About Us

“First, do no harm.” – Hippocrates


Joanna Moritz is the owner and head trainer of Fur and Feather Works, LLC.  For the past 15 years she has been working professionally with dogs, cats, parrots, and other small animals, using positive reinforcement training.  She have a degree in psychology, 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, and an Australian Cattle Dog.  They are almost all rescued.


NW1-309Beverly Lassiter has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 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 lives with her dogs Olive, the Miniature Schnauzer, and Tango, the Standard Schnauzer, who both hold Barn Hunt and Nose Work titles.


Liz Carter has over eighteen years of experience in various dog sports, both competing with her own dogs, and teaching others.  Her passions include Agility, Barn Hunt, Dock Jumping, Earthdog, Rally and Obedience, Lure Coursing, Flyball, Weight Pull, Tracking, and more!  She is a Professional member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, and a recognized judge in many diverse dog sports.  She is committed to developing the unique relationship between humans and canines by promoting safe and fun competiton at all levels, and always working toward exceptional sportsmanship, teamwork, and responsible dog ownership.

Liz lives in Reno with her husband, a few herding dogs, and a bunch of terriers.


Brigitte Moritz, MBA is our hardworking 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, arranges payment, 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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