Let us help you give your dog the gift of an adventure-filled life.
We are committed to providing you with the best training and boarding experience possible. We will never use or recommend a prong collar, choke chain, or shock collar, nor will we shame you for your dog’s behavior. Our goal is to make training fun for both ends of the leash, cultivating a bond that lasts for many years.
(she/her), Owner and Head Trainer of Adventure Dogs Academy, CPDT-KA, FFCP, FPPE
Laurie has been professionally training dogs since 2013, when she began assisting a local trainer and teaching puppy classes. She was mentored by some of the best trainers in the area – Tanzi at Dog Crazy Lady; Liz, Jackie, and Jen at The Coventry School; and Meghan at Canine Lifestyle Academy.
Along the way, Laurie realized there was a need for a more boutique boarding experience. Many of her training clients wanted more personalized care than their dogs would receive at a larger facility or vet clinic, so she welcomed them into her home. And so, Adventure Dogs Academy was born.
Laurie’s specialty is helping people enjoy their wild and crazy adolescent dogs, and she is passionate about teaching clients how to connect and communicate with their puppies and dogs through training games and play.
Laurie is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA), a Fear Free Certified Professional (FFCP), and a Family Paws Parent Educator (FPPE). She is a member of the Animal Positive Coalition (APC) and the Pet Professional Guild (PPG), and takes continuing education classes year-round to stay up to date in her dog behavior knowledge.
When she’s not training dogs, Laurie enjoys traveling with her husband, Dave, and son, Casey; hiking with her pit bull, Pickles; reading fantasy and mystery novels; and baking.
(she/her), Trainer at Adventure Dogs Academy
Everyone has something in life they’re passionate about. Stacey’s passion always been animals. If there’s a dog somewhere, she’s usually not far away! In 2012, she became involved with puppy raising for a national service dog organization which sparked her passion for dog training. In 2016, she began working at a dog daycare where she learned a great deal about what dog behavior looks like. In 2019, Stacey began training professionally and hasn’t looked back! Puppies are her absolute favorite, followed closely by adolescent dogs.
Her current crew of dogs includes Zoltan the 11 year old Labrador x Golden, Vito the 6 year old Golden Retriever, Ellie the 4 year old Labrador Retriever and Riley the 1 year old Labrador Retriever. She also has a cat named Roxy and there’s almost always a future service dog puppy in her house!
In her spare time she can usually be found with dogs (shocking, we know!), but she also enjoys doing puzzles, reading, and exploring new places.
2007 – 2020, the sweet-as-pie Adventure Dog
Moose was Laurie’s first dog as an adult. He was a once-in-a-lifetime pup who was easy to train, loved everyone, feared nothing, and was so very easy to live with. Moose was a certified therapy dog, visiting both nursing homes and libraries. He loved hiking, swimming, and snuggling. He passed away in 2020 after a long, happy life. His memory lives on through Adventure Dogs Academy.
11 years old, the naughty Adventure Dog
Pickles has come a long way in the decade since Laurie adopted him. He’s the one who originally inspired Laurie to learn more about dog behavior, and he now assists her in lessons and with boarding dogs. He has raised many Adventure Dogs Academy pups over the years, helping the nervous ones learn how to play, and schooling the wild ones with just a look.