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 2021 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.
Member of Delta Institute
The Delta Institute is the accrediting body for positive reward based trainers who have undertaken the accredited training course conducted by Delta.
I have completed the Delta Institute, Delta Instructors Companion Animal Dog Trainer Course. The Delta Society and all Delta Institute certified dog trainers are totally committed to companion dog training using only positive reinforcement (force free) methods. I am proud of all the work I put in to finish this course, and by being a member of the Delta Institute I am committed to continuing education to keep up to date with the latest information in dog training, so I am able to give you a wealth of knowledge.
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.
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.
Low Stress Handling Certified
The purpose of this Certification in Low Stress Handling is to provide the teaching content needed to understand and improve the individual or hospital’s ability to create a low stress environment and handle animals in a less stressful manner.
This certification enables me to help teach you how to care for your pets medical needs in a caring and kind way which helps to reduce fear, stress and anxiety.
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 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 my last assignment and was awarded the Delta Instructors Companion Animal Dog Trainer Course in 2021. 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!
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 – Delta Instructors Companion Animal Dog Trainer Course 2021