Dog Nerd’s Founder Owner/Trainer/Training Director
Lisa has been training dogs and instructing students since 1996. She studied behaviour, graduating from the University of Winnipeg, in 1993, earning a BA (Honours) in Psychology. She is known for her thoughtful and compassionate approach to both dogs and their owners, and for her love of learning.
Lisa has trained her own and client dogs in many sports, including Obedience, Rally, Conformation, Nose Work, Agility, Herding, Lure Coursing and Tracking. She also has an interest in Dock Diving, Protection Sports, and Disc.
Lisa has lived with many breeds, including Miniature Dachshunds, Great Danes, Whippets, Italian Greyhounds, Belgian Shepherds (Malinois), Boston Terriers, Greyhounds, and others. She also shares her home with a variety of small animals, including rats, cats, and parrots, which she also enjoys training.
Although Lisa started her training career as a balanced trainer, in approximately 2002 she began to change methodologies and now considers herself a positive reinforcement trainer.
Trick/Dog Canine Fitness Instructor
Jillian was the first Certified Trick Dog Instructor (CTDI) in Winnipeg and has witnessed over 200 trick titles. She is also the first Certified Canine Fitness Coach (CCFC) in Winnipeg. Jillian got her start in the dog world in 2012 when she started dog grooming. Since then she has found success in grooming, and is a fully certified groomer. Dog sports started as a hobby for Jillian when she was invited onto a local dog performance and flyball team. Since then, her love for everything dog training related has grown. Jillian is now part of travelling performance teams and has been all around North America with her 3 dogs, Roo, Jack and Pickett, performing for thousands of people. Her true passion lays in teaching, training and sharing knowledge. She has taken seminars and worked with many amazing dog trainers around the world to build up her knowledge in dog training. Jillian has experience working her dogs in flyball, agility, tricks, disc, freestyle disc, freestyle dance, herding, dock diving, and film training.
Trick/Dog Canine Fitness Instructor
Melanie has been working with dogs since 2010. Her career started out with grooming and then she soon developed a love for training after she adopted her first dog Apollo from Winnipeg Animal Services in 2012. Melanie has a passion for training tricks and also doing stunt dog performances. She enjoys attending different training seminars and taking online training courses to increase her knowledge. She has travelled around North America performing with her dogs for different stunt dog performance teams. She has worked her dogs in agility, herding, scenting, barn hunt, dock diving, lure coursing, film training and disc. Her favorite things to do with her dogs Apollo and Athena is K9 Toss and Fetch, Updog, frisbee freestyle and hiking. She also trains her cat Kelso and he has obtained his expert trick title.
Agility Training Director
“I have been passionate about dogs my entire life. Growing up we always had a dog and I could always be found training him or her to be a good family pet and to do tricks.
As soon as I was an adult and had my own house I adopted my heart dog, Ali, from the Winnipeg Humane Society. Ali and I did everything together and trained in a number of dog sports including obedience, dock dogs, disc and agility. Agility quickly became my addiction!
I have attended courses and seminars on dog training including learning how to clicker train chickens with Bob Bailey, Controlled Unleashed, disc dog seminars, and many, many agility seminars (Tracy Sklenar, Rebecca McKay and Loretta Mueller, to name a few).
I have been training and competing in Agility for 18 plus years. Ali and I competed and achieved our Agility Trial Championship of Canada title in the Agility Association of Canada. I am currently training and competing in agility with my 3 year old rescue Australian Shepherd Brew and my Mom’s 5 year old rescue All Canadian Stryker. I also have a 9 year old Australian Shepherd Cami who I train in agility.
I love teaching agility because I love to see the bond develop between each team of dog and handler. No matter if you are playing agility for fun or to compete, agility is a team sport and each team will learn how to communicate with each other better. I strive to make all training fun for both the dog and the handler!”