The Laughing Tail, LLC

Vancouver, WA

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How does your business stand out?

Private training and board and train are set up to be tailored to your needs and goals as apposed to group classes where some dogs have a difficult time learning in that environment. I do the training and you learn to maintain it. In addition, my doggie daycare incorporates lessons in self-control by waiting at doors, sitting politely, and playing politely.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

Dogs are special gifts in our lives. I am passionate about reward-based training method which is completely humane and proven effective. I am grateful to be able to do what I love and empower people to transform their relationship with their dogs through trust and understanding.


Vancouver, WA 98687

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9 Reviews
  • Michele W. Oct 9, 2014
    We contacted Laura soon after we adopted a new "rescue" dog. Our new little girl was timid, shy, and terrified of new experiences. Trying to take her for a walk was challenging, as she startled at every movement and noise and was fearful of other dogs and strangers. Although we are experienced dog owners, we knew we needed special help for this challenging situation. We first hired Laura for private training consultation in our home and then started day care in her home, when our dog seemed ready for it. Laura's skills and confidence were so impressive and her gentle patience and use of positive training helped transform our pup from a cowering girl in the corner to a curious, playful, enthusiastic companion. We are so grateful to Laura and recommend her services without reservation!
  • Jan P. Aug 22, 2014
    Pet Sitting
    Verified Review
    We were really happy with Laura's job of watching our goats and chickens. It was a relief to know they were well taken care of as they are pets to us. We even received pictures! We're very thankful to know we now have someone we can trust to watch the animals while we are away from home. Great job!
  • Del S. Jul 9, 2014
    Pet Sitting
    Verified Review
    She is great
  • Raena A. Jun 21, 2014
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Laura with Laughing Tail is truly looking out for your family and dogs success for a long and happy life with a your four legged companion. Her calm demeanor and follow up after the training is done, is true dedication to what she stands for. Laura gives the tools to continue the training long after is part of the picture. We started out with a crazy puppy and now have a beautifully behaved puppy that everyone loves to be around. She has taught us how to be consistent with love and treats. Thank you Laura for what you have brought to our family. Anyone is lucky to have Laura train there puppy/dog.
  • Lisa E. Jun 1, 2014
    I think Laura is fantastic . She takes care of our 8 month old mini Aussie . Ruby was quite anxious at first but Laura is great at slowly introducing new dogs one at a time . Ruby is very excited now , she runs out of the car to the front door . Laura has a lot of knowledge about dogs and training . I feel at ease knowing ruby is having fun and being well taken care of and she's good and worn out when she gets home . Laura is also very accommidating with my early work hours .. We are very happy with laughing tail and we highly recommend it .
  • Julie M. Apr 7, 2014
    Dog Walking
    Verified Review
    I am so happy Laura is taking care of my dogs, They love her. When I come home from work they are so tired from all the exercise they get. You could not find a better person to care for your dog. She has been taking care of my dogs for a couple of weeks now, She picks them up three times a week for doggy day care and the other two days she walks them. They are waiting at the door for her now. Excellent, Excellent, Excellent
  • Kimberly B. Feb 5, 2014
    Laura has a true passion for dogs and always has. She has a kind way about her and is serious when it comes to training her fellow four legged friends. She treats her dogs as they were her children by feeding them only the best and keeping them well groomed. I have seen her first hand with all kinds of dogs and her love for them is genuine!
  • Debbie D. Feb 4, 2014
    I have experienced the excellence of Laura Rothboeck of the Laughing Tail for the last 15 years. Ms. Rothboeck was my go to person for all my dogs needs. She is extremely knowledgeable, and her reward-based training is humane and works wonders. I would highly recommend The Laughing Tail.
  • Kristine K. Feb 4, 2014
    Laura truly loves dogs and it shows in everything from her dedication to helping rescued dogs to helping pet owners with their canine companions. She understands why enrichment is so important to a dog's well being and I've certainly learned a lot from her about that, which has helped my dog, Dexter, tremendously. He gets bored and needs a lot of mental stimulation. When I watched a video about how she trained her own active dog, Tula, in some enrichment behaviors, it took how I thought about enrichment to a whole new level. You can see that video here, if you're interested: When I have training questions about my dog, I have 3 people I consider experts in different dog training specialties - Laura at The Laughing Tail is 1 of those 3 people. I wish we lived in Vancouver so I could take my Dexter to her doggie day care. She provides so much more than just a place for your dog to hang out. It's more like a really great pre-school than it is dog sitting.


What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
My pricing is very simple: Doggie Daycare $25 per dog per day Dog Walking $20 for 30 minutes Comprehensive Evaluation $95 - includes a written plan of action Board N' Train is $500 per week Walk N' Train package $450 (three times a week for three weeks with an additional two lessons to help owner maintain the new skills.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Yes, I train through the Jean Donaldson's Academy for Dog Trainers, which is an ongoing education program with weekly webinars. I've attended several Clicker Expos and APDT conferences. I have trained and competed for years in agility and rally. I also have an opportunity for ongoing training through dog*tec.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I have a profound love for animals and have spent the last two decades training, rescuing, competing in dog sports, and understanding how dogs learn and communicate. I finally, decided last year to make my passion into a reality by starting my own business. I am happy and grateful for this amazing adventure!
What types of customers have you worked with?
The Laughing Tail is about one-on-one dog training, dog walking, and doggie daycare. Here are my three service lines: Walk ‘n Train We come to your home train and walk your dog – and you don’t even have to be there Play ‘n Stay A fun-filled doggie day camp where your dog spends the day in supervised play with canine campers of similar size and energy level ***Individual dog walking available upon request*** Train ‘n Stay Your dog lives in my home while I train him – an intensive three-week board-and-train residency program that accelerates learning
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
Bernie is a corgi mix whose owner reported was urinating and defecating in the house, aggressive toward other dogs, and escapes out the yard to chase neighborhood cats. Bernie was completely adorable who I believe was just misunderstood and desperately needed mental stimulation and exercise. The aggression with other dogs was due to leash barrier frustration, I used behavior modification training for the reactive response toward other dogs while on leash. I put him on a strict potty training program, and increase his exercise and mental stimulation program. The owner reports Bernie has completely changed and that they have a much more fulfilling life together. She still needs to be aware of other dogs when on leash but he's improved immensely.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Please think about training as an investment in your dog and the advantages that brings to your life. Look for trainers committed to force-free training methods.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
I am grateful to be able to work in a field that gives me meaning and purpose. It's enjoyable to meet clients and their dogs, and to help them progress toward a stronger more satisfying relationship based on trust and understanding.