Lauren out walking with Chico + Dan!

Lauren out with her buddies Chico + Dan!


Dogs ‘n the ‘burbs was started by myself, Lauren Brayshaw.  A successful business women who is outgoing, fun, adventurous (as long as it doesn’t involve a bike!) and above all a true dog lover.

I have grown up with dogs being apart of my life. Ranging from Labradors, Rottweliers, Huntaways to now my current ‘kid’ Chico, my Caspoodle.

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Strangely enough when I was kid I completed an ‘Introduction to Animal Care’ school holiday programme run through the Unitec and since starting Dogs ‘n the ‘burbs have completed my Certificate in Animal Care at Unitec (funny how things are just meant to be).  I hold a current Pet First Aid Certificate, have been a volunteer at the Auckland SPCA in the Canine area and have a Bachelor of Business in Applied Marketing and Management from Massey University.

I have always wanted to work with animals and with over 8 years marketing and sales experience, I decided to turn my love of caring for animals into a business that allowed me to combine my strengths and passions.  I promise to create wonderful adventures for your pets in a safe environment, as I know the high level of service, love and care I would expect for my own ‘kid’.

Dogs ‘n the ‘burbs offers a professional and personal dog walking and pet care service. We know the importance people entrust in us to look after their pets, and will take the time to get to know your specific requirements – as we know each pet and family are not the same, and will tailor our services to meet your needs.



Before entering the animal industry professionally, Kim was a touring violinist for 12 years living in Australia and Europe.

After being home a few years, Kim decided to move forward with her next career goal and passion – taking care of animals. She studied Unitec’s Certificate in Animal Technology, and started working with Lauren at Dogs ‘n the ‘burbs straight after finishing.

Kim also holds a current Pet First Aid Certificate.

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Kim hanging with some of the ‘burbs crew!

Kim has always owned or fostered a dog. She finds pure joy in every dog she meets, and is always available to assist with their welfare or wellbeing.

Her method of communication with dogs (and humans) is through love and encouragement.

Kim is also the Auckland Placement Officer for www.caninefriends.org.nz where she places dogs (and their human) into rest homes, where they visit the residents on a regular basis for cuddles.



We look forward to meeting you and your pets!