Lauren joined NDSD in 2017 initially just planning to volunteer as a hider. At the time she had an 11 month old chocolate Labrador and soon realized Finn may have what it takes to be a disaster search dog. Lauren had been on a SAR team for 5 years in Eastern Idaho prior to her move to Washington. Lauren first got into dog training when she began bird hunting in 2001 and trained a Labrador for both waterfowl and upland game. Lauren is also a K9 handler for Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Police with wildlife detection K9 Benny and yes he is another Labrador.