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My Name is Lysa Knight Goguen.  I am a Certified Pet Dog Trainer and Founder of The Mischievous Dog. 

I have been involved in professional pet dog training for 16 years and am the previous co-owner of one of the largest positive reinforcement schools, Daycare & Boarding Facility in Southern California.  I wanted to spend more time with dogs and their people versus managing a large facility so I made the change to go back to basics.

I started seriously training dogs when a yellow Labrador named Guinness came into my life. He became one of the greatest loves of my life but the road to get there was bumpy. Guinness was a wild young dog that chewed everything, pulled on leash, ran away, and generally loved being unruly.  His passion and enthusiasm for life made me laugh, and it made me cry.  I spent many hours training him and working through the difficulties we had together.  Through this we became a great team. He is the reason I wanted to be a dog trainer.  I knew what I had “suffered” to build my bond and trust with Guinness, and I wanted to help others do the same.  At that time I left my Human Resources, Corporate America job to work with people like you and me!

Since then I have had 7 other dogs of my own come along and teach me new things, as well as working with hundreds of clients and their dogs.  Each one teaches us something new and I love the challenge of making the client’s goals and the personality of the dog come together to make a cohesive relationship.  I love working with the puppies and showing them how to take on this busy and crowded world of Southern California.  I thrive on problem solving with dogs and behavior problems from leash pulling to aggression. 

My current dogs, Mischief, Mayhem, Fury, Vandal and Wycked and I are always working towards our goals. We compete in dog agility and they help with socializing other dogs and help aggressive dogs feel more comfortable around dogs. I attend seminars with world renowned positive reinforcement trainers to help us all reach our goals, and for us to help you reach yours!

My credentials:

– B.A. in Psychology,   University of Iowa

– M.B.A. in Technology Management, University of Phoenix

– Certified Professional Dog Trainer , (CPDT-KA) with the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers

– Professional Member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT)