Meet the Trainer
Lauren Jones Wenzel is a positive reinforcement trainer with a certification from the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CPDT-KA). Lauren started her training education with Animal Behavior College, which she graduated from with honors. She is an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, and a Certified Trick Dog Instructior (Kyra Sundance's Do More With Your Dog! program). Lauren also holds a BFA in Theatre from Hofstra University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude.
Lauren believes training should be based on the current science of dog learning and behavior, not on outdated theories of dominating your dog. As such, she employs only positive training methods - no pinch or choke collars, shock collars, or other pain/punishment training methods. She feels training is about building a relationship of respect and trust with your dog, not ruling by fear and intimidation.
Lauren has taught numerous private clients & group classes including Puppy Basics & Socialization, Basic and Advanced Obedience, Canine Good Citizen Test and Therapy Dog Prep classes, Rally Obedience, and Tricks. She also vounteered for several years at Liberty Humane Society, assisting in training and rehabilitating the shelter dogs and teaching new volunteers basic handling, training, and behavior modification techniques.
Lauren competes with her dogs in Rally Obedience and Canine Nosework.
Lauren was a pleasure to work with. Always, responsive and reliable. Has a great way with dogs from the early stages and has a wonderful way of incorporating all family members in the training process.
The Nesland Family
Lauren is not only great with dogs, but also with their owners! Her sessions are fun and up beat -very different than most other trainers! Lauren was also a great mentor for me when I was attending Animal Behavior College and was always full of information on dog behavior! She's reliable and professional and I'll continue to enjoy working with her!
Emily Adams CPDT-KA, ABCDT, IACP-Pro Member
Thanks so much Lauren! It's been a pleasure working with you. Piper just adores you!
I appreciate all the great advice you provided to us. You've given us so many tools to help us raise a well-behaved and happy puppy (and to assure me I'm not completely crazy!). I can tell that you spent a lot of time customizing the information you shared with us based on our needs. We really appreciate all the extra time and effort this took. I will happily recommend you to any new puppy owners we meet.
Erin, Brian and Piper