Who We Are


I am the owner of Southpaw Pets and will be your Walks N' Wags instructor, should you decide to take our comprehensive pet first aid course. I graduated from the University of Guelph with a bachelor of science in Animal Biology in 2018. Over the years I have worked with a large collection of animals. I ran a research study at the university focusing on feeding strategies for pregnant pigs, have worked for over 4 years as a veterinary assistant and have fostered over 10 dogs. I also own two dogs of my own. Maggie, the boxer cross and Patrick, the miniature pinscher. Several years ago I sat where you are now because I wanted to improve my knowledge and skills on pet first aid. I wanted the certification for my resume but most importantly I wanted to feel prepared working in the veterinary clinic and housing rescue dogs. I can wholeheartedly say the course prepared me in one way or another for every animal industry I have been involved with since. That’s why after graduation I decided I wanted to teach the course myself and prepare students the same way I had been prepared years before!

Walks ‘N’ Wags was started by Lisa Wagner in 2000, as a dog walking and pet sitting company based out of Vancouver. In 2003 she expanded to offer OESL pet first aid courses after finding herself and her staff in a handful of pet emergencies without official training. OESL began in 1993 and developed the first pet first aid program in North America. Then, in 2007 passed over the program to Walks ‘N’ Wags. The course has undergone 2 major revisions to become the course it is today.

Walks N' Wags is proud to have earned recognition from various organizations including:

  • the prestigious “Stamp of Approval” from Animal Wellness, North America’s top animal health and wellness magazine

  • Modern Dog Magazine “Fave Find” 2018

  • Pet Care professionals are eligible for a discount on insurance premiums with ProFur Insurance

  • 8.5 continuing education credits for IAABC members

  • 5 CEUs for active members of Pet Sitters International (PSI)

  • 10 CEUs for members of International Association of Canine Professionals