had Dingo back for about six weeks [from board and train camp] and I can't begin to tell you how pleased we
are with the changes you helped us make in his behavior. Once an unruly,
certainly undisciplined, and occasionally aggressive dog, Dingo is now a dog we
can live with, a dog who can be trusted around our young daughter and her
friends, and around our cats. Having occasionally tried to make the cats
his breakfast, he now barely pays attention to them. He's very
well-behaved around children, and is obedient around the home, on walks, and at
the dog park... Friends who had seen Dingo before his time with you have
all commented on the radical and positive transformation. All in all, we
couldn't be happier. We have no hesitation about recommending you to
Dingo's owner, David Born
Saint Paul MN
"I very much want you to know how much I appreciate the classes and
your help and patient instruction!
You are the best trainer I have ever worked with in the 42
years I have had German Shepherds."Susan Roadmahle, Somerset WI
"Both of our parents were amazed when they came over to our hourse at how good Odin was. They even thought he was outside when I answered the door!"
- Jen and Chris Nowacki, Woodbury MN
( Giant Schnauzer with very high excitability, jumping/spacial rudeness... after two in-home training sessions)
is improving all the time. Not perfect, but the episodes of
out-of-control barking at other dogs are less frequent for sure. And
when they do happen, they seem less intense, and it's easier to pull him
out of them. I had an experience when my mom and I took them to the
dog park last weekend where we met numerous dogs coming in and out, and
he didn't "lose it" once, including when a pit bull walked about 6 feet
from him while he was on leash when we were leaving (with a couple
treats to help, of course). It was one of those "What happened to Vinny
and who is THIS dog?" moments. ;-)... And it's much easier to keep him
from barking in the house now-- a bark or two and he'll stop when I
tell him "no" almost always... I've kept him and Izzy out my kitchen
(using "back") when I've been cutting up dog treats!!! That is WICKED
-Heidi Huser, Hudson WI
(Leash frustration/aggression and energy control... after just one in-home training session)
- Amy Schmidt Smith, Minneapolis MN
Crystal just brought Maddie home and we are so
Even one our neighbors asked if that was the same dog!
Thank You Crystal!
-Carrie and Scott Johnson, Northfield MN
(4 week Complete Canine Camper)
Things are going great with Rambo. His walking is getting sooo much
better. He really picked up on the leash trick that you taught me.
Sometimes, when he has a lot of energy I have to "remind" him a couple
times how to walk nice, but he get's it. He waits until he is "invited" out the door and I have been practicing "space control" within the home.
Thank you so much for all you taught me! ... I mean us :)
-Jackie Jager, River Falls WI
(Leash pulling, Territorial case- after just one in-home training session)
Just an update to let you know how Joey is doing. We just
had a "perfect" day without any mishaps in the house...he now knows
when we say "Let's go potty" that it is time to go to the door and get
his leash on. He trots right out to his spot now without leading.
We also tried a larger kennel and while he protests
going in, he is good inside with his two toys that dispense little
treats. In fact, we keep those toys in the kennel and he now goes in to
try and pull them out but we make them stay in the kennel.
So far, so good.
you for much for all your words of advice. It has made a difference
and this rescue is well on his way to being ready for adoption.
(House training/ anxiety: foster dog- after getting advice on how to tackle housetraining issues)
Jenni Hollar, Saint Paul MN
seems to have a special relationship with not only the dogs she trains, but
their owners as well. She is fun, but always professional. The dogs love her
and she seems to know what they're thinking! Crystal is able to communicate
clearly and offers excellent direction and specific suggestions to each owner.
Crystal shares her contact information with her clients and will email and/or
phone you if you have questions, even after the class is completed. I highly
recommend Crystal as not only an incredibly knowledgeable dog trainer, but her
customer service is rare in these times.
Karen Cappolino, Austin TX
(Group Class/ Board and Train Client)
I was referred to Crystal just as I was completing the adoption process
to take home my dog, Oliver, and I really don't think I would have made
it through those first months of adjustment without her. She has helped
me with everything from the basics to more complicated issues that have
come up. In each interaction, I have found her to be knowledgeable,
empathetic, and passionate about her work. Each time I worked with her,
I not only came away with great ideas to try, but also feeling really
listened to and understood. Crystal genuinely cares about dogs, their
owners--and, most importantly--the relationship between the two. She
takes a personal interest in how things are going and checks in on our
progress regularly. I feel blessed to have Crystal in our lives and I
think Oliver would say the same!
-Bethany Hansen, Minneapolis
Loki (my 3 year old American Eskimo) and I were in your Dog to Human
Socialization class this summer. I just wanted to let you know what a
wonderful teacher you are, how much your lessons meant to me and how they have
been integrated into our lives.
As a result of you helping me see the world from a fearful dog's perspective, I
am now equipped to respond to Loki's behavior with understanding rather than
Because you showed me how to interpret Loki's body language (I was totally
clueless on this), I am able to identify and address signs of fear/aggression
at early stages, long before biting happens. And by giving me practical
tools to convince Loki I am in charge and will take care of him, he has become
much more calm, less fearful and far more comfortable in his own skin. the
happy, delightful dog I wanted him to be.
Walks are becoming a joy. I no longer panic when we have visitors.
And Loki has not bitten anyone! Of course there have been some
set-backs, but I am able to confidently address undesirable behavior and get
back on course.
Thanks again for all the valuable insights and techniques you shared. You
have made a big difference in our lives!!
------Sue & Loki
(Sue Aumer) Saint Paul, MN
(Human aggression, shy and fearful case- after taking a group class):
just wanted to pass on a recommendation for Crystal.
Just wanted to let you know how I value the service Crystal provided. My 8
month old Dixie, a Shepherd-Collie mix seemed to always to on high alert during
her walks and would bark uncontrollably at other dogs, pop up on her leash when
she saw a rabbit or squirrel and I would have to say the only way I could do
loose leash walking was to sort of run to catch up to her.
Crystal within two hours taught me a few very simple techniques that put me
back into control and I have to say Dixie and my walks are now enjoyable and
she seems so much more relaxed. Not perfect yet but with consistency I know she
will continue to improve and seems to understand finally what I am asking of
her. Tried other trainers with very limited results so I contacted Canine Coach
and they told me to call Crystal. I am glad I made the call.
After a week I have continued to see so much improvement that I no longer use a
leash to take Dixie to the back yard or to the neighbor's house since she
follows me. We seem to be finally communicating with each other. Lovely dog,
high energy and now I have the tools to communicate with her in a way she seems
to understand what I am asking of her.
Karen Loida, St. Paul
(Leash frustration case- after just one in-home session)
I just wanted to follow up on how it's going with Bella since our last
session. It is going great! working on "place" has been
fantastic, even Lady has taken to it really well!
The jumping on people has tamed down dramatically, she still gets excited and
try's to jump. But, everyone who is a consistent visitor to my house has
learned the technique that teaches her its not OK to jump on them. That
includes my sons and grandchildren along with my closest friends. My
son's are really respecting the techniques that you gave me and are really impressed
with how well they work. My newest grand baby is only 3 months old and
Bella just checks her out and sits next to her as if to say "I know she is
special so I will be really careful".
I also have to share with you how our first road trip went. It was
great! We were up on a farm with 20 acres and her recall was fantastic,
she ran and ran and played for 4 days and when we got home she was sacked out
for 2 days...I couldn't have asked for a better weekend with her!
Anyway, thank you so much! I am really looking forward to getting
together this spring to work on walking.
Jo Ann Tesar, Saint Paul MN
(Excitability- especially regarding children, and coming when called issues- after 2nd in-home training session)
has been fantastic! My husband and I really appreciate her approach and how
well she explains everything.
Herman and Chubby, New Brighton MN
(Group Class Students)
I just had to share a success story with you. Today I brought
Sterling with me to go to a friends house who has 2 one year old Golden
Retrievers. I figured he would be on his Gentle Leader the whole time we
were there but he surpassed my expectations. Within 30 minutes he was
off his leader, and I had him attached to the leash by his collar, then
let him drag that around for about 15 more minutes and then was free
roam with them! No playing with them, but he played with toys near them,
sat for pictures near them, and coexisted with only a few minor growls.
I was SOOOOO proud of him!
Had to share it with you. Its so nice to see him be able to meet
them, and manage his nervousness without major issues! Yeah sterling!
Brittney Anderson, Saint Paul MN
(Client in a dog to dog aggression class- after taking group class)
I wanted to thank you for training me and Yoshi on Monday 8/2. I was absolutely
amazed with what you were able to do with him. I have been working on this with
him, and he seems to be listening quite a bit better. I am sure that is because
he will start to look at me more as the leader than he did. I think I learned
more in that hour then I had in all the classes I had been to before. I realize
you took your time to sit with me and work with us when you did not have to. I
hope you know how much I appreciate all you did for us, and taught to me.
Hopefully I will be able to work with you in the future.
Beth Gerstne, Saint Paul MN
(Excitability/ Jumping- after one private lesson)
Thank you for your help on Wednesday. Levi and I are making incredible
progress! We have been using your system for less than 3 days and already our
walks are more enjoyable. Prepare to have your socks blown off when you come
back in 2 weeks to show us the next step!
Sarah Berger, St. Paul
(Car chasing obsession case- after just one in-home session)
wanted to drop a note and let you know that Kai has made great progress.
In late October I had 5 of my girlfriends over for an all day event. We
took that opportunity to test his progress. He was great! After
they were here for about an hour he was up here laying on the floor next to
them. By the end of the day he was even letting them pet him. A
couple of them were smokers and they would go out to smoke and when they came
back in he didn't even bark at them. My friends said "he's a
completely different dog."
continues to be a good boy when people come over.
just wanted to thank you for coming over and spending a few hours with
us. It has made all he difference in the world.
just referred some friends to your company for help with their new dog.
Burks, Mendota Heights MN
(Human Aggression case- after just one in-home training session)
Jack has made great progress, thanks to your suggestions. Our friends are no longer nervous around him. People are amazed.
Chris and Susan DeVries, Saint Paul MNCrystal Clear Canine Training