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!
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
IAABC/FDSA Lemonade Conference
Dr. Karen Overall Veterinary Behaviour Seminar
Canine Science Symposium
IAABC Feline Behaviour
Walks & Wags Pet First Aid
Dog Trainer and Behaviour Consultant – Impawsible Possible
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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…