Lauren Spears, a native Texan, graduated from Texas Tech University, former Elementary Special Education Teacher and the heart and soul of The Sporty Dog, Inc. which was one of the very first original Five Star Dog Walking Companies founded in Austin, Texas in 2008. Lauren has over 30 years of expertise caring for animals of all backgrounds. Lauren started working Professionally in the Dog Walking Industry in 2006 while training under Top Five Star Professional Pet Companies in Dallas and Los Angeles. Lauren became a Certified, Professional Pet Care Specialist specializing in Positive Training Reinforcement when working with all dogs but especially rescues, fearful, anxious or shy dogs. Lauren grew up with dogs and they have always had a special place in her heart which lead her to work with dogs as a full time career and is her life long calling. She has never met an animal that didn't respond positively to her calm nature and soft spoken voice. She has a natural way of using a gentle approach to help calm and relax each pet while creating a long lasting bond with each pet she meets. One of the most rewarding aspects of Lauren's career is working with each pet on an individual level and watching each pet thrive and become happier, less anxious and healthier dogs as a result of positive interactions, consistency, and one-on-one care. We would love to meet you and your pet(s). Let us know how we can help you and your pet(s) live a more peaceful life together. Lauren currently resides in Austin, Texas with her two rescued dogs, Emmitt and Birdie, from Forgotten Friends Rescue and one adopted cat, Sir Caspar.