Hi. This is Joan Lisi-McCoy, the K9 Interpreter. This little home-based business is my leap off the cliff!
Once, years ago, while going through a rough patch, I noticed that the time I was the happiest in my work was while I was working at a Humane Society as the Emergency Agent. Anyone who has worked in animal welfare knows what heartbreaking work it can be. Nevertheless, I truly was happiest doing that work. I knew I was making a contribution! As the K9 Interpreter I do the work I really enjoy!
I'm a Minnesota girl. My sisters and brother and I grew up in Rochester MN. Mom is from the Iron Range and Dad grew up in Chicago. Our first dog, Clancy, was a black and tan standard Dachshund. He was rather rotund. So it's remarkable that he could sit on his back legs for long minutes; begging for whatever it was you were eating. He wasn't insistent though. If you ignored him he went away.
That was my first lesson in Dogspeak. Ignore a dog; he'll go away. Play with him; he's your best friend!
We always had a dog in the family so you could say I grew up training dogs. You could say that, but I didn't really learn how to train until I met Wendy VanKerkhove of Fresh Air Training in Minneapolis. At that time Wendy was the Area Pet Trainer for Pet Smart and I was applying for the job of Pet Training Instructor. I became the Senior Pet Training Instructor at Pet Smart for five and a half years. When I left Pet Smart, Wendy invited me to join her team at Fresh Air Training.
I continue to work with Wendy and Fresh Air Training and I'm actively building the services I offer to the human parents of the dogs in my training classes.
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We are fluent in English, Dog and American Sign Language
"Quite honestly, training at our previous training school was stressful; training with you is fun. I’ve noticed when we are attending your classes regularly I am a better human and Mavis is a better canine. Together we are a better team."
Laura E. & Mavis
"Thank you so much for helping me and taking care of my special friend, Sparky. I am so glad I found you and got to know how wonderful a person you are."
"We left our 2 Shih Tzus at K9 Interpreter last winter. They were well taken care of and very happy when we picked them up. In fact they were in no hurry to leave!!"