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Coach Maureen Haggerty's Testimonials

Maureen, I can't tell you how many good things I am hearing from our volunteers about working with the Canine Coach! 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.

Susan Bakken, Director of Pet Haven's Dog Division
Maureen, Love your classes and especially the results. Kobi is just soaking up the training and the time we spend together. The result is a very changed dog from when I first brought him home in May.

What I particularly like about your class and find extremely beneficial are your explanations regarding the psychology behind the dog. That is, what the dog is thinking, how it sees its interactions with us and what the dog is looking for or expecting.

These insights of yours have been so very helpful in not only my ability to teach Kobi all the training exercises we've covered but also for me to understand how to behave so my dog behaves. All good stuff; thanks much!

Mark S. (& Kobi)

I truly mean this, I don't know that I would be where I am today with Biloxi and dog rescue if it wasn't for your encouragement, your patience and your guidance, your reassurance, persistence and humor. You truly saved me from pulling my hair out with this girl and I can proudly say that my then reactive nightmare is now a CGC.

Thank you, thank you, thank you AND the Canine Coach!!!!!

Laural H.
Hi Maureen. Thank you for tonight. My anxiety is more than half the battle in helping Carter feel confident around other dogs. Your style put me at ease. I felt so relieved by this that I needed to let you know. Looking forward to the rest of the sessions!

Jennifer M.

We can't thank you enough for your helpful hints and ideas for the transformation of Cosmo and Cassie. We felt helpless before you came on our scene.

Marsha and Frank

Hi Maureen, I just wanted to let you know how Lucy did this morning.

Every thursday the grounds crew cuts the grass and as usual every time Lucy sees the guys she begins her aggression. However, this morning I let her out on the deck and she didn't event attempt to bark. WOW we're moving in the right direction!

Thanks again for your expertise!

Colleen S.

I am so impressed with you both!

I am still speechless about how well Kanga did yesterday. Thank you so much for going above and beyond and teaching me some techniques for Kanga and I to work on together. It really gave me a lot of hope. I knew Kanga was a great pup, I just didn't know how to bring it out!

Blair, see you next Wednesday.

John F.

I feel more relaxed with Charlie already. I love the way you talk about the dog existing in your daily life rather than as a formal thing that behaves for you. A happy aura at class on Saturday, we are not used to that at doggie class!



I think he's doing amazing. It's so nice to be able to take him for a walk without him pulling my arm off. ... we know the proper steps to take when we do come in contact with another pup.

Thank you so much for your education. Charlie is a completely different dog when on the leash now.

Carrie R.
Hi Maureen!

I have been meaning to write to you to tell you how much has changed for us since our coaching session. Time got away from me, but it's not too late to tell you THANK YOU!!! The day following our training session, I took Anu out, but she wouldn't even move until I said: "Walk." We were immediately confronted by the neighbor cat (whom she loathes) and she just looked up at me like: "ok, ma, I promise I won't do anything." Since then we have ran into many situations that have tested her to the limit and she is doing incredibly. We walk where ever we want AND people actually COMPLIMENT me on what a beautiful and well-behaved dog I have. They used to cringe and give me dirty looks!! I think I'm walking about 3 inches taller! :) I feel such a new-found sense of freedom!

Anu's so proud of herself and I am too. I'm serious, Maureen ...you've changed everything for us.

Thank you PROFOUNDLY from ALL of us!!! You are TRULY a WONDERFUL coach!! I can't even tell you how glad I am to have found you!

Jessica M., Minneapolis
Hi, Maureen.

Just wanted to let you know I saw immediate improvement with Chloe. We spent the evening sitting in the sunroom and she responded quite well with most passersby and dogs. One man with two dogs that stayed out front for a while was slightly more challenging, but she got it.

Thanks for the help!

Alison C. and Chloe, Minneapolis
I wanted to thank you for everything Riley and I learned in our classes with you. He gets compliments all the time on how his behavior has improved so much. Since he is my first dog ever, I was at a complete loss of how to train him, and your classes were exactly what I needed. I know my and Riley's relationship would not be what it is if it weren't for all the training you provided - for that I am so thankful!

Thanks for your help!

Veronica C. & Riley, Minneapolis

Hello Maureen,

I just wanted to thank you again, for your great work and help with Brody. He is getting better every day. And we know he needs more work, but we also know that if we stay focused and keep the routine going, he will do fine. The walks are great!!! On Sunday we took him to a park where not too many people go to, but he is still exposed to some kids, people, bikes and other dogs, and the treats trick is working great! He sometimes wonít eat the treat, but still pays attention to me and my hand rather than the surrounding so that is a good thing :-) he walked by a dog and looked once, but did not whine, bark or growl. I kept the treats going and all together he seemed more relaxed. Same was with people walking by and even some kids!!! :-)

Matt and I have learned so much from you and we can't thank you enough for it.

Quite honestly I was ready to talk to Matt and see what other options we may have for Brody as I thought he wasn't happy in our home. Now I know itís all about setting rules and sticking to them, especially with an energetic dog, or with a potentially aggressive one.

We for sure are already spreading the word.

Again thank you and warmest regards

Maja M., Apple Valley
Maureen, thank you soo much - you not only helped Austin but me as well. My confidence level in being able to handle him in the right way was strengthened today. You definitely have a gift.

We went for a short walk later and he did soo well - my neighbor said it was like I had a different dog. I can't wait until the next session, you are a miracle worker and I'm anxious to see more..
Thank you again.

Deb and Austin C.r, Rosemount
Maureen, I am so grateful of what you taught me. You made me look like an amateur. I have been trying to non-aggressively get Jack into place for a long time. Then after that, I did what every book told me not to do, be aggressive, the prong collar the submissive rolls, spitting in food, knocking out of the way in front of doors ....everything. ..that a book told me not to do and to do. The psychology of what you did was amazing. Down right amazing. The fact that Jack didn't begin to pull and be upset when he saw another dog in space that I wouldn't dream of getting in.., amazing!

Devin H., Minneapolis
Maureen, I've been incredibly fortunate to find you as a trainer since Mercedes and I had attended a class with another trainer prior to finding you and also worked with a trainer when I volunteered with a dog rescue, and neither had me enjoying the experience as much as Mercedes and I have enjoyed our classes with you. You have fantastic energy and your variety of training suggestions and knowledge of dog behavior are fantastic. Honestly, it must sound like I'm kissing up and I'm not. I just thought you should know that you are great at what you do and appreciated for it.

Laurel B., Minneapolis
Hey Maureen, Things are going really well-Chase is a totally different dog in the hallway. It is such a relief for both of us as we finally feel like we are the ones back in control. The barking in the apartment is less and is getting much better. We are really proud of his progress and look forward to learning more from you!!

Jennifer K., Burnsville
Greetings from Sammy landÖ.Hope all is well with you guys. Maureen Haggerty came over last Saturday (April 5) and met with us. We kept doing what Maureen said and I have to say our lives are so much better!!!! We canít thank you enough for suggesting Maureen Ė I have passed her name onto 2 others at work! She really is exceptional.

Marianne T.

I've been meaning to send this email for a couple of weeks now! I just wanted to reach out and say thank you again for all your help as part of the leash walking training I attended with Maggie! I can't tell you how nice it is to be able to go out for a nice relaxing walk around the lakes and not get my arm ripped off! We were out a week or two ago, when we had that nice bit of warm weather, walking around Lake Calhoun and I got not 1 but 2 comments on how well behaved Maggie was, based on her leash walking. So, sincerely, thank you for all your help!

Patrick R.
Maureen, I just wanted to thank you again for the cogent advice about Nat's barking. What I appreciate about your approach is that you are realistic about what's expedient while concerned with the dog's ultimate well-being. Many many thanks!

Siana G., Minneapolis
Pete and I wanted to thank you (and your "invisible dog") for the super-enjoyable Level I Obedience class. It was a great class with outstanding materials that you presented in a clear and easy to remember way. We learned a lot and had fun doing it.

Kristin M., Chanhassen
Maureen, I want to thank you for a great class. It was wonderful. The handouts help but there is no substitute for really seeing how to do something. I really appreciate the individual attention, humor and personal experience that you give to the class. And the leash walking method is really fabulous. For the first time EVER when we are out walking I feel so PROUD. ...especially when you see that almost everyone else has a dog that pulls them around!!!! My dog IS walking with a loose leash right by me....in low to moderate distraction levels...but the improvement is huge. And she is still happy..not like with the gentle leader or prong. Hooray. It is clear now why you were voted best trainer!

Thank you and I look forward to the next class we take.

Rebecca S., Minneapolis

I have gone through puppy kindergarten, level I, level II, loose leash walking, and CGC courses all within the past 8 months with my one year old German Shepherd and will be starting agility for fun in a week so I thought it was about time to write a review! This company is AWESOME. I've had three different trainers (Annette, Maureen, and Pauli) and they've all been spectacular at what they do. The trainers know how to tweak instruction to better suit you and your dog individually and also fully understand dog body language so thankfully none were put off by my very talkative, but very friendly GSD. I would recommend Canine Coach 100x over!

Samantha B.
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.

Susan, Anney, and Pat L., St. Paul
[Before contacting me, Izzy, a Welsh Terrier, was was aggressively attacking her housemates (dog) and biting her human mom causing injury to both. Susan was considering re homing Izzy due to her aggressive behavior. Looks like she's staying!]
Hi Maureen, Thank you so much for being so accommodating; we appreciate it. Thanks to your wonderful advice, the jack russell and the puppy are playing together, snuggling together and napping together!!!! They are best buds now! THANK YOU!!!

Jane, Danielle, Stewie and Bimmer, Minneapolis
Hi Maureen, I truly want to thank you for working with me and Chance. We enjoyed your classes and both learned a lot to work on going into summer. Thank you for your time and making class a good experience for Chance.

Hi Maureen!

We just wanted to thank you once again for all your amazing work and great help with Brody. I canít even describe the enormous happiness and excitement we felt just by watching Brody play with another dog J It was amazing! He is walking great as well, listening much better, not jumping up, he is more calm when people come over and is even a bigger cuddle bug. :)

So thank you once again!!!

Maja B., Apple Valley
Tubby was amazing after the dog park! My neighbor walked her two leashed dogs past us while we were outside on our leash and he just went to do a sniff-meet-greet without the usual freak out. Thanks for all the help!

Jessica D., Minneapolis
Hi Maureen- Thank you for today. It was a very positive experience. We've been to several training classes with our dogs over the years and have had 2 other trainers in our home previously. The trainers we encountered were either really strict and wanted us to treat our dogs as dogs 100% of the time (just never going to happen) and the other trainer made us feel like horrible parents. So thank you for working with me, my animals and being realistic to our way of living. My animals are obviously important to me and I sensed you were able to understand and relate.


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!

Kim G., Minneapolis
Hi Maureen: Hope you had a great Easter! It was so nice to meet you! We are doing well with Bindi at home. We will be signing up for several classes soon as we love your work! You are truly an angel!!!

Jenna P.
Attended our first puppy training class today and learned a ton how to work with our 3 1/2 month old Golden Retriever. Very patient and teaches you at a steady pace that your dog will not get bored and/or worn out.

David H.
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 “un adoptable”. On behalf of Pet Haven, thank you!!

Marilou Chanrasmi, Pet Haven, Director of Human Resources
Hi Maureen!
I just wanted to let you know that Nola and Blue are doing so great. Last night I took them for a 45 minute loose-leash walk and it was so great! I was very proud of them and so grateful to you for fixing the problem. We are definitely going to attend one of your play time sessions with the hope that Nola will become more and more comfortable with other dogs. It has only been a few days since your visit but we can see a huge improvement in both of their behaviors already!

Erin M., Minneapolis
It was fantastic working with you on our dogs. Our dogs have responded so well to your ideas and techniques. We'll be sure to recommend Canine Coach.

Thank you,
Nate O
Hi Maureen

I just wanted to thank you again for our session today with Sheldon. I think it went really well and I can't wait to start practicing what you taught me. Thanks for all your tips and tricks. It was very easy to understand! You're a great teacher.

Heather F., Minneapolis
[Sheldon was a 120 lb dog-aggressive dog on his walks and from the house and yard.]

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.

I can't thank you enough for the new life you have helped us find together!! We have so many new adventures awaiting us, thanks to you!

I would be happy to be a reference, etc., if anyone ever asks you for one.

Sonya H., Woodbury
[Luna is a Doberman mix who was suffering from separation anxiety.]
Dear Maureen,
I am writing to let you know we have been sleeping through the night! Thanks to your help and suggestions, our little Yoshi has been going into his kennel with little hesitation and even enjoys his time in there. He will whimper a few times, but then settles down. He lets us know when he needs to go outside and has had one, just one! accident since your visit with us last Thursday at our home. We put castors on his kennel and just wheel him from room to room so he can see us and feel included. We can't thank you enough for your time with us.

See you in puppy class!


Maili F., South St. Paul
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 web site before in my life! I can't imagine that there is another trainer out there with your enthusiasm and patience.

Nicole C., Minneapolis
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!

Kit P., Stillwater
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.

Heather K., Minneapolis
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!

Rita L., Minneapolis
[Sammy is a Pit bull Terrier fostered by Rita. Sammy couldn't attend the adoption events because of his aggressive behavior. He would lunge out at the other dogs and people who walked by. Rita stopped walking him in public because of his behavior. Rita did fabulously at walking him, keeping him calm and at her side after one visit.]
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.

JoAnne T., Minneapolis
Hey, Maureen! Not that you probably need a weekly update but my house has been very, very peaceful! The exercises are great, and there hasn't been one glare or hackle. It's SO MUCH BETTER! So, thanks!!

Jenny Z., Minneapolis
[Jenny's American Bulldog and Boxer were getting into regular fights.]
Hey Maureen,
This new space sounds ideal. As far as the new location, since I live in Minneapolis, it works for me. However, I would travel out to most suburbs of the Twin Cities too for a quality program like yours.

Good Luck!

Cathy S., Minneapolis
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!

With your training and suggestions, she's overcome her separation anxiety, which is a relief to all of us -- mostly, of course, to Geena! With the new type of head halter (New Trix) you introduced us to, it's now a pleasure to take her for walks! (We also learned lots from the articles on your web site.) We'll recommended you to our friends and family. Thank you, again!"

Mary, Craig, and Geena A., St. Paul

You are so awesome. You have worked magic on our pup scared, timid pup. After you left today we introduced Lucia to 3 new people and 2 new dogs. The first interaction was with my friend and her 8 month old Golden Retriever. Her dog was so hyper you would hardly believe it. After about 15-30 minutes of intensive treats and progressively moving closer and closer to the dog, Lucia started initiating interactions with the dog to the point of running full speed across the yard to jump on the dog and play.

The second interaction was with our neighbors and their very elderly and mellow huge Golden Retriever. By the end of that interaction she was running underneath him and biting his tail, all the while her tail was wagging. It was great.

Thank you so much for your help. We are so incredibly appreciative.

Angela L., Minneapolis

Winnie and I are enjoying your classes so much and definitely 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!

Karmen M., Minneapolis

You have worked magic! I have not been bitten once since you have
been here. She has the door answering routine down as well. Thanks for the help!"

Maureen N., Shoreview
I just wanted to let you know that I think that you do a fantastic job and I have really enjoyed the classes. Thanks."

Leah C. (and Legend), Minneapolis
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."

David H., St. Paul
Thanks for your help, Maureen. The information you have provided us has been worth every penny."

John H., Falcon Heights
Thanks for the class last night! Mariana and I both thought it was wonderful! I am so impressed WITH WHAT WE HAVE LEARNED !

Even in the car just after class - we were able to use your advice to get Loki out of the driver seat and into another one after he had decided he was going to sleep there/or drive us home! Also - during play biting - your advice worked! He certainly learned that the fun would stop if he bit us too hard. Ignoring him is SO much easier than telling him "no!" He caught on right away - and the play was able to resume once he realized we weren't chew toys!

Puppy ping pong is AMAZING! He now "Comes" when we walk him past a distraction. Can't wait for next week!"

Suzie H., Minneapolis
Maureen Haggerty has an obvious passion for animals & training. Her enthusiasm is highly motivating for her students. Everyone was very eager to do their best. Her compassionate approach to training is highly effective. Her techniques are much more effective& enjoyable then the heavy handed alpha approach. I would recommend her to my clients without hesitation."

Margaret F., DVM, Cottage Grove
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 materials between classes; and structures the learning to insure a win-win environment for both the dog and owner. Generous with her time, Maureen 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."

Mary Ann R., St. Paul
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).

This weekend, we had a large (150 people) graduation party at my parent's cabin. He barked at the first few visitors, but then became accustomed to the commotion. He just roamed the yard, watched the yard games, and got lots of attention. He doesn't run away out there - stays in the yard and is getting quite good at "come" and "this way". He didn't even sniff at the food table too closely or beg too much. Of course, folks thought he was "so well behaved" that they all wanted him to sit by them and he got lots of treats. Since then, he has exhibited more independence (lays in a different room than me - gladly took a walk with the neighbor, leaving me at home).

You were right - it just takes awhile to build trust. I think we're almost there.

We can't thank you enough for the advise you gave us. You are quite good at what you do - and I've recommended you to a number of folks. Hopefully they give you a call!

Thank you again.

Sue J., Bloomington
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.”

Elaine B., Evergreen, Colorado
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!"

Emily S., Minneapolis

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!"

Laura Jean R., St. Paul
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!"

Alison M., Minneapolis
The clicker is amazing, really. The training is super. See you on Saturday. Many thanks,"

Lynette N., St. Paul
Hi Maureen,

Thank you for the great class. I couldn't believe how well everybody did last night.

[Dog to Dog Socialization Class for Aggressive Dogs]

Maureen, I wanted to personally thank you for the good advice you gave out. Bruno is now a happy well adjusted bulldog and his new family; Max(corgi) and Nakita(retriever) are very fond of him. He still tries to push the envelope but we have a NO tolerance policy and he has quickly learned bad behavior equals time out. My hubby and daughters have bonded with him now as well, but he's still a mama's boy. We are forever grateful for the help you provided and wish you great success in your business! Your clients are lucky to have you!!!!!!!!!!


Yvonne B.