Who is the trainer?
Lauralea Oliver, CNWI, CPDT-KA
Lauralea is a Certified Dog Trainer, Certified Nose Work Instructor® and Trial Judge for the National Association of Canine Scent Work. In addition, Lauralea is the Lead Ecological Detection Dog Trainer and Handler at H.T. Harvey & Associates. Lauralea has over twenty years of experience working with dogs in many environments and disciplines including shelters, working dogs, pet dogs and sporting dogs.
Lauralea is the owner and operator of K9inSCENTive, LLC which serves the San Fernando and Antelope Valleys as well as the greater Los Angeles area. The predecessor company of K9inSCENTive is It's A Dog's Life, LLC, which provided private and group behavior consultations, in-home pet care, pet dog training and sporting detection dog training since 2004. With K9inSCENTive, Lauralea is focused on proviing dog behavior evaluations, dog adoption and training consultations and dog behavior training services for companion, sporting and working dogs.
Lauralea is deeply involved with the National Association of Canine Nose Work (NACSW). She has been a Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI) since 2005. Recently with NACSW, she joined the Certifying Official Training Program. She owns two personal dogs that have both earned their NW3 Titles, Mayhem and Fern.
In the professional canine detection field, Lauralea works as the Lead Ecological Detection Dog Trainer and Handler for H.T. Harvey & Associates. Since 2014, Lauralea has lead the training of new working dogs on scent detection and maintains training on current working dogs to retain accuracy and efficiency at H.T. Harvey & Associates. Lauralea is also responsible for training all new and current detection dog handlers.
As a professional handler, Lauralea works four of her personally owned Detection Dogs on multiple species; Avian and Bat Fatality Dog George, Herpatological Dog Vector, Botanical Dog Bolt and Bedbug Dog Mayhem.
Lauralea has extensive experience in the animal shelter world having started down that path back in 1987 when she started out as a volunteer at a Florida shelter. Since then, she as worked with numerous private rescues and city shelters including work as the Behavior, Training & Enrichment Lead at Best Friends Animal Society - Los Angeles. While at Best Friends, she managed the Behavior Department as the Lead Dog Trainer for the Best Friends Pet Adoption Center in Mission Hills and the NKLA Adoption Center in West Los Angeles. Her responsibilities included evaluating dogs and cats for transfer from the LA City shelters and guiding the adoptions of these pets from the Best Friends facility. She created and implemented all staff and volunteer animal handling protocols and training programs. In addition, she taught all on-site dog training classes in basic obedience, canine manners and K9 Nose Work® with shelter staff and volunteers. Lauralea was also called upon to provide training support to adopters and their families.
Previous animal shelter work includes positions as a Dog Trainer, Dog Behavior Evaluator and Dog Adoption Counselor at shelters such as the Pasadena Humane Society. Additionally, Lauralea has accrued many hours as a volunteer with local companion animal rescue groups and animal shelters. She earned her "training chops" in the trenches at these facilities and believes very much in adoption whether it be for companions or for sporting and working purposes.