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About The Dog You Have

The individual animals we choose to share our lives with can

sometimes be a dream come true and sometimes it doesn’t

quite go according to plan... The Dog You Have started as a

Facebook page in April 2020 and has grown from there.


Depending on your needs and concerns, there are class or one 

on one options available.

The Dog You Have wants to teach people how to communicate

in a safe, effective and kind way.

"Let's get smarter, not rougher."


Image by Marliese Streefland

About the person


My name is Lisa and currently I have a Certificate in Companion Animal Care from Otago, a Diploma in Rescue Dog Rehabilitation and Cognition through Canine Principles, have run puppy preschool classes since April 2018, have experience in animal welfare and veterinary environments, completed a six month mentorship programme with Lewis Nicholls and Hannah Sadgrove (ThinkDog Ltd), hands on experience with dogs in boarding, one on one, shelter and foster situations, MANY hours of research/theory, started on lead walking groups, plus ongoing studies with The School Of Canine Science and many more.

More recently, I've helped with dogs at the local SPCA and been an assessor for the St John's Therapy Pet programme starting up in Blenheim.  You can read more about that here.

Send a message any time to find out more about how I can help you - the only silly question is the one you don't ask.

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