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Lisa Potts
Red Dog Training
Springfield, IL
Mobile: 630.750.3147

Services Offered:

Evening Schedule:

Day Event
Monday Available for Private Lessons - (Agility, Rally and Flyball classes offered in April, 2011 in Springfield)
Tuesday Available for Private Lessons
Wednesday Agility and Clicker classes offered at Decatur Obedience Training Club
Thursday Agility classes offered at Decatur Obedience Training Club
Friday Limited Availability for Private Lessons

Weekend Schedule:

Due to judging and showing her own dogs, there is limited availability on weekends for scheduling seminars, private lessons or CGC tests. Contact Lisa at for details and availability.

About Lisa:

Lisa Potts, MBA, CPDT has vast experience teaching a variety of classes including Family Dog, Canine Good Citizen®, Rally Obedience, Agility and Flyball classes. Lisa has over 15 years of competitive dog training experience. She excels in training the versatile dog, and has trained dogs in obedience, rally obedience, agility, flyball, tracking, herding and conformation. She has shown dogs in the Working, Herding, Non-Sporting, Hound and Toy groups, and has three of the most versatile Toy and Minitaure Poodles in the history of the breed:

To date, Lisa has earned over 250 titles / certifications with her dogs. She is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, is a certified dog trainer (CPDT), and is a well-known licensed AKC / UKC / CPE / DOCNA / ASCA / UKI agility judge, a UKC rally obedience judge, a CGC evaluator, and an apprentice Flyball judge. She also offers training seminars and has been a speaker at the APDT Conference .

With fourteen years of experience teaching puppy kindergarten, basic obedience, family dog training, agility, flyball and rally obedience classes, she excels in making the difficult seem easy to understand. She is a positive reinforcement based trainer, who has taken masters level courses in animal learning at the John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. Lisa utilizes clicker training with her own dogs, and incorporates operant conditioning / clicker training into her classes. She is also a published author in the realm of dog training. Lisa lives in Springfield, IL with her husband Derek, their parrots PJ and Minju, and their 3 dogs.

Bird Training:

As bird owners since January 2007, we have learned a few things about training birds and would love to help you train yours! We have trained a variety of behaviors with our little PJ. She will return to her cage when asked, she will step onto a scale to be weighed, and she lets me trim her nails without all the drama. We have also curbed her biting habit and reduced her fear of unfamiliar stimulus. These helpful behaviors were developed using clicker training, just as we train the dogs. Please contact us if you are interested in challenging your bird!

The Family:

Derek - - MS, MCSE, SCNA, SCSA

Lisa - - BS, MBA, CPDT
Lisa running Vixen

7.8 year old White Mini Poodle: Rachel - "Songbird Rush" - CD, GN, PCD, BN, RE, AX, MXJ, XF, T2B, CGCA, TKA, AKC Achiever Dog, URO2, RL1, RL2, L2 AOE, MAD, AAD, AS, AD, SSA, SR, SG, AS, AJ, SJ, SS, C-ATCH2, CHST, CHWC, CHSN

4.3 year old Blue Mini Poodle: Sue - "Songbird Life's Journey" - AKC/UKC CD, RE, OA, OAJ, OF, ACT1, CGCA, TKI Star Puppy, URO1, SPS, APS, PD1, BA, IA, C-ATCH, CL3-R, CL3-S, CL3-F, CL3-H

2.8 year old Phantom Mini Poodle: Vivian - "Songbird What Do You Want It To Be" - RA, RI, NA, NAJ, NF, ACT1, ACT2, ACTJ1, ACTJ2, CGC, TKN, Star Puppy, CL3-R, CL3-H, CL3-F

Forever in our hearts:

11/93 - 5/07 My special red Toy Poodle: Mabel - "Rosie Mabelline Roux" - UACHX, ARCH, FM, CD, RA, MX, AXJ, OAP, OJP, PD1, OAC, OGC, OJC, OGC-V, OJC-V, TN-N, GS-N, CGC, TDI, TT, VIP-VC

3/10/99 - 1/9/12 Sun Conure Parrot: PJ
Look out, Fred.

9/17/01 - 12/29/13 rescue Standard Wirehaired Dachshund: Tumi - "Crash in Tumi" - RA, CGC, NJP, CL1-H, TG1
Training Videos: Obedience, Dual Obedience

9/18/99 - 8/2/14 White Mini Poodle: Ike - "White Crest I Like Ike" - MACH, PACH2, C-ATCH4, UACHX, TACH, ARCH, FDCH, ChST, ChJU, ChSN, ChCL, ChWC, ChJP, ChFH, URO1, RAE2, RLV, Veteran AOE, PAX2, MXB, MJS, MXPS, MJPG, MXP5, MJP7, OF, T2BP, XFP, PDII, VJD, EAC, O-EAS, ECC, O-EJC, WV-O, TG-E, TN-E, HP-O, NADAC Open Versatility, NADAC 1000 Lifetime Points, RS-O, RS-V-E, GS-E, JS-O, JV-E, TAM, TMAG, VIP-VCX
Ike Ike Ike!
Training Videos: Weave, Rev Up, Stand, Back Up 1, Back Up 2, Retrieve 1, Retrieve 2, Obedience, Extra, Dual Obedience

1/18/11 - 5/6/18 White Mini Poodle: Jane - "Songbird S4" - MACH2, ADCH, UKC-ALCH, C-ATCH, CD-C, AKC CD, BN, PCD, RAE, ARCHX, RL1, Level 1 & 3 AOE, RL2, RL3, RL1X, RL2X, URO3, UKC Total Dog Award, CGC, TKN, AKC Achiever Dog, NCO-1, MXS, MJG, XF, T2B3, MAD, RCH, JCH - Bronze, SCH - Bronze, AAD, SSA, ASA, SJ, AJ, AS, AR, AG, SAM, GM, JM, RM, SM, TM, ChST, ChSN, ChJP, EAC, OJC, NCC, TN-N, WV-N, HP-N, U-AGII, VIP-VC

7/20/03 - 2/1/19 black Mini Poodle: Fletch - "Brewine's Hero of Mid-Way" - UKC-ALCH, MACH, PDCH, C-ATCH4, CT-ATCH, U-ACH, ARCHX, ChST, ChCL, ChWC, ChSN, ChJP, ChFH, ChJU, NCO-1, AKC/UKC/CDSP CD, BN, RAE3, R1MCL, URO3, UKC Total Dog Award, RL3, Level 2 AOE, RLV, Veteran AOE, RL1X, RL2X, CGC, TKN, MXS, MJG, MXP, MJP, MXF, NFP, T2B, APD, APS, SPJ, APJ, PJCH, PKCH, MPD, PSM, PJM, PKM, PRM, PGM, PTM, SSA, O-EAS, O-EJC, OCC, WV-O, TG-E, TN-E, HP-O, NADAC Open Versatility, RS-N, GS-N, JS-N, TSAD, TMAG, HIC, VIP-VCX
Count how many times I say "Fletch!"
Standard Excellent
Watch out for that weave pole
Training Videos: Send, Stand, Back Up, Recall Drop, Obedience, Weave, Retrieve

Now residing with friends:

33.2 year old Double Yellow-Headed Amazon Parrot: MinJu
"Awe, good bird." -MinJu

Senegal Parrot: Kevin
[Laughs sarcastically] -Kevin