ABOUT OUR TRAINERS
Meet the Nebraska Dog Trainers
Lesley Thompson, owner
Nebraska Dog Trainers is owned by trainer 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 4 dogs (Margaux, Dusty, Cash & Piper). Lesley’s philosophy is a dog should enhance your life not inhibit it!
Our amazing Trainers
Michele has been training for Nebraska Dog Trainers since December 2015, but has worked with different species of animals for many years. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science with a Companion Animal Focus from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She has interned at the Lincoln Children's Zoo, Capital Humane Society. Michele has worked in vet clinics and doggy daycare. Michele and her husband have a Vizsla (Royal), a German Shepherd/Belgian Malinois (KC) and two cats (Mr. Kitty and Binx). Michele’s favorite part about being a dog trainer is she loves being able to help owners have well-behaved dogs that become a special part of their families.
Shyra has lived in Nebraska since September 2014 and grew up in New Hampshire. She attended Unity College in Maine and graduated with a captive wildlife care and education degree. Shyra has worked at different dog daycare/boarding/grooming places and has interned at two different zoos. Shyra and her husband have two dogs, a black German Shepherd (Raeyna) and a Chocolate Lab (Beretta). Her favorite thing about being a dog trainer is knowing the difference she made in not only the dog’s life but the owners as well. When you have a well mannered dog that you can take with you everywhere you go, both of your lives are greatly improved.
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.
Originally from a small town in Missouri, Jaclyn has always had a great love for animals and an interest in training them. As a teenager, she taught her family's cows to come to a whistle and trained the family dogs in basic obedience. After moving to Omaha, Jaclyn started working at different doggy daycares and boarding facilities part time until joining Nebraska Dog Trainers. Jaclyn and her partner John have a beautiful family that consist of Apollo and Daphne (Great Danes), Tyr (Cocker Spaniel), Heph and Mara (bearded dragons), and Neptune and Jupiter (box turtles).
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.
Born and raised in Omaha, Nicholas Bell (aka The DogPa) has dedicated himself to improving his community. He holds two degrees in creative writing and has spent the last decade teaching poetry in high schools and prisons throughout Nebraska. Now Nicholas is beyond thrilled that he gets to combine his love of helping people with his passion for dogs. The DogPa first came on our radar in 2016 when he brought his husky, Kima, to us to be trained. His dog was already so well-trained that Lesley, the owner of Nebraska Dog Trainers, said, "You know...you'd make a really great dog trainer!" A few years later Nicholas joined our amazing team of professional trainers. He prides himself on working with aggressive and reactive dogs. His sole focus is to deliver dogs that relieve clients' stress rather than create it.
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.
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.
Born and raised in a small town in Nebraska Kayla has always had a love for dogs. She is an experienced dog groomer who also worked at a humane society. Kayla has one dog, a corgi named Remmy. As Kayla's family grew and changed her love for dogs never did. She knew she wanted to find a career that included animals and when she made her way to Nebraska Dog Trainers she knew this is where she wanted to be! Kayla continues to share her love for animals through her work.