“We were so frustrated. We adopted this sweet little dog, Lily, with terrible manners. She had obviously never been trained. She didn’t listen to us. If we called her, she’d completely ignore us. She went to the bathroom all over our house … even after we’d just walked her! I was starting to hate this dog. My husband was starting to hate this dog. Even my kids were starting to hate this dog.
Susanna changed everything. After just one week of working with Susanna, Lily was crate trained. She would also “come,” “sit,” and “leave it.” I didn’t even know I wanted my dog to leave anything, but it has been the most useful command, and my dog is really good at it! I am happy to report that, thanks to Susanna, Lily is house broken. Thanks to Susanna, Lily has excellent manners. Thanks to Susanna, we have a dog that has become a cherished member of the family!”
– Shannon Rashby
"My husband and I have just completed two series of 6-weeks of dog training classes with Susanna. Because our experience with these classes turned out to be so beneficial to our canine family member and to us, we have signed up for her next class beginning on June 5. Susanna's approach to dog training is a positive, rewards-based program. She does not subscribe to aggressive treatment of a dog for training purposes. Rather, she is patient, gentle, and kind with both canines and humans. Not only does Susanna believe in positive reinforcement to train a dog, she explains psychologically what a dog may be thinking. The maximum number of dogs in her classes is 6. This means that each dog and owner receives lots of personal attention. Susanna explains the importance of each class exercise, and then she provides hand-outs for you to take home to practice in order to master the skill.
Susanna also provides boarding in her lovely home, and the maximum number of dogs she will board at a time is 3. When you board your dog with Susanna, your dog will receive 30 minutes of specialized training and a walk every two hours. Our dog suffers from separation anxiety, and we have a difficult time going away. But now that we have found Susanna to care for our family member, we can go away together and not worry. We feel very fortunate that we live here and can take our dog to a truly professional, experienced dog trainer. We cannot recommend Susanna enough. Contact Susanna and sign up for a class– you and your dog will be better for it.
– Bill and Marty Carroll
"My husband and I just completed the Good Dog training class with Susanna. It was a wonderful experience for all of us, not just for our puppy Frankie. Given our backgrounds in behavioral psychology, the choice of a trainer for Frankie was guided by our understanding of the power of positive reinforcement for all creatures, not just dogs. Susanna’s understanding of those principles and her kind, non-judgmental way of helping the class understand them was so inspiring. We felt that we were in good hands at every point. She helped us to see through Frankie’s eyes. She helped our book learning become relevant to our lives. She is an excellent teacher; one who guides dog parents gently toward mastering the art of communicating with our canine family members. It’s amazing how much she can see in a dog’s behavior. It was a huge help for us to learn to speak dog!
We are not new to having dog companions. We are developing our “third pack” with Frankie. So, we have had a solid base of experience with training our fur kids. We felt that this experience would hold us in good stead as we incorporated a new puppy into our lives. That was before we met Frankie. At nine weeks, he was already a handful. And now at almost eight months, he has developed into a sweet loving dog with just a few issues!! Susanna’s class gave us new ways of helping Frankie learn and added to our repertoire of ways to communicate with him. It has made the typical chaos of puppyhood much easier to manage. Since I am with Frankie most of the day and since he is less likely to behave well when his Dad is not at home, I plan to enroll Frankie and myself in the Intermediate class when my schedule allows. I look forward to strengthening the bond we already have and to learning more about how to channel Frankie’s wonderful energetic spirit. My husband and I were both moved by Susanna’s mention of the importance of the relationship pet parents develop with their dogs. Her understanding of how to build the best relationship is at the heart of her work. Her competent and compassionate training was the best we have ever had. We recommend her without reserve."
– Catherine Prudhomme
“We moved from Finland to California last spring with our Corgi Jimi, who was less than a year old at the time. Jimi started reacting strongly to other dogs and taking him for walks became painful. We could not go to the dog park because of Jimi’s 'temper tantrums.' He tolerated only a couple of dogs near him, and reacted strongly by barking and lunging at most other dogs. I was beginning to feel desperate and even considered having my dog euthanized.
Then I met Susanna, and her positive training approach gave me hope. After a few training sessions Jimi already started behaving completely differently and looked up to me in conflict situations. I could again consider my dream of adding another dog to our family. Susanna helped us get Jimi used to our new dog, Sami. Jimi and Sami have both been to Susanna’s house for boarding and training, and we could not wish for a better place to leave our dogs.
Susanna has given me advice, support and guidance and she has been of tremendous help. She always explains how to perform the training exercises as well as the reason and basis for using the specific method. She also gives feedback on training progress. I warmly recommend her!”
– Satu Kleimola
“I like leaving my dog with Susanna because she gets a chance to be around other people and dogs and work with an experienced trainer. My dog came from a rescue and spent the first years of her life in a kennel with little interaction with other dogs. As a result, she’s not very socialized.
At Susanna’s, my dog gets a variety of new experiences in a different environment. When I come back to pick her up, she seems relaxed and comfortable. I can enjoy going away on vacation knowing my dog is in safe hands.”
– Tamara Zuromskis
My husband and I signed up for dog training with Susanna, The Canine Coach. Little did we know how wonderful she would be. She came into our home and our dog loved her immediately, and so did we.
Our 74 lb. Pitbull sometimes forgets he is that big of a dog, and we needed some help reminding him. He was brought home as a puppy to a home with four cats. Somehow Peanut thinks he is the same size as the cats and that they should want to play with him (which they do NOT), so he pushes them around with his nose and they don't care for that. With Susanna's help, that has stopped.
Peanut also has some listening issues when people come over. He gets so excited he forgets that he needs to listen to us. Susanna gave us the tools and strategies to help Peanut get back on track (of course she had to train us too so we could let go of our bad habits). Peanut no longer greets people at the door. He waits on his bed until we give him the OK to greet. I was never able to walk him because he pulled too much for me. Now I have much more control.
Susanna teaches with love and positive reinforcement. It is exactly how we would want our dog treated.
Peanut has improved so much and we have had so much fun with her while learning that we are signing up for another class with Susanna so we can keep him a happy, well behaved dog. We highly recommend Susanna for any of your dog needs.
– Nancy and Paul Butler