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!”