Heather Lawson

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heather lawsonHeather Lawson,  is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Skills Assessed (CPDT-KSA) and also a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA-CTP), a CGN Evaluator & Free-style judge.  She has been training dogs & their humans for more that 20 years after deciding that the corporate world just wasn't cutting it anymore.  Having had German Shepherds for most of her life she decided it was time to bring one into her family again.  Mica, was the one and took her on a journey never expected.  With a dog people said would never "get in the ring", Heather and Mica were able to achieve National standings of Top 10 Obedience Dog  two years running and Top Obedience German Shepherd, 5 straight years.  Mica was also one of the first GSDs to achieve the CKC Masters Obedience Trial Champion title. You see when you say can't to Heather, it just means find another way that works for the dog & human.  Provide patience, good communication along with positive reinforcement while you listen to the dog and you'll have a way that can work for everyone.  This is the focus that Heather used again with Luka, who achieved national standings, until her retirement.  Heather continues to compete in obedience and rally with Tag (Luka's son) and is currently prepping the newbie in the house, Piper, for her competition journey. 

Heather is also the owner of dogWISE Training & Behaviour Center Inc. where she teaches group classes for companion pets, competitive obedience and rally in addition to providing behaviour consults & private lessons.  

Heather's website is www.dogwise.ca


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Student Testimonials    

OB111 - TEAM Sports Foundations Level 1 / 2

Heather provided very detailed, custom feedback to all of her students in this class. She really went above and beyond to review and analyze my videos. I really appreciate that!           

Thank you for a wonderful course! This is one that I will be referring back to for years. This was exactly the course I needed to build a solid obedience foundation for my 7mth old Brittany. This was the best obedience/rally course I have EVER taken, and I think it will be a big help in developing my puppy to be a brilliant working partner!           

I have enjoyed all of the Fenzi courses I have taken as well as the supportive online community. Team 1/2 has a lot of valuable information that is broken down into easy steps. The instructor provided great feedback on the gold threads so that even at bronze I had no problems improving my training. This will be a course that I reference in my library for a long time to come. Shawna T          

If you are looking for a course that breaks down each exercise in Team 1-2 then this course is for you . Heather takes each goal and breaks it down into manageable steps. The dogs are set up to succeed. As well the instructor can offer alternate suggestions when needed. I recommend this course        

This was an amazing course with an extraordinary amount of information for building the strong foundation that is crucial for dog sports. I will be referring back to this course a lot to keep my dogs skills solid. I will be telling my friends about this course and how I think it is better than any obedience class I have ever been to in person.