The people, animals, and professional passion behind Fur and Feather Works
The Fur and Feather Works Philosophy
Professional animal training
We’re honored that most of our clients come from client or veterinary referrals. However you found us, we’ll take the best possible care of you and your animal.
Commitment to education
In an unregulated industry where anyone can declare themselves a dog, cat, or bird trainer, our credentials and dedication to ongoing professional development set us apart.
Science-based, force-free animal training
We stay up-to-date on the latest in training science, and use only positive reinforcement training techniques for real results, your animal’s well being, and your peace of mind.
Real customer service
Sadly, our industry has a reputation for unreliable service. We believe taking great care of our human clients is just as important as taking great care of our furred and feathered ones.
We know how busy our clients are with careers, family, or the freedom of retirement. That’s why our convenient services seek results you can count on in the bustle of everyday life.
The Fur and Feather Works Team (2-legged members)
Joanna Moritz, BA, CPDT-KA, CNWI
Owner, Lead Trainer
Joanna combines a background in human teaching with 20 years of animal training experience to bring Reno dog, cat, and bird lovers the best possible training results.
A lifelong learning junkie, Joanna holds a degree in psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno, is certified as Knowledge Assessed through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, is a Certified Nose Work Instructor, and can be seen attending training conferences and seminars whenever the opportunity strikes. Joanna is a charter member of the Pet Professional Guild.
Joanna shares her Reno home with a mostly-rescued menagerie of two Amazon parrots, a disabled cockatiel, a Dutch bunny, an Australian Cattle Dog mix, an Australian Kelpie, and two cats.
Joan Bohmann, PhD
Like everyone on the team, Joan values education and kindness for all species, so she uses her decades of experience in educational psychology to foster human and animal communication and well-being. Joan has years of experience in the rescue world, and is a member of the Pet Professional Guild and Paws 4 Love Reno. In between learning opportunities, you’ll often find her nose tucked into the most recent scientific literature on training, canine learning, and the human-canine bond.
Joan adds all that to a doctorate in educational psychology from Arizona State University, and has been recognized at the state and national level for her contributions to the profession of school psychology.
When not helping dog lovers enjoy the best possible behavior from and relationships with their dogs, Joan volunteers at the Nevada Humane Society, enjoys community involvement as a board member of Paws 4 Love Reno, does therapy dog work with her rescued Chihuahua Tango, and helps her other rescued Chihuahua mix, Sparkle, gain confidence and manners at home.
Jane Detweiler, Ph.D., CNWI
Jane brings her dog training and college teaching backgrounds together to support both sides of the learning equation—human and canine. Much of dog training is about clear communication between species, and under Jane’s guidance Fur and Feather Works students marvel at how much more responsive their dogs become. Jane earned her Ph.D. from the University of Louisville. She is a licensed AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator and AKC Scent Work Judge, a Certified Nose Work Instructor, as well as a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers.
When not teaching human-canine communication, Jane and her training partner Tango, a Standard Schnauzer, work on adding to their titles in AKC CGCA, AKC Scent Work, Rally Obedience, Barn Hunt, and K9 Nose Work.
Colleen McClintock, BBA, KPA-CTP
Colleen’s passion for dog training is contagious – and our clients love to catch the bug! Always pursuing more knowledge, she graduated with distinction from the Karen Pryor Academy for Dog Trainers, is a Certified Trick Dog Instructor through Do More With Your Dog, a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and a member of Paws 4 Love Reno. Combined with her 10 years of teaching experience, the results are nothing sort of amazing!
When not motivating clients to reach their goals with their own dogs, Colleen shares her heart with two German Shepherds; Bear, and his younger “sister,” Cher. Bear has his CGC, CGCA, and CGCU, and is also a registered therapy dog with ATD, and Cher has her CGC, CGCA and multiple Nose Work and Trick Dog titles.
Sarah Espinoza-Sokal, BA
Our awesome administrative assistant Sarah is most likely the first person you’ll meet on our Fur and Feather Works team, as she’s the one who will answer your call, return your email, or confirm your class registration. She makes it her personal mission to get all questions answered, make everyone feel welcomed, and set a tone for the top-rate customer service we all strive for and pride ourselves on.
Sarah shares her life with Riley, the Border Collie, and Ziya, the Australian Kelpie, and together they enjoy hiking and competing in agility.
Brigitte Moritz, MBA
Our brilliant office manager Brigitte is the invisible force moving Fur and Feather Works forward. She helps you track your payments and Benji Bundle or Lassie Package progress, organizes class and trainer schedules, and keeps track of the books. We’d list all the things Brigitte does to make Fur and Feather Works run smoothly, but we’re pretty sure our webmaster would tell us there’s just not enough room.
Brigitte shares her home with an Australian Shepherd and a rescued Chihuahua mix, and her yard with all manner of wild animals and birds who come for the daily handouts.
The Fur and Feather Works Team (4-legged members)
If your dog is uncomfortable around, fearful of, or aggressive toward other dogs, chances are you’ll get to know one or more of our hardworking stimulus dogs.
These pooches have been carefully chosen and trained for the work of convincing fellow canines that making dog friends is actually pretty cool. They’ve helped countless Fur and Feather Works clients and their dogs feel more comfortable walking in public, and have been a first friend to many of our clients’ dogs.
Our four-legged team members have uniquely suited temperaments for actively enjoying this work, and are beloved family members.
Tango, Standard Schnauzer
Tango is a bit of a workaholic. An easy-going, cheerful guy, he spends much of his time pursuing titles in K9 Nose Work, AKC Scent Work, and Rally-O. He of course also has his Advanced Canine Good Citizen title. When not earning titles or helping fellow dogs learn to relax, he himself relaxes in odd positions on the furniture. He also enjoys extorting his owners by trading socks for treats, and taking orders from his older sister Olive, a Mini Schnauzer. Tango works for chicken apple sausage.
Raven, Australian Shepherd
Outside of convincing fellow dogs that dogs are okay, Raven enjoys fetching her flying squirrel toy, wagging her tailless bum, attending an occasional class, hiking, swimming, visiting her friends at doggy daycare, and playing with her little brother, a Chihuahua mix. Raven’s training payment of choice is chicken. Or steak. Either is acceptable.
Peanut, Pit Bull
Peanut loves the work of being a stimulus dog. Rescued from the side of the road at age 7, her calm, sweet presence reassures dogs that really, there’s nothing to get all worked up about. When not training fellow canines, she enjoys hiking in the Sierras, taking long walks in the park, hanging out with her older “sister,” Sophie, and chasing squirrels. Peanut likes to be compensated for all training work with … food. She’ll eat anything, really. No exceptions.
Tango the Chihuahua is a busy little guy! When not engaged in stimulus dog work, Tango is obsessed with Nose Work and insists on playing it every day. He also occupies his time doing therapy dog work with Paws 4 Love, performing his many tricks for an enthusiastic crowd, and napping in his bed. He’ll work for any form of payment, as long as its edible. Despite his advanced education, he does not have a sophisticated palette.
“Thank you again to everyone…”
“Minnie has made so much progress, she’s a completely different dog. I would recommend Fur and Feather Works to anyone who wants to give both owners and fur children a better life. Thank you again to everyone there, you have changed my life and Minnie’s for the best!” – Minnie’s dad Ben, condensed from his Facebook review
Fur and Feather Works offers the best in puppy training classes, dog training classes, private dog training, cat training, and bird training for the Reno area including Sparks, Washoe Valley, Incline Village, Lemmon Valley, Cold Springs, Palomino Valley, Pleasant Valley, Susanville, Carson City, Dayton, Garnerville, Minden, Marleeville, Verdi, Somerset, Spanish Springs, Fernley and Fallon.