Meet the Team

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Leesa Westwood

Owner

Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed

Leesa began her formal training in the fall of 2014, when she adopted a dog with behavioural problems. Leesa and Hades began working with a trainer who saw her potential and brought her on as an apprentice. Over the past few years she has taken several courses and seminars and is certified as a professional dog trainer by the Certified Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT). As an addition to training, she has worked with dog daycares, rescues, and pet stores, expanding her knowledge and experience in all things dog related. The science and art of dog training is an ever-changing field, and she is constantly furthering her knowledge and education to better serve her clients and the dogs she works with.

Leesa believes strongly in positive reinforcement dog training. This means that she does not use any kind of force, intimidation or fear tactics to get a dog to do what she wants. Instead, she work with your dogs natural instincts and thought processes to communicate what she wants and to teach them to make better decisions through reward based training.

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Emily Lowes

Owner

Certified Behaviour Consultant Canine - Knowledge Assessed

Emily is passionate about all things dog! She has been fostering and training dogs for over ten years and has worked in the pet industry for seven years. Emily is currently a member of the Wild Dogs Performance and Flyball team and competes competitively and recreationally. She has been competing in disc for the last six years and it is a sport she has become very passionate about. Emily has attended various seminars and classes and focuses on teaching your dog outlets for their energy through fun and positive training. Her dogs have several accomplishments including two lead roles in Hallmark movies, performing canine freestyle in front of thousands and travelling all across North America for performances and competitions.

She is very passionate about animal nutrition and fully believes that the best way to keep our pets healthy is to put real food in their bowl. She is also well versed in all things related to canine behaviour and loves helping fearful and reactive dogs. She is currently the only Certified Behaviour Consultant (CBCC-KA) in Winnipeg. 

Emily recently completed her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Manitoba and plans on continuing her education of canine anatomy and holistic approaches to animal care. 

Lauren Lazarowich

Walking Program Coordinator

Apprentice Trainer since January 2020

Lauren grew up surrounded by all kinds of animals, dogs, cats, rodents -- you name it! She is excitedly pursuing a career training dogs with Pliant Pack and has a soft spot for all dogs she meets. Lauren is currently a dog walker with us and you will often see her assisting in training sessions. She has a natural ability with dogs and her calm demeanour makes dogs eager to learn from her. She is Pet First Aid certified and is ready to take on any issues your dog may have!

Ali Nederhoed

Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed

Team Training Supervisor

Pliant Pack Trainer since December 2019

When Ali first knew she wanted to work with dogs she started volunteering at different veterinary hospitals to learn as much as she could! Since then she has been working at dog daycares and in dog grooming. Ali decided that training was her passion and came on board with Pliant Pack! She is a natural with dogs and loves working with dogs with behavioural issues. She is persistent with her training and we love seeing the progress she makes when working with dogs. Ali also has a passion for holistic nutrition and health after dealing with many health issues with her dog, Rocky. Ali treats all of the dogs she meets like family!

Paige Thomas

Apprentice Trainer since July 2020

Administrative Assistant

Paige Thomas loves working with every dog she meets and finds learning opportunities with all of them! She is always looking to further her knowledge and to better understand canine body language. Affectionately known by her co-workers as "Thomas", she is devoted to helping her rescue dog, Bennett and helping him learn! If your dog is looking for a new best friend, Thomas is your gal! 

Paige Reyher

Apprentice Trainer since June 2020

Paige Reyher has been working in the dog community for several years now where she has built a passion for dog training. You can expect her to be patient and positive while working with your dog. When Paige isn't working you can find her hanging out with her three huskies!

Mishel Grinko

Apprentice Trainer since November 2020

Mishel's love for animals started with horses and has led her to dog training! She has been working with dogs for the past five years and is now pursuing dog training specifically. Mishel's knowledge of horse training has benefited her with dogs and has taught her patience with even the most stubborn of animals. 

Mike Davis

Administrative Director

Mike is the Administrative Director for Pliant Pack.  He is passionate about animals and loves to cuddle with his cat Thimble who sleeps next to him as he answers your emails! If you send an email to Pliant Pack you are more than likely going to be receiving one back from Mike!

Jada Dyck

Apprentice Trainer since January 2021

Jada has always been an animal lover. Growing up on a farm in rural Manitoba nurtured a passion for animals of all kinds. Now, living in Winnipeg, she has boarded and walked dogs for friends and families and is a foster through Manitoba Mutts Dog Rescue Inc. She will ensure every dog has a comfortable and enjoyable stay while in her care. Her new puppy, Bear, loves making friends and playing with all dogs who come for a stay.

Brittany Glowacki

Dog Boarder since August 2019

Brittany is a Pet First Aid Certified boarding and day stay house. She is always looking to continue her knowledge and has a special interest in trick training with her dog, Koda! Koda and Brittany have taken all of our online classes together and have attended in-person classes. You may also see Koda with some of our other staff as a working dog! Brittany has also completed a seminar with Dr. Ian Dunbar. 

Ashley Simms

Apprentice Trainer since April 2021

Ashley first learned about positive reinforcement training while studying behavioural psychology at the University of Manitoba. She has enjoyed combining her two loves, dogs and psychology, and found a passion for force free training! Ashley can usually be found playing fetch with her Miniature Daschund, Indie or exploring with her Spaniel mix, Sophie. She has dabbled in a few different dog sports and is always looking for different ways to provide enrichment for her dogs. She is incredibly passionate about caring for dogs and loves nothing more than helping dogs succeed!

Bo Dyck

Apprentice Trainer since February 2021

If your dog is nervous around men, not to worry! Bo is very patient and kind with all the dogs he meets and puts them at ease. Bo enjoys working with nervous and reactive dogs and helping them become more at ease. He has a background in theatre so he has no problem projecting his voice to keep your dog engaged on their walks. Bo's Weiner dog sidekick, Blue, can be found assisting in training sessions and classes!

Miranda Knight

Apprentice Trainer since March 2021

Miranda first found an interest with animals by volunteering at the BCSPCA and D'arcy's Arc Animal Shelter in Winnipeg. She has seen first hand the power of positive reinforcement training with her own dog, Chloe! They first found Pliant Pack together through private sessions and attending workshops. Chloe loves to explore and her and Miranda can be found hiking at every opportunity they get. Miranda's favourite thing about dogs is their ability to instantly bring smiles to our faces even in the toughest of times. 

Hannah Roser-Dyck

Apprentice Trainer since April 2021

Hannah has always loved animals, but her interest in working with dogs started more recently. When her partner, Jada, started boarding with Pliant, she found she loved working with and meeting all of the dogs who come through their door. Being a nanny for the last 13 years has helped hone her patience and ability to work with personalities of all types. She looks forward to continuing her education and training in the dog training field. 

Lilia Johnson

Apprentice Trainer since April 2021

Lilia has been passionate about dogs since she was a young child. She has volunteered for a local dog rescue at a spay and neuter clinic, as a foster and as an adoption events coordinator. Lilia previously worked in a pet store where she cared for grooming dogs and helped pet parents selecting the best supplies for their dog.