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.

Training Management  |  Tustin Certified Trainers  |  RSM Certified Trainers  

 

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, CPDT - KA
Director of Training

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.

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 Dayschool 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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Christine Porter
RSM Manager

Christine started teaching dog classes over 10 years ago, and has been actively involved in dog training for 18 years. She was born and raised in Orange County, moved back to the area with her family about 18 months ago, and is thrilled to be a part of the Wags team. Her hobbies include dog agility, fitness (for both herself and her dogs), hiking, disc golf, and spending quality time with her husband and 2 small boys. Her current dogs are Maze (an 11 year old Border Collie), Motor (a 6 year old Australian Shepherd), and Myth (a 2 year old Border Collie). Christine teaches a large variety of group classes at W&W.

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Erica Thomas
Tustin 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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