Despite the claims on many a slick website, the vast majority of dog trainers are not really “dog behaviorists” (or “psychologists”). Trainers claim these over-inflated titles because the fields of animal care and training are completely unregulated. Unlike with your doctor, electrician, lawyer, pilot, or plumber, you can’t just ask to see a license to ensure that your dog trainer or pet sitter is a professional in good standing. In today’s day and age, it can be difficult to find the person or company with the right qualifications and personality to entrust with the training or care of your pets.
We at Harmonious Hounds, however, set ourselves apart from the part-time hobbyists. Our schooling, certifications, experience, and extensive backgrounds in the animal and educational fields demonstrate our commitment to our profession. As true professionals, we carry liability and worker’s compensation insurance, as well as bonding.
Our business was founded back in 2011, when co-owners Lauren and Tim were both at crossroads in their careers, looking for a way to celebrate their love of companion animals. Eight years later, they have built a thriving community, focused on education and bettering the lives of every animal that they meet. Keep reading to learn how our company is the right choice to be YOUR dog trainer or pet sitter!
Lauren Stamatis, CPDT-KA
Our co-founder Lauren, has a B.A. in Zoology and Animal Science from the University of Vermont. She has dedicated the past 17 years of her life to both domesticated and exotic animal care throughout the East Coast.
In terms of exotic animals, Lauren most notably worked at the world-renowned White Oak Conservation Center in Florida. There she cared for a variety of ungulates and carnivores, but also assisted with training the resident education animals, Hassari the cheetah and Kadir the Anatolian Shepherd. Additionally, she’s held positions at several other zoological institutions, including the New England Aquarium in Boston. Most recently, she spent two and a half years locally caring for and training everything from snow leopards to sloths as a zookeeper at the Capron Park Zoo. Altogether, she’s worked with countless species, including penguins, cheetah, rhinoceros, okapi, giraffe, kangaroo, and lemurs.
Her companion animal work includes over ten years spent managing dog daycare centers and cage-free boarding facilities. Over that time, she honed her understanding of dog body language and husbandry. Equally important was her time at the innovative Humane Society of Chittenden County of Burlington, VT as a shelter animal caretaker. Furthermore, upon moving to South Coast Massachusetts, she apprenticed under Karen Perusek, CDBC, CPDT-KA of Courteous Canine, LLC to gain more hands-on dog training and small business experience.
Lauren has extensive expertise in the use of positive reinforcement to modify animal behavior, having worked with a wide variety of species.
Lauren is a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, the largest association of dog trainers across the globe. Consequently, she is always striving to expand her understanding of cutting-edge training techniques. She is an advocate of professional development, constantly reading and attending seminars to expand on her knowledge. This allows her to better assist you accomplish your goals for your pet. Due to the fact that she is a highly detail-oriented person sharing her home with three dogs, and two cats, she understands the frustrations, needs, and fears of the pet owner who considers their animals to be family. She aims to provide you with the best possible service and make a difference in you and your pet’s life.
In the fall of 2017, Lauren took her companion animal career to the next level by earning the distinctive title of Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. This means that she has passed rigorous testing and adheres to a strict code of ethics geared towards promoting humane, scientifically-founded dog training.
Lauren’s love of animals of every type, shape, and size has given her a dedication to rescue and shelter work. She gives back to her community by serving as the Vice President of the New Bedford Coalition for Animals, a local non profit dedicated to raising awareness and funds to benefit local animals and the people who love them.
Along with her position at Harmonious Hounds LLC, Lauren currently serves as the Planning Administrator for the City of Attleboro’s Planning Department.
Tim Riendeau, CPDT-KA
Our co-founder, Tim, has a B.F.A. in Visual Art from the University of Connecticut and a M.A. in Education from Sacred Heart University. He has over seventeen years of teaching experience in both the classroom and one-on-one settings. He is a natural-born teacher with the innovation to connect with students young and old.
Tim’s first experience with positive reinforcement training started when he worked his German Shepherd Dog, Moses, through obedience classes. Over time, Moses grew to have behavior issues while on leash. As a result, Tim completed a Feisty Fido class to get a handle on his barking and lunging at other dogs. This gave him a better understanding of dog emotions and how to modify complex behavior issues. His experience with highly emotional dog issues, combined with his gentle nature, make him adept at handling fearful dogs or those with special needs.
As a lifelong dog owner, Tim has always had a strong connection with animals. A return to Tim’s youthful dream of becoming a zookeeper led him to rethink his career path in education. In pursuit of his role with Harmonious Hounds, he enjoys working with both people and animals.
After years of working with owners and their dogs to build healthier, happier lives together, he earned the title of Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers in the fall of 2017. This makes him one of approximately 2,000 professionals dedicated to education, excellence, and sound scientific approaches to dog training.
Tim’s passion for animals and teaching drives him to build personal relationships with each of our clients. He goes above and beyond to keep each of them happy with our services.
Together, Lauren and Tim combine the latest animal learning theories with proven educational strategies to teach both you and your dog. Their love of animals and people ensures a positive experience for everyone!
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Each team member at Harmonious Hounds undergoes a thorough training process which covers animal husbandry, learning, handling, and communication. Staff are regularly quizzed on emergency protocols to keep them ready for anything. Keep reading below to meet the rest of our staff!
Office Administrator & Pet Care Provider
Kayla joined Harmonious Hounds in 2017. She grew up with dogs her whole life and has experience with a variety of breeds, sizes, as well as service dogs and those with special needs. She’s taken a keen interest in animal behavior, and often assists in our training classes.
Kayla is a graduate of Bridgewater State University, having obtained a Masters of Arts in English. Her focus was in creative writing and feminist theory, gender studies, and GLBT Studies. Kayla has over 8 years of customer service experience, including working as a writing tutor with high school, undergraduate, and graduate students. She currently shares her home and life with her rambunctious pup, Merlin.
Pet Care Provider & Overnight Sitter
Kaylyn joined our team in 2017. Kaylyn has shared her home with a variety of different types of animals throughout her life and has a passion for their care. Her attention to detail and willingness to go the extra mile make her a valuable member of our team. She is a senior at UMass Dartmouth, majoring in Mechanical Engineering.
Pet Care Provider
Jess joined Harmonious Hounds in 2018. In addition to her dedication to Harmonious Hounds, she works as a grant writer for a local nonprofit organization. She is a motivated member of our team who is always dedicated to learning more so that she can best serve the animals in our care. She enjoys spending time with family, adventuring outside, and most importantly, playing and snuggling with her six-year-old dog Clifton. Jess has since also rescued a guinea pig named Sherlock and taken on several dozen fish. She graduated from Wheaton College in Norton, MA with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology before coming to New Bedford to serve a year with AmeriCorps before joining our team.
Pet Care Provider
Nick joined our team in 2018. His love of dogs began early with his family’s dogs. He sees working with animals, especially dogs, as a privilege and always works his hardest to keep those in his care happy and safe. He is a Network and Cyber security student seeking an associates degree from New England Tech in Rhode Island.
Pet Care Provider
Miriam joined Harmonious Hounds in 2018. She is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth with a B.S. in Medical Laboratory Science and works full time at the Rhode Island Blood Center.
She has always had a passion for animals from a young age and attended high school at Bristol County Agricultural High School where she majored in animal science.
Miriam shares her home with the two loves of her life, her dogs Indiana and Simon. She is excited to be part of the Harmonious Hounds team to get back to her passion of caring for animals.
Barbara da Fonseca Pedroza
Pet Care Provider & Training Assistant
Barbara joined Harmonious Hounds in 2019. She has loved and taken care of animals her whole life. Originally born in Brazil where she had a small animal rescue with her family, she rescued and cared for any kind of animal that needed help, including dogs, cats, birds, turtles, lizards, monkeys, hamsters etc.
She is not only a certified dog walker/ sitter but also attended classes in California to become a professional dog trainer and learn more about animal behavior.
In 2010, she moved to San Francisco where she ran her own dog walking/sitter company for about 6 years before she moved to South Coast Massachusetts. Barbara is certified in Pet First Aid/CPR and working with animals is one of her biggest passions in life!
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