Lauren Misunas


Lauren has over 14 years of experience working with animals. She is well rounded in all areas of dogs, when she was just 14 years old, she got started on dog behavior in both training and daycare environments, from there she went on to 7 years in the veterinary technician field, 3 of which were working in an ER. In 2015, Lauren started training PTSD service dogs for Mutts Mending Mankind and her passion for training only grew from there.


Lauren loved it so much, she then moved on to starting her own pet sitting, dog walking, and training business, called Pawsitive Paradise, in March of 2019 she knew she found her dream job. Lauren is native to Connecticut, where she worked and learned alongside numerous professional trainers. She recently moved to Tennessee in the fall of 2020, with the intent to further expand her horizons working with dogs.


She founded a rescue when she arrived in Knoxville, placing over 65 dogs in just a year, and started building her name in the industry, which is how she met Justin Rigney and started working with K9 Services Unlimited. Lauren is amazing with puppies and has a major role in our puppy head start program, as well as one on one lessons.


In what little free time Lauren has, she loves to hike and swim with her Doberman, Maverik and her two rescues Zena and Lucky. Everything she does in life always ends up involving her passion, dogs. Lauren is ecstatic to be here with us and cannot wait to make a positive impact on yours and your dog’s life.