Lisadawn (LD) Shackleford

Hi! I’m LD, welcome to the Canine Classroom!

I help people build an even better bond with their dog. Join me to get the training results that you need in a positive, force free, science based, fun environment! I specialize in coaching you to find focus and fun in dog training with straightforward, uncomplicated options to match your lifestyle and your dog’s unique needs.

Training is a lifelong relationship with your dog that focuses on incorporating learning into everyday moments. Dog training shouldn’t be a chore or a mystery. Today’s training methods recognize that science works and it can be fun!

“Dogs have given us their absolute all. We are the center of their universe. We are the focus of their love and faith and trust....."

Roger A. Caras

services we offer

All services are offered wherever you are in the world as online via zoom with LD personally.
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Don’t like group classes?

Take any one of my set of classes privately - just you or you and a friend or group of your friends!

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Individual Private Sessions

**All options above include the time online with LD via zoom, a written training plan outline and associated video demonstrations plus support along the way with timed follow-up check-ins from LD

Do you have questions or reservations about training online? Click here to read about the benefits

Our Gallery

Happy Clients

LisaDawn Shackleford of has been an invaluable resource guiding us through the first formative months with our new mini Golden Doodle puppy. 

She has offered  professional counsel both via her series of in-class lessons as well as on-line, and has always been readily accessible with responses to queries without prior notice. 

LD, with her patience and dedication has helped us learn to enjoy our “wee” Guinness, who is recognized as a fiery and exuberant little spark plug, through numerous weekly socialization sessions. The bond between them has become evident at each arrival and the pay-off for us is unmistakable.

We are extremely fortunate to have discovered her services when we needed them most and do not hesitate to recommend her highly here or when future opportunities arise. Gratefully and respectfully,

My standard size Aussiedoodle Rory, made his way into my life at 13 months of age after living on a farm with little attention.  Rory is a love bug but had no training or manners. Due to my work schedule I had difficulty providing the training he desperately needed. 

LD took Rory for a week of daycare, boarding and training. She is exceptional at what she does!  At the handoff after an intense week for Rory, I was equipped with videos of each training session, and a training manual. The highlight however was I took home a dog that now does rocket recall, stay, sit, and down!

We continue to fine tune this each day and it gets better and better, all thanks to the foundation that LD instilled.

Thank you LD I couldn’t have done it without you!

“LD goes way above and beyond for her clients. Raising a dog is a huge feat, and it can be even more difficult if your dog has challenging behaviours. LD offers practical advice and solutions which work, all while using modern and science-based methods that help build the bond with your dog. LD helps you really understand what your dog is trying to communicate with their behaviour, and we went from being frustrated and feeling lost with our pup, to having our dog have the biggest smile on his face after our first session. Her work is truly transformational and I don’t know what we would have done without her.”

“LD is passionate about her work with dogs . The training methods she promotes are very canine friendly and very effective. We sought help with our Border Collie cross about his resource guarding from other dog trainers, but did not see any improvement . After a consultation and one training session with LD, things began to turn  around in a matter of weeks. She truly cares about the dogs she works with and we are very grateful to have found her.”

The Nuts And Bolts Of Online Training

Traditionally, dog training was always done in person, in facilities, church basements, and family homes. I know you might be questioning if online training is right for you, I was hesitant to both learn and teach online, however, I’ve transitioned and I’m here to answer all your questions about virtual options!

Online training offers:

In person classes can be challenging for some dogs, a lot of time is often wasted settling distracted dogs. Owners often tell me they missed a lot of the class content due to focusing on calming their dogs or dealing with their own emotions of embarrassment, feeling overwhelmed or being in the uncomfortable position of the centre of attention.

My classes offer a combination of live virtual sessions, written training plans, and recorded video. The virtual classes don’t look any different than in-person training. I will stand in front of you demonstrating exercises and skills with one of my three dogs and then watch you practice with your dog and offer you feedback.

In the case of private sessions for behaviour challenges or basic skills, I may ask you to share a simple video taken with your phone – there’s nothing like watching yourself together with a certified professional while I offer tips, pointers and suggestions.

You can participate from a cell phone, ipad, laptop or computer, there is no need for fancy equipment. Please reach out if you have any questions, I’m here to help!