Our Human Pack of Leaders

RSM Management Team  Tustin Management Team

Laurie 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 and Wiggles is dedicated to helping humans as well as canines through our Daycare, Boarding and Training services.

Knowledge

With 20 years experience in the canine field, Wags and 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 Ph.D., Kay Laurence, Ken Ramirez, Alexandra Kurland, Rachel Sanders, One Mind Dogs - Jakko and Janita, Bobbie Lyons,  Sue Sternberg, Patricia McConnell - PhD, Karen Overall - PhD, Suzanne Hetts - PhD, Jean Donaldson, and Dr. Ian Dunbar.

Affiliations

Association of Professional 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)
American Kennel Club (AKC)
National Agility Finalist 2009 - 2015
United States Dog Agility Association (USDAA)
National Agility Finalist 2008 - 2016
Entrepreneur Magazine - "A Dog's Life"
Featured on Animal Planet

EMAIL LAURIE

Ranaye Kahn
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.

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

EMAIL RANAYE

 

Katie Hughes
Business Manager, Human Resources

Katie first started out as a daycare team member. She was quickly promoted to floor supervisor and then facility manager. During her decade of employment with Wags, she received a bachelor's degree in English and decided to pursue HR. She wanted to put her skills to use at the place she calls home! Katie was promoted to business manager in 2015.

Here at Wags & Wiggles, we believe in treating our employees with just as much integrity and respect as our clients and Waggers. Katie has been a huge part of the growth process and helps ensure the training, safety, and happiness of our employees. She owns 2 Australian Shepherds named Cricket and Keana. Cricket was even a Wags and Wiggles rescue!

EMAIL KATIE

 

Romi Hirayama
Business Manager

Romi originally found Wags as a training client. She was so impressed with her experience that she joined the Wags team in 2009. Romi was promoted to Tustin Facility Manager in 2011 and then was promoted to Business Manager in 2015. Even though Romi is more behind the scenes now, she still enjoys getting to spend time with the dogs.

Romi also discovered her passion for agility through the Wags & Wiggles Agility Program and competes with her 2 dogs, Wink the Norrbottenspets and Clutch the Border Collie. She also teaches agility classes at the Tustin facility.

EMAIL ROMI