About

Hello!

My name is Luisa and I am the animal lover, trainer and writer behind Ascent Animal Training. I am passionate about force-free, science-based training methods and I strongly believe that training is so much more than just obedience. I believe that training is about building and strengthening bonds, creating communication and improving lives.

After my husband and I adopted our first dog I became involved in animal rescue, which lead to an interest in animal behaviour and training. I completed a two year apprenticeship under Catherine Harbord of Impawsible Possible which ignited a passion for learning more about science-based, force-free dog training. I am currently completing a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree through Athabasca University and am so excited to continue my education and to learn more about animal behaviour!

My absolute passion is sharing my knowledge through writing. On this blog you’ll find researched, science-backed articles on numerous training topics as well as training tips and advice. If there’s an article you’d like to read or a topic you’d like to see covered, please Contact Me!

At this time I am not doing in person consultations or classes. If you need a recommendation for a trainer, please reach out and I would be happy to make some recommendations.

Fun Facts

Fun Facts

  • Our dogs sleep in our bed and are allowed on the couches. Nothing beats their warm little cuddles. 
  • My husband and I share our home with three dogs, one red eared slider, one hedgehog and two poison dart frogs. 
  • My idea of an ideal weekend includes lots of books or an educational seminar to attend. Continuing education is so, so important!

My absolute passion is sharing my knowledge through writing. On this blog you’ll find researched, science-backed articles on numerous training topics. If there’s an article you’d like to see, please contact me (link)!

Publications

Defining and Refining the Cortisol Vacation (Peer Reviewed) – Winter 2020 IAABC Journal

Summer 2020 IAABC Journal – The Welfare of Pet Hedgehogs

Education

In Progress

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology 

In Progress

IAABC/FDSA Lemonade Conference

2018

Dr. Karen Overall Veterinary Behaviour Seminar

2016

Canine Science Symposium

2016

IAABC Feline Behaviour

Walks & Wags Pet First Aid

2016

Dog Trainer and Behaviour Consultant – Impawsible Possible

Blog

The Complete Guide to Choosing a Dog Trainer

The Complete Guide to Choosing a Dog Trainer

when it comes time to choose someone to train your dog or to help them overcome behavioural concerns, how in the world should you choose the very best for your best friend?

Canine Enrichment as a New Parent

Canine Enrichment as a New Parent

Here are some super simple, non-exhausting, non-labour intensive ideas for canine enrichment as you adjust to your new life as a parent.

Stay Stay Stay

Stay Stay Stay

Although perhaps one of the more boring tricks to show off, a solid and reliable “stay” is perhaps one of the most useful skills you could teach your dog.

Dear Parent of a Reactive Dog

Dear Parent of a Reactive Dog

Dear Parent of a Reactive Dog
Just wanted to send a quick note today to let you know you’re doing okay. I know it didn’t feel that way earlier…