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”. 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 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.
In the fall of 2015 I will be returning to school to continue my education in Veterinary Technology so that in future years, I will be able to help dogs with Canine Rehabilitation (physical therapy for dogs) as well as becoming a Vet Tech Behaviorist.
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 Professional Dog Trainers yearly Conferences
- Dog Bite Prevention and Education Conferences with Victoria Stilwell
- Tellington Touch 5 day workshop with Linda Tellington
- Victoria Stilwell’s conferences for Positively Training
- BAT instructors course with Grisha Stewart
- Recallers course with Susan Garrett
- Colorado Mountain College Veterinary Technology Program
These additional courses, conferences and seminars allow me to offer my students and clients the most up to date information and training practices.