- Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA)
- AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator
Lauren got her start in dog behavior while volunteering with service dogs at 4 Paws for Ability, but she has spent years working with all kinds of animals that skitter, slither, run, swim and fly. Lauren has a degree in Biology with minor in Marine Biology, and she has worked with and cared for animals from sea turtles to seals, as well as tropical fish, snakes, birds, crabs, hissing cockroaches, an octopus and many more.
Lauren worked in the education department at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo for three summers, where she helped to create and run conservation programs, ran giraffe feedings, and partnered with numerous Education Animals in programs for the public. She spent three years at a Hawaii PetCo, first as their Aquatic Specialist, and later promoted to Companion Animal Leader in charge of all of the animals in the store. In 2017, she completed the PetCo Dog Training Academy to become a dog trainer, and was able once again to use her experience with public education to teach humans and their dogs.
Here at WOOFS!, Lauren is one of our Board & Train specialists, as well as teaching Puppy Kindergarten and other obedience classes.