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The cornerstone of effective training is a strong bond between you and your dog. Most of us want a house-trained dog with good manners—a dog with good greeting skills who will come when called anywhere, anytime when off-leash. We want a dog that can be taken anywhere without behavioral concerns, yet who is still happy and free-spirited. When you have this kind of communication with your dog, it makes for a beautiful relationship. Obedience training fosters this mutually beneficial connection.

Our trainer, Lisa Rhodes, has been training dogs and working with their families for over 30 years. Through compassion and respect, Lisa helps people discover the joy of living with a trained dog.

Lisa’s plethora of experience, along with her intuitive ability and deep listening skills, has inspired a compassionate training philosophy that strengthens the dog/human bond by teaching effective communication with the use of multifaceted, balanced techniques. Lisa believes that there is no “one size fits all” approach when it comes to dog training. Her intuitive ability to understand what your dog needs is her greatest strength. She is the Dog Listener!

By working with a dog’s natural personality, not against it, Lisa has been able to facilitate deeper, more joyful relationships for thousands of families and their dogs throughout the years. Let Lisa help you discover the richness of a joyful relationship with your dog that is built on the foundation of trust, love, and connection.

You can contact Lisa directly via e-mail at

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Lisa in the January 2017 Issue of Pacifica Magazine


Training Services


Our in-board training program teaches your dog to be a well behaved superstar! In this program, dogs stay at the Ranch for a two-week minimum while Lisa builds a solid relationship. Through this relationship she teaches basic obedience including: leash manners, sit, down stay with distractions, coming when called off leash (from play with other dogs), and socialization with people and other dogs. She also addresses specific behavioral issues.

At the end of the in-board training she works with you and your family to integrate the training into your lifestyle. Success is of utmost importance to Lisa. She continues to support you and your dog after completion of the program. This is accomplished through follow up lessons, phone calls, and/or emails. In-board training is the quickest, easiest and most effective way to enjoy a better relationship with your dog.

Group Classes

We offer basic, intermediate and advanced training classes. These hour-long group classes are offered in six weekly sessions.

Basic class focuses on commands such as sit, down, come, stay, and heel (walking next to you on a loose leash).

Intermediate and advanced classes build on the basic class and include: off-leash work, hand signals and a multitude of distractions to build safety and trust in all situations.

Group classes allow for socialization with other well-behaved dogs in a safe and controlled environment. Once a solid foundation is established, training is generalized out to include real world settings. This fosters more confident interactions with other dogs in parks, trails and beaches.

The next basic training class will begin on November 4th, 2017 at 9 a.m. The first session is for orientation, so please DO NOT bring your dog(s) to the first session.