Lee Stone, CPDT-KA, ABAP-1
Owner and Behaviour Consultant
Lee Stone is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA), Applied Behaviour Analysis Practitioner Level 1 (ABAP-1) and a Fear Free Certified Professional Trainer. The CPDT-KA is an internationally recognised, third party examination which evaluates the understanding that a trainer acquires after years of practical work and study. The ABAP-1 is the first step and an approved core sequence to become a certified applied behaviour professional.
Lee became interested in dog behaviour and training when her first dog, Keira, a Ridgeback mix started to show signs of behavioural issues at around 18 months of age. In the 8 years since Lee started working with Urban Dog Training in Brisbane under the close guidance of her mentors, award winning behavioural trainers Danielle and Paul Shelbourne, she was there for 5 years before going on to open and run her own Dog Training business in May 2014. In 2018 the business expanded to include a contract with Parrot Life Behaviour and Training as their Brisbane Consultant.
During her time at Urban Dog Training Lee instructed puppy, adolescent and adult classes and also supervised puppy and adolescent play groups – totalling over 2000 hours of hands on experience.
Lee also took part in over 60 hours of formal classes with her own dogs and attended more than 30 hours of seminars.
Lee’s passion lies in helping people build, improve and develop their relationships with their companion animals through better communication and by providing animal guardians with a better understanding of how to interact successfully in partnership with their companions. This is achieved through the use of modern, science-based training techniques with an emphasis on reinforcement based methods. Through the use of Applied Behaviour Analysis techniques, Lee works with each case on its individual merits to ensure that her clients are receiving the best training advice for their animal.
Lee is committed to her ongoing, professional development through attendance and participation in conferences, seminars, webinars, workshops and courses held by some of the world’s most respected animal trainers and behaviour professionals.
Lee also has a keen interest in the behaviour of all animals. She shares her home with her 2 dogs, Keira (now passed) and Phoenix and 5 parrots, an Eclectus Parrot named Kokoda, a rescued Black Headed Caique named Inca, 2 Greenwing Macaws, Maya and Jester, and 1 Blue and Gold Macaw named Aztec. Lee is also an avid lover of Australian Wildlife and has previously volunteered as a wildlife carer raising kangaroo joeys, has completed volunteer work at Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Centre as part of her avian training internship and worked as a Bird Keeper at a large zoo.