Barbara Lewis has owned and operated Listen Up Pup Canine training center the past thirty years where classes are offered to puppies and adult dogs on Basic Manners, agility, tricks, Caning Good Citizen and Reactive Dog class.  Listen Up Pup also offers a free behavior hotline to the community.  Prior to starting A New Leash on Life, Inc., Barbara Lewis was the Oklahoma Field Instructor for, a national Service Dog training agency for sixteen years.  Barbara is a certified member of National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors and a Professional Member of Association of Pet Dog Trainers.


Service Dog Puppy and Volunteer Coordinator

Gill Barnett was a volunteer for five years beginning as a Service Dog Puppy Raiser and becoming the Puppy Co-ordinator.  She completed our three-year apprenticeship program and teaches the puppy classes.


Service Dog Program Director

Dorothy Forman has a B.S. Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, an A.S. Horse Management and Training. Dorothy came to us after thirteen years at the Oklahoma City Zoo as an Animal Technician providing care and training for Pachyderms.


Contract Trainers

Marilyn Smith trained dogs as a hobby for obedience competition for twenty-five years.  She also works as a volunteer in a horse therapeutic riding facility.

Annabelle Baker has trained dogs for various dog sports for ten years.  She continues to train her own dogs for competition.  In addition to Service Dog training, Annabelle teaches pet dog classes, private instruction for pet owners and is one of our prison dog trainers.

Michelle Traw began training dogs for Therapy Dog work.  Her background as a teacher for special needs children helped in the development of our Therapy Dog training program.  She is one of our prison dog trainers and a Service Dog Puppy Raiser.

Shelia Ford began as a Puppy Raiser and completed our three year apprentice training program.  Shelia’s involvement with her children’s activities gives her the opportunity to put the final-phase training for Service Dogs to the test of many distractions.

Lindsay Avritt, PhD began as a Puppy Raiser and completed our apprentice training program.  Her work as a psychologist is an asset to our Service Dog application process and a Service Dog trainer.


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