About Us

“First, do no harm.” – Hippocrates


Joanna Moritz is the owner and head trainer of Fur and Feather Works, LLC.  For the past 18 years she has been working professionally with dogs, cats, parrots, and other small animals, using positive reinforcement training.  She has a degree in psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno, is certified as Knowledge Assessed through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, and is a Certified Nose Work Instructor.  She is also a professional member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, and a charter member of The Pet Professional Guild.  She also has years of experience in various forms of (human) teaching and tutoring and is excited to apply her experience and knowledge of behavior toward improving animal/human relationships!

She lives in Reno, and currently shares her home with two Amazon parrots, a disabled cockatiel, a Dutch bunny, an Australian Shepherd, an Australian Cattle Dog, and two cats.  They are all rescued, except for one of the dogs and one of the birds.


NW1-309Beverly Lassiter has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, is certified as Knowledge Assessed through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, is a member of the Pet Professional Guild, and is a Barn Hunt Association Level A Judge and an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator.  With a strong commitment to understanding and promoting positive human and dog relationships, Beverly helps clients bring out the best in themselves and their dogs.  Beverly actively seeks continuing education regarding positive reinforcement training methods and attends dog training and professional development seminars annually, as well as scouring scientific literature regarding positive reinforcement training and the canine-human bond.

Bev’s main partner in crime is Olive, the Miniature Schnauzer, who both holds both Barn Hunt and Nose Work titles.


Jane Detweiler has a PhD from the University of Louisville, is a member of Association of Professional Dog Trainers, and is licensed as an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator and an AKC Scent Work Judge.  She brings many years of experience teaching at the college level to helping humans understand and communicate more effectively with their dogs—and have a better team-working relationship.

Jane’s main teammate is Tango, the Standard Schnauzer, who holds an AKC CGCA title, as well as performance titles in AKC Scent Work, Rally Obedience, Barn Hunt, and Nose Work.  Tango also serves the canine community by playing even-tempered, steady stimulus dog for our clients’ dogs who need extra help.


Brigitte Moritz, MBA is our brilliant, super-organized office manager.  Brigitte and her dogIn addition to doing our accounting, she is our customers’ first point of contact when they email or call us.  She also schedules appointments, does class registrations, keeps track of Lassie Packages, arranges payments, and answers endless questions.

Brigitte shares her home with her wonderful rescued Border Collie, and a plethora of wild animals and birds who come to her yard for the handouts.

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