Meet the Team

All of our experts are leaders in their fields, have PhDs in Animal Behavior, and over a combined 25+ years of experience working with animals. Whether you need behavior modification for your dog, cat, horse, rabbit, parrot, and more, we’re here for you!

Lauren Brubaker, PhD

Specialty: Canine and Equine Behavior, Wild and Production Animal Welfare, the Human-Animal Bond

Dr. B completed her PhD in Animal Behavior at Oregon State University, where she studied working/pet dogs as well as horses, wolves, foxes, pigs, and cats. Her research focused on the human-animal bond, canine behavior, equine behavior, and animal training, including finding unique ways to help canines and equines learn new concepts and modify their behavior. She also conducted research on “pet parenting” practices and worked with hundreds of owners to improve their relationship with their pet, address behavioral issues that were affecting the human-animal bond, and educate owners, animal trainers, shelter workers, and animal caretakers on animal behavior and training concepts. She has been interviewed by NPR, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Scientific American, the AKC, and more for her expertise on canine and equine behavior. Prior to graduate school, she attended Utah State University where she gained experience working with mice and pigeons in the Behavior Analysis lab and cows, sheep, horses, and goats in the Animal Science Department.

Dr. B grew up around animals and has worked as a horse and dog trainer, studying a variety of training techniques with trainers from around the world. She has 10+ years of experience training dogs and horses, and 5+ years training and working with cats, rats, birds, and other animals. She worked as a veterinary technician at domestic and exotic animal clinics. Her interests include helping improve the bond between a pet and its owner, increasing the welfare of working, pet, and production animals, and tackling behavioral problems in domestic animals, particularly horses and dogs. Dr. B is currently working towards her CAAB and IAABC certifications and she is an active member of the Animal Behavior Society. She lives in Oregon with her dog Buckley, cat Caylie, and horse Annie.

Interested in finding out more? Contact Dr. Lauren Brubaker today!

Lauren Thielke, PhD

Specialty: Companion Animal Welfare, Canine Behavior

Dr. T completed her PhD in Animal Behavior at Oregon State University, where she worked with pet and shelter dogs, as well as cats and pigs. Her research focused primarily on attachment relationships, the human-animal bond, and evaluating canine behavior and welfare outcomes in pet and shelter dogs. She has also conducted research with dogs with separation anxiety, and has extensive experience working with dogs exhibiting symptoms of canine separation anxiety. Dr. T has worked with pet owners, adopters, and animal shelters to address problem behaviors in dogs. Before graduate school, she completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Zoology, where she conducted research on parental and courtship behavior in mice. She also completed an internship at Duke University’s Canine Cognition Center, where she conducted research that aimed to develop a series of tests for predicting success in both therapy dogs and military dog training programs.

Dr. T has always had a passion for working with animals, including dogs, cats, and rabbits. She has over 10 years of dog training and behavior modification experience. Prior to graduate school, she worked in a high-volume animal shelter and gained experience conducting behavior modification and training with dogs, cats, and rabbits. Her interests include improving animal welfare among pets and shelter animals and behavior modification and training with dogs, cats, and rabbits. Dr. T is working towards her CAAB and IAABC certifications and she is an active member of the Animal Behavior Society. She currently lives in Oregon with her dog Pumpkin.

Interested in finding out more? Contact Dr. Lauren Thielke today!

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