2004 - 2018

2014 Best Of

Coach Lauren Coombs Testimonials

"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.

See you in a few weeks!

Ashley B.
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!

Brian I.
I just want to pass along how happy we are to get Lauren Coombs’ help with our dogs. She does an amazing job and we are pretty sure she has special powers :)

Thank you,
Scott A

Thank you so much for the first weeks class yesterday. Paul and I learned a lot and we almost wondered if the dog we brought to class was the same one we took from home!

See you next week!
Katie J.
Thank you SOOOOO much for making me feel more comfortable with my pup! Your approach is so much more kind and relaxed.

Colleen K.
We LOVE this place.

I have done the "Just Tricks" with my 9 year old, Izzie, with the AWESOME teacher Lauren. ADORED HER, she was so sweet, calm, had a REAL LOVE for dogs and SHOCKINGLY remembered all the dogs names (bonus because the dogs did not care).

We love the classes there, even though we often are not A+ students! It's so ruff!

Brittany H.
Thanks for your most kind and understanding instruction and tolerant, supportive attitude. Canine Coach is lucky to have you on their team.

Jon B.
Lauren, you guided us toward our goal with Teddy by your patience and demonstrations on how to help him. Often you used analogies to help us understand the correction. You zeroed in on what needed to be done and did fine tuning regularly. Clearly, you understood the challenges we were facing. Your coaching background and skills were evident at each session by your clear, specific instructions. You never gave up on us or Teddy. We are not there yet but we will get there, with your help.

THANK YOU, Lauren.
Carol A
I just had to tell you how amazing the transformation has been in my walks with Sonic and our other dog, Ozzie. This is life-changing! There's no more crisscrossing leashes and constant pulling.

Thank you thank you!
Sallie Q.


I am writing to thank Lauren for all of the information and help she provided. Her expertise was invaluable in helping us determine whether we would be able to commit ourselves to a lifetime with a rescued dog - the outcome is a sad one, but we believe the right one. Without her clear-eyed evaluation and sensitive explanations for his behavior, we would not have felt as confident in our decision as we do. She spoke from her own experience and was sensitive and patient as we wrestled with conflicting emotions.

When/if we are ready to try again with another dog, we will ask for Coach Lauren -- and will highly recommend Canine Coach to others in need of in-home training.

Thank you so much,
Rebecca & David S
Thank you Lauren! Really appreciate everything you've done for us :) I don't remember if I told you, but I took aria to psycho suzis that Saturday that was super warm- it was the busiest I've ever seen it, we had to wait for a patio table. I definitely planned where we sat, and brought a bone to distract her, but we got the best compliment from our waitress. After sitting there for probably an hour and a half, "oh, I didn't realize you had a dog with!" :) definitely come a long way and learned a LOT.

Morgan C.
Hi Lauren,
I wanted to thank you for working with us last Tuesday. I feel like we have new dogs, the difference is amazing!
Oscar and Zelli are doing great, still in the learning mode as we continue to work on being consistent (getting three people on the same page can be challenging). However, Zelli has figured out that when I say “yes” she gets a treat. She will intentionally look at another dog, then look at me for her treat. It’s also working with geese, which is great as she can be very challenging around geese.
Again, thank you for changing our lives! I love that I can enjoy our walks.

- Linda C.

We have already seen improvement in his interactions with Niko. He has quickly picked up that coming up to Niko and pestering him is not a welcome behavior. Yesterday, even after being alone most of the day (which usually means Hurley wants to be literally on top of me), he saw me on the couch with Niko and promptly went over to his crate, got a toy, and hung out on his own. That’s progress!

Erin H.
Hi Lauren,

I cannot thank you enough! You really provided great insight into Jackson’s behavior and how we can be better “parents/trainers” to him. I learned a lot from you and this summary is really great- I can go back to this if I forget or have questions about what we should focus on. We’re having our first structured play date with Cyrus at 3 pm today. Wish us luck!

The other training in the house is going VERY well! Jackson is sitting, lying or responding nearly 100% of the time. His response rate is a bit less when he’s outdoors, but still fairly good. We’ll continue to work on this!

We look forward to seeing you tomorrow!

Clarice C.
Thanks so much for this class. It has really helped me bond even more closely with Scout, and has taught me some great skills that we can use for the rest of her life. Our lives are more enriched because of it.

Brian S
I have done several of your classes in the past, and highly recommend them to anyone who asks about dog training.

We will be back when we feel it's safe to return to in-person programming.
Thanks! Tracy N.
Lauren really took the time and dialed in on each dog's needs and did a wonderful job of tailoring her classes around those. I appreciated her individual attention when she could see us struggling.

Jaclyn F
She started with the more gentle corrections first, giving my dog a chance to respond, but let me know when I needed to be firmer or give a leash pop. She was able to deescalate potentially crazy leash aggression.

Lou A
She was very safety conscious, which was important in our type of class. And we didn't feel she made any presumptions/discriminated based on dog breed, which we really appreciated.

Jessica F
I really appreciate how Lauren conveyed information to us-- she was not once condescending or dismissive-- she heard our concerns & feelings and acknowledged the emotional difficulty of what we were experiencing, and then identified goals & areas for improvement that felt like a series of aha! moments for us.

Shonna K
Lauren could tell exactly why my dog was acting the way he was, thoroughly explained everything to me, showed in depth what I should be doing with him, and made me feel comfortable with continued training without her presence.

Loved her!
Lauren was great. Took time, answered so many questions we had, talked through multiple issues, asked a lot of questions to fully understand the issues. We were supposed to meet with someone else, but due to a sick call, we met earlier than our initial appointment and with Lauren instead. Lauren never seemed rushed or like this hadn't been the plan all along. Our follow-up from Lauren has been excellent. Checking in several times about how things are going, progress, and adjusting the plan based on the info we're providing. We are very happy and plan to schedule a follow-up appointment to address another issue we weren't able to get to that first night.

Laura Y
Hi, Lauren

I can't tell you how encouraged we feel about Pete since you met with us on Monday. ( and we very extremely impressed with your dog training knowledge and prowess). He has responded very well ( though we have not encountered a strange dog yet) to the eye contact/yes treats when encountering a strange man on our walks, a rabbit, and today, our neighbor entering the yard and gate. He is smart and a quick learner, thank goodness. We have many challenges ahead, of course, with dogs and workers in the house so, so far, so good!

Also, we have gated him into our room at night and no pooping in the house yet. We have our fingers crossed!

I will keep in touch but thanks again.
Vicki & Jan & Pete T. F.
We took ours to a dog to dog aggression class with Lauren. She was very knowledgeable and patient. I felt so much more in control after the classes!

- Cara H
Hi Lauren,

We've had a lot of success today...no zipping, lots of rewards (food), little talk. In the game of 3, he went almost straight to the open hand & foot over food & was able hang back.

It's been very peaceful & Leo has been calm w/little frustration, if any. Complete ignoring has worked well w/that talk-back barking & so he didn't escalate.

I can't thank you enough!
Melissa M.
This is Sarah, mom of Sophie the Papillon from last night's puppy class in St. Louis Park. My boyfriend Ryan and I (and Sophie) were extremely impressed with the way you taught class and handled Sophie's shyness and caution. Sophie has never been that confident in class before and we were so excited to see her coming out of her shell!

-Sarah C.
Thanks so much for all your specialized help with Josie during obedience level two. We’ve really appreciated your patience and expertise.

Becky L.
Wanted to thank you for a great class. You were great with Copper and I really appreciate it!

I want to make sure you get recognized for having such an open, friendly approach those dogs with special needs.

Thank you and look forward to my next class with you.
Brandi B.

I owe these slack leashes and wonderful Sunday walk to Lauren. She's great.

Thanks Canine Coach.

Tracey M.

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.

Thanks for your help.
Susan Shaw
Ahhhh I'm so sorry Lauren, but Chewie and I will not be able to make it tonight, I had to go home sick from work today. He and I are just cuddling. He loved your class and keeps looking at the door wondering when we are going to go.

Thank you for being an amazing teacher, you are awesome!! A few of friends have actually signed up for the same class after the holidays.

If you ever have another class for Chewie please let me know!!!

Thank you again,
Ashley, Chewie, Yoda H
Lauren was a miracle worker in getting both Daisy and Wiley to heel perfectly on walks within an hour. It's like she waved a magical want. Today we worked on decreasing Wiley's anxiety in the car and increasing Daisy's recall ability. I have no doubt they'll be stars in those new skills soon as well.

Lee R.
This has been life changing!! I can't believe the difference in walking on the leash and it's almost like she's so proud of her skills. It's adorable and amazing!! We're still mastering walking past another dog without going crazy but I'm just so happy!!
I haven't been doing back in the apt nearly as much, but I used it yesterday while baking and she only returned once!
Seriously, it's awesome!

- Sarah R.
Dear Canine Coach,
Lauren was a truly wonderful help to my troubled little rescue dog. He's a very persistent (as she put it) dog who is not very food driven. He was pretty difficult in my mind.
I really appreciate what she did for me, and I’m continuing to work on the things she helped me with.

Thanks again, I’m sure he feels better and more confident too.
" Elizabeth L
Hi Lauren,

Just wanted to thank you for all your help and wisdom.

So, thanks again and Hagrid says hi!
Meg P.
Just wanted to thank you for your work on Wednesday. We've taken Russell on 3 long walks since then and each one has been like we have a completely different dog. He walks behind us with virtually no need for correction, and even though he still reacts to other animals, the response is greatly reduced and he quickly calms down.
Looking forward to our next session whenever you have time in the next couple of weeks. Thanks!

Please thank the instructors for their excellent training and tips during the previous 5 classes. They were immensely helpful in Henley’s socialization and development.

Ann H
Dear Canine Coach, I just wanted to drop you a note about my mini-poodle, Mariah. You helped me train her in July for a plane trip to Germany. I believe I worked first with Erin, then with Taylor and Lauren. But they were wonderful, and I thought I should tell you that Mariah did wonderfully on the plane. Granted, she was pretty terrified at first, even with relaxing meds from the vet. But then she really calmed down and slept the whole second leg of the trip, from Atlanta to Germany....

Anyway, THANK YOU for your wonderful support and for the training sessions and for helping me make this trip with my baby. :) hahah.

I hope your team is doing well.

Amy M
We used Lauren from canine coach to do two in home sessions last year. Our dog is reactive to other dogs so the class wasn’t a good option for us & Lauren was great. We did one session before the baby was born and another when he was 5 months before our baby started crawling and trying to pull her tail.

--Jamie K.
I love Lauren! We took puppy through obedience 2 and a tricks class with her. We also had her out for a private session to deal with my then puppy's temper tantrums. She was wonderful. We've also taken 2 other classes from other trainers at Canine Coach and had great experiences.

- Alyssa R.
We’ve taken 3 classes with canine coach (none for reactivity, however) and have seen great improvement with both of our dogs. We did level 1.5 obedience with Lauren and she is fantastic. I was really having a tough time getting one of our dogs to engage (one of the reasons we took level 1.5) and she had some awesome tips to build that relationship. We saw the biggest improvement after that class.

- Christina B
We had both Lauren and Taylor and they were outstanding. I would love to do a follow up with them in the future.

Michelle T
It was a great training session - thanks so much for the information you shared.
Again, I’m really excited to get this training. Your information has helped me so much with my frame of mind.

Kari L
Hey Lauren,
We are so pleased by the results of our training with you [Lauren] and Sadie! More than ever you guys made me realize how much I have to learn and with the successes we saw throughout your class my confidence was totally renewed. So, thank you so very much. I'm looking forward to lots more fun with Herc and Canine Coach.

Cammy J.
Thank you so much for all the help you've given us over the last couple months in obedience II and in leash-pulling. We've learned so much and had a lot of tun!

Johanna K.
Hi Lauren,
I just really wanted to send you an update. I really have to thank you. Sophie is like a different dog. The other trainers had me convinced that Sophie was probably going to end up to be a very mean dog and I was going to end up with a lawsuit eventually. I am so much more relaxed now. Thank you so much. Because of me being so much more confident so is Sophie, she is way different towards me now. She's very very relaxed. I can't express to you how much this means to me. Gosh thank you SOOO much!

So happy we found you!!
Colleen K
Training is going really good! Birdie has been doing great with the invisible line, though she sometimes tries to sneak around the other way. It has been really nice for us, especially when we are feeding the baby.

Thanks again for all your help. It really made a huge difference in the way we are able to interact with her.
- Clare M.

Brian and I wanted to thank you, beyond words, for all you've done for our little family.

Sonny is unmuzzled now. He and Greta play together all the time. They respect each other's boundaries. They follow each other around the house. He licks her face an awful lot. They can't wait to see each other in the morning.

I don't think we ever believed we'd get here, and I'm certain we wouldn't have without you. Thank you, so much.

Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year!
Julie W.
I was blessed to be able to take a class with Lauren Coombs with my fearful of people pup, Belle. I learned so much in this class. I am so thankful for Lauren's experience and her illustrative teaching. She opened me up to the whole language of dogs. How did I ever successfully own a dog before this class?! I guess I must've owned very tolerant (and not at all fearful!) dogs.

We are slowly going through the things Lauren taught us. Making tiny steps forward, slides to the left, a couple steps back, and then forward again. Typical progess with a not so experienced owner! Haha! Thank you so much for your time. I recommend Lauren and Canine Coach to anyone I know who is struggling to understand their dog!

Tara S. (Shy/Fearful grad)
Just wanted to pop you a quick note. Took Mr Leo on a 6 mile run today and along the way we passed 12 or more dogs. They were either on the other side of the road or on the same trail. He did AWESOME! MUCH improved! Not perfect, but not nearly the emotional episodes they tended to be in the past. Just a little too much attention, but then got right back on track immediately after they passed. Previously he'd still be all keyed up half a block down the street after we passed them.

Thank you for your class and instruction. I think we're making inroads!

Kind regards,
Brian B.
Hi Lauren,
The class was great! Exactly what I was looking for. The drop in format makes it so convenient and Izzy seems to learn so much from just being in a classroom setting!

Thank you.
Hey Lauren,

What a fun class today. It was good for me to see Arnold pushing through his fears, especially with the distraction of all the other dogs around. I’ve learned so much from you. Name Game, Mat training, and the idea of putting ‘money in the bank’ have been tremendously helpful for me. And now, finding treats around the house… Brilliant. His ‘sister’ is a bit better at it, but that little bit of competitive incentive is making him really engage and hunt.

Brian S.
Boot camp is going well! I'm amazed by the progress Murphy has made with Brandon so far and how some of the skills are showing up at home. Murphy can be fearful at first, like on the first day, but has quickly come to enjoy going. I appreciate Brandon's calmness with Murphy and the explanation/demos of the exercises have been easy to understand so far.
Some of the skills he is learning have also been a helpful complement with a recent in-home training session with Lauren, which was also very helpful. I wish I would have done Camp sooner, but no time like the present.
He's got some more work to do, but I'm feeling more confident in what he is capable of. Thanks for the support!

Katie S
Thank you so much! Steel was walking great for both me and my sister when we got home!! So awesome to see :) You are amazing!

-Mercedez T.
Hi Lauren

Just a quick note to say thank you for the training lessons.

Lucy did really well this morning on our walk -- she knew before we even left the yard what to do!

Having her by my side instead of pulling made the walk enjoyable instead of a fight. I simply cannot thank you enough!!

Karen S
Hi Lauren,

So Piper and I have put your advice to use. In the past 24 hours we have practiced 10 times so far of me leaving my apartment with her in her kennel. I have varied what I all have on (since a few of these trials were super early this morning before work) between shoes, jacket, and/or purse. She has a success rate so far of 60% of not barking at all between 30sec-2mins (most trials around one min). If that wasn't huge enough (which in my world, it's as big as winning the lottery), but now she has started to just chill in her kennel. With the door open... Something she has NEVER done before.

Thank you again soooooo much and I will definitely keep sending updates!

Reanna F.
My name is Mia and my fiance Sam and I are huge fans and have attended a few classes with our pup as well as an in home with plans to continue both. ...we have been so impressed with your trainers.

-Mia J
I would like you to know that this leash walking class is a game changer for me! Lauren helped and explained everything so clearly and it all makes perfect sense! I would like her to know that I really appreciate all her help and advice!!

Thank you!
Barb S and Shadow
We both really appreciate what you did. Totally worth it. It looks like we are going to sign him up for group training at your St. Louis Park location. If it matters to anyone, the work you did and how you handled yourself and your training brought a level of confidence in continuing to work with Canine Coach.

Greg A
Your time with us was invaluable in giving us the reassurances and ideas that we needed to move forward with our high-energy, but wonderful and loving, puppy.

I want to say a big THANK YOU to you for the role you have played in helping us make it through the rank beginner dog owner stage more successfully.

Rebekah A (and Rich)