About Your Trainers
After graduating from The University of North Carolina Wilmington with a degree in biology, Shelby realized she wanted a career that involved animals. Growing up she always had a passion for animals, specifically canines, and dreamed of becoming a veterinarian. During her college career, she worked at many doggy daycares and veterinarian hospitals, where she discovered she was interested in dog behavior more than the science of dog medicine. Her first dog, Tucker, a shih-poo, was what initially sparked her passion for dog training. She got Tucker, her freshman year of college, and in her spare time taught him a bunch of funny tricks (just what every freshman should be doing). Training came very natural to her and she loved the bond it created between the two of them. After graduating, she spent a year working and managing a doggy daycare, boarding, and grooming facility, but her mind kept coming back to her passion for dog training. That’s when she did some research on how to become a dog trainer and found out about The Dog Wizard Academy. And since then…she has not looked back! It is the greatest job in the world getting to help dogs live better lives! A little about her fur family members:
Tucker– A 9-year-old shih-poo that is Shelby’s little shadow. He knows a bunch of silly tricks and has quite a goofy personality. He holds a very special place in her heart.
Hurley– An 8-year-old pit-lab mix, was Shelby’s second dog. She was rescued from the side of the highway and now lives a wonderful life alongside her brothers. She is a happy-go-lucky pup who loves everyone!
Taz– A 6-year-old border collie, is full of personality and intelligence. He loves to play fetch with his tennis ball, go swimming, and learn tricks. He is also an agility dog with plans to compete in the future.
Bandit– Bandit, who is Taz’s littermate, was also added to the pack! He is polar opposite of his brother but is super smart and handsome!
Lauren had a passion for animals since she can remember. Growing up there was never a time her family did not have 2 or more dogs. In college, Lauren acquired her first personal dog, Harley, a Male Chihuahua. She was lucky enough to be attending Lees-Mcrae College which was actually one of the very few pet-friendly campuses in the US where Harley lived in her dorm and attended classes with her! She trained him in Obedience, Rally Obedience and Agility (which was by far both of their favorites!), not to mention all the crazy tricks he learned! Many were apprehensive about her choice of breed however she proved them wrong by raising up a happy, confident, well behaved pup. After returning home Lauren began working at a boarding and daycare facility where she was fascinated by learning to read dogs cues and body language and others could tell she had quite a natural knack for it! Lauren was then given the opportunity to become and Assistant Manager of a very knowledgeable well-known holistic dog and cat store where she learned a vast amount of knowledge on proper species appropriate nutrition for our carnivorous canines, along with other overall knowledge of keeping our dogs healthier in a more natural way. The whole-time Lauren realized something was missing when she met Shelby and Cranston and they saw a gift in her with dog training. Her dream was realized. With her pack of three she hopes to shed (pun intended) a positive light on showing how proper socialization, structure and obedience can bring the best out of your dog no matter age, breed, or gender. Al little about Lauren’s fur family:
Wesson- Wesson is a 5 year old Golden Retriever/Cane Corso mix scooped up off of craigslist at 1.5 years old. He is a big goober and just a love. We like to call him the Godfather of the dogs. Wesson’s helps Lauren with her appointments and is a rock star when it comes to helping re-socialize aggressive dogs.
Blue- Blue was originally rescued from Eastern Herding Dog Rescue by Shelby and Cranston as a failed foster attempt because she fit in so nice with the pack. Blue came to us basically feral, with little human contact. Blue was then adopted by Lauren and the rest was history. This little 7-year-old Blue Heeler is a changed pup. She has blossomed into the perfect dog. you won’t see her far from her Knight and Shining Armor, Wesson. Lauren is in the process of starting Blue’s agility career!
Harley- Harley is a 7-year-old Chihuahua. Harley started the passion of training for Lauren. As a younger pup Harley competed in competition obedience but then went over to Agility which became his forte. Harley is possibly the coolest Chihuahua you will ever meet and you can frequently see him out at big local dog events representing and showing off for WDW!