About Us

Traci Laursen,

Traci is a native of New Mexico who grew up surrounded by beloved horses and dogs in the heart of the East Mountains. Her passion for animals was apparent at a very young age.  She was an active participant in 4-H as a youth with both her dogs and horses. Traci practiced as a Veterinary Technician for 20 years with a special interest in canine behavioral science and sports medicine and rehabilitation. She has earned titles in many different venues with her own dogs in obedience, rally, agility, nose work and dock diving.
Traci is passionate about helping dogs and their owners to live in harmony and to realize their own personal goals, from basic skills to competition levels. In 2015, Traci achieved a lifelong goal by opening Fast Action Dogs, the first facility in the East Mountain area dedicated to dog training. She is an active member of the American Kennel Club, United Kennel Club, United States Dog Agility Association, Australian Shepherd Club of America, North America Diving Dogs, Dock Dogs International, and National Association of Canine Scent Work. She shares her home with her wife,  4 Belgian Malinois, a German Shepherd and an Australian Kelpie.  
How Competing With Our Dogs Influences Our Training and Classroom Instruction 
Every dog and person face their own challenges in dog training.  Every dog has differences in their personalities, their drive and willingness to learn, what motivates them, and on and on.  What motivates one dog to "work" for you may not be rewarding enough for another.  Some dogs face fear or nervousness, some are overly excitable or energetic.   From begging for food at the dinner table to taking a wrong turn on an agility course, anyone who owns a dog has had challenges in their training.  
I compete with my own dogs in multiple dog events.  On the personal side of things, I enjoy competition, I enjoy my fellow competitors and I enjoy just how much information is out there to soak up.  Just like the average family dog, competition dogs and handlers face challenges every time they train or compete.  As a whole, we competitors are always looking to increase our success in the show ring and are always looking to help our dogs understand exactly what our criteria are for any given command.  When I see a competitor struggling, I also see them seeking answers and insight from others who may have faced a similar problem in their own training.  Watching and listening to others work through their struggles is not only reassurance that you are not alone, but also offers the priceless opportunity to learn a new way.  With dozens to even hundreds of competitors at any given dog show, there are countless years of collective experience to draw from at any given event.  
I enjoy reaching new landmarks with my dogs and to have the incentive to keep training, keep moving forward no matter how small the steps and keep my training and instruction as progressive, effective and cutting edge as possible.  Whether my students ever choose to compete in an event with their dog or not is secondary.  I want everyone to benefit from the years and years of experience of all of the wonderful dog handlers and trainers out there who are as dedicated as I am.                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Traci Medrano

A personal message from Traci

Article in "Front and Finish" Newspaper about
Traci (Squyres) Medrano, August, 1982
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Welcome to Fast Action Dogs! My name is Traci Medrano. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to bring dog training to the East Mountain area. I began training and showing dogs at a very young age. My mom, grandmother, aunt and great aunt all participated in dog showing. We had a variety of breeds, including Poodles, Collies, Shelties, German Shepherds and a Welsh Corgi. Some of my fondest childhood memories are traveling state to state in an old station wagon we called "Dog Daze". We packed dogs, people and luggage into that wagon and off we would go, I imagine looking something like the cast of National Lampoon's Vacation. 
For me, dog training has always been a link to my family, a growing experience, and proof that hard work can be rewarding beyond imagination. It is truly amazing to witness dogs having their own, "ah-ha, I got it!" moments.
During my years training and showing, I have earned numerous titles in Obedience, Rally, Conformation, Dock Diving  and Agility.  While I have always enjoyed competition with my dogs, I truly value the love and companionship I share with them above all else. 
While continuing to train and show my own dogs, I began a career as a veterinary technician in 1993.  I have worked in several veterinary hospitals through the years, including general practices, emergency and specialty hospitals, and a humane society hospital.  I incorporate many of the lessons I've learned in veterinary medicine about behavior, anxiety, nutrition and anatomy  into my training curiculum. 
It is my passion to help facilitate and foster successful relationships between dogs and their humans.  Whether you have a new puppy who needs to learn the rules, an older dog who needs some exercise, or perhaps a dog who is developing some behavioral issues, I would love to help. I  offer small class sizes so you and your dog will receive the personalized attention you need. With Puppy Prep School, Beginning thru Advanced Obedience, Rally Obedience, Beginning thru Competition Agility, Scent Work, Private Behavior Modification sessions, Canine Good Citizen and STAR Puppy Certifications and Canine Core Conditioning, you and your canine counterpart are certain to find a  fun, enriching experience at Fast Action Dogs.   Come. Learn. Play!
Traci, Age 6, showing "Popcorn"