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About . . . .In the professional pet industry for over 25 yrs. Heather started her animal career as a professional dog walker, then at the request of her clients began training their dogs.  Stricken by the competitive obedience bug with her own dogs she went on and achieved National status, ranking in the top 10 obedience handler/dog teams in Canada numerous times.  Competition obedience was where she was first introduced to the POWER of CLICKER Training and the rest is almost history. With an intense passion for animal behaviour sciences Heather has since completed and earned her clicker certification , graduating with distinction through the Karen Pryor Academy  thus becoming the first Certified Training Partner of KPA in BC.   Heather has also achieved the CPDT-KSA designation,  joining the ranks of 2000 Certified Professional Dog Trainers worldwide.

Heather's  philosophy has always been to "pay it forward".   She wants to help others learn skills to bridge their communication gap and build healthy, fun and trusting relationships with the animals they bring into their lives using the Clicker Training methodology & philosophy. 

"When the person and the dog understand each other they grow together and stay together. It's about providing choice to the animal  within a safe learning environment."

Part of the philosophy that dogwise is centered on is the continued growth of both owner and pet. As with all fields there is constant development in the area of animal training theory and behaviour. In order to be informed and well versed and on top of the latest developments in training, behaviour and research, Heather continues to educate herself by attending seminars and workshops throughout North America.

Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KSA)
*  Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training &
    Behaviour - CTP (Certified Training Partner)
    Graduate with Distinction
*  TAGTeach Certified, Primary Level
*  Honours Graduate, Business Management,
    a.a.s.- Capilano College. B.C.
*  Honours Graduate, Human Resource Management,
    C.H.R.M. (Certified Human Resource Manager) -
    Humber College, Ontario

IAABC (Int'l. Assoc. of Animal Behaviour Consultants)
*  Canadian Assoc. Professional Pet Dog
    Trainers (CAPPDT)  Professional Member
*  Canadian Kennel Club - CKC
*  Canadian Assoc. of Rally-Obedience
    (CARO) - Professional Member
*  Doggone Safe Professional Member
*  Assoc. of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT)  Professional Member















Heather Lawson, Owner
with Luka "Ready for tracking"

Heather has shared her life with dogs and a variety of other animal species for as long as she can remember.  Thanks to her family, she was able to bring any animal that came her way into her home.  These included dogs of all sizes and shapes, mice, turtles, fish, kittens and yes, a little Squirrel Monkey named "Chiquita".  

Although Heather has lived all across Canada she has now settled back on the West Coast and currently resides in beautiful North Vancouver with her husband,  clicker trained dogs;  "Luka", "Tissot" and "Tag"  (all German Shepherds) and Tiger Oscar Fish "Phish"
  -  yes, the fish is clicker trained too!

" It would have been a blessing to have known then, what I know now, and continue to learn about, when it comes to training and communicating with another species."


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