About Us

Welcome to Four Happy Paws


Hello and welcome to Four Happy Paws! This company was founded in 2017 by me Lisa Coppins with the original purpose being to work with Kids Safe with Dogs Charitable Trust to provide school children with education on how to interact safely with dogs. But this idea soon grew into more!

I am a qualified and experienced Senior Vet Nurse who has always had an interest in dog training and behaviour. I have taught puppy classes for many years but felt like I  wanted to do more and help owners and puppies beyond puppy classes. I searched for some time to find a course that sat with my own beliefs on dog training, and in my search came across the Delta Institute course based  in Australia. I am still currently studying, now being in my final year in this 2.5 year course. The course is split in to 4 components, 3 of which I have now been completed. Included in this course there were also 2 visits to Australia. The latest  trip was in June 2019 and consisted of a 6-day workshop. This workshop included some practical dog training with dogs from the local SPCA. I hope to use these new skills to help you and your dog overcome any training difficulties that you might be having. Please get in touch if you have any questions.


NOTE- As I am currently training, therefore I will be offering  two discounted classes  for elements of my course (from  autumn 2020).

I will be  looking for willing owners and dogs to work with, that don’t mind being videoed in the process! If you think you might be interested in this, please email me to be included on the list :-)


little puppies

I am currently training, therefore I will be offering two discounted group classes from autumn 2020

Lisa Coppins

Qualifications Achieved

  • National Certificate in Animal Care 2001
  • National Certificate in Veterinary Nursing 2001
  • Pet First Aid and Training (NZ) – Canine Body Language 2017
  • Fear Free Certification Level 1- 2017
  • Fear Free Certification Level 2- 2018
  • Karen Pryor – Better Veterinary Visits 2018
  • Low Stress Handling Certification Silver 2018
  • Delta Institute – Dog Training the Delta Way 2018
  • Feliway Cat Handling Programme 2019
  • Animal Evac NZ – Foundation Course 2019
  • Delta Institute – Responsible Companion Animal Ownership 2019
  • Delta Institute – Introduction to Training Class Management 2019
  • Fear Free Certification Level 3 – 2020

Four Happy Paws Ltd whole heartily supports the following charities.

Animal Evac NZ

Four Happy Paws donates both time and funds to the above charities.

Animal Evac NZ is the only dedicated animal disaster management charity in New Zealand. Our trainer Lisa has attended the foundation course to be a part of this charity.

SPAW (South Pacific animal Welfare) provides veterinary care to our island cousins, sending teams of people several times a year to conduct both spay and neuter clinics and health checks in areas where there are often little to no veterinary care available. Our trainer Lisa has volunteered three times in Tonga on such trips, and will be going on a fourth trip in March 2020.