Lauren Ford

Tiny Dog Dancers owner, pro walker, small dog lover


Lauren is a certified graduate of the dogbiz U Dog Walking Academy, the first and most widely respected school for dog walkers.

Through this intensive course Lauren has studied:

  • Canine learning theory
  • Body language
  • Positive reinforcement training
  • Walk management techniques
  • Safety protocols
  • Canine 1st aid and CPR
  • Ethical business practices
  • She is certified in Canine 1st Aid and CPR through First Aid For Life

Lauren is committed to ongoing professional development...

and education, and is particularly passionate about understanding and providing for the training and emotional needs of small dogs.

Also committed to supporting professional standards in the dog walking industry...

  • Lauren is a member of Pet Sitters International
  • She is insured by Business Insurers of the Carolinas
  • She belongs to the East Bay Pet Services Association and East Bay Dog Professionals

Lauren volunteers for...

  • Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter
  • Rocket Dog Rescue
  • Previously for Cause for Paws in North Carolina

The path
to Tiny Dog

The path to Tiny Dog Dancers has been a bit curvy, though always clear. Lauren holds a BA in English and Spanish from UNC Chapel Hill, Certification in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from Duke, and an AAS in Fashion Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT).

She has taught English in the US and Argentina, taught yoga, started and run a music venue and community space, and worked as a technical designer. But through it all she’s seen dog walking as the culmination. She walked dogs part-time in New York while attending fashion school, and once told one of her language school students that she intended to be a dog walker. The student responded with surprise, “What? You’re going to FIT and you want to be a dog walker?” Lauren’s reply was a clear, “Yep.”

And now she’s gone and done it.

Tuna, Head Tiny Dog

Fortuna, or as she’s generally called, Tuna, is a 7-pound Chihuahua-Terrier mix. We’re guessing Rat Terrier, but it hardly matters. The point is there’s a lot of terrier spunk mixed in to that tiny Chi Chi body. Tuna is an indiscriminate lover of dogs and people. She is also a super athlete. Which she would have to be to carry those enormous ears around.