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Laura Pintane is Salida’s local “dog listener.”

Laura Pintane is the founder and owner of Laura's Dog Training and has trained over 1,000 dogs locally. Her 30+ years of professional dog training experience include working for Canine Companions for Independence, “a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dog and ongoing support to ensure quality partnership.”


As an advocate of positive reinforcement and the LIMA (Least Intrusive, Minimally Aversive) approach, Laura considers herself a “dog listener.” Her classes stress the importance of developing a trusting bond and emphasize problem solving and tools to teach behaviors. Laura keeps a scrapbook of graduates and encourages the owners of graduates to call after graduation if issues ever arise.

  • Over 60 years of pet experience

  • Bachelor of Science in Zoology (1978)

  • California Veterinary Technician Certification

  • Owner of and trainer at Laura’s Dog Training since 1999

  • Trainer for Canine Companions of Independence (a service dog organization)

  • Co-founder of Paw Prints 4H Dog Club in Salida

  • Co-founder of the Salida Dog Club (which created Loyal Duke’s Dog Park)

  • Co-founder of Therapy Dogs of Chaffee County

  • Co-author of the “Loyal Duke’s Scoop” column in The Mountain Mail

  • Member of Friends of Loyal Duke (which renovated Loyal Duke's monument)

  • Hosts FREE practice sessions for agility, rally, nose work, off leash dog hikes

  • Evaluator for Canine Good Citizen (CGC), S.T.A.R. Puppy certifications, Trick Dog title – evaluations are FREE

  • Evaluator for Alliance of Therapy Dogs – evaluations are FREE

  • Coordinator for local canine playgroups

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