Here’s what you should know before choosing me as your dog trainer
Why I’m a Dog Trainer and Behavior Consultant
It would be easy to just say I love dogs and am fascinated by dog behavior. Both are true. But what really led me to choose training as my life’s work is the joy I get from making change for my clients.
Dog training and behavior modification are really about problem solving—finding creative ways for both human and canine alike to make change in the midst of our real, complex lives. (If you have time to slow down and learn how to train, and the luxury of easily changing life routines and habits, it would all be relatively easy.) But good dog trainers understand that we don’t work in a laboratory setting—we have to find realistic solutions that reflect the realities of the busy lives our clients lead. And that’s where things get really interesting.
I love working with each dog and human duo to figure out the most elegant and practical solution for getting the job done. There’s nothing more satisfying than seeing things really start to gel—to see the dog begin to “get it” and the human able to take more joy from their dog.
I’d love to teach you how to get the behavior you want from your dog. Or if you’re frustrated with a difficult behavior problem or need to achieve your goals more quickly I’m delighted to provide even more support by doing the training myself. I’m a professional dog trainer, after all!
My Professional Credentials
I take my professional education very seriously because I take getting my clients the best results very seriously. I’ve pursued the highest honors in our field, and engage in ongoing professional development on a regular basis.
Karen Pryor Academy
Widely recognized as one of the most rigorous programs for professional dog trainers. As a KPA Certified Training Partner, I am one of a small number of trainers allowed to use this special designation.
Masters in Applied Animal Behavior Analysis—in process
I am honored to have been invited to join the invite-only inaugural class of this long-awaited program to be taught by some of the most respected minds in our field, including Dr. Jesus Rosales Ruiz, Alexandra Kurland, and Ken Ramirez.
Professional Certifications, Memberships & Associations
- IAABC: Associate Certified Dog Behavior Consultant
- KPA: Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner
- FPPE: Family Paws Parent Education Licensed Presenter
- Sparks Supporter
Dog Care & Safety
Canine 1st Aid & CPR Certified
Though my focus is on behavioral health, I believe all dog care professionals should be prepared to administer emergency care to animals in their charge.
Recent Continuing Education Programs
- Puppy Start Right
- Dr. Susan Friedman’s Living and Learning with Animals
- Clicker Expo Norfolk, VA
- Animal Behavior and Welfare at the University of Edinburgh
- Clicker Expo Portland, OR
- Animal Training Seminar for Zoological Professionals with Ken Ramirez
- IAABC Animal Behavior Conference, Chicago
- Canine Behavior Modification Training with Pat Miller
- Dogs & Babies, Dogs & Toddlers via Family Paws Parent Education
- Dog Emotion & Cognition with Brian Hare at Duke University
- IAABC Principles and Practices
- Clicker Expo Reno, NV
- Advanced Reinforcement with Ken Ramirez
- Arousal, Impulse Control and Problem Behavior with Ken McCort
- Safety, Defensive Handling, and Case Resolutions with Michael Shikashio
- Teaching Skills Using Positive Reinforcement: The Journey From the Skinner Box to the Operating Room with Karen Pryor, Ken Ramirez, and Theresa McKeon
- How to Work Aggression Cases A-Z with Michael Shikashio
- The Art and Science of Animal Training Conference 2017, University of North Texas
My Training Approach
Animal training is both a science and an art. There are many labels for the type of training that I do: Positive reinforcement training, clicker training, humane training, relationship based training, and force-free training. I believe dog trainers and behavior consultants should adhere to the same standards as medical physicians: First, Do No Harm.
My ultimate goal is to support clients in creating behavior change in their animals, but I will not use force, fear, intimidation, or pain to reach our goals. In short, effectiveness is not enough. I adhere to the humane hierarchy and the principles of LIMA (Least Intrusive, Minimally Aversive) in order to ensure that the animals I work with have the highest welfare possible during the behavior modification process. Learning theory applies to all species of animals – including humans – and I am as passionate about facilitating your growth as I am about training your canine companion.
We are all individuals with varying cognitive abilities, needs, and desires. I create a unique program for each individual canine human partnership I work with.
“Dogs are people, too.”
They are our family, our best friends, our fur kids, and our loyal companions. While anthropomorphism can be a dangerous road to follow when approaching behavior change, cognitive research points to many similarities between dogs and humans. Though dogs do not feel guilt, show remorse, or speak in full sentences, their ability to not only communicate but to cooperate with us is unmatched by any other species. We also know that dogs experience many of our same emotions – love, joy, anxiety, fear, frustration – and that as a social species dogs thrive when they have human companionship. Fostering good behavior in our dogs is an integral part of making sure they are happy, healthy, and well behaved.
I live in the center of Manhattan with one rescued mixed breed pup, one formerly stray cat, and one husband.
My dog Grayson is my most valuable and treasured teacher. Overnight he exhibited symptoms of separation anxiety and became dog reactive, barking and lunging at other dogs out on the street. I understand the challenge of living and working through embarrassing behavior problems in NYC.
My cat Poca, a senior now, is the sweetest, most loving kitty you’ve ever met, IMHO.
And my husband Evan is a great support to us all.
Ready for a new leash on life with your puppy or dog?
What my clients have to say (Thanks, Mike!)
I rescued my pup from a shelter. He exhibited difficulties on the leash and socializing with other dogs. We have been working with Lauren’s Leash for the past 4 months for training and walking. My dog Tyson is showing incredible progress. Lauren’s method is to give the dog confidence in themselves in order to conquer their fears and anxieties. Having been around dogs my whole life I can confidently say that this method is much better for long term results than punishment driven training. She has been extremely good about communicating and being patient with my dog as well as equipping me with the tools to be the best parent I can be. Most importantly she is truly driven by seeing a dog’s progress and excited about the work she does. I researched and interviewed many trainer/walkers, and I am so thankful and happy that I chose Lauren.