Laurie has a bachelor of science degree in marketing from Northern Illinois University and did her graduate work in elementary education (also at Northern). After being a stay-at-home mom for 10 years, Laurie started working again in 2003 as a dog trainer and instructor, specializing (at that time) in Rally Obedience. Since then, Laurie has expanded into all facets of dog training, including puppies, house manners, life skills, therapy dog, crisis response dogs, service dogs, scent work, agility foundations, tricks, and problem behaviors.
Laurie is a World Cynosport Rally Judge and a C-WAGS Rally, Obedience, Games, and Scent Detective Judge.
Laurie shares her life with her husband, their (combined) four children, a cat, a fish, hermit crabs, four chickens, and four dogs: Elphie (beagle/Rhodesian ridgeback mix, 5 years old), Dolly (beagle/Rhodesian ridgeback mix, 5 years old), Blitz (Australian shepherd/border collie mix, 3 years old), and Rafael (shih tzu puppy).