About the Trainer

Laura VanArendonk Baugh CPDT-KA KPACTP (#29344)

Laura VanArendonk Baugh and her Doberman Laevatein

Laura was born at a very young age, started playing with animals immediately after, and never grew out of it. 

She began training professionally in 1999.  Laura was one of the earliest dog trainers to achieve national certification, scoring 98% on her written exam.  She is very active in pursuing continuing education and in educating others, speaking regularly at conferences and events from midwestern America to Tokyo, Japan.

The author of the bestselling Fired Up, Frantic, and Freaked Out: Training Crazy Dogs from Over-the-Top to Under Control, then Social, Civil, and Savvy: Training & Socializing Puppies to Become the Best Possible Dogs, a children’s clicker book and many training and behavior articles, Laura is well-known in the clicker training community and her instructional videos are popularly recommended. One even made its way into a Harvard behavior class!

In January 2008 Laura became one of the world’s first Certified Training Partners from the highly-regarded Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training & Behavior and returned to the Academy as an instructor, teaching certification workshops around the country. She is also certified through TAGteach Level 2 and is a Fear-Free Certified Trainer.

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