Lauren was raised around Australian Shepherds and the conformation world since the age of 3. In 2011, Lauren and her husband got their first show dog (Axel) to compete in ASCA Confirmation. In May 2012, they came across dock diving and were hooked. Lauren showed Axel in conformation while her husband did all the training and competing in dock diving. It wasn’t until February 2014 when she got her first dog Cyrus (a Belgian Malinois) to compete with. Cyrus now has a title in all 4 divisions and continues to improve at every event. Lauren added another malinois, Siri, in 2015 and is currently working on her training in all 3 disciplines as well. Team "Vertically Challanged" is sponsored by Embrace Pet Insurance.