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Heather Lawson, CPDT-KSA, KPA-CTP

In the professional pet industry for over 25 yrs., Heather started her animal career as a professional dog walker, and 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 certifications, 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"



Part of the philosophy that dogWISE is centred 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 University, B.C.

  • (Certified Human Resource Mgr) - Humber University Honours Graduate, Human Resource Management, C.H.R.M. Ontario




  • IAABC (Int'l. Assoc. of Animal Behaviour Consultants)

  • Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT)

  • Assoc. of Prof. Dog Trainers (APDT) Professional Member

  • Canadian Assoc. Professional Pet Dog Trainers (CAPPDT)

  • Canadian Kennel Club - CKC 25 Yr. Member

  • Canadian Assoc. of Rally-Obedience (CARO) - Professional Member




" 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."


OUR Assistant Trainer
Rae-Dawn Zuckerman, KPA-CTP

Rae-Dawn is a KPA Certified Professional Trainer. She came to us at dogWISE as a student in 2019 with her dog Skye. She had been working with dogs for fifteen years in different areas of the pet industry but training was had not been on her radar at all. When her dog graduated from class, Rae-Dawn wasn’t ready to leave dogWISE so she began her dog training journey with Heather…

Fast forward four years later Rae-Dawn is proud to be a part of the dogWISE Team and looks forward to helping each student reach their goals and their dogs reach their full potential as great family companions.

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