Raising Canine

Erika Lessa

Erika’s path to working with dogs unknowingly began 10 years ago when she adopted a dog with developing aggression issues. In the course of his rehabilitation she was introduced to the world of dog behavior. Her education came by way of hands on experience, multiple apprenticeships and self-education. She received her Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC) from the IAABC, has her CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer Knowledge Assessed), is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), and is a certified American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen (AKC CGC) Evaluator. Erika worked at the RISPCA for 2 years teaching group classes for puppies and adults, assisting with evaluations and adoptions. Now she provides services to the shelter through the 501(c)3, non-profit she founded called UnShelter Me which brings behavior and training services for the difficult-to-adopt and dogs in adoption transition. She is currently living with three adopted dogs. Erika is focused on continuing her education by enrolling in advanced coursework, attending training and behavior workshops and conferences, and participating in mentorships with industry leaders.