About Us

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I am Louisa Morrissey  the owner and founder of High Country Dogs, formerly known as Skijor-n-More. I am a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA), a member of Victoria Stilwell’s Positively Dog Training Team, a member of the Pet Professional Guild of Non-Force Trainers and a professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. I am also a Canine Good Citizen evaluator and have volunteered for a variety of shelters and rescues.

I have several years of experience in training dogs of all  ages, breeds and  mixed breeds. This includes several years of training dog owners from all walks of life as well. I am experienced in teaching a wide variety of topics from puppy basics, good manners, Canine Good Citizen, Recall (Come) and Loose Leash Walking to behavioral issues such as barking, jumping, anxiety and aggression. I am also experienced in both teaching, enjoying with my own dogs and sometimes competing in dog sports such as skijoring, cani-cross, agility and rally.

I am proud to have been hand selected by Victora Stilwell to be a part of  the Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Training TM global network of professional dog trainers. (Summit Daily article).  Victoria Stilwell is a world renowned dog trainer and host of the popular Animal Planet series “It’s Me or the Dog”. Vic-Louisa1-sized From this platform she educates the public about the power of positive reinforcement dog training techniques as well as the dangers and ineffectiveness of traditional dominance based philosophies. As a team, all of the VSPDT trainers promote humane force free methods of dog training which result in a human/dog relationship based in mutual respect and trust. As a VSPDT team member, I am able to offer my clients safe, effective, humane, and up to date positive reinforcement based dog training.

 

For the past few years, I have had the great opportunity to partner with the Town of Frisco Recreation Department to develop and implement a year round dog sports program as part of the recreation offerings. This is unique and powerful  in that it is one of the first recreation departments in the country to recognize the importance of dog/human sports as part of a complete recreation program.

Additionally, I am the trainer for  the Aspen Animal Shelter where I offer private dog training lessons and group puppy classes to both permanent residents and visitors to the Roaring Fork Valley.

Mostly, I am passionate about using positive reinforcement based training and continuing to learn about how dogs perceive, feel, learn and relate to each other as dogs and to us as humans. As such, I make it a point to attend seminars, conferences and workshops to broaden my knowledge and keep up to date on current techniques. Here are a few of the seminars I have attended recently:

Association of Pet Dog Trainers yearly Conferences
Dog Bite Prevention and Education Conferences with Victoria Stilwell
Tellington Touch 5 day workshop with Linda Tellington
Victoria Stilwell’s inaugural conference for Positively Training

BAT instructors course. I am currently completely  my certification as an instructor in BAT, or Behavioral Adjustment Training, a powerful and effective method of rehabilitating and empowering fearful, frustrated or aggressive dogs.

These additional courses, conferences and seminars allow me to offer my students and clients the most up to date information and training practices.

Most importantly, I believe that training and sports, when done in a  fun and positive way, enhance and deepen the relationship shared between dogs and their humans.