Meet The Team
Every member of our team at The Dog Wizard Wilmington, NC is extensively trained and come to you with the knowledge, technique, and passion for what they do that enables them to understand the best and proven methods for training your dog. and experienced in a broad base of training techniques and behavior issues, which allows us to capably address a wide range of training needs. We see each dog as a unique case and work closely with the owners to create a training plan that satisfies each dog’s needs and helps the owners reach their individual goals. We also believe that the success of every dog is linked to the owner’s ability to work effectively with their dog. We specialize in transferring all of our skills to each member of the family as needed, and uphold our commitment to the success of your dog through our lifetime training guarantee.
Owner and Trainer
After graduating from The University of North Carolina Wilmington with a degree in biology, Shelby realized she wanted a career that involved animals. Growing up she always had a passion for animals, specifically canines, and dreamed of becoming a veterinarian. During her college career, she worked at many doggy daycares and veterinarian hospitals, where she discovered she was interested in dog behavior more than the science of dog medicine. Her first dog, Tucker, a shih-poo, was what initially sparked her passion for dog training. She got Tucker, her freshman year of college, and in her spare time taught him a bunch of funny tricks (just what every freshman should be doing). Training came very natural to her and she loved the bond it created between the two of them. After graduating, she spent a year working and managing a doggy daycare, boarding, and grooming facility, but her mind kept coming back to her passion for dog training. That’s when she did some research on how to become a dog trainer and found out about The Dog Wizard Academy. And since then…she has not looked back! It is the greatest job in the world getting to help dogs live better lives!
A little about her fur family members:
Tucker– A 9-year-old shih-poo that is Shelby’s little shadow. He knows a bunch of silly tricks and has quite a goofy personality. He holds a very special place in her heart.
Hurley– An 8-year-old pit-lab mix, was Shelby’s second dog. She was rescued from the side of the highway and now lives a wonderful life alongside her brothers. She is a happy-go-lucky pup who loves everyone!
Taz– A 6-year-old border collie, is full of personality and intelligence. He loves to play fetch with his tennis ball, go swimming, and learn tricks. He is also an agility dog with plans to compete in the future.
Bandit– Bandit, who is Taz’s littermate, was also added to the pack! He is polar opposite of his brother but is super smart and handsome!
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Lauren had a passion for animals since she can remember. Growing up there was never a time her family did not have 2 or more dogs. In college, Lauren acquired her first personal dog, Harley, a Male Chihuahua. She was lucky enough to be attending Lees-Mcrae College which was actually one of the very few pet-friendly campuses in the US where Harley lived in her dorm and attended classes with her! She trained him in Obedience, Rally Obedience and Agility (which was by far both of their favorites!), not to mention all the crazy tricks he learned! Many were apprehensive about her choice of breed however she proved them wrong by raising up a happy, confident, well behaved pup. After returning home Lauren began working at a boarding and daycare facility where she was fascinated by learning to read dogs cues and body language and others could tell she had quite a natural knack for it! Lauren was then given the opportunity to become and Assistant Manager of a very knowledgeable well-known holistic dog and cat store where she learned a vast amount of knowledge on proper species appropriate nutrition for our carnivorous canines, along with other overall knowledge of keeping our dogs healthier in a more natural way. The whole-time Lauren realized something was missing when she met Shelby and Cranston and they saw a gift in her with dog training. Her dream was realized. With her pack of three she hopes to shed (pun intended) a positive light on showing how proper socialization, structure and obedience can bring the best out of your dog no matter age, breed, or gender.
A little about Lauren’s right paws:
Wesson- Wesson is a 5 year old Golden Retriever/Cane Corso mix scooped up off of craigslist at 1.5 years old. He is a big goober and just a love. We like to call him the Godfather of the dogs. Wesson’s helps Lauren with her appointments and is a rock star when it comes to helping re-socialize aggressive dogs. Wesson is Therapy certified and Lauren enjoys practicing AKC rally obedience with him.
Blue- Blue was originally rescued from Eastern Herding Dog Rescue by Shelby as a failed foster attempt because she fit in so nice with the pack. Blue came to us basically feral, with little human contact. Blue was then adopted by Lauren and the rest was history. This little 8-year-old Blue Heeler is a changed pup. She has blossomed into the perfect dog. you won’t see her far from her Knight and Shining Armor, Wesson. Blue loves to wrestle and run agility!
Harley- Harley is a 8-year-old Chihuahua. Harley started the passion of training for Lauren. As a younger pup Harley competed in competition obedience but then went over to Agility which became his forte. Harley is possibly the coolest Chihuahua you will ever meet and you can frequently see him out at big local dog events representing and showing off for WDW! Harley these days is working back into competition Obedience and Rally Obedience.
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Renee is a Kentucky native who grew up always having a passion for dogs. After graduating from the University of Louisville, she enjoyed careers in yoga teaching and massage therapy, but above all else, loved spending time with her pup. Her dog, Brego is truly who led the way to her Dog Wizard future after going through a board and train program for his leash reactivity. Brego’s dramatic results not only changed her life, but instilled a passion in her to help other families like hers to improve their quality of life with their best friend! Outside of loving dogs, you’ll find Renee is directionally challenged, usually doing something outdoors, and often accompanied by a craft beer!
Here’s a little bit about her boys:
Brego- a 6 year old German Shepherd who inspired Renee’s Dog Wizard path! He’s as handsome as they come (he definitely knows it) and is most certainly a Momma’s boy. He’s never far from her side, and is still learning how to work through some of his anxiety. Brego is by far the king of the house, and enjoys anything where there’s a tennis ball!
Winston- a 1.5 year old Golden Retriever, and is the definition of a happy-go-lucky guy. Win loves anyone, everyone, everything, and would be perfectly happy to lick you to death. He follows Brego everywhere he goes, and is by far the little brother who completes their family.
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Director of Customer Service
Rachel happily joined The Dog Wizard team in March of 2017! She has grown up with a love of dogs her entire life, so becoming a part of this team was an absolute dream! She and her favorite girl, Lucy, her 11 yr old rescue, handle the day-to-day logistics of the office. Their daily routine includes talking with dogs and their people about their goals in training, scheduling appointments, and managing the office tasks. The best part of her job is being part of such a wonderful team, and helping build positive relationships between people and their pups. In her free time, Rachel loves to play roller derby and macrame. Rachel is a passionate outdoor enthusiast and enjoys spending time outside hiking with Lucy and her two active and energetic sons.
Amy has been with the Dog Wizard Office team since December 2016! Amy has a very important role with being the first point of contact for Dog Wizard clients. She helps manage the day-to-day needs, phone calls, and appointments which she does so well. Amy has a passion for helping customers at the highest level and ensuring they feel great and know that there is hope for their dog. The best part about her job is not only getting to talk with clients about their dogs but also having her rescue mutt, Winston, hang out with her all day! When she’s not helping us in the office she can be found enjoying the outdoors with Winston. We are grateful to have her on our team!
Customer Service Team
Chloe is a New York native! She began working with people with disabilities while obtaining her bachelor’s in Social Work. Throughout this journey, she noticed much of her free time was spent caring for animals, so she began a dog sitting business. She took it upon herself to volunteer and give back to the community at local animal shelters and sanctuaries in her free time. Chloe used to competitively ride horses but now just enjoys riding in her free time. Chloe discovered these experiences brought her immense happiness and consequently to shift her career toward one involving helping animals. Chloe is a proud and loyal member of our Dog Wizard family. When you talk to Chloe about your dog and the troubles you are having you will immediately feel at ease with her compassion for you and your dog! One of the best parts of her job, she gets to spend time at home with her two pups Bax and Benji.
Customer Service Team
Katey has been with The Dog Wizard family since 2018. She is originally from New York and lives in Vermont! Katey is extremely passionate about dogs and meeting the clients needs. You can tell from the first moment you speak with her that she is there to make sure you and your dog are well taken care of. Katey has two dogs, Sierra and Tank that she enjoys training with and spending time with her significant other Mike. Her role on our office team has led her to want to pursue the invaluable rewarding career of becoming a trainer.