Meet Laurie Buffington
Laurie Buffington is the owner/trainer of Dog Days Training Center. She is a member of numerous professional dog-training organizations. Laurie is certified in multiple core areas of canine behavior and training including: Animal Behavior, Assessment Skills, Learning Theory. She was certified as a Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC) through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC). In addition, Laurie has passed the national board exam for Certified Professional Dog Trainers (CPDT), and is a professional member of International Association of Canine Professionals (IACP).
In addition to her certifications, Laurie has more than two decades of experience in dog training, and has conducted numerous assessments for at-risk dogs on behalf of the Humane Society of Boulder Valley. She has been involved with the training of service dogs for three different service dog organizations and was the state trainer for Canine Companions for Independence.
Laurie and her colleague Dr. Camille King, an applied animal behaviorist, have lectured on different occasions for the Colorado Association of Animal Control Officers. Topics included “Understanding Dog Body Language” and “Types of Canine Aggression.” In addition, Laurie and Dr. King have presented a series of educational lectures for local veterinary staff focusing on canine aggression and anxiety disorders. Laurie conducted an analysis and evaluation of a Dog Day Care system, with Camille Belpedio, for Camp Bow Wow Corporation Currently, Laurie is providing staff training regarding dog behavior, handling, and safety issues for two local veterinary clinics.
Laurie has been a Sub-Investigator in a number of professional research studies. She was an integral part of a study that researched risk-behavior in puppies as well as another study that examined the usefulness of group play time in reducing kennel stress in dogs. Laurie is a Sub-Investigator, along with Temple Grandin and Thomas Smith, on Dr. King’s research study assessing the use of a pressure wrap to manage dogs with anxiety. The study is currently being conducted at Dog Days Training Center, which has been evaluated and board-approved by the FDA and ICACA to conduct professional research.
Belpedio, C., Buffington, L., Clusman, S., Prete, F., Sadler, A., Whittemore, L., & Mungre, S. (2010). Effect of multi-dog play groups on cortisol levels and behavior of dogs (Canis lupus familiaris) housed in a humane society. Journal of Applied Companion Animal Behavior, 4(1), 16-27.
Shantel, with Pit Jazz
Shantel has worked at Dog Days for more than 16 years, and is an essential and integral part to all of our operations. She is my assistant, the office manager and a lover of all animals and esp dogs. In addition to her own Corgi and Aussie, she has several cats, a cow and a turtle. You will usually see Shantel training the dogs and their owners in class or during private behavioral evaluations for our Board and Train program, and if you’re really lucky she might even show up at your house to help with your training! Shantel will answer your phone calls and emails, schedule your appointments and training sessions, and help with any dog related question you may have!
Adam came to us in 2012 as a kind of package deal. He had participated in a number of my classes with a previous dog, but at some point he decided to be owned by two Bernese Mountain Dogs. As he kept showing up with Bob and Rita to take more classes, it seemed a natural progression, from both of our perspectives, to bring him into Dog Days as an employee. He has done a great job learning to work the Board and Train dogs as a group, is a very hard worker, and has learned many complex aspects of our operations, we even let him drive the tractor! In 2017 Adam passed his CPDT-KA exam and in addition to his on-site tasks also works individually with clients on and off the property.
The “package part” to Adam is that Bob and Rita (and now Ray) come to work with Adam. Bob esp has become a great working partner and “role model” for many of the younger dogs. You can often catch him at puppy class helping out with our more enthusiastic pups, in addition to being a regular training partner during private evaluations.
Wiley, Loyal staff Member
Wiley is the latest member of the Dog Days team and who arrived during the summer of 2012. Wiley is a strong border collie who came to us because he bit someone, and had no other options. My assessment of Wiley led me to conclude that he was another high-drive, energetic working dog who needed a job in order to be successful. Fortunately, we have lots of jobs, and Wiley gets to work, run and help with all the Board and Train dogs. He has developed into a happy, well-adjusted member of our team.
Mabel, Loyal Staff Member
Mabel was a pit bull/border collie mix who was 13 years old when she crossed the Rainbow Bridge in the summer of 2014. Throughout her life, and even in her old age, Mabel was always a high drive, high-energy dog. Mabel came to me when she was 10 weeks old in order to be trained to find a new home. At that time, she had been living in an apartment with a family with two young children that was not a good environment for such an active dog. Not long after we started working her, we realized she was just “too much dog” for placement. She happily accepted the lifetime invitation from Dog Days, living a long and happy life here. She was a terrific help with the Board and Train dogs and a wonderful companion. She could be seen diving into the pond after tennis balls, expressing her opinions and chewing off the odd whisker on one of her housemates. She will always be missed.
Quinn, Loyal Staff Member
Quinn was a Wolf dog who came to me as a 6-month-old pup and developed into a mature, lovely member of the Dog Days team living almost 15 years. He was the Alpha dog at Dog Days for more than a decade. He was always particularly useful in new dog assessments because he was so confident. Absolutely nothing rattled him during dog-to-dog interactions. He was also very social with people, and while he was very successful within the Dog Days environment, outside of Dog Days he was always a very shy animal.
NOTE: Quinn was extremely intelligent but was a challenge to train because of his wolf component. As an escape artist and predator; he had quite a hit list, including killing a cat, jumping fences, breaking out of crates, and was almost impossible to contain on some occasions, PLEASE KNOW AND BELIEVE ME THAT WOLF DOGS ARE NOT LIKE REGULAR DOGS. THEY CAN BE UNPREDICTABLE AND HARD TO READ, AND NO ONE SHOULD HAVE A ROMANTICIZED VIEW OF THIS TYPE OF ANIMAL. I FEEL VERY STRONGLY THAT PEOPLE SHOULD NOT SUPPORT THE INTERBREEDING OF DOGS AND WOLVES, AND NEED TO BE AWARE THAT IT IS EXTREMELY DIFFICULT FOR WOLF-DOGS TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN ANY HOME ENVIRONMENT.
Kelly, Loyal Staff Member
Kelly was another border collie, who when I first met her for an assessment was so shutdown, neurotic, and nervous that it broke my heart. She was another active, intelligent animal who lived with a family that was unwilling to spend time training or working with her, and in fact she had never been taken out of her small backyard! She was so neurotic when she arrived here that her misdirected herding instinct led her to chase anything that moved. Airplanes were her specialty and we all soon learned the approach paths for incoming flights to DIA!
With direction and structure she became a happy border collie who was so good at herding that she was asked to participate in herding clinic demonstrations with a highly regarded Scottish herding trainer! She will always be missed.
Smooch, Loyal Staff Member
Smooch, was a male German Shepard who came to me as an intact 5-year-old from the Longmont Humane Society and lived until he was 14. He was exhibiting so much aggression and neurotic behavior that he was deemed unadoptable and was scheduled to be put down. I went to the shelter as a last resort and brought Smooch home. With lots of training, structure and routine, smooch turned into one of the sweetest and most enjoyable members of the Dog Days team. He loved to fetch, swim and run with all the Board and Train dogs and was a lovely representative of his breed.