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2014 Best Of

Coach Courtney Gabel's Testimonials

I love what I've experienced with K9 coach obedience classes and Courtney is a fantastic instructor!

Thank you,
Rachel G
Overall, I'd say this was the best investment of time and money that we've made with Oskar.

The time was incredibly useful in helping me understand both my behavior and our dog's behavior. The two key strategies that we worked on--introducing "back" in the house, and working on loose-leash walking--changed our dog's behavior (and mine) almost immediately. I was hoping the session would begin to make a difference, but I did not expect such a dramatic change in our dog's behavior in such a short time. It was pretty amazing.

Courtney gave me feedback on various behaviors and strategies for addressing them, in addition to the ones we worked on, along with several handouts that she emailed afterward. The next day, I spent time in our backyard using some of the strategies that Courtney provided, and that has already reduced Oskar's barking at squirrels significantly, which I was originally at a loss as to how to address. It's made a huge positive difference in terms of his walking on leash, too.

I think most importantly, Courtney showed that it's possible to change Oskar's behavior, even ones that I had presumed were deeply ingrained. So now I am starting to think about ways to keep developing his skills and abilities through training, which is a big change from wondering how we'd be able to tolerate some of his more annoying behaviors. It was absolutely worth the time and money.

Nate A
We just finished Thursday night Obedience 1 with Courtney in south Minneapolis. Courtney was an excellent trainer! Her directions and explanations were clear and easy to follow. She made the class fun too.

Our dog Josie is a high-energy one year old former stray who lived in a pack on a reservation. She loves other dogs and people so getting and keeping her attention when we're out and about is very important. Learning both the methods and the reasons they work was great.

Thanks so much for giving us the tools we need!
Sue, John, and Josie
My puppy and I just finished the puppy socialization class with Courtney in the S. MPLS location. We are so pleased with what we have learned, and the overall facility of Canine Coach! So thank you for having such a great place for my puppy to learn! The 9am class was absolutely perfect time in the day for Monty, he was attentive, and wasnít tired out from his day yet. Also, we loved the timing so it wasnít smack dab in the middle of the day!

Thank you so much,
Anna M
I will gladly say Courtney did a great job during our session. She came across as very knowledgeable, was easy to have in our home, she was nonjudgmental and professional.

Anna G.
Very informative, very simply laid out, very effective. My pup finished the class at 5 months old and I've only had her for 2 months and she has come so far. If you are considering taking obedience classes with your dog I would highly consider canine coach.

Blake A
We loved the class and the trainer was fabulous! I continue to highly recommend your services!

We just completed Tuesday night dog training with CourtneyÖ We really liked the program and Courtney is a very good trainer!!

Lara K
We have done puppy class and in home training. Both were excellent. Our puppy has come along way. We highly recommend this to family and friends. (We came here on a recommendation from our vet)

-Kellie R
I am so grateful for all of the amazing training I have received at Canine Coach ( obedience level 1/2/3, leash walking, tricks, recall, no jump, agility for fun - twice and Lure Course)

All of the teachers have been amazing!! Amanda, Courtney, Sadie, Taylor ( If I missed someone it was only due to my lack of "recall")

You guys rock!!

Thank you for all of the wonderful advice, training and support you have provided me!
Kathy O and Bella
We just had The Canine Coach to our house yesterday and are already THRILLED with the results!

- Maisha F.
Courtney was excellent! She helped us ďthink like the dogĒ to better understand her behaviors and how to correct them.

- Leona S.
Please thank Courtney for being a great teacher, even though Missy really didnít enjoy tricks like I thought she would. Sheís more of a scent class dog, Iíve learned :)

Thanks again, and Iíll keep a few of the simple tricks in mind to work on over the next few months.

Laura H and Missy
I want to add that Courtney did a great job. Both dogs loved her and my wife felt very comfortable with Courtney's techniques and demeanor. She is welcome here anytime.

- Rich I.
We had a phone consultation for our dog Sidney at the end of July regarding his bathroom habits. I'm glad to say that things have vastly improved since our conversation
Ben M
Very informative, very simply laid out, very effective. My pup finished the class at 5 months old and I've only had her for 2 months and she has come so far. If you are considering taking obedience classes with your dog I would highly consider canine coach.

Blake A
Courtney was a pleasure to work with! We really enjoyed having her help us with Cowboy.

-Sabrina P.
Done two trainings here with my dog who tends towards anxious and then at times aggressive. The trainers are suuuper knowledgeable, their training techniques are great. They scaffold the trainings nicely and each class builds off the one before, therefore, you're held accountable to do the training homework in between- which is great for me. I highly recommend canine coach!

-Alexandra M
I just wanted to let you know that Nandi has walked perfectly like a champ since you came over! Thank you SO much! No attacks while on walks - our first goal accomplished! She is getting better at "backs" and not throwing such a fit when asked to leave a room. This work has translated in other areas - she isn't so pushy in the morning when trying to get me up - and when on gentle leader she falls into the "walk" pattern naturally.
I will be setting up another appointment for us in a week or so. THANK YOU FOR ALL OF YOUR HELP!

-Jennifer S
We found the appointment extremely helpful. We've worked on these behaviors in group classes in which our dog did great but struggled to generalize them in our home. Courtney was very knowledgeable and pointed out body cues in our dog in the moment that were extremely helpful. She also provided real life opportunities to practice and helped coach us through the situation.

-Lauren K.
Excellent trainers! They have a training plan that helped our rescue pup become a well behaved and happy girl. Highly recommend!

Online Review
Courtney was so great with not only giving us tips for training, but also understanding Bozley (in particular). I'll 100% be bringing her back to focus on the puppy. [She] was so helpful and calm at our house with our dogs. She had 0 judgement and it made me feel so comfortable being honest with her about our issues.

- Amanda A.
"We work on the exercises the trainer provided every day. Already seeing improvement. [Courtney] was calm and confident, which helped ease my own anxiety about our dog. She gave us just the right amount of exercises to work on without it feeling overwhelming."

- Ellie S.
We are very happy with the progress that Courtney has helped achieve.

Rich I
Courtney has been great with June.

Jason S
This is Raika the dobermans handler. I personally wanted to email you after the first class and say thank you! Raika was a return to breeder and I got her at the beginning of the year. I donít know much about her upbringing, other than a dog in her household was aggressive towards her. I was nervous about bringing her to an obedience class because of her dog reactivity. Especially on leash. I had doubts after a terrible obedience 1 experience with my rough collie. 15+ dogs all out and about with each other.

This was so much better. I am appreciative of you accommodating my dog so that we can start working on ignoring other dogs, or at least getting her to the point of not caring so much about them. I loved the fact that you kept us separated from the other dogs a little more, and the x pen fences with tarps is amazing. So if you see me treating her quite a bit, itís because Iím just trying to reward relaxed, attentive to me, behavior.

Thank you for such a positive, rewarding environment for me and Raika. We look forward to next week!!!

River H
Courtney was a fantastic instructor with passion for what she does - keep doing all the good things you do.
Mark B
Her ability to sense when someone was struggling, and not just give a boilerplate answer to the owner/dog's issues. She is able to adjust training techniques and give specialized feedback in real time.

Mara M
Positive attitude and patience, the 1st class my dog had an accident and I was so embarrassed. Courtney didn't make a big deal of it and was like, no biggie and just kept going with training.
Gina McCabe
She taught us some things ahead of time in our puppy's development - like how puppies sometimes have a "fear stage" when they near adolescence and how to address it.
Grace J
She was extremely clear and explained things well, she also never made a dog or an owner feel guilty if a dog was nervous or barking, she helped to take care of it

Jenna G
She was very knowledgeable about dog behavior and would provide alternates if your dog wasn't into whatever command we were working on.

Lita A
Thank you so much for everything! Dexter has been doing great and really responding to what you have taught us. We feel like we got our money's worth. :) Thank you for all of your help and I'm sure we'll see you in a future training!

Melissa S & Brad G
Canine Coach offers excellent communication and it has been very smooth since making the first appointment to completion of my dog's training.

Thank you.
Takahiro I
Courtney did a great job. She provided helpful information in a kind and respectful way. It was clear that she wanted to help us to allow our dog to be successful in situations that had been problematic and she had helpful insights.

Tim H
Courtney helped us with some serious issues with our boy dogs. She is amazing. She is also a very nice person.

Rich I
Courtney was amazing. She knew what we wanted to work on and had great ideas on how to help us with our training. She explained everything very clearly and gave us some new things to work on. We had a fabulous experience and would highly recommend your company.

Thanks so much!
Kari W
Courtney was extremely informative and will work with her again!!!!
Steven F
Courtney was fantastic! She gave us a realistic expectation of training time line and didn't sugar coat an over night fix (dog and cat introduction) she was clear with training expectation and made the experience fun and enjoyable.
Kirsten T
Courtney was great! We really appreciated her clear teachings and patience with our Pup.
Stephanie M
Courtney was great. We focused in on a few key takeaways and things to work on, and Chewie's been improving in those areas. Would happily work with Courtney again if/when Chewie (or our future Saint Bernard puppy!) has new important things to work on or reinforce or proof in more challenging environments.
Christopher C
Courtney was not only a dog person but it was also clear that she was a people person as well. This helped us immensely since she was able to teach us, not just our dog. We had a great conversation and she was able to answer all of our questions in a knowledgeable and friendly way. She also shared our interest in primitive and Japanese dog breeds, which was a plus.

Kristen C
I am blown away by the progress Aiden has had since our first training last week! He may have lots of progress ahead of him with his reactivity to dogs, and working towards possibly having play time again; I am just so happy to see him walking loose leash, and being able to enjoy his walks! We are still 10+ feet away from other dogs when we sit/stay, but he is working so hard to be able to move closer and stay calm! The corrections he needs decrease daily, and I can't wait to see his progress after his next training down the road :)

Thank you so so much Courtney!
Alexas B
I am SO happy that I made an appointment with Courtney! She helped us better understand Hugo's behavior and showed us how we could improve it. We have been practicing with Hugo every day and he has made HUGE progress. It makes me so hopeful and happy!

Thank you, Courtney!!
Maura W
I was so thankful for Courtney's positive and friendly attitude. We're going through a tough situation with a dog bite incident, and she didn't show any judgement. She focused on moving forward with great advice on equipment and training. We've implemented her equipment and training suggestions and are a week into muzzle training with very positive results.

We're so thankful.
Sarah I
She is great! Positive, patient, and has a great understanding of dog behavior. I would love to have her here everyday.
Susan M
This exceeded my expectations. Courtney was so good at no only showing us the exercises that we should be doing, but helped us understand why we were doing them. It was like putting together pieces of a puzzle.

I would recommend this to anyone who asks.
Ann P