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I wanted to take the time to say a huge THANK YOU for the difference you have made in our family. Before attending boot camp, the humans in our “family pack” lacked consistency and providing the correct commands, follow through, and motivation that Ruger needed to be successful. I am happy to report that as a direct result of your training , he now knows what we expect of him, consistently delivers, and seems to be “proud” of himself at the same time!
[Additional follow up from Penny's Mom, Allison]
To the outstanding team at Canine Coach,
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.
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!
I am terrible with names although I want to express how happy I am with the morning and afternoon staff; always greeted with a smile, info, etc. no matter how busy they are.
I have had dogs for 20 years and never did I think that a 6 month old pup could accomplish and learn what Henry has in the 4 weeks you have been working with him. Not only are you excellent trainers but exceptional people as well. We look forward to dropping Henry off at "school" and picking him up each day to see what he has learned and to see you!
The first week has been great. I'm really happy with the progress I'm seeing, and I'm really excited to see what the next few weeks have in store for J.R. Thanks so much for checking in.
We are deeply grateful to all of you, thankful for your help and dedication. The difference in Froggie is remarkable. He's still got spirit, that's for sure, but we now have the tools to work with him, reinforce training methods, and knowledge of how to calm him down.
Absolutely love the Canine Coach! I took my puppy there for the boot camp and he has learned so much over the 4 weeks. The trainers are great and they meet with you every day when you pick up your pup. I will be signing him up for more classes!
Our trainer was AMAZING and quickly built a relationship with Jäger. Each time we'd come to pick him up we were shocked at how much they had accomplished in one day. Our trainer was able to clearly communicate the lessons to us so we could continue to build upon the skills at home. We are now able to go on walks without pulling, which was impossible before Boot Camp. Our friends were even surprised at the transformation the last time they came to visit - they joked that we must have switched dogs. Overall, I just wanted to send a big thank you to Canine Coach! We look forward to continuing new lessons with Canine Coach once Spring arrives.
Wow. So far our experience with Kevin in the am, Alex in the pm, and Jeff who a while back came to our house has been excellent.
Reggie and I have both really enjoyed the experience :) He seems to love going there and he's always tired when he comes home, so I love that!
Thank you for all your guidance, teaching and training of Charlie. Our home has changed with all the new learning. It's more joyful for everyone, especially Charlie.
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!
[Sent during the 4 Week Boot Camp Program]
Everything has been great - we've noticed tremendous change (for the better!) in Wally.
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.
These 4 weeks have gone by so fast and I'm sad to see it end tomorrow - Coach Cele and Lynn have done an AMAZING job with her training. I am so impressed with how well Maddie has soaked it all in and responds to everything she's learned. I'm really going to miss bringing her there every day.
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!
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!
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.
So far, everything has been great! Don has been really awesome and we're already seeing positive behavior changes.
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!"
We LOVE boot camp! Jake is an amazing trainer and Ruthie is learning so much so quickly! We are very impressed with the program!
Thanks for checking in! We've been really happy with everything so far - both Cele and Jordan are really great and we feel like Indy's in such good hands. He's definitely made progress in the first week and we're already able to practice/use "go to bed" and "back" at home :) Our trainers have also been helpful in giving advice on other behaviors or issues we're having, which is so valuable to have as a resource.
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.
We love Alex. He has done an amazing job with Riot and Riot really responds quickly to him. Riot really is an amazing dog with just a few quirks!
Boot Camp is going great! Selby seems to love it (and Don) and she is learning so much!
Everything is going great and Karen is wonderful! Thanks.
I want to say thank you so much for the fantastic training provided to Rudy and I during boot camp. Before boot camp as you know Rudy was a sweet almost 4 year old Tibetan Terrier with "high drive" who was a challenge to take for a walk and definitely had no interest in the word "come". He was the only dog at the cabin who had to be on a tie out as if he was not he headed for the woods and came back in his own good time. As a result of his time with you he is a much calmer dog and a delight to take on walks. Everyone who has seen him since camp comments on much better behaved he is. He is great with company in the house as well as when we visit others, even if there are other dogs present. We have practiced his response to come in some of the parks he visited during boot camp and one time at the cabin with great success. He has come every time. I could not be more pleased with the results of his time at boot camp. Cele, you are great at what you do and I will recommend you to anyone seeking an excellent training experience. Rudy loved boot camp and you and misses heading there everyday. If and when another dog finds his way into my life we will be back to boot camp. Thanks again from Rudy and his very happy mom!
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.
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.
Tessa loves it!! She jumps out of the car every morning and runs to the door. We're learning a lot and are finding it very beneficial.
We have just finished our 3rd week of Boot Camp and are so pleased. I just had to write to you as we just returned from a walk in the park with Max that was an absolute joy. He was walking so nicely by my side that I had to occasionally check to make sure he was still attached to the leash! No pulling or getting ahead....it was fantastic! A beautiful day and a beautiful walk with Max! Doesn't get any better than that!
Things are going great with Boot Camp! He’s learning a lot and working with him at home has gone well.
My boyfriend and I are quite impressed with the strides Ripley has made so far, thanks to everyone at Boot Camp! We look forward to helping her achieve even greater strides by continuing to incorporate the homework assignments.
It was great meeting you yesterday. I can't thank you enough for the help you gave me and Winston.
The first week has been great. Both Howie and I love Cameo. She is fantastic and I feel like he learns so much from her. I also really feel like she loves him, so it makes it that much easier to bring him there every day.
Thank you so much for all that you accomplished with Gertie, she learned a lot. We learned a lot. Looking forward to many years with Good Gertie.
Thank you so much for all of your work with Apollo this month! You are amazing! We can't believe the change in him...he has come so far and listens so well. You were gentle and loving with him and patient and encouraging with us. And you made it fun!
Thanks for helping Annie and me learn so many great things over the last 4 weeks! I loved picking her up each day and hearing what she did and she loved going to Boot Camp each day! We will work hard on what she's learned and hope to see you in one of your classes soon!
Thanks for checking in with us. Our first week of Boot Camp was great! We noticed so many good things and Annie is really seeming to listen an want to learn. Jake has great follow through and I enjoy the daily recap so I know what we need to work on in the evenings.
Just a quick note to give you an update on Max & Maggie since Bootcamp this spring. They are doing great! They've responded pretty well from their bootcamp training and are so much more manageable now that they understand basic commands.
Thanks for the email- we had a fabulous weekend with Gus and his new tricks!! (Name, sit and down- and getting a little better with the crate!) I even expanded his repertoire and added "Kisses"! :) He loves Jake and we do too...would recommend this program to anyone already- and we still have this week!!
Thank you so much for everything you did with P.Nut last month. You fundamentally changed the way he (and we) behave and we will be forever grateful!
Sabrina (dog) and I have completed Obedience 1 and 2 with Jake. I know I’m repeating others but Canine Coach has one very dedicated, passionate trainer. Jake took the time to listen and respond to questions and showed patience with my willful and independent girl! We would not have come where we are now as a owner/pet team without his help and training. He delivers consistently and compassionately.
Thank you so very much for the amazing care and training for Brita. You have a great gift, thanks for sharing it.
I am very happy with our trainer Alex and Sadie's first week at boot camp. Alex seems very genuine and skilled. Sadie is so excited to work with him:)
Boot camp is FABULOUS! I love both Cele and Lynn. What an awesome team!
We’re very impressed with Alex. He’s made amazing progress with Bandit in just 4 days. And we appreciate the time and information he shares with us at the end of each day at pick-up. She seems to be adjusting quite well to him and the overall program, which is great.
Jake rocks! He has helped train both of our dogs, with great results. He is amazing with both dogs and humans. I can't imagine a better experience!
We’ve had a great experience! Cameo has been really responsive and helpful.
I am very happy with boot camp. Don is very attuned to Avi's personality and her need to build confidence in varied settings. He's adapted the plan to incorporate her learning needs. This has been a great first week.
With week one complete and we are noticing nice progress already and looking forward to the weeks to come. I really like working with Lynn when I pick up Ruger in the evenings, she does a great job of answering questions, explaining homework and giving little tips that have been very helpful.
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.
Yay! I can't thank EVERYONE enough for working with Jackson the last four weeks. His custom program was perfect.
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!
Everything’s going really well with Boot Camp so far, thanks for checking! We are starting to see changes at home so that is exciting. Don is very thorough and we appreciate that.
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!
Have a cup of coffee on Ebony for your excellent care of Ebony. She is so delighted to come for training due to your great skills.
The first week seems to have gone well! She appears to be catching on rather quickly.
The Boot Camp has been a first class experience thus far. It is a privilege to have Jenny work with Murphy and with us - to learn from her the essential canine parenting tools that we should have and consistently apply. Murphy is a highly energetic dog and we are on a "journey", but we love him dearly. Jenny is very persistent and patient with Murphy. Jenny also demonstrates great time management as she integrates the basic program core but is also addressing Murphy's issues as we raise them (and there are several!). We can see that Jenny cares about Murphy in the way she communicates and works with him. With Jenny's guidance both Murphy and we should have a better life together in the future - as long as we stick to the program both during Boot Camp and afterward :). The facility is very neat, clean and organized. Chad has also been helpful with a couple tips for Murphy's handoff in the mornings. All the team members are knowledgeable, professional and very friendly!
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!
Training is going great! I so appreciate the trainers knowledge and love for dogs.
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)
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!
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 :)
Everything is going great so far!! We are already seeing excellent results are excited to see Winston’s continued progress!
Leo has had a terrific first week of boot camp! We are very impressed with the trainers and the level of obedience he has demonstrated already. We are seeing results and he certainly seems to be enjoying his days in training.
They’ve already improved so much! They’ve come home and really been responsive to their names and to commands, I’m so impressed!!
It's going really well! Very impressed with the progress we are already seeing. Thank you!
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.
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.
It is fantastic! Tillie is learning a lot, plus I am too. The Trainers and staff are outstanding.
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.
Thank you so much for everything you have done with Duke. He has been doing great and runs right with me at the golf course! We really appreciate all you do :)
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.
Don is really good at what he does. I am very happy.
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.
Thank you both so, so much for teaching Truman at Boot Camp - he learned so much and is set to learn even more. Thanks for helping us realize what a high drive and persistent level of focus he has - it really helps us understand him and love him lots!
We just wanted to thank you for your wonderful work with Gracie during Boot Camp. She has gone from the scared, shy, and confused little dog we adopted to a confident, secure, and well-behaved sweetheart.
Thank you so much for teaching Maisy the basics.. showing her "the ropes"! Perhaps we'll see you for advanced training or a follow up at our house.
I am very happy with how it is going so far. I can tell Sal is being well taken care of and the trainers are great.
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.
We can't thank you enough for the love, attention, and patience you had with Winnie over the past month. Your expertise is much appreciated and so impressive!
Don, Super thanks! I hope all of us will be better behaved… thanks to you!
Everything is going really well with Penny's training. Don has been great to work with.
I enjoyed the program. I liked that Angus received training from a professional and then each new task was explained and demonstrated to me.
Very happy with Don and his coaching! Great teacher for both dog and mom. Looking forward to more changes as the weeks go by!
I just wanted to say THANK YOU for the excellent training Layla and I received at boot camp. I was nervous about spending this kind of money on training for a 4-5 year old rescue dog with lots of bad habits and a dog family with even worse training habits. I am so glad I did, the training both Layla and I received from Cele is priceless!
I think the first week went really well. I love that Karen is so willing to work with us to see what we need most for Fergus.
The trainer has taught us a lot of valuable information that we did not know. So far so good. Koira seems to take very well with Jake. Amazing to see someone that can keep her attention.
Alfie and Olive will be finishing up with Boot Camp tomorrow and it has been really great. We are so impressed with the progress they both have made. We really regret not doing it sooner!
Boot camp has been amazing so far. Without the advice from Karen, I would probably still not be getting any sleep. She helped me figure out how to get my little Henry to sleep in his kennel which is absolutely amazing!
The first week has gone very well. Karen is great and is taking things a little slower with Gus. I appreciate that she is modifying the training to meet him where he is at.
Just a quick comment.....Jake is a miracle worker; not only with our puppy Belle; also with owner Steve :o) We will be continuing with Basic Boot Camp in November and continue with all level group classes.
Karen and the team are doing an outstanding job. I know we are not supposed to over-train Orion, but he almost seems bored at home if we aren’t asking him to do something!
I could just take my Kona girl and parade her all around Mendota Heights and wherever else. It is such a joy to walk her now after 2 weeks of training.
Wow! A million thanks are not enough - your work with Shanoa has gone so far beyond our wildest expectations. You are truly miracle workers. We couldn't be happier with the boot camp results.
Can't thank you enough for the time, energy and love you have put into Lexi. It is hard to believe it all happened in just 4 weeks! We feel like we have a new dog. Truly. Lexi is going to miss all her friends at boot camp and so are we! Thank you!
Boot camp has already changed Junior in just a week! I am so thrilled! And Jake really is good with Junior. I can't wait to show him what we worked on this weekend! And I'm looking forward to weeks 2-4!!
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 and love you gave him during training. We feel so much more confindent that Cooper will now make a great big brother.
Thanks for your email. So far everything is great! The flexibility with the pick-up and drop off times is very helpful. Don has been doing a wonderful job with Buffalo and I am impressed with the results so far!
We just finished seven weeks with Canine Coach and my bulldog, Jes, is missing it. She loves her trainer. He was phenomenal with her. I brought him a pup that chewed shoes and thought she was the leader of the pack and I got back a respectful dog who understands her place in the family. She sits, stays, leaves it, goes to bed. She walks nicely on a leash - which is really important for us because she's very strong. And the most wonderful thing is she comes when called. She not only comes for me, but she comes for all family members.
Thank you for all the work you did with Hutch and with us! I can see a difference in him and it has definitely paid off! We will work on keeping it going! We really appreciate all you have done.
The first week has been great! We are really happy we found you guys :)
Things are going very well for Chip. He is learning fast and we are very pleased with how well behavior seems to transfer home.
Boot camp is going great! We love our trainer Cameo! I can't believe how much he has learned in his first week! Now it is just about practicing with him more to increase reliability of the behaviors! But he doesn't mind practicing at home and it's very fun for me to see the fast progress!
I wanted to let you know how great boot camp was for Bella [Golden Retriever]. She was totally in love with Cele, and seemed sad when we were no longer shuttling her off in the morning. I had done quite a few obedience classes with Bella from puppy on but couldn't get anywhere with her in regards to heeling on leash. After working with Cele she is such a good girl on leash. Now with Cele's help, Bella is really as close to the perfect dog as we could imagine. Most of the problems were mine, and not Bella's! I only wished we lived closer so Bella could stop by for daycare.
Boot camp is great! Bernard is learning, we are learning and we are seeing great progress.
First week has been great !!!
[Written by Bella the Yorkie:] To my trainer,
We can't think you enough for the wonderful training you did with Bella. We are so happy with the results. Bella and I will definitely be coming to visit you. I will miss our daily chats.
Lily is doing amazingly back at the house so far. We took her around while we worked today and we had to go to a stranger's house where there were three people and two dogs and she did phenomenally there too.
Dave and I want to express our heartfelt appreciation and thanks for the incredible work you've done with Cian. In only a month and a half, our dog went from being a horror to walk to an accomplished and confident loose-leash walker! I am AMAZED!
Thank you so much for helping us to get Dobby onto the right track-there are no words for how much we appreciate what you have done. We hope to see you around as we continue to take classes or to board Dobby with the only person I trust as much as myself to care and love Dobby (and to get him to listen!). Thank you so much!
Macduff is having a great time in Boot Camp, and he is learning so much! We are so glad we found your awesome training program.
Thank you for your wonderful care of Daisy over these last four weeks. We have seen lots of improvement in her behavior and are thrilled at all of the great things she has learned.
8 weeks ago Maise was a raw puppy! Now she is starting to act like a big beautiful dog and she is an absolute joy. Thanks so much for sharing all of you knowledge, experience and patience with me and my new best friend. We will see you again a little later this summer.
I had to just let you know an experience we had over the weekend. We had friends over for dinner Sat night and one of them is allergic to cats and dogs, and so we were extremely conscious of keeping Kiki in control, maybe more so than usual. Brooke put the leash on Kiki right before they came and she sat and did not move until they came. Then she had some difficulty but we managed okay, and then she stayed where she was, in a down position, until she was invited into the kitchen area. Then I had her on her "bed", with treats every once in a while, for about 1 1/2 hours. She never once barked, she moved once but went right back when I made a sound. Eventually we released her and she milled about and visited (turns out this guest LOVES dogs and thought she was so amazing!) and did VERY well. Overall it was THE most successful guest experience we've had with her. She was SO well-behaved and wonderful! I'm sure your ears were ringing because we were talking about how great you have been with her.
Took dogs to the vet today. Dr Marie Nation volunteered she saw a huge difference in Milo. He did not growl as usual, he was calm and waited in a nice sit for his nail trim.
I just wanted to write and say thanks again for your help with Jazzy's training. She changed so much in that month at boot camp. I am really pleased with her walking manners. Now that I am properly trained she and I do a lot of walking together. :-) She is doing really well on her walks. She is really great about people and usually can manage to not bark at other dogs. There are the occasional lapses but they aren't very common anymore. I have taken her to the outdoor track on practice days for the kids and we will sit and watch the people coming and going and she has improved so much. There is still the odd man who makes her bark but I have been very happy with how she is doing and she continues to improve.
I am writing to say thank you for the wonderful job that you did with teaching Ginger during her time at Boot Camp. I have been working with her most days on reinforcing the training and she seems to have retained everything that she was taught.