Who am I?
Hi! I'm Laura and I am the owner and sole trainer at Wild Spirit dog training. I am a current BSc Biology to MSc Animal Behaviour student. My journey began out of necessity - training my assistance dog ‘Summer’.
I grew up with undiagnosed autism.
I set up an Instagram platform at 15 for mental health advocacy and little did I know this was what would spark my journey for supporting others who also had disabilities.
After many years of experience with horses, I took the plunge to owner train my assistance dog Summer. My dog has been my lifeline and my goal is to open this door for others. Training Summer was the best ‘on the job’ work experience I could have asked for and after 2 years I ended with a highly trained assistance dog and multiple diplomas in dog training.
The relationship I have with my current clients is like nothing else - because I understand.
Why is my
It is my belief that bonding with your dog is far more than just commanding words and your dog accepting reward. Proper communication and being one with your canine best friend is something I carry through all my work - hence the word spirit. Especially in assistance dog training, there is a level of bonding, trust and love like no other.
The wild aspect is my last name! But it also refers to the aspect of simplicity and naturalness found in the methods of dog training I use.