Laura is the founder, owner, and trainer at Perkins Animal Behavior Consulting. Her passion is teaching people to solve the behavior problems they have with their pets using positive, science-based training techniques. In her free time, she practices agility and obedience training with her border collies.
Laura began training her border collie through 4-H at the young age of 8 and was hooked! Finding better ways to train her dogs and to teach people about dog training has always been Laura’s passion. In the process of looking for better ways to help people and animals learn, Laura has had some amazing experiences.
- She received her Animal Science degree from the University of Illinois in 2009. Animal Science covers topics like nutrition, genetics, physiology, husbandry, animal sheltering, and behavior.
- To further pursue the science of learning, she obtained a Master of Science in Behavior Analysis from the University of North Texas in 2012. Behavior Analysis is the science of how people and animals learn.
- Laura completed an Advanced Animal Training course taught by Dr. Roger Abrantes in Portugal.
- Laura worked as an intern at the Trevor Zoo in Millbrook, NY. She performed daily care of the animals and also helped with training for the kias (New Zealand parrot), river otters, fox, lemurs, red pandas, and alpaca.
- Laura also volunteered at the Herd Museum in McKinney, TX where she worked with lemurs, coati, wallaroos, and capybaras on husbandry behaviors.
- She attended the Art and Science of Animal Training Conference annually from 2009-2012 and co-chaired the event in 2012.
- She is a member of the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) and attends conference annually as well.
- She is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) organization.
- Laura is a Certified Pet Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed (CCPDT-KA).
- Laura is certified as an evaluator for the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen certification.