Meet the team

Now Booking Puppy Training Classes!

” Until one has loved an animal, a part of ones soul remains unawakened.” ~ Anatole France

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Jen sitting with her dog on a rock


founder + trainer

In 2010 I adopted my first dog as an adult, Piper Jett, and yes she is named after the plane! At the time I had an established career in luxury cosmetics with no desire to change that, but little did I know within two years that would all change because of Piper. The bond I built with her catapulted me into learning as much as I could about canine psychology, communication, and health. I was inspired to learn her language so that we could communicate better and deepen our bond. I enrolled in the Vet Tech Institute of Houston and upon returning home I began working as a vet tech at The Animal Hospital of Carrboro. My experience there led me to sitting on the side and before I knew it in 2015 Laughing Dog was born and I had a new full time love. Training was the next natural evolution and I strive to be the resource that I couldn’t find when Piper was younger (and VERY difficult).  Whether I am in a training session, a mid day walk, a kitty or exotic visit, I approach every animal with patience and confidence. Our beloved companions are emotional beings just like us and the connections we make with them can be deeper than you could ever imagine. I am so lucky and honored to be trusted and loved by so many animals of all species. 

We hope to welcome you to the pack soon!

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assistant trainer + sitter

Hi, I’m Betsy and I have over 5 years of experience in veterinary hospitals, boarding facilities, and rescues!  I am passionate about veterinary medicine, balanced dog training, and nutrition.  I have a deep love and respect for animals of all kinds and I have a 6 year old lab mix named Rodney, and a 2 year old guinea pig named Cocoa. I grew up in a family who showed me how we should love and care for our animals, and I have had the privilege of caring for many different species over the years to include snakes, spiders, parakeets, guinea pigs, chickens, and all kinds of lizards! Training was the next natural step for me so that I could better communicate with my own dog Rodney and I have seen how a balanced approach helps our clients dogs feel at ease and happier. Welcome to the pack!

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working girl

I’m Zelda and I love to go to work with my mom! I’m a pretty laid back lady that likes to meet new pups and explore new things. Don’t worry you’ll come off too strong when we meet, I’m a professional and I always keep my cool. My hobbies are rolling on dead frogs, zoomies in the garden, and terrorizing my big sister. I enjoy long walks on the beach on Ocracoke Island but I’ll settle for a street walk if that’s all a girl can get! Hope to meet you soon! Peace, love, and paws y’all!