Erika has been a Senior Trainer with San Diego Pet Training on campus at the world renowned Helen Woodward Animal Center for over 15 years. She has personally trained hundreds of staff and technicians in safe handling protocol for animals, many of which have behavioral issues ranging from fear and apprehension to dog and people aggression. Her job has been to enrich the lives of thousand of shelter animals over the years in order to help them find their forever home or to help clients dogs in the boarding facility on campus excel in their existing home. Over the years Erika has had the honor to assist with training dogs for celebrities such as Diane Keaton and Gene Wilder.
Erika is a lifelong pet guardian with a deep devotion for Siberian Huskies (she had four adopted huskies at one time!) and currently is a proud mom to two Siberian Huskies, both rescues from Helen Woodward. Erika has a background working with both children and adults with developmental disabilities and has extensive training in behavior modification with non-verbal populations.
Licensed, Insured and Certified in Pet First Aid and CPR
Lauren has been working with dogs for almost 15 years. She started volunteering at her local animal shelter in 2008 as a high schooler. Before that, she cared for her family dog and pet sat for friends and family. Lauren currently volunteers three days a week at The Helen Woodward Animal Center helping to care for the dogs of the adoptions department by walking and helping to socialize them. She assists with intakes, helps with baths, and is always willing to help with any additional tasks. Offsite she frequently brings home dogs to foster in her home. Lauren has also fostered with the Mighty Mutts rescue in NYC, where she lived for 6 years. Lauren has worked with dogs with varying behavioral and health issues and never feels more rewarded than when she’s played a small part in rehabilitating a dog. When she’s not at the shelter, she can be found at The Native School where she works as a teacher.