Laura is an energetic, passionate person who loves to teach families how to bring the best out of their dogs. While in college Laura held a variety of animal-related positions including working at the UConn horse barn, teaching as an Assistant Naturalist at Westmoor Park, and interning with endangered species at White Oak Conservation Center in Florida. While finishing her Master’s degree at UConn she began volunteering at Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation helping to lead the puppy classes. Soon after she was hired as a full-time trainer where she trained and placed German Shepherd guide dogs throughout the country for 5 years.
Laura completed a rigorous three-year apprenticeship, after which she was certified as a guide dog trainer/instructor. She has trained countless guide dogs for service work throughout the US and Canada. She has also traveled all over the country to teach visually-impaired clients how to use their service dog.
Laura also enjoys training tricks. She regularly performs shows with her Expert Trick Dog, Jake, a dog she rescued as a 2 year old from Tennessee. He can perform a multitude of tricks including climbing a ladder, jumping rope, and getting a drink from the fridge. As a pair, they teach children’s summer camp and educate people on the benefits of rescuing an adult dog.
Laura recently added another puppy to her family to compete in agility, disc and herding. She is intimately familiar with the needs of energetic puppies and raises them as if she were raising a service dog.
Laura has taught everything from basic obedience to herding foundations classes and enjoys empowering clients to problem solve with their own dogs. Her programs focus on solid fundamentals in order to encourage long-term success for the dog/handler team.
When Laura is not training dogs, you can find her riding and competing with her horse, Dr. Cooper.
Laura’s philosophy is grounded in positive reinforcement to unlock the potential in your dog. She believes training should be fun for both the human and the dog. She also believes in having a wide variety of tools and methods to choose from, as one solution does not fit all dogs. Laura can teach you how to help your dog become the valued member of your family they were meant to be.
Casey Jones is the newest member of the LEDR Dog Training team. She specializes in solving difficult behavior problems and building a strong relationship with your dog.
Casey has been surrounded by animals since childhood and grew up competing nationally in multiple equestrian events. Throughout her time at the barn training with her horse she also built working relationships with multiple farm dogs, cats, and even chickens. At home she would often get in trouble for teaching the family dog undesirable behaviors like how to jump the baby gate that kept her from going upstairs or how to fetch her toy off the kitchen counters!
Casey attended college at the University of Findlay for Equestrian Studies and later went on to develop and lead the riding instruction program at Nash Hill Equestrian Center, in Gowanda, NY. It was there that Casey picked out her first puppy of her own, a Border Collie Lab Mix named Riley. Riley was an expert farm dog but lost his job when Casey moved back to CT to finish her studies in English. This was when Casey’s love for training and dog sports started. Riley had a new career as a trick, agility, and disc dog!
Around the same time, a young neglected English Mastiff joined the family. Through helping Sophie recover, Casey learned the power of positive reinforcement training in rehabilitating dogs with severe behavior problems, allowing Sophie to go from people phobic and dog aggressive to confident family companion.
Casey is positive, upbeat, and confident that she can help change your family’s relationship with your dog. She currently lives in Windsor, CT with her husband, Border Collie Onni, and rescue dog Stark!
Laura and Casey are professional members of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) and are fully insured.