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Lisa Stemcosky

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Humane Rescue Alliance

Lisa Stemcosky

Private trainer Lisa StemcoskyLisa Stemcosky, owner of Pawlitically Correct, offers private cat and dog training sessions and behavior modification, both in-home and via remote Skype sessions. Lisa is also a Behavior & Training Specialist in the Humane Rescue Alliance’s Training Department, where she works to improve the lives of shelter dogs and cats by educating the community, teaching dog and cat training classes, and working with shelter animals. Lisa has recently been chosen as a Shelter Mentor in the Jackson Galaxy Foundation’s Cat Pawsitive Program. Out of hundreds of applicants, Lisa will be advising other shelters on how to implement feline behavior modification programs in animal shelters. Week day evenings and weekend appointments available by appointment.

Areas Served for Dog Training:

Capitol Hill, Navy Yard, Atlas, NoMa, Logan Circle, Columbia Heights, Dupont Circle, Brookland, Northern Virginia, Arlington, Alexandria

Additional Areas Served for Feline Behavior:

Silver Spring and Bethesda, Maryland


  • Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA)
  • Member of the International Association of Animal Behaviorists-Cat Division
  • Canine Good Citizen Evaluator through the American Kennel Club
  • Professional Member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT)
  • Member of the Mid-Atlantic Association of Positive Professional Pet Trainers

In Home Sessions: Includes post a visit recap email and a follow up phone call or email 1 week after.

Remote Sessions: Includes a post session recap email if done via Skype or telephone and a follow up phone call 1 week after.

Cat Services: Including but not limited to

  • Litter Box Issues
  • Destructive Behavior
  • Cat-Cat Introductions
  • Cat-Dog Introductions
  • Aggression
  • Fear
  • Anxiety, Stress
  • Kitten Socialization

Dog Services: Including but not limited to

  • Resource Guarding
  • Life Skills, Manners
  • Crate Training, House Training
  • Dog-Cat Introduction
  • Reactivity
  • Aggrssion
  • Fear
  • Puppy Socializations

What to Expect

Prior to your first session you will be sent a history form to complete and submit before we meet.  If we are doing a remote session, you may be asked to submit videos and pictures of the concerning behavior and environment. After your session you will receive a training, behavior modification or environmental modification plan.  It's important that you stick to the plan and recommendations to achieve the desired outcome.

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