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Laura Maulbetsch, CPDT-KA, is the owner of Brilliant Borderhauss Dog Training in Howell, MI and has been training dogs and their owners for more than 20 years. 

With a passion for teaching and a great respect for what our dogs are telling us, Laura is best known for her compassionate teaching methods that incorporate choice and positive reinforcement. She has a special interest in helping families navigate the world of kids and dogs through TAGteach.
Laura currently offers a variety of classes and private lessons to meet her clients needs including puppy, family skills, and agility.  She held the CPDT-KA certification and is working on her CBCC-KA. Laura is an AKC-CGC evaluator, and a Certified Trick Dog Instructor-CTDI and is a member of TAGteach. 
When Laura is not teaching, she enjoys training her own dogs in the sports of Agility and Nosework. 
Laura’s compassion led her to adopt two wild Mustangs and is currently using her knowledge of co-operative care and choice-based learning to train her Mustangs with positive reinforcement.
Laura holds degrees from Ball State University and The University of Michigan with a Masters of Music.  She shares her life with her husband, Paul, her two daughters, Gabby and Ellie, 2 dogs, 4 horses, a cow, 2 sheep, and ducks and chickens.  

Our Instructors

  • Are highly educated and certified in the science of dog training and learning theory

  • Believe in teaching force-free, kind and science based methods in a way that everyone can understand

  • Are committed to making your learning environment fun and positive

  • Believe that foundation and confidence are the key to success

  • Are experienced and patient teachers ready to help you work through each lesson

  • Attend regular seminars and/or present to advance their own learning

  • Believe dog training is a life-long journey of learning

A few of the courses and certifications we have achieved

  • CPDT-KA certified
  • AKC CGC, S.T.A.R. puppy evaluator - 2014 - present
  • Handling360, Agility Nation, Recallers, ICpeeps with Susan Garrett - 2016-present
  • Susan Garrett instructor (all classrooms) 2018 - 2022 
  • DMWYD Certified Trick Dog Instructor 
  • Basic Massage for the Canine Athlete with Ken Bain LMT/MTI 
  • Think Plan Do! Workshop with Bob Bailey, Simon Prins, Susan Garrett, Shelly Wood, Viviane Theby 2019 
  • Horse Human Connection with Madison Shambaugh 2021
  • L.E.G.S.® Applied Ethology Family Dog Mediation® Professional Course 2023
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