Our Human Pack of Certified Dog Trainers

All Trainers are certified or working towards Certification (CCPDT) - the only independent nationally recognized program providing the most up to date positive reinforcement training.

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Certified Dog Trainer - Laurie Zurborg - Wags & WigglesLaurie Zurborg
Founder, Certified Dog Trainer

Philosophy

Affectionately called "THE DOG NANNY" by many of her clients, Laurie has brought many chaotic pet households to have a calmer, better relationship with their beloved dogs. Laurie brings her life-long love of dogs together with proven behavior techniques using positive reinforcement as a basis to run the entire company. Wags & Wiggles is dedicated to helping humans as well as canines through our Daycare, Boarding & Training services.

Knowledge

With 20 years experience in the canine field, Wags & Wiggles Dog Daycare has led the industry and become the model that many others follow.

Animal behavior is a rapidly growing field. To remain on top of the latest in dog behavior, Laurie regularly expands her knowledge. She has continued her education with The Baileys, Susan Friedman PhD, Kay Laurence, Ken Ramirez, Alexandra Kurland, Rachel Sanders, One Mind Dogs - Jakko & Janita, Bobbie Lyons, Sue Sternberg, Patricia McConnell - Phd, Karen Overall - Phd, Suzanne Hetts - Phd, Jean Donaldson, & Dr. Ian Dunbar.

Affiliations

Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT)
International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IABBC)
Graduate LLA - Susan Friedman PhD
Graduate Natural Encounters - Steve Martin
IFCS 2016 - 2015 World Agility Team Member
Pet Professional Guild (PPG)
Owners of Dog Daycare (ODD)
Amercian Canine Sport Medical Association (ACSMA)
American Kennel Club (AKC)
National Agility Finalist 2009 - 2015
United States Dog Agility Association (USDAA)
National Agility Finalist 2008 - 2016
Entrepreneur Magazine, Featured on Animal Planet

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Ranaye Kahn - Certified Dog TrainerRanaye Kahn, CPDT - KA
Co-Owner, Certified Dog Trainer

Ranaye started as a client in 2004. She then joined the Wags & Wiggles Apprenticeship Program. She successfully passed her CPDT Exam and became Training Manager. She quickly became a client and staff favorite leading her to Training Director. Then in 2017, she became a partner with Laurie & Dave in the place she calls home.

She has a background in conformation and showing Great Danes. She also owns Shelties. She enjoys doing agility and spending time with her human family which consists of two boys and her husband. She is active in the community, involved with both soccer and baseball as team mom for her son’s teams, and enjoys working in the Children’s Theater.

She taught preschool for 10 years and has a special gift when it comes to instructing children in classes. Ranaye works with day school dogs and Board & Train dogs in addition to teaching group classes. She is energetic, always has a positive attitude, and takes great pride in her work.

Affiliations

Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT)
Graduate LLA - Susan Friedman PhD
Graduate Natural Encounters - Steve Martin
American Kennel Club (AKC)
United States Dog Agility Association (USDAA)

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Zed Bikle - Rancho Santa Margarita Dog Trainer

Zed Bikle, CPDT-KA
RSM Training Manager

I grew up in western Maryland and graduated from Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania with a degree in Education and a minor in Psychology. For years, I worked with adults with Autism and Intellectual Disabilities. In October of 2015, I made the decision to move out to California.

Since I had a love for canines and a knowledge of positive reinforcement, I applied for a training position at Wags and Wiggles. Training dogs is a perfect fit for me and is something that I would have never had the opportunity to do in Pennsylvania!

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Christine Porter - Certified Dog TrainerChristine Porter
RSM Assistant Training Manager

Christine started teaching dog classes over 14 years ago and has been actively involved in dog training for 22 years. She was born and raised in Orange County, moved back to the area with her family in 2014, and is thrilled to be a part of the Wags team!

Christine loves to work out, whether it is at her local Orangetheory Fitness, hiking, obstacle course racing, or running. She also enjoys healthy cooking, experimenting with new recipes, and gardening. She has been married for 11 years and has two young, active boys.

Her current dogs are Motor (a 10-year-old Australian Shepherd), Myth (a 6-year-old Border Collie), and Pedal (a 2-year-old Chiweenie Rescue). Christine teaches a large variety of group classes at W&W.

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Erica Thomas - Certified Dog TrainerErica Thomas
Tustin Training Manager

Erica has always had a passion for helping animals. She participated in a ROP and interned for an animal hospital. She started working for Wags and Wiggles in 2010. She graduated with her B.A. in Environmental Business. She rescued her dog Miley as a puppy.

She enrolled in an Obedience Level 1 class and was instantly hooked. In her free time she volunteers with Change of Heart Pitbull Rescue and assists with their community and shelter outreach programs. Wags and Wiggles has given her the opportunity to gain experience training dogs and develop relationships with their owners.

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Alex Love - Certified Tustin TrainerAlex Love
Tustin Assistant Training Manager

I have always loved animals. Ever since I was young I always wanted to work with or help animals in some way. I received my B.S. degree in Marine Biology at Texas A&M University in 2014. Over the past 6 years, I have had a wide variety of jobs with animals as a dog trainer, veterinary technician, and zoo keeper just to name a few. As a zoo keeper, I worked with hoofstock, carnivores, primates, birds, and marsupials. I was lucky enough to become the primary kangaroo keeper.

One of the reasons I love being a trainer at Wags is the endless amount of resources we have to help the dogs. It's a great feeling to see a dog that has been struggling with something and over time see them work through it and know that you helped them to have a happier life.

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