Dogs Dig It 
Training & Services Ltd.

A unique blend of fun, force-free training for your family dog!

Laurie is a professional dog trainer and Tellington TTouch® practitioner working in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Dedicated to the wellbeing of dogs, she uses humane methods without the use of intimidation, force or fear. Laurie is an experienced small dog trainer and is a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP), certified trick dog instructor (CTDI), scent games instructor (DN-FSG), Tellington TTouch® practitioner, Dogsafe Authorized instructor and co-owner of Dogs Dig It Training & Services Ltd.


Laurie grew up in Manitoba surrounded by animals and her love for them took her to raising and training horses with dogs always at her side; volunteering for the local 4-H club she taught the pee wee group (under age for 4H) how to be safe around horses, how to ride, groom and other things related to horses. Life then took her to Vancouver Island where her focus turned to dogs.

Laurie’s husband always wanted a Chihuahua so after a hound and spaniel they got their first Chihuahua, who stole her heart and created a passion for small dogs.


After they adopted their fourth Chihuahua, a calm household turned into chaos and the search for positive training methods began. The search led Laurie to clicker training (Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training & Behavior) and Tellington TTouch®. She graduated with Distinction from the KPA Dog Trainer Professional program and went on to become a Tellington TTouch® practitioner.

She continues to expand her training knowledge by taking courses, attending seminars, workshops, and conferences regularly.

Laurie's other passion is for shelter dogs, teaching them boundaries, to have manners and confidence. Her goal for shelter dog training is to result in successful adoptions into permanent homes.


Laurie lives with her husband and seven adopted Chihuahua/crosses.

 Professional Development
Instructor
Year
International Dog Parkour Instructors Course
Dr. Abigail Curtis & Karin Coyne (IDPA Founders)
2017
International Dog Parkour Workshop
Dr. Abigail Curtis & Karin Coyne (IDPA Founders)
2017
Beginning Dog Parkour
Kathy Weaver
2017
DogSafe Authorized Instructor 
Michelle Sevigny
2017
Fitness on the Flat
Bobbie Lyons
2017
Tellington Ttouch Training® Companion Animal Training Session 6
Robyn Hood & Kathy Cascade (Vernon)
2016
Tellington Ttouch Training® Companion Animal Training Session 5
Edie Jane Eaton (Portland)
2016
Tellington Ttouch Training® Companion Animal Training Session 4
Robyn Hood & Debby Potts (Calgary)
2016
Weekly Inspirations
Dogmantics Dog Training
2016
Fun Scent Games Instructor 1
DogNostics Career College
2015
Chicken Camp Beginners
Terry Ryan CPDT-KA CDBC KPACTP
2015
Chicken Camp Advanced
Terry Ryan CPDT-KA CDBC KPACTP
2015
Tellington Ttouch Training® Companion Animal Training Session 3
Kathy Cascade (Portland)
2015
Tellington Ttouch Training® Companion Animal Training Session 2
Kathy Cascade (Calgary)
2015
Karen Pryor ClickerExpo
Various speakers
2015
Karen Pryor ClickerExpo
Various speakers
2014
Puppy Start Right for instructors
Debbie Martin & Kenneth M. Martin, DVM
2014
Trick Dog Instructor
Kyra Sundance (Do More With Your Dog)
2014
Tellington Ttouch Training® Companion Animal Training Session 1
Robyn Hood & Kathy Cascade (Vernon)
2014
Dogsafe Canine First Aid - Parts 1 & 2
Michelle Sevigny, DogSafe
2014
Ttouch - Building a Heart Connection With Your Dog
Rachel Allen and Janice Richmond
2014
Karen Pryor Academy For Animal Training & Behavior
Terry Ryan CPDT-KA CDBC KPACTP
2013
Ttouch for Competition
Rachel Allen (Beings in Balance)
2013
Introduction to Tracking
Kim Bialkowski
2012