About Our Trainers
Meet the Nebraska Dog Trainers
Lesley Thompson – Co-owner and founder
Nebraska Dog Trainers is co-owned by founder Lesley Thompson. Lesley is excited to bring her wealth of knowledge and experience to the area. She is very experienced in training dogs for basic and advanced obedience, therapy dog certification, as well as dealing with behavioral modification.
Lesley adores dogs and has always had them in her life. She has been fostering, grooming and training dogs on a volunteer basis since 2002. In 2015, Lesley decided to make the big leap to professional dog training, opening the door to Nebraska Dog Trainers. She has finally figured out how to not work a day in her life. She currently has a Standard Poodle named Margaux. Lesley’s philosophy is a dog should enhance your life not inhibit it!
Akin – Co-owner & Training Director
Michele G. – owner & lead trainer of NDT Lincoln
Marie - Holistic Health Consultant
Our Amazing Trainers
Shyra B. - Trainer
Danielle O. - Trainer
Danielle grew up with a love for all animals and had the opportunity to spend time with working dogs while in the military. She was a proud foster parent for the military working dog program and specializes in service dog training. Danielle and her husband have 2 dogs Beretta (Patterdale terrier mix) and Kelty (Belgian Malinois). Danielle has a passion for improving the lives and well-being of dogs everywhere.
Roberta R. - Trainer
Originally from South Dakota, Roberta has been madly in love with dogs her entire life. Always having dogs as family pets, Roberta has decades of experience with dogs. She has an art education degree and has spent over fifteen years in the education field helping students embrace and express their creativity. Taking from her education training, Roberta now applies these skills to helping pet owners and their dog’s bond over obedience. Roberta and her family have three rescue dogs of their own; Bebe, a Doberman Pinscher, Luca, a Retriever and Poodle mix, and Ruby, a Pit Bull and Labrador mix.
Liz - Trainer
Liz is definitely a dog person! She is a Lincoln native, and after a year in Seattle, she has returned home to the good life. At age three, her dad brought home a yellow Labrador, and Liz has been obsessed with working dogs ever since. By the start of high school, she was responsible for three dogs, two birds, and a horse (and all of them ended up well behaved, except maybe the birds!) She graduated from UNL with a bachelors in Psychology and Sociology, giving her insight into animal and human behavior that help her educate dogs and owners alike. After graduation, Liz was eager to expand her knowledge of the dog world, and trained in a variety of dog sports including agility, flyball, treibball, barn hunt, nose work, tricks, rally obedience, and weight pull. Her current best friend is The Bear Dog, who has dabbled in a variety of sports, and earned his CGC and Community Canine Award. She also works with her chiweenie, Soma, on tricks and agility, and is currently working a rescue lab, Tucker, towards therapy dog work.
Elliott M. - Trainer
Born and raised on a hobby farm in Elk City, Nebraska, Elliott developed an affinity for working with animals from a young age by training horses and livestock guardian dogs, herding dogs, and bird dogs. However, it wasn’t until she adopted her first shepherd Sawyer, a Belgian Groenendael/Beglian Malinois mix, that this affinity matured into an infatuation with canine behavior and health and, perhaps most obsessively, working with difficult dogs. Elliott has a background working in rescue, training barns, as well as doggie daycare/boarding facilities and is currently working on a certification in holistic canine nutrition. In addition to Sawyer, her wily pack currently consists of Cricket, a Belgian Malionis, Holden, an Australian Shepherd mix, Link, a Czech German Shepherd, Buck and Duck, two very adventurous cats, Johnny, an off the track thoroughbred, and Ralph, an incredibly spirited haflinger, but you could take stock in the fact that this list will expand. Elliott’s favorite part about being a dog trainer is being able to bridge the gaps in communication between the dog and their owner(s) and seeing the transformation from pet to partner.