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AA_about_alt_icon_maroon   Meet Your Dog Trainer

The best dog trainers are like the best doctors, they are constantly continuing their education. Laura Bourhenne earned her degree in Exotic Animal Training from Moorpark College majoring in Operant & Classical Conditioning, animal husbandry, handling and management. She is a Professional Member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, an Associate Member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer through the CCPDT, and she continues her education by reading the newest literature and attending numerous seminars and conferences each year.

Laura's first job immediately following graduation at Moorpark, was training a potbellied pig for a family in Santa Monica. This was when she began to understand the importance of being able to work well with people as well as animals. Concurrently, she also worked at the Universal Studios Animal Show where she was able to deepen her knowledge and experience of how animals learn. But in 1990 Laura chose to narrow her primary focus to dogs and dog behavior after realizing how gratifying she found it to help people with their pets.

In the more than 25 years since beginning her business, Laura has helped thousands of dogs and their families learn to live in harmony.  It is her greatest pleasure to know that she has contributed to keeping once “problem” dogs out of shelters and rescues and in loving homes. In addition to working with people and their pets, Laura also donates her time to various rescue organizations, including the Bill Foundation, Golden Retriever Club of Greater Los Angeles, and Southern California Golden Retriever Rescue, and is a Certified Training Partner for Best Friends Los Angeles.

Because Laura has trained many different species of animals including primates, birds of prey, ponies, rats, miniature potbelly pigs and many others, (ever hear of a kinkajou?) she has learned to train without the necessity of physical contact. Some of the species she has worked with can be dangerous and it was necessary for her to train them from outside the cage. She accomplished this with the use of a conditioned reinforcer, known as a clicker. Clicker training is a technique she now also uses with some of the dogs she trains. If you're interested in learning more about clicker training, check out the Resources section.

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AA_about_alt_icon_maroon   Laura's dog
training philosophy

The training methods used at AAU are reward based training, using toys, praise, petting, food and anything else your dog tells you he wants. This doesn't mean we don't ever tell them they are incorrect or that there aren't consequences for certain actions, but our job is to be educational, not punitive.

 
Dogs want to know what is expected of them and where they stand in relation to the other animals in their home, this includes you. So if their living situation is unclear, that frustration could cause them to default to doggie behaviors we humans tend not to like. These things include digging, barking, general destructive behavior, aggression, etc... So your job as a good leader is to bring clarity to your dog's life - to be your dog's best friend. That is what Laura strives for.

At Animal Attraction Unlimited the goal is to help you build the relationship you've always wanted with your dog; to guide you in understanding what motivates them and how we can use those motivations to teach them the things we want them to learn. If you understand how they learn and how to motivate a dog, you can get them to do practically anything you want.

Don't you just love it when you return home and your dog greets you at the door with a smiling face and wagging tail? No matter what kind of mood you're in your dog is always there for you, loving you unconditionally. They make you laugh when you've had a bad day, and cuddle with you when you need it most. They think of us as their best friends, we should treat them, and train them, as if they are ours.