and training, Business tips and Training equipment/use.

http://legacycanine.com/coachingpeopleworkshop.html

 

Workshops

2012

Chicken Camp Condensed 202-Criteria & 203-Behavior Chains
 - Terry Ryan CPDT-KA CDBC KPACTP, Legacy Canine Behavior & Training Inc, Sequim, WA

http://www.legacycanine.com/workshops/chicken-camps.html

 

2011

K9 Nosework 
 - Alecia Elvstad

http://www.noseworkmagic.com/Welcome.html

 

 

Chicken Camp 201-Cueing
 - Terry Ryan CPDT-KA CDBC KPACTP, Legacy Canine Behavior & Training Inc, Sequim, WA

http://www.legacycanine.com/workshops/chicken-camps.html

 

2010

Special Operant Conditioning Workshop
 -
Bob Bailey

 

 

Know Way, Know How: The Science and Art of Clicker Training    
 -
Kathy Sdao CAAB

 

2009

Poultry In Motion
 - Terry Ryan CPDT-KA CDBC KPACTP, Legacy Canine Behavior & Training Inc, Sequim, WA

http://legacycanine.com/poultry-in-motion.html

 

Seminars

2017

A Veterinary Behaviorist's Approach to Reactivity, Fear & Anxiety in Pets
 -
Ken Martin DVM DACVB and Debbie Martin CPDT-KA KPACTP LVT VTS(Behavior), Texas

 

2015

Stress and Aggression in Dogs
 -
Dr Anders Hallgren, Psychologist & Animal Behaviorist, Sweden

 

2012

Learn to Earn/Perfect Puppy/Doggie Playskills
 -
Dr Sophia Yin DVM MS

 

 

Fear & Aggression / Dominance vs Leadership
 -
Dr Sophia Yin DVM MS

 

2010

Games for Teaching Reliability, Precision & Pizzazz
 -
Dr Ian Dunbar DVM PhD RCVS

 

 

Quantitatively & Qualitatively Raising the Bar in Dog Training
 -
Dr Ian Dunbar DVM PhD RCVS

 

 

Behavior, Activity & Reactivity Problems
 -
Dr Ian Dunbar DVM PhD RCVS

 

2009

What's Up Dog / How Dogs Think / Relationship Training and Problem Behavior Toolkit / Stress in Dogs
 -
Terry Ryan CPDT-KA CDBC KPACTP

 

 

Creative Client Coaching
 -
Nicole Wilde CPDT

 

 

Working With Fearful Dogs
 -
Nicole Wilde CPDT

 

2008

Dog Behavior - The Science Made Accessible
 -
Jean Donaldson

 

Conferences

Annually since 2010

ClickerExpo
A three-day animal training conference organized by Karen Pryor Clicker Training / Karen Pryor Academy, with speakers that are leaders in the field, from North America, UK and Europe.


 

2017

International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants
A two-day conference of science-based and practical education for animal training and behavior professionals.


 

2013

SPARCS Conference
A two-day conference created as a platform where modern animal behaviour science can be presented, discussed and debated by the greatest minds in canine sciences, organized by the Society for the Promotion of Applied Research in Canine Science, a WA-based non-profit organization created to fuel unrestricted research grants for graduate students and PhD candidates pursuing research in canine science.


 

2010, 2012

APDT Conference
A four-day dog trainers' conference by the Association of Professional Dog Trainers.

 



Research

2011-12

"Extinction - A Preliminary Study - Is extinction a necessary part of putting a behavior on cue, or is it an unnecessarily stressful experience?"

 - This preliminary study was presented by me at the Association of Professional Dog Trainers annual conference in Cincinnati, OH, in October 2012 and the results and all documentation was transferred to Dr Jesus Rosales-Ruiz PhD, Associate Professor-Behavior Analysis, University of North Texas, in January 2013.

 


Expert Witness

2017

Qualified by The Honourable Judge Mrozinski in the Provincial Court of British Columbia as an expert with respect to making assessments as to whether or not a dog is aggressive and dangerous; the likelihood of the dog, in the future, attacking and killing or seriously injuring a person or another domestic animal, and in the training and rehabilitating of aggressive and dangerous dogs.
October 2017

 

 

Qualified by The Honourable Judge Black in the Provincial Court of British Columbia as an expert for the purpose of providing the court with opinions on the assessment, management, training and modification of the behaviour of aggressive dogs. March 2017


 

 

Qualified by The Honourable Judge Myers in the Provincial Court of British Columbia as an expert with respect to making assessments as to whether or not a dog is aggressive and dangerous; the likelihood of the dog, in the future, attacking and killing or seriously injuring a person or another domestic animal, and in the training and rehabilitating of aggressive and dangerous dogs.
March 2017


 

2016

Qualified by The Honourable Judge McQuillan in the Provincial Court of British Columbia as an expert for the purpose of providing the court with opinions on the assessment, management, training and modification of the behaviour of aggressive dogs. September 2016


 

2015

Qualified by The Honourable Judge Gray in the Provincial Court of British Columbia as an expert for the purpose of providing the court with opinions on the assessment, management, training and modification of the behaviour of aggressive dogs. July 2015


 

 

Qualified by The Honourable Judge Wallace in the Provincial Court of British Columbia as an expert for the purpose of providing the court with opinions on the assessment, management, training and modification of the behaviour of aggressive dogs. May 2015


 

 

Qualified by The Honourable Judge Cartwright in the Provincial Court of British Columbia as an expert for the purpose of providing the court with opinions on the assessment, management, training and modification of the behaviour of aggressive dogs. March 2015


 

2014

Qualified by The Honourable Judge Saunderson in the Provincial Court of British Columbia as an expert for the purpose of providing the court with opinions on the assessment, management, training and modification of the behaviour of aggressive dogs. October 2014

 

 

 

 

What's New?
What Clients Are Saying:

Dear Lisbeth, I have just passed my Foundation Programme with my dog Lucky. I just want to mention how much I enjoyed the classes with Karen. She was delightful to work with and I look forward to some more classes with her in the spring.

Maxine Yeomans & Lucky

I just wanted to touch base with you and give a big THANK YOU for your help with Kaiya. Kaiya is such a great dog. My mom and Step-dad came to visit last week, and they got on with Kaiya like gang-busters! She gave a few little grumbles to my step-dad the first evening when he was in the house, and then nothing. One walk and she fell in love with a few more family members. We still plan to continue Kaiya's training as discussed. Matt has worked with her so well that he takes her out into the big fields here and plays fetch with her off leash! I was very impressed.

Karin, Matt, and Kaiya
Mill Bay, BC

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