Denise Lacey, CPDT-KSA

Denise Lacey began being trained by dogs in 1977. Her first trainer, a Schipperke, only managed to train her to throw things for retrieving and go for long walks. Since then, in addition to all her students’ dogs, eleven other dogs have participated in Denise's training – three Labrador Retrievers, a Border Collie, four other Schipperkes, and three mix breed dogs. Denise is currently trained by one very energetic Schipperke, Tillie.

Work with her dogs has resulted in Denise being trained in Flyball, Agility, Obedience, Therapy Work, Rally, Herding, Hunt Work, Frisbee, Freestyle, Tracking, Treibball, and Tricks!  The dogs feel that their best training shows in Denise’s really reliable cookie distribution skills as well as her proficiency in tugging, tossing things, giving belly rubs, and ear scritching.

Denise really loves helping others to reach their goals with training their dogs.  Whether wanting a pet to enjoy sharing every day activities with or training a dog for competition, helping to build a positive learning relationship is Denise’s goal.

In continuing her own learning, Denise has become a Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge & Skills Assessed (CPDT-KSA), a student of the Karen Pryor Dog Trainer Academy, a Canine Good Citizen evaluator, and Certified Trick Dog Instructor. She is also a Flyball Supervising Judge, a professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, in the process of earning her C.L.A.S.S. evaluator status, and has served on the board of the DTCCC and the NRVKC (in Virginia). In addition, she attends conferences and workshops each year to further her knowledge in the area of dog training and how best to communicate that information to her students. With her canine companions, Denise has earned titles or certifications in: Canine Good Citizen, Flyball, Agility, Therapy Work, Herding, and Tricks. She has been teaching others to train their dogs since 1996.

Further adding to Denise’s fun are a wonderful, supportive husband, an active toddler, and three cats who are also subjected to clicker training.

As the saying goes “A tired human is a good human.” Hope to see you at the DTCCC soon!

 

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