Meet Laura, your trainer
Laura Bourhenne founded Animal Attraction Unlimited in 1989 after earning her degree in Exotic Animal Training from Moorpark College with majors in Operant & Classical Conditioning, Animal Husbandry, Handling and Management. Since then, she has continued her education by keeping up-to-date on developments in the field of pet training, and by attending numerous seminars and conferences each year. In addition, she is a Professional Member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, an Associate Member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, and she is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT).
Laura's first job immediately following graduation at Moorpark was working at the Universal Studios Animal Show. Within weeks of starting that job she began training a potbellied pig for a family in Santa Monica. These experiences helped deepen her knowledge of how animals learn and taught her the importance of being able to work well with people as well as animals.
Throughout her career, Laura has trained many different species of animals, including primates, birds of prey, ponies, rats, miniature potbelly pigs and many others, (ever hear of a kinkajou?). Because so many of these species had the potential to be dangerous, she learned to train outside the cage using rewards and clicker training to mark the desired behavior. Not only did this technique keep her safe, it was reinforcing and effective for the animal as well.
Although today Laura’s focus is primarily dogs and pigs, she still uses these same techniques with great success. Over the last 25+ years, Laura has helped thousands of pets and their families learn to live in harmony. On many occasions owners have come to her as a last resort, concerned they may have to rehome their pet due to a behavior problem. With Laura’s help these families have been able to live together happily. Nothing gives Laura greater joy than helping solve these issues and keep families together.
In addition to working with people and their pets, Laura also donates her time to various rescue organizations, including the Bill Foundation, Golden Retriever Club of Greater Los Angeles, Southern California Golden Retriever Rescue, and The Rescue Train.