Connecting with your dog
This is more than training. You're not searching for a cookie-cutter routine that'll get your pet to sit in a split second, no questions asked. You're not looking for another training recipe.
You want something more.
You need something more.
You're looking to build mutual respect. And trust. You want to learn how to interact with your one friend who just happens to dig gnarly smells and popping her morning squat al fresco. What happens here is about connection. And it happens in a supportive, stress-free environment that uses humane, reward-based methods that benefit both ends of the leash.
Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed
Certified Nose Work Instructor
Laura's lifelong fascination with canines, especially their unique ability to work alongside humans, inspires her every day. Driven by her boundless curiosity about how dogs think and learn, Laura has spent more than a decade as a professional in the fields of dog training, scent-detection, and K9 Nose Work.
She is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) through the CCPDT, a Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI™) through the National Association of Canine Scent Work (NASCW), and is a professional detection canine handler with Midwest Conservation Dogs, Inc. Laura seeks out regular continuing education to keep current with the latest in science-based, positive reinforcement training methods.
Philosophy & Approach
Laura's personal and professional vow is to work with people and dogs using humane, reward-based learning methods. Her work is centered around using training techniques that empower the learner to be a part of the learning process. As a teacher, she loves to have fun while engaging with her students and does her best to set up a successful, healthy learning environment. She does not condone or use methods that inflict physical or psychological pain on canine companions, or the humans she works with.
Her approach when working with clients is to start with a foundation of understanding that dogs are dogs.
"Just a quick note that let you know that Henry is thriving! He is happy, playful and confident. When out walking, he looks to me for reinforcement that he is “looking” and not reacting to the neighborhood dogs. Even better, he has decided that Albert is a good snuggle buddy. His only complaint is that Albert is now longer than he is and takes up too much room on the dog beds when they are napping together. Thanks again for your help!!!!!"
Leah with Henry, George & Albert