About Me

Make the Dog House a Thing of the Past!

I set up Four Happy Paws in 2017 to offer the people and pets of South Canterbury a new option of training. Four Happy Paws is a fully certified business, and I am a qualified and experienced Senior Vet Nurse who has always had an interest in dog training and behaviour. In 2020 I completed a formal qualification through Delta Institute in Australia, and now I want to share my new knowledge with you. I take your pet’s health and well being as seriously as humanly possible!


Four Happy Paws believes that owning a pet is an amazing and rewarding experience, but also a responsibility, not a luxury. Training your pet properly will lead you to a greater understanding of the animal, and I firmly believe in the owner-pet relationship being one of mutual understanding and respect. I immerse you fully in the training process, and with this holistic approach, I find that owners end up learning as much, if not more, than their pets. Call to find out more about my unique approach to training.

Dog Walker

Member of APDTNZ

Association of Pet Dog Trainers New Zealand

I am a proud member of the Association of Pet dog Trainers New Zealand.
As a member of the association I adhere to the APDTNZ code of ethics which means I use humane, dog-friendly methods. I also actively participate in continued professional development to acquire new skills and learn about new advancements in dog training.

Fear Free Certified

Fear Free Certified Level 1, 2, 3 and Elite

I have a special interest in helping reduce fear, anxiety and stress in dogs (and cats). I have gained fear free certification Elite in 2020 and have plans to work towards the dog trainer fear free certification. Gaining these certifications has given me tools to help owners recognize signs of fear, stress and anxiety and ways to help our pets and owners deal with these.

Volunteer For Animal Evac New Zealand

The only dedicated animal disaster management charity in New Zealand.

I like all volunteers have been trained to provide assistance in any emergency, whether that is a flood, fire, earthquake or any other wide scale situation that puts both people and their pets and livestock at risk.  I have attended the foundation course, dog bite prevention, emergency sheltering, wildfire orientation, rescuing animals from cruelty and disasters as well as several other courses to be a part of this charity.
If you would like to donate to help this cause or maybe even join us! Click on the website link to find out more.

My Story

My name is Lisa Coppins, I grew up in the Central Otago town of Alexandra, after leaving school I studied Veterinary Nursing at Otago Polytechnic. Upon finishing this course I returned to my home town, and worked in various retail roles, as well as vet nursing part time. I took on running puppy classes there which I ran for a number of years. In 2013 I made the move to South Canterbury, settling in the Timaru area where I work full time as a Veterinary nurse. I found many people would ring my clinic for advice and help with training their dogs. I felt like I wanted to help but didn't have the right knowledge or skills. In 2018 I embarked on a learning journey through Delta Institute in Australia to study canine behaviour and training. This course required me to make 2 trips to Australia with assignments and videos to complete between trips. At the end of 2020 I completed this course and I am proud of this achievement.
I now look forward to using my skills to help you and your dog live your best life together!

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Qualifications Achieved

There are a lot of professions that exist with no formal training or certification required, and dog training is one of them. 


Certifications should have clickable links to follow so the trainer is easily showing you where that certification comes from. Choosing a qualified professional is important when looking for someone to help you train your dog. Whether you choose to train with me or someone else. If you don't see their accreditations listed just ask! And do your homework.


Remember you are putting your trust, and your dog's trust in their hands.

  • National Certificate in Animal Care 2001

  • National Certificate in Veterinary Nursing 2001

  • Pet First Aid and Training (NZ) – Canine Body Language 2017

  • Fear Free Certification Level 1- 2017

  • Fear Free Certification Level 2- 2018

  • Karen Pryor – Better Veterinary Visits 2018

  • Low Stress Handling Certification Silver 2018

  • Delta Institute – Dog Training the Delta Way 2018

  • Feliway Cat Handling Programme 2019

  • Animal Evac NZ – Foundation Course 2019

  • Delta Institute – Responsible Companion Animal Ownership 2019

  • Delta Institute – Introduction to Training Class Management 2019

  • Fear Free Certification Level 3 – 2020

  • The Lemonade Conference 2020

  • Fear Free Elite Certification 2020

  • Delta Institute – Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services 2020