The fields of animal care and training are completely unregulated. This means that there are no state or federal standards or licensing to aid the public in hiring a professional. There is also nothing to stop your average Joe with no background from labeling themselves a “dog behaviorist” or “animal whisperer.” In today’s day and age, it can be difficult to find the person or company with the right qualifications and personality to help train or care for your pets.
We at Harmonious Hounds, however, set ourselves apart from the part-time hobbyist with our schooling, experience, and extensive backgrounds in the animal and education fields. Keep reading to learn how we are 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 16 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. Additionally, she’s held positions at several zoos and aquariums, including the New England Aquarium in Boston. Most recently, she spent two 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 numerous species, including penguins, cheetah, rhinoceros, okapi, giraffe, kangaroo, and lemurs.
Her companion animal work includes time at the innovative Humane Society of Chittenden County of Burlington, VT. Equally important was her time in dog daycares and cage-free boarding facilities, which helped cement her understanding of dog body language. Furthermore, since moving to South Coast Massachusetts, she apprenticed under Karen Perusek of Courteous Canine, LLC. This work allowed her 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 APDT, 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 three 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 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 was working 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 has led him to pursue his co-ownership of Harmonious Hounds, LLC. with enthusiasm. He enjoys building personal relationships with each of our clients and 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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