contact Heather: 409-354-3327
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Laura Kay Hafferty
I’ve had a love for animals as far as I can remember and decided I wanted to work with animals when I saw my first pod of dolphins swimming close to me in the Gulf of Mexico. I started volunteering at the Knoxville Zoo during the last two years of high school and was hooked on the zoo industry. I continued with the zoo on my breaks from college and graduated from Texas A&M Galveston with a degree in marine biology and started working at Moody Gardens with the marine animals I learned so much about. I have been actively training exotic animals since 2000, namely birds, reptiles, and mammals (pinnipeds, primates, carnivores, and rodents to name a few). I currently work in the rainforest and train otters and primates. I have also been training search dogs since 2004. I am the training coordinator for Greater Houston Search Dogs where we train dogs to look for missing people. I have given several presentations at training conferences around the country. I am a professional member and past president of the Animal Behavior Management Alliance as well as a full member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers. My goal is to help owners see what I see with behavior and pass on my training knowledge so you have a great, positive relationship with your dog. I currently have two beagles, one of them is a registered therapy dog with Pet Partners.
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contact Laura: 409-771-3357
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My family currently includes one husband, and three dogs: two black labs and a mutt we affectionately call our American Pabweegle, who is a registered therapy dog through Pet Partners. I have been fascinated with animals since I was a little girl. This fascination blossomed into passion and desire when I was about 12 years old and my family moved onto a ranch in Oklahoma. We had Brahman cows, mules, donkeys, horses, lots of cats, and every little stray dog that needed a home. I took a random psychology class in high school and it completely changed my perspectives on training. Since then, I have been training animals using the positive reinforcement techniques I acquired in a form of learning called Operant Conditioning. From wild donkeys, horses, and stray dogs to sharks, sea turtles, stingrays and animals in-between I have over 15 years experience in the training community. I am a full member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and am working on my certification to be a certified professional dog trainer. Mutts with Manners also works closely with our local animal shelter, Galveston Island Humane Society, and volunteer training some of the dogs to increase their adoptability. I have countless hours of class time in behavioral sciences and bring this and my desire to teach people how to have a more positive relationship with their dogs based on mutual trust and respect to the table. All I need are owners who are willing to look in the mirror and modify some of their own behaviors, believe in their dog, and success is on the way!
My mother was instrumental in developing my love and interest in animals. I grew up with a houseful of various critters such as cats, dogs, ducks, parakeets, turtles, and guinea pigs just to name a few. I was always drawn to animals and spent a lot of time not only caring for them but trying to figure them out. As a registered nurse, the last twenty years of my life have been dedicated to taking care of people. Yet, I began to recognize and could no longer ignore the impact that animals have on our well-being. I have been actively studying the training of dogs for the last ten years and in 2013 graduated as a certified pet dog trainer from Animal Behavior College. After completing my mentorship, I joined Heather and Trelle as their business partner. I am a full member of Association Pet Dog Trainers and I look forward to helping grow Mutts With Manners in the future. My pack consists of three dogs: Spanky, Darla, Bunny and a talking nanday conure named Rasta. My dog Darla and I are a registered Pet Partner's team, I am an AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Instructor, Canine Good Citizen Evaluator and a Pet Tech Instructor and offer classes in pet CPR, first aid and pet care at Coastal Canine CPR. I am a "Stop the 77" presenter also which teaches children safe behavior around dogs. I am a pawTree petPro specializing in pet nutrition & supplements.