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Certified Professional Dog Trainer


Meet Larisa 

Larisa Parker, CPDT (Certified Professional Dog Trainer)
Graduated from Dunbar Top Dog Academy in 2019. Specializes in canine anxiety and behavioral intervention.
Larisa is a Bloomington/Normal native who has worked in the dog community for a number of years. Larisa is currently employed at Paradise Pet Hotel and Day Spa as a dedicated trainer with over 18 years of experience. She began training dogs as a hobby in her early teens and began to shape her career around the care and education of dogs and clients. Larisa gained a great deal of her experience with dogs as a kennel technician for Paradise from 2013-2016 before beginning her education with the Dunbar Academy. She has completed her associates degree in animal science and continues to develop her dog training skills through annual training conferences and classes for canine professionals. Larisa will be offering 1:1 and group training classes at Paradise as well as in-home solutions for clients and their dogs. She currently has 3 dogs of her own: Ember (APBT, 16 yrs. old), Wilson (Golden Retriever, 6 yrs. old) and Asha (Belgian Malinois, 1 yr. old).