Lisa hazelwood

Lisa hazelwood

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.

Leah Kerger

Leah Kerger

Group Class Instructor

“I have had a passion for dogs for as long as I can remember. My love of training did not start until I adopted my first puppy, Penny. I enjoyed teaching her new things and having fun together. Penny became extremely leash reactive, and working with her led me to want to help other pet owners understand and succeed with their own dogs.

I am at the beginning of my dog training career, and have worked teaching group classes. I love continuing my education, learning as much as I can and working with other dog trainers. My training methods are based on positive reinforcement and concept training. Helping owners build a strong bond and relationship with their dog is my number one goal.

I am an advocate for rescue and own two rescues myself, Penny and my Rough Collie, Ellie and I hope to add to our family. I can’t wait to meet your dogs and help you reach your training goals!”

Kristine Boyce

Kristine Boyce

Competitive Agility Instructor

“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!”