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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.
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.
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 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 Lydia 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.
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.
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.
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!
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 Lydia 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. Lydia 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.
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 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. My last "coach" Lydia was unbelievable.
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.
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 Jeff’s Obedience 1 class, and it completely changed our relationship with our dog. That class (and later, Jeff’s 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 Jeff is 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 Jeff 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, Jeff!
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 Jeff. If you awe at those dog trainers on TV, you should go see Jeff. He's every bit as good as the Dog Whisperer and the British woman. And he's 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.
We took the previous class with Jeff, 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.
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!!!
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 Jeff Yoon 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 Jeff 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 Jeff 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. Jeff 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 Jeff and will start one of your aggression classes as well. My kids come along, and Jeff 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!
Lydia 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!
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 Jeff's 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.
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.
Jeff, 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.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
Jeff, 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!
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.
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.
Jeff, 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! Amy Davis, Saint Paul
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!
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 Jeff is already working!
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!
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.
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!
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."
"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).
“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,"
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!