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I just wanted to send you a "thank you" from my dog Angus and myself. Your enthusiasm, patience and skill in teaching opened a new door for me in communicating with my dogs. It has allowed my to train Angus in a way this is fun, rewarding and loving. I will continue to us the fantastic homework sheets and reinforce the lessons that we both learned together. Most of all I am grateful to you and the Canine Coach for enlightening numerous dog owners that there is another way besides punishing a dog for not knowing. In your way you are helping keep dogs in there homes and out of shelters.
With any dog-related question, I always start with you all at the Canine Coach...there is literally nobody that I trust more.
I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for the great Obedience I class.
I LOVE the Canine Coach! I've taken just about all the classes I can with my dog, and plan on retaking the lure coursing and agility classes this summer. I've had a number of different trainers, and every one of them has been fantastic. I've even had to do a little in home training for kenneling/separation anxiety.
Thank you so much for everything that you taught us last night. We are all very excited to get started. I have my first "guest" set for Saturday. The kids are super excited about their door bell training task. I love that you gave them their own special thing to work on. We look forward to working with you again in a few weeks on outdoor behavior.
Canine Coach was AWESOME!! We learned more about Layla, training and dogs in 90 minutes and it was an incredibly effective session. He answered all of our endless questions, gave us a bunch of workable tips and tricks and helped us feel confident that we could train Layla. We so look forward to working with him again.
Well, Boot Camp is fantastic! I'm already excited about the "oh-so-scary" hurdles Thomas has jumped over in just a few days--metaphorically and literally. Coach Jake is such a great fit for his personality and needs. I've never seen another human being Thomas has allowed to come near him, let alone pet him. It brought tears to my eyes. I carry a lot of emotion and guilt that come with handling a reactive/fearful dog, but Jake is being very supportive and positive with his recommendations and coaching style. I am already starting to feel more assured that I can gain my dog's trust and learn to be a more confident leader. Coach Jake and Canine Coach are saving lives and giving hope.
I don't know exactly what it is, but she was just very easy to approach and talk to. Sometimes people who are really good with dogs aren't very good at working with people. This is definitely not the case with Courtney!
Thanks so much. Everything is going great. Theo loves the classes and Dan and I are learning so much more on how to work with him at home. Alex has told us Theo is being used to show the other dogs what to do since he already knows such much, but the magic Alex and Adam are working is helping us so much more at home.
My dog Baxter is in the Leash Training class with Jake(WHO IS AWESOME!!!!!). I just wanted to let Jake know that we will not be in class tomorrow afternoon and wanted to thank him for being such a great teacher.
Yay! I can't thank EVERYONE enough for working with Jackson the last four weeks. His custom program was perfect.
Our foster, Hooch, looked forward to class. He knew what was going to happen once we pulled up and got his happy tail going.
I learned a ton of great information. Courtney was very professional, energetic, and knowledgable. I highly recommend her! She loves her job and it showed.
The fitness class with your dog was a blast! We will be back!
My daughter and Rylie are enjoying our obedience level 2 class tremendously with Jake.
Thanks so much for all your specialized help with Josie during obedience level two. We’ve really appreciated your patience and expertise.
I worked with a trainer on training my dog Izzy to walk nicely and she's a model dog now (well, 95% of the time) on her leash! Canine Coach was great!!
Thanks again for the awesome private lessons with June! She is doing so much better, she's paying attention and listening to us more than she ever did. The dog park training is going well!
I just wanted to say a huge thank you for today's class. I finally feel that I have found the perfect fit for both Copper and myself. I felt energized and excited when I left class this morning. It so much different than what we have experienced previously and I finally feel as though there is hope for my crazy dog. I left other classes with the feeling of hopelessness and frustration that Cooper was just going to be a naughty (however cute) and disobedient dog, which is causing strain at home. I'm not sure if we will be addressing behavior issues such as eating everything he comes in contact with...I mean ....everything. Or if that will be a separate class we'll need to take down the road. I notice you offer so many classes and I am eager to participate in many. Our initial goal when we got Cooper was to have him become a therapy dog. That idea went out the window when I was informed that "not all dogs are calm enough to be therapy dogs"...(add a discouraging look here). That may be true, but I am hoping to disprove that....
We couldn't be happier with you and the classes so far, Hannah and I just keep talking about how great Margo seems to do and how much she really loves going to the classes, which for how scared she usually is of new places is just wonderful!
Thanks for all your hard work and making the Scent Class so fun!
Love this place! The trainers are friendly and very professional. They offer an assortment of classes throughout the Twin Cities. We especially love Coach Jess!
We are very pleased so far! The improvement in his behavior after one week is already impressive. We are seeing significant improvement in his responsiveness to our commands and controlling his impulsive behaviors. Very excited to see his total improvements in a couple weeks from now!
Just wanted to let you know how I value the service provided. My 8 month old Dixie, a Shepherd-Collie mix seemed to always to on high alert during her walks and would bark uncontrollably at other dogs, pop up on her leash when she saw a rabbit or squirrel and I would have to say the only way I could do loose leash walking was to sort of run to catch up to her.
You guys are awesome and I never hear anything but rave reviews from those who have had behavioral evals. You should know that I also appreciate always being willing to work with my crazy requests of new foster trainings, aggression 101 sessions, fly-by emails I send you to pick your brain about something (like aggressive puppies), and that you'll let me call you for issues too.
I have taken three classes with my trainer and could not be happier! I started with her when my new rescue dog, Bear, started acting aggressively towards other dogs in his Level 1 obedience class that we took at a pet store. I was a new dog owner at the time and didn't realize the importance of finding a really good trainer and training facility so I did what was easiest and signed up for Obedience classes while buying dog food.
Hi Jordan Hope you enjoyed a great weekend. Can’t believe Riley is in her last week at BC. Her progress has been amazing. I walked her both days this weekend and was so impressed with her listening and leash manners. So excited that this is OUR dog! :)
We are very pleased with Adam and the expertise at Canine Coach. Mac seems to be taking to the training well and we have no concerns other than the usual puppy antics. :-) I sincerely appreciate Adam's demeanor with Mac and taking the time to explain different things to me as well as answer my questions at the end of the day. I look forward to seeing Mac's progress along the way!
Angus update for Adam Stell...we have been cruising around Lake Harriet most mornings (who would have thought) He has made some new dog friends and ironically a couple people friends, one who wants me to go out of town so he can dog sit for me! Thanks so much for all you did. Guess I will take that free dog sign off his back now (hahaha)
My very independent minded coonhound and I just finished Level 1 Obedience. I had had my dog for 6 weeks prior to starting the class, and as a senior rescue, we were having some challenges. Jake was an awesome trainer who helped us learn basic obedience, but most importantly gave me the tools to understand my dog, change my behaviors, and help him build respect for me.
Ok, you may need a new title, you seriously work miracles! Buster and I went for a walk shortly after his nap, a neighbor needed something but had dogs and it was too much distraction so I told them I could come back…I left buster inside by the front door and told him to stay, never expecting he’d actually do it. I walked 3 houses down talked for a few minutes and came back to find Buster still waiting for me!! We hadn’t even practiced tonight…You are awesome!
I just wanted to thank you for a truly worthwhile experience. Your clear, direct style was incredibly helpful to us, and it was balanced with such patience, affection and support for the dogs and owners. And you were especially kind to my two boys, who were always beyond impressed with your skills (they were totally wide eyed at how responsive your puppy was today. It was nice to see where all this training could get us! :) )I would highly recommend your class to anyone who needs help getting started with training. Thank you, thank you!
Thanks so much for all of your guidance -- I've really learned so much from the classes I was able to attend and while Millie and I still have a long way to go I feel much more in control of the journey than I did before.
Thank you for a wonderful course. We really enjoyed working with you, and Ami has made great strides!
Thanks again for such a great Obedience class – you have a great teaching style, very positive and encouraging for both people and dogs and I’m really glad I found the K9 coach!
We loved the Agility for Fun class and look forward to future classes.
You're a super trainer who has given us lots of great tools to help us improve Meg's dog aggression and we are thankful for your efforts. I would highly recommend your class and your expertise to friends with similar dog behavior issues.
I can't tell you how happy I have been with the classes I have taken with you guys. My relationship with my dog is so amazing and it is because I leaned to understand her from amazing trainers.
She is FANTASTIC! Miracle worker.
I just had my 3rd private session with my trainer and could not be more thrilled with how this is working out! My dog Shefu is a little terror on walks - pulling on the leash, barking at dogs, people, cars, her shadow, the pavement, etc. Today, in one session, she was walking next to me peacefully and wasn't yanking on the leash or going wild at passing cars. I feel confident I have the skills to keep our walks calm like the practice one we did today. My trainer is fantastic - she uses excellent metaphors in her training which cement the skill for me in a way that I won't forget what she said. Our session today was like a Dog Whisperer episode - a skill was passed on and immediately implemented for a happier owner and dog!
He will prove to be a positive influence in our lives! He has shown us some great techniques to work with our dog, Guinness!
I just wanted to thank you for your excellent instruction during the Therapy Dog class this spring. Quinn is fully certified and happily accompanying me in my therapy groups at at treatment center. The ladies just love her! She is also with me in private practice as my co therapist and she is a natural!
My husband and I have been using Canine Coach for over two years now. Blair has been our trainer and she has been wonderful. She was wonderful to work with. It was so nice and convenient that she came to our house for the sessions .Our dogs loved her. We had two dogs a Pit Bull and German Shepard/Husky mix (our pit bull passed away.) Blair worked with both our dogs. Thanks to Blair we saw huge changes in both our dogs. Not only in the way they behaved and there demeanor but how they responded to us and how much better they listened. We have a 20 month old daughter I was worried about having 2 big dogs. Blair taught us and our dogs things to help with this area. The exercises that she taught us to do with our dogs were so helpful and we still use them to this day, We want to thank you for having such a wonderful trainer.
Guthrie and I (and Theo) have loved working with you. Thank you. Seriously, just a month and a half ago Guthrie and I felt like we were not capable of working with Theo and now he is really starting to become a part of our family. Thank for you all of your encouragement and answers to all of our millions of questions!
Thanks Jess for everything! We had a great time, and learned so much!!!
Thank you so much for all you do! I cannot believe what he learned in just the one class, and am very excited to keep practicing the skills.
Jackson and I are thrilled to see you each week again!! You are so great with him and I can't wait to learn additional tools to help him enjoy life more :) See you Thursday.
Thanks, Jordan; really fun class today. Can't wait for next week!! And you were right, Koda was exhausted when we got home :)
We think it's really helping both our dog and the experience around the house. We've learned new ways of speaking with Rafa, new hand signals, and refashioned old ones.
Just want to let you know how grateful we are for your help last night. I (Mary) was able to take Annie for a really nice walk this morning. She didn't resist me putting the harness on her (the correct way) and it is so much easier to walk her and let her have a little freedom during the walk.
Boot camp is FABULOUS! I love both Cele and Lynn. What an awesome team!
Thank you for your help on Wednesday. Levi and I are making incredible progress! We have been using your system for less than 3 days and already our walks are more enjoyable. Prepare to have your socks blown off when you come back in 2 weeks to show us the next step!
I wanted to take a minute to write and tell you that Betty has REALLY turned a corner on her "stranger danger." I just wanted to thank you for helping us go from "Ahhhhhh, can we ever have people over????" to "Hey, let's have people over AGAIN!" Thank you for helping us understand our dog's issues better and for teaching us the skills and tips to help her more consistently be the awesome, sweet dog that she is!
Thanks for the great class. Ryan, Nora, and I had a lot of fun!
I really want to thank you for the help you have given to us with Kody. Using your techniques have been so helpful for us. It is an ongoing work in process, but Kody has responded well. Our calmness with him really works for all of us. We have been trying to walk him whenever possible which also helps him a lot.
Thanks so much for coming over and helping us with Boeuf yesterday! We tried the "leave it" command with the toilet paper (which she loves to terrorize), and it worked great! Plus, she is already going potty super fast in her "designated" area. :-)
Very impressed. Our trainer is really awesome! Go Jess! In a single first one hour session we already have a better more appropriate little beastie. And we were in puppy hell before this. Well worth the money! I highly recommend. Easy techniques that are doable for the whole family.
Love these guys! Started with the puppy class and just kept going. We have learned so much and I owe it all to them. I can't say enough great things about each "coach". I've had 4 different trainers (4 different classes) and they all are fantastic.
Tonight I took Sandy to a restaurant that had outdoor seating and she behaved so well. Not a single whine! Thank you so much for all you taught me and Sandy! I am such a proud Dog Mom now!
I cannot thank you enough for being such an amazing teacher/coach! I cannot tell you how thrilled I was that Buster and I were able to pass the Therapy Certification test! We could not have done it without your thoughtful teaching approach, challenging us in class and out of class and sharing your expertise to get us to where we got! I look forward to your advanced class, starting tomorrow eve.
I want to thank you for the excellent training & support. I learned new skills and sharpened old ones. Chewie enjoyed his class days, he ran into the car tail wagging whenever we headed off to class.
Just had to let you know that Annette is a FABULOUS teacher!!! She is animated, excited, and loves teaching obedience. What a breath of fresh air!
Lucia so enjoyed dog camp. It was the highlight of her summer so far!"
Izzy is SO GOOD now! Last week, I walked her all over the neighborhood, and we had her off leash at the cabin with no trouble whatsoever over the weekend.
Kiya and Sadie bounded down the driveway today after camp - both very excited and anxious to share their morning. Such a GREAT Maureen! Count us in for next summer ;)
My daughter Maggie (Peter) and niece Katrina (Ivy) had a wonderful time at dog camp today!
My wife, Erin, and I adopted our sweet, adorable and well-behaved pittie, Mae, when she was six months old. Though she was none of those things when we got her. In fact, quite the opposite. She was a real handful. Destructive, super naughty and so full of energy we didn’t know what to do with her, and she didn’t know what to do with herself. She nipped at our hands, pulled on our scarves, destroyed throw pillows and put holes in more than one down jacket. She was crazy. So we signed up for Obedience 1 class, and it completely changed our relationship with our dog. That class (and later, Obedience II class) gave us the ability to effectively communicate with Mae in a positive yet firm manner that’s not only rewarding for her, but for us as well. The classes gave us confidence to be strong leaders, and gave Mae the confidence to trust us. In the short time she’s been with us we’ve developed a language and established rules that we all understand and benefit from. Oh, and our trainer was super awesome. The classes are fun, the dogs stay engaged and before you know it. Being able to work with someone who understands canine behavior like he does is invaluable. If you feel your relationship with your dog is not living up to its potential, you should do yourself – and your pup – a big favor by giving Canine Coach a call. Mae is now 20 months old, and we could not be happier. And judging by all the licks, tail wags and big pittie smiles on her face, Mae could not be happier either. Thanks!
I can't tell you how pleased we are with the training provided by Alex. Zoey has made great strides in just four days. Please thank Sarah, Cele , Kevin and Alex for a great start.
Both of my dogs, Greta and Rhoda, have had such a good experience with Danielle! She is so knowledgeable about dogs and she has the ability to really teach the owners the whole picture rather than just the "how to". This is the best, most comprehensive training I've ever done with dogs and I just cannot say enough good about Danielle and The Canine Coach. Thank you!
My bulldog, Jes, loves Canine Coach. If you awe at those dog trainers on TV, you should go see them. They are every bit as good as the Dog Whisperer and the British woman. And right here in the Twin Cities.
Amy, I wanted to make sure that you knew how much we've enjoyed participating in your classes. You definitely know how to bring out the best in dogs (and owners, too) and do it with such a relaxed, enjoyable and most of all fun way. We were always excited to come to class and you were one of the top reasons why.
Thanks for a great Level II class! We really enjoyed your approach and the interest you seemed to have in the success of each dog.
Thank you again for Disc 1 class. I appreciate your patience and teaching knowledge. I would be interested in the Disc 2 class. In the meantime, Tilly and I will continue to work on our disc skills. Hopefully she will realize that the Disc can be just as exciting the Chuckit ball. It looks like the weather is going to turn nice soon so then we can do more “golf-course” work to improve our disc skills.
Hi Jess! I just wanted to say thank you for being awesome. I learned a ton in your class, and Hunter caught 3 discs today. I was so proud and happy. It wouldn't have happened without you're patience and dedication (and your willingness to answer 17 million questions). Hope you're having a great day!
Dearest Canine Coach People-
Our Lola loves little kids and people, but her hatred towards other dogs had recently become dangerous. We decided that $170 was worth it if it can prevent her from hurting another dog. The first night of class we were a bit apprehensive, a room full of aggressive dogs (6 dogs were in the class)? Yikes. Jordan, our teacher, had everything under control and works very well with the dogs (and people)! If your dog needs a little more attention with a certain activity, she spends the time to work one on one with you, even offering to stay after class to help. She doesn't make you feel guilty that you have an aggressive dog. By the third week, our aggressive dog was laying on the floor next to another dog, calm as could be. I highly recommend this class! We are very impressed with the staff and the facilities.
We are really happy with Riley's training, and how she is progressing. very happy with Jordan too. She is a wonderful!
Thanks again Courtney for all the extra time you spent with us over the last couple months. It has helped a lot with Finn.
Jordan is grrreat! Charlotte truly enjoys training with her and is making progress.
Socks has been making amazing progress from the Boot Camp. For the past three years I have not been able to bring him in the Petco store or in Vet office without him barking like crazy at dogs and people. He was not able to get ahold of his excitements. The first day he finished the boot camp, I took him to Petco and he actually behaved! Only one day and it was amazing. Also bringing him to vet was peaceful, he sat quietly while waiting for his turn in the waiting room.
Thanks so much for both Poppy's agility and Ruby's Disc class. Both super fun:)
We wanted to thank you and will recommend your services to others, as Canine Coach was recommended to us.
Thanks for checking in! Both Polly and I are loving boot camp so far. Jake has been great and even though she has only had three days with him I can already tell she is listening to me much better. Took her to a friends grilling party last night and everyone was super impressed with how good she did. Can't wait to see how the next three weeks goes!
Crispin went to work with me this week and was a rock star…everyone was impressed with his new manners. I plan to bring him to my office at least once a week from now on! And increase that incrementally until he can come as often as I want to bring him! Needless to say I am very pleased with his training!"
I am very happy with boot camp. Fraizer can't wait to get there each morning.
We LOVE boot camp! Jake is an amazing trainer and Ruthie is learning so much so quickly! We are very impressed with the program!
[Sent during the 4 Week Boot Camp Program]
Everything has been great - we've noticed tremendous change (for the better!) in Wally.
Kaze and I had a blast at Agility 2. Thanks so much for your excellent training.
We took the previous class with Canine Coach, and both my husband and I couldn’t believe how great he was to work with! He is a fantastic dog (and human!) trainer!
Thanks so much! I have enjoyed ALL of the classes I’ve taken at The Canine Coach (all instructors great, especially love Jordan) and look forward to hopefully getting little Leo into therapy dog volunteering someday soon.
It's been a wonderful experience, and I will continue to recommend you and K-9 Coach in my local community.
Wanted to thank you for a great class. You were great with Copper and I really appreciate it!
Thank you so much for the wonderful instruction! We have really seen the difference in Carmina and are excited to get her going with level II.
It's going really well! Very impressed with the progress we are already seeing. Thank you!
Thanks so much for all of your help--it's been great! Murphy gets lots of compliments about how well-behaved he is for such a young dog, and we always recommend the Canine Coach when people ask.
We want to take this moment to say THANK YOU for doing such an AMAZING job with Cooper. The progress he has made over the past month has definitely exceeded our expectations. We know that Cooper is a unique dog, with unique challenges and we so appreciate all your patience andlove you gave him during training. We feel so much more confindent that Cooper will now make a great big brother.
Hi, Lynn. Just wanted to update you on Stella. She took to her kennel training immediately. In fact I have to pick it up and put it away so she won't crawl in to await treats for good behavior. haven't made a plane trip yet, that is next week but I hope the 2-3 times a day training will inbed the routine. I'll keep you posted after our first flight but instead of dreading it, I am almost looking forward to it. You are a miracle worker,Thanks!!!
We are currently in Jess' Triebball class and continuing to make progress. Rhaenys was even a great little demonstrator dog the other day in class learning the command, "Freeze". She has become super goofy puppy at classes and loves Jess, with this latest class being our third with her.
I just wanted to tell you how happy we were with our first session. Blair was so helpful and Gio really responded to her. He seems more confident and I can't wait to go home after work and do some training with him. He likes to learn! We are so excited to have a plan and for our next session.
I had a fantastic personal lesson with Amy on Friday - she really helped me with how to handle Kyra's leash aggression. Wanted to tell you how great the work with Amy was! After about 5 - 10 minutes with Amy we were seeing huge improvements in Kyra. Advice I had been given by _____ and ______ was to ignore it - which wasn't working at all.
My dog, Poppy, has gone through your level I Obedience program, and is continuing to do very well. I thank you very much for running such a wonderful program, I have no doubt what we learned has benefited our lives & helped create the amazing dog she is.
Danielle, Kona and I are so thankful we found you and the rest of the gang at the Canine Coach. I was watching Kona in our last class as she was watching the other dogs in class and she looked relaxed, she even wagged her tail a few times. I would never have thought that was possible! And I see myself doing a much better job of helping her by changing what I am doing. I wish we had found you years ago. Thanks so much, you CAN teach an old dog new tricks!
I wanted to let you know how great Canine Coach is. We have a 5 year old Wheaten male. Cookie has always been aggressive with other dogs. When our other dog died, the aggression showed up even more as we wanted to be out and about more with him. I was fed up! A friend recommended the k9 coach. We started working with a trainer a couple of weeks ago. My husband 'went along' with this... mostly because I set it up and he had no choice! But the 1st night after our trainer left, I was so impressed. I didn't say a word to my husband. I didn't want to influence him.. I was curious about what he would say. The trainer drove away and my husband Blake said " wow - that guy REALLY knows what he is doing. I am impressed". My husband is NOT the type to heap praise.. and this was a HEAP. We are continuing to work with Canine Coach and will start one of your aggression classes as well. My kids come along, and our trainer is kind, funny and insightful. He is patient and REALLY good with Cookie. We are ALL so impressed.. we think there may be a possibility for Cookie to go to a dog park some day!
My trainer was so patient with my hyper puppy and gave me lots of great advice! She gives each and every puppy/owner equal attention and advice. I can't wait to bring Millie to her Level 1 training next week!
Eloise is quite attached to us and was a little shy when we left her for the first couple of days. Don mentioned that she was pretty timid and didn't want to play with the other dogs during play time, so we were thrilled on Friday when Don had a video of her not only playing with a friend, but initiating the play! We have also already seen a difference in the way that Eloise listens better at home and while out on walks. We really appreciate Don's efforts with Eloise, taking the time to answer our questions, and helping us learn the skills necessary to be successful with her training. It's comforting knowing that she is in the hands of trainers who really care about her well being.
Hi Lynn! I'm the person you talked to on the phone twice one day last week about our new Bernese Mountain Dog puppy JoJo--the One Who Would Not Be Confined. We just returned from 3 nights with another family at their cabin, and JoJo did GREAT. Each night went wonderfully. We woke her up to take her out, gave her little hotdog pieces to reward her, and she didn't bark or whimper once on any of the 3 nights. She even began willingly going into her crate on her own. It was a miracle.
Hi Amy, I just wanted to thank you again for all of your help with the girls this winter. The girls run around in the back yard with eachother and we've gotten Jada to accept small dogs now too (very reluctantly). We dogsat a shih tzu-poodle mix and he and Jada played non-stop. I love it.
I wanted to let you know that I really enjoyed puppy class. I learned a lot! Solo is still learning... He is a good trainer.
Excellent training experience for my new german shepherd puppy. Staff was prompt, professional, knowledgable and accommodating. I had such a positive experience that I signed up for a level 2 obedience class and expect to enroll in future classes as well.
We have really enjoyed the class and hope to sign up for it again in the future.
"Jeremy and I loved you so much, I just signed our other puppy for your Obedience II class. Hopefully both dogs can do Rally together.
Tuli, Finley (FKA Mundee) and I had a great time. Thank you for giving us such a great opportunity. I know I was going a bit crazy with two foster teens and two of my own. Your classes really helped.
It was fun to see our little pal so engaged with you! We got the treats and he is enthusiastically learning. Yeah Annette! Yeah Bosco!
Thanks Annette, I am so impressed with the way you handle the class and manage to provide individual attention despite the crazy energy. You are really gifted!
This is simply the best in the twin cities. Had a very shy/fearful dog and they helped rehabilitate her. Without them I probably would have brought her back to the humane society. Class selection is great, facilities are great and the trainers are awesome!
Thank you for everything you did to help us train our sassy wee Pug, Ethel. You were a great Instructor and made class a fun, positive place to be. We all learned so much from you and I can't thank you enough. I've referred your name to several people who have rescue dogs- you seem to really understand some of the special challenges they face. And you're just a really nice person, which is always a bonus.
Jake is an awesome instructor; Gertie and I learned so much in Obedience 1. We are looking forward to more classes with K9Coach.
Attended our first puppy training class today and learned a ton how to work with our 3 1/2 month old Golden Retriever. Very patient and teaches you at a steady pace that your dog will not get bored and/or worn out.
Thank you for being such an attentive, fun, and helpful trainer. Even though Loretta knew most of the commands before we started class, I have learned so many new and wonderful tips on how to interpret and modify her behavior. I’m glad you do what you do :)
Thank you so much Jordan! Jack (my son) and I loved the class last night…so did Pepper! We practiced “down” last night and are making progress! See you next week :)
I wanted to start off by thanking you for coming into my home and providing me with training skills and confidence. Verde and I went on vacation to Texas last fall to visit my ex and his family and things went outstanding. He was great with everyone.
We worked on leave it walking over the crackers today. Leave it and stay combos even adding it some go to bed/stay and then walking past crackers on ground when called. He did great. We did stay/recall and throw treats /leave it, he did great. And then he was doing so well I started having him down stay and we put treats about two feet in front of him and we let Idgie eat them. He just stared at me waiting for his great. Then we moved the treats about a foot away and he did the same thing. Then we took Idgie away and I put a treat on his foot as he was in a down stay and I said leave it with my hand in front of his face. He again stared at me until I said release and then he ate the treat from his paw!!!!!! Tabatha and I were cheering and probably woke our kids up! Tabatha took the dogs on a walk together and Mater did great.
We really enjoyed your class! Thank you for using your gift with animals to help the rest of us understand & enjoy them so much more :)
After the first week of boot camp, I have already noticed dramatic changes in Penny’s obedience. Not only are the skills she has learned so far reliable, she is happy to perform them. Penny’s tail starts wagging the second she sees the Canine Coach awning and loves her trainers, Adam and Alex. We’re both looking forward to additional progress and are so happy with the choice to enroll in Boot Camp.
I have taken classes from Jake in St. Louis Park and he is a great teacher. Very patient and happy to answer questions and is so patient with the dogs! He has some great tips, and was very open to me taking "maintenance" training with my own service dog!!!
I have to say that all of the techniques you gave us worked really well with Pepper and she has been really good all week long. Just wanted to say thanks again, you really made a difference.
We had Jordan this spring and summer for both puppy class and Level 1 obedience (oh, and Walking Nicely on a Leash class!). She was so patient and understanding with our yellow lab puppy, whose unending "exuberance" definitely made him the "problem child" in the class!
Jordan is great!
I just wanted to let you know what a God send Danielle is to our family. After a month of emotional stress after my dog bit a kid and wrestling with the decision of what to do. Danielle really did a wonderful job of helping me understand Kirby’s fear, and how to play my role as a leader. I feel much more confident and hopeful after today’s training session. I can’t wait to tell my husband how well he did and how Danielle thinks him to be a fast learner.
I want you to know that you are an incredible dog trainer and have changed the way Twyla and I walk together. Thank you for that.
Thank you SO much for last night! I feel really empowered now. We've already made HUGE progress already. Thanks again!
Hi Annette, I learned so much from you in class these past 6 weeks! Thank you thank you! You were fantastic! !
Annette came to see my dog Butch and I to see whether he could take a dog-human aggression class. (Butch was under an Animal Control designation for an incident). Annette was professional and friendly, and taught me a lot in just 45 minutes! After taking the class, she evaluated Butch (and coached me some more), and her evaluation led to Butch being taken off the potentially dangerous dog list! I can't thank her enough for giving me the confidence to take the class with Butch.
Boot Camp is going great! Selby seems to love it (and Don) and she is learning so much!
Amy - On behalf of Sahara and myself I want to thank you for the great class you conducted. The big thing I got from it was the confidence to direct Sahara in a way that is enjoyable for both of us. I would certainly recommend you to anyone looking for a training program and will contact you if I have questions. Take care.
Jess, you are the best dog trainer ever!
Hey Lynn, Thanks again for coming over last night. We appreciate your knowledge and your time and my mom is now raving about you. You have made another new fan. You have been so helpful in the past that I know we will be successful with sweet Leo too. Thank You!
Hi Maureen, I just want to thank you for your help with Izzy. We have had no problems since you instructed us on how to deal with her. She listens to me now and, you're right, she seems more loving toward me as her leader. You really helped us out. Thank you.
Maureen, I can't tell you how many good things I am hearing from our volunteers about working with you! I have been passing along your name to anyone and everyone who asks me to recommend a trainer! I should get some of your cards; I'd be glad to hand them out to people who are looking for a trainer.
Hi Maureen - you are a miracle worker. After one demonstration from you Finnegan knows the difference between "walk" and his usual pulling routine. After me trying for 9 months to get him to stop pulling you succeeded in one minute!
It feels like I finally have MY dog back!
I wanted to send you a note to let you know that your work really makes a difference. Charlie is doing great and responding well.
Thanks SO much for your help ~ of all the trainers I've hired thus far, you were by far the most affective & helpful in training Kava... and Me! ;)
We were having aggression issues with our one year old Maltese. He was super aggressive towards all other dogs at all times. We spent a single lesson with a trainer and after using his tips and techniques, we notice a complete change in our dog's behaviors. Previously our highly reactive dog would lunge and bark uncontrollably at the sight of other dogs. Now, our dog will calmly observe other dogs with no reaction. We are so happy to see this positive change. We highly, highly recommend working with Canine Coach.
I really enjoyed the classes with you. You are so good with the dogs and they just love you.
Just want to drop a note of thanks for Blair and Jake’s recent dog to dog aggression class in St. Paul. I found the training (of me!) very helpful, and I can see the beginning of good results with my wire fox terrier, Cleo. She will continue to offer many challenges, but I feel I have some good skills now to manage her better, especially on-leash when walking in public areas.
I very much enjoyed your class and Clem continues to grow right before my eyes
Maureen, you have an incredible way of working with dogs and people! Your energy, communication style and approach to dog training with positive reinforcement, have made working with Missy and Shadow so much fun. I never imagined a day when I could walk with two dogs, and be the one leading them versus having them drag me around the block, or up trees as they chase squirrels! I would also like to thank you for giving so much of your time and knowledge to helping us at Pet Haven, giving hope and a second chance to many dogs who would otherwise be labeled as “unadoptable”. On behalf of Pet Haven, thank you!!
My trainer is an honest-to-goodness miracle worker. In ONE private lesson, my trainer taught me training techniques that have transformed my lovable, but neurotic, miniature poodle-ish rescue pup from a barking, pulling nightmare into a loose leash walking pro. I still kind of can't believe it.
Thank you so much for teaching us! We have all come really far with training & could not have done it without you! Simon & I look forward to Obedience two soon.
McDuff's afternoon walk was excellent. Just a bit of pulling on his part. We even passed a dog across the street which would normally incite him to bark and tug like crazy but he was so busy respecting his boundaries that he barely noticed the dog! He is doing so great with the new harness and the walking commands, I can barely believe it!
Danielle is AWESOME! She got to know our dog and offers some great tips that we can use specifically to our dog. We love the Canine Coach because our entire family is welcome - we all attend classes so we can learn better how to care for our dog!
Just finished my shy and fearful class! Thanks to Danielle for making it an enjoyable and fun experience!
Dear Canine Coach,
Thank you - this was a great help (even in just a day).
My husband and I just took Sampson for his post-dinner "poop-walk". And we have decided that you are - and I quote - "a ******* rock star."
Amy, Oh my gosh - have your ears been ringing? I've bragged about you to everyone and told them how wonderful you are! He is doing so good outside - oh my gosh. The first day our fence was done, I brought him out on his leash to see Dori. He did really well. The neighbor even got to pet him - that is a first. Additionally - the four dogs kitty-corner from us were all out there barking away and he completely ignored them. It was glorious.
We very much enjoyed the session with Lauren and have used a few of the tips she gave us to great success already! We are excited to get the written information from her to continue and elaborate on the training.
I really liked how calm, patience and in control Pauli was throughout the classes. I never felt rushed and yet she managed to move us along to the next lesson, regardless of the distractions.
Thanks so much for such an enjoyable puppy class!! We thought your training skills to be outstanding! Again, we thank you for a wonderful puppy learning experience!!
We looked forward to our Saturday class every week! Pauli was easy to talk to, she was helpful and all her answers made sense. She tailored her approach to each dog and their handler. I thought it was a well rounded class.
We love the obedience class and just know that we will be taking many different classes with our little project dog!!
Thank you for working with Stella and I -- we really enjoyed your class. Please let us know if there will be any additional opportunities to practice our skills coming up. We always love attending new classes / events offered through Canine Coach :)
I've been thinking about you A LOT lately! I can't tell you how WELL things are going. We have left Luna alone a few times with her "sock of sausage stuff" and she has not had ANY accidents or shown signs of being too upset. We went to the Battle Creek dog park the Saturday. She has been great with all the dogs she has encountered.
The class is so fun for Taiga and for me. You have such a positive attitude and are great about providing constructive feedback. I'm sorry to be missing any of the classes!
I want to say thank you for an excellent Obedience 1 class! There are a lot of unknowns as a first time dog owner, and your class was so helpful! Your teaching approach was both productive and calm, and both your skill with dogs and your love of dogs came through as you incorporated the different dogs from the class into your demonstrations. Rudy and I learned so much!
The training was very helpful. I was actually at Petsmart yesterday buying crickets and I had Gussy with me. There was an adoption event and an obedience training in progress. Gus was a model citizen and I put him in a down stay. The instructor for Petsmart came over and complimented me on my well behaved dog. I had Gus do a Sit from Down and he hopped right up. She was impressed. I told her he was trained at Canine Coach and she said. “Yes. They are like the top rated training school in Minnesota.” Props from the competition. Regards to the team that you have there. Good, confident people. Blair and Pauli were fantastic.
Thank you so much yet again Jess! You have been seriously awesome, really appreciate your help with everything.
Charli and I wanted to let you know that we unfortunately have to miss the final class today. I am sick. I wanted to thank you for the skills that you taught us and for helping us continue to bond together. Charli has made great progress in “watching me” for signals on how to behave both in the home and outside. Most of all, the class gave her the opportunity to try something new all the time. We are going to be signing up for the shyness class with YOU! Please tell Buffy and Lambchop’s mom’s that we had a great time training next to them and they were so gracious to Charli. Can’t wait to see you soon!
Thank you again so much for teaching such a great class. I feel like I gained a lot of tools for working with my dog!
We really like your class. You are a fine trainer and teacher.
Thank you so much for everything you thought me the other week! Because of it Bianca is calmer around people and we were able to go to a busy coffee shop and she behaved much better than before.
Thanks for checking in. The first week has gone really well. Conrad is clearly getting lots of good training, and we have appreciated the time with the trainers at the end of the day and the homework to help the lessons stick. Keep up the good work!
Hello! So far it's been going great. I love how intently she listens to the instructors by the end of each day - she is clearly working very hard at school :)
Thank you so much for helping Cooper be the best puppy he can be. He loved coming in to see you & all his friends at school. Not only is he the cutest little guy out there, he now has manners to go with it, thanks for making him quite the gentleman!
Things are going great with training. We think Murphy has made progress already since starting last week!
Boot camp is going really well so far for both dogs. They both seem to enjoy their time there and they appear to be learning a lot. The homework we get we practice with the dogs each night. They really are becoming much more well behaved dogs. We are very happy!
Thank you. You're a great teacher! I'LL BE BACK!!!!
Training is going great! I so appreciate the trainers knowledge and love for dogs.
Things went really well, last week, and we are looking forward to the coming weeks. He learned a lot every day and we are doing our best to stick to the rules and practice his training at home, too. He certainly is tired at the end of the days :)
I am extremely satisfied with both of Honey's boot camp experiences. I had her in the 4 week boot camp last December and Cele was one of her trainers then so it was nice to have her again. This 2 week outdoor proofing boot camp has been just as wonderful.
It's going very well. Our coaches are great and are doing a perfect mix of training and behavior modification to make the program work for Bing and his unique problems/needs. We look forward to the next few weeks and continued training resources with you guys in the future.
It's going great. We are impressed with what she's learned so far and look forward to more.
The first week of bootcamp went very well and we are excited about the results thus far. We are looking forward to the next few weeks.
We were very pleased with Jordan and Alex. They did a great job of working with Mulligan and I found Alex to be professional and supportive when I had the 15 minutes with him at the end of the day. We are looking into more classes with Mulligan after we get our daughters back to college. I would recommend your training to anyone.
We really loved the training and results from our Boot Camp experience. The training provided Fiona and us with great tools to get her started on the right track. Alex was a great partner in this and we really appreciate the professionalism and results.
It has been a couple weeks since you met with us about Daisy and her potty issues. I am happy to say that she has been accident free and the kennel training is going very well. Thanks! Shawn D. Minneapolis
We are enjoying the class very much and learning a lot. ... Your suggestions for intervening when Loki gets too rough with our other dog have worked well so far. Thanks so much for getting back to me so quickly.
Maureen, I really appreciate the time you take to respond to my emails. You manage to keep giving us just the right amount of positive boost to keep going. I've never been so grateful to "stumble" across a website before in my life! I can't imagine that there is another trainer out there with your enthusiasm and patience.
We (CharLee and Dave) had a wonderful time in your agility for fun class! Thank you so much. It was great to see you in action too, and see how all the dogs and owners responded to your warmth and enthusiasm.
I want to let you know how much I enjoyed the classes and so did my dog Buffy. Jordan was an excellent trainer and so wonderful with all the dogs and their needs. I have been to a few different training classes with my other dogs and never enjoyed them like I did this one. Buffy was always excited to come to class and so was I. Met wonderful people there and it was fun.
The leash walking class I am taking with Canine Coach is already working!
We've been working with Bhumi on the stays and he's really doing great with the sitting and staying now! It was helpful last week to see how you would work with the dogs on all the things: stay, leave it, etc. Your class moves along well and you do a good job of relaying the concepts.
Maureen - I recommend you to anyone I meet who needs a trainer, especially people with "odd" or really troublesome behavior in their dogs. Dante runs up to me eagerly now when she sees me getting out her Gentle Leader, jumps into my lap and puts her nose right into the harness -- no treats needed. (This is a dog who used to tremble, shake, and bite at the mere touch of the Gentle Leader.) We have learned to work around her "moods" and minimize triggers [of her aggression]. Our little dog, who some people suggested we get rid of, or even put down (!) is a joy to have around. Your help has been invaluable. Thank you!
Greetings from sunny FL Abby has been visiting three times per week to a hospital, nursing homes, and schools. She has over 20 visits so far and has been excellent in all cases. She does get tired though and we pace her due to her young age. When we return to MN in may we are set to visit the VA hospital in st cloud as well as maybe regions hospital in ST paul. Her training was excellent through k9 coach as I have gotten a ton of compliments on her behavior for her age as she is not even two years old yet.
Maureen, your advice with Sophie has helped so much I would travel to you anywhere in the twin cities area! Just the voice change makes 100% difference in Sophie's reaction, it's amazing.
Maureen, did I say thanks? I really mean it. Sammy and I had a great walk this morning! He went to garage sales with me and to the local farmers market. His new collar [NewTrix head collar] is the best and he really does behave himself. He got a little over stimulated at the market but I didn't push him too hard there. We couldn't have done it without your teaching!
I took Blair's dog-human aggression class with my dog Butch, and learned a lot about how to handle him in a variety of situations. More than that, I learned what cues to look and listen for that my dog might be uncomfortable, and how to redirect him (or another human!) so that I don't put him in a bad situation. I learned that it's my responsibility; as much a part of taking care of him as feeding him. Butch loved the class and our 'homework,' because it involved treats! He insists we keep in training!
I signed up my puppy mill dog for the Socialization for Shy and Fearful Dogs class, as she is painfully skittish- she is always terrified of new people, especially children, or any startling sounds etc. Jordan was fantastic, showed us the ways to approach "scary" things, introduce new people and identify/plan ahead for what is going to make your fearful pup feel on edge. Obviously, this is a more gradual change than other classes, but I can definitely see a difference in my dog's confidence!
Thanks for checking in. Lincoln is loving boot camp and it's been so amazing to see the progress he has made in just a week and a half. Lincoln came into the program with some anxiety issues to work through, which I know is not normally dealt with head-on as part of the boot camp program, but Jake has really gone WAY above and beyond in adapting Lincoln's training and teaching us how to help him overcome his anxiety and fears. I have been so impressed and amazed at the working relationship he's been able to develop with Lincoln. I'm looking forward to seeing what else he learns in the next couple of weeks!
It has been a couple weeks since you met with us about Daisy and her potty issues. I am happy to say that she has been accident free and the kennel training is going very well.
Thanks for the wonderful experiences we have had thus far with Pauli and Blair.
Things with Sadie are generally going GREAT!....Feel free to give my name to anyone wanting a reference. I very much appreciated the fact that you were willing and able to work with my particular situation as you were teaching what would work for Sadie.
Thank you again for your great instruction. I feel like we've come so far with your help. In fact, yesterday I thought, Now this is the benefit of a well-trained dog! A few glass jars came crashing down in the kitchen and shattered glass was everywhere. As Ruthie approached I said, "Back." She laid down behind the line of the tile and never moved until I released her--and it took about 15-20 minutes to finish cleaning it all up. I can't tell you how much I appreciate that. We would never be here without your help.
Thanks for all your great training - he walks so much better already - it is magic!
Things are going great with Boot Camp! He’s learning a lot and working with him at home has gone well.
Thank you so much, Maureen, for the excellent training you did for Geena AND her human family! We appreciate your positive approach to training, which makes it a real learning experience that is fun for the pet and her humans!
Things are going well. In fact, we were out of town this weekend, and the lady at the boarding facility where Gus stayed said he was the most well behaved Doodle that goes there. She even said he was a good listener!
I enjoyed the program. I liked that Angus received training from a professional and then each new task was explained and demonstrated to me.
Winnie and I are enjoying your classes so much and definately want to continue on with more classes. I am seeing such a difference in her behavior and we have so much fun practicing together!! You're a great instructor... I'm glad we found you!
You have worked magic! I have not been bitten once since you have
I just wanted to let you know that I think that you do a fantastic job and I have really enjoyed the classes. Thanks."
Maureen, your attention to Cyri is much appreciated. She just keeps becoming a better dog week by week. Your enthusiasm is infectious - I think, perhaps, you were a dog yourself in another life."
Thanks for your help, Maureen. The information you have provided us has been worth every penny."
Thanks for the class last night! Mariana and I both thought it was wonderful! I am so impressed WITH WHAT WE HAVE LEARNED !
Maureen Haggerty has an obvious passion for animals & training. Her enthusiasm is highly motivating for her stidents. Everyone was very eager to do their best. Her compassionate approach to training is highly effective. Her techniques are much more effectiove & enjoyable then the heavy handed alpha approach. I would recommend her to my clients without hestitation."
We've attended the obedience classes and a class for aggressiveness, both with Lynn, and they were excellent. All the trainers know dog (and owner) behavior very well. Their training place in Nokomis is really close by.
"My dog, Spunky, and I were in Maureen's obedience class I this summer. Spunky, a pom, came into the class without knowing any commands or verbal/nonverbal cues. Within 8 weeks, Spinky could sit, stay, drop it, ,leave it, down, loose leash walk, and come. My family and friends were amazed at the difference!"Maureen uses a "positive reinforcement" approach in working with the dogs and owners. She was a very effective trainer and all of us in the class noticed marked progress in our dogs' behaviors. She gives owners great feedback on working with their pets; provides valuable written matierials between classes; and structures the learning to insure a win-win environment for both the dog and owner. Generous with her time, MArueen remained after class to help owners with special questions. Maureen relates exceptionally well to both people and dogs. It is very evident that she wants both to be successful."
"Maureen - Jake is doing so well, due to your support and advise! He walks on the leash like a gentleman (doesn't even pull for rabbits that run in front of us anymore), barks only once at new folks (just to let us know they're here), and is slowly but surely getting over his separation anxiety (even ate his whole "special treat") in the kennel this afternoon and was not "antsy" a bit when I came to let him out).
Thanks, Jordan. Loved our session. Looking forward to next week!
We have been very happy with your team and the progress Karl has made! He is so good and fun to train, we are really appreciating your guidance :)
She really seems to enjoy it! I am looking forward to what she will learn over the next few weeks.
Everything is going great so far!! We are already seeing excellent results are excited to see Winston’s continued progress!
It is fantastic! Tillie is learning a lot, plus I am too. The Trainers and staff are outstanding.
“Maureen’s extensive knowledge of aggression and a sensible course of action has made the difference between panic and reason in our household. She has a clear diagnosis for problems and solutions that work and are positive in method. My fear aggressive Doberman Pincher has been too much for other trainers I have worked with; Maureen not only stepped up to the plate to take on this situation, but set the bar in working with and living with an aggressive dog. I would highly recommend her to anyone with any type of dog and any type of behavior problem.”
To let you know how much the techniques you have taught us in gaining Fozzy's trust and helping with his behavior problems have helped, Jon and Fozzy spent about 5 hours in a photographer's studio this weekend (totally new environment), where he had free range over the entire floor of the warehouse building and was accosted by 2 kids, including one that surprised him from behind. He did not growl or snap and was very well behaved all day, staying close and coming when called. Just thought you might want to hear a happy story instead of a problem!"
Thank you for letting me observe your class last Saturday. I like how each student was encouraged to work at the level where they would best achieve success, how you used the space for the reactive/fearful dogs and that you were organized and enthusiastic!"
Hi Maureen,I wanted to drop you a note to let you know how great Gobi is doing. He is wonderful with the basic commands: “sit”, “down”, “come”, “stay”, “shake”, etc. He and I are best pals now, and he listens to me very well. Dennis and I can’t believe how far he has come since the days prior to your visits!"
The clicker is amazing, really. The training is super. See you on Saturday. Many thanks,"
Blair, I just wanted to send you these pictures of Gemma and her new friend Oke. They originally met back in March when Gemma had started the aggressive dog class with you and the meeting was not the greatest. But look at them now! Thank you so much for for being the awesome trainer you are, we will definitely be taking some more classes there!
I just wanted to write to thank you for working with our lab Ruby in February and March and let you know what a difference your training has made. I don't know if you remember, but we were struggling with walking behavior and with some aggression when encountering people and dogs. We had planned to schedule some private lessons to work on the problem after boot camp concluded, but it ended up not being necessary as we started to see dramatic improvement within a week or so as we used your advice about giving her space and rewarding "encounters" to create a positive association. For the last month, I have been able to get her out for a daily 4-5 mile walk --with or without our infant daughter in a stroller -- and it has been a godsend. She walks calmly right next to us 95% of the time, doesn't lunge or react to most other dogs, and on the occasions when we walk past another dog who is jumping or barking at her has actually started putting herself into a sit/stay until the dog has passed. What a world of difference from where we began!