TESTIMONIALS

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When my wife and I received our first ever puppy into the family, we were full of excitement, but did not know how to properly train a dog. We were so fortunate that Keendog was basically right around the corner from where we lived. When our puppy was just 9 weeks old, Phil, Katrina, and the rest of the team basically trained us on how to implement the training with our busy work schedules. They are all completely devoted to the philosophy of ensuring that the training is fun for both the dog and owner.

To be honest, I feel that our experience with Keendog has made both my wife and myself better individuals. A great trainer has achieved balance with his/her energy and emotions as well as the dogs. I am just so excited for this company/family. I hope that they are successful on a regional, national, and even international level and I can see that they are well on their way.

I would seriously recommend this positive-reinforcement type of training to beginners and seasoned veterans alike. The initial fee includes a life-time of group classes which are an absolute blast. They range from nature walks in the park to paddle boarding and swimming sessions in the river. If you are even remotely curious, please give this company a try. They really are a special group of people and I am honored to be part of their program.
Frank & Leslie
Amazing trainers and great sense of community!

I came to KeenDog looking for training for my ~5.5 year old pup who had slipped further and further into what I thought was leash reactivity and aggression. After almost 5 years together, we were struggling BAD on passing dogs on walks (it was the embarrassing barking/whining/pulling - you know, the people you AVOID if you see them coming) and our adventures to favorite spots like breweries and the Whitewater Center were limited and always calculated. We love to be outside together and since I knew we had enjoyed these things before, I wanted something more and better for both of us.

Enter KeenDog!

Our eval alone left a huge impression on me. Turns out I didn’t actually have a dog who was “mean” or “crazy” or “aggressive” but rather one who was incredibly frustrated, confused, anxious, and worst of all, shut down. Phill gently but expertly pointed this out, showed me a few things to work on before our next lesson, and I left feeling positive that this was the place for us - “problems” and all.

Fast forward to life post completion of our Private training series and I now know this about my sweet girl: she’s incredibly smart and needs mental work (thank you Katrina!), she’s very driven, loves to learn new things, and most importantly, she needs her humans to help her build confidence in tough situations. I have completely changed our training tools and practices and we are never looking back! We enjoy group classes with KeenDog (part of their ongoing support program) where we are around dogs constantly (and Penny is rocking this!), virtual classes, skills/trick challenges, and have benefitted greatly from getting to know their other trainers Lindsey and Rachel.

Katrina and Phill have built an amazing program, and as much as it’s changed my dog for the better, it has also changed me for the better. They’ve taught me how to read and listen to my dog, how to advocate for her, and how to rebuild a relationship I could have accidentally destroyed without their help. I am forever thankful to them and for this community, there are dogs and owners from all walks of life, all breeds, and various levels of experience and proficiency. You feel welcome the second you join the KeenDog family and there’s a genuine level of engagement across trainers and families that make it succeed.
Morgan & Penny
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Keen Dog Training is the best gift you can give yourself and your dog. We had always adopted older dogs and when we decided to get a golden retriever puppy, we knew we needed help. Katrina helped us select the ideal puppy to become a therapy dog and we placed him in the puppy prodigy program. It was an amazing experience to watch his daily training videos on YouTube and watch learning occur day by day. Absolutely incredible!

We now have a well mannered puppy who follows all the commands he learned, can do some cute tricks and knows how to calmly greet people and other dogs. We go to the local assisted living facility every 10 days and the residents love to see him coming. I can't say enough about the Keen Dog Training staff and methods. They are THE BEST!
Patty Gibson
My dog, Poppy and I couldn’t be bigger fans of KeenDog! We started training with them a little over 2 years ago. What we love the most is that after we finished at-home lessons, we got to start group classes and can go as often as we want! It’s a great way to strengthen our bond, improve and continue on her training, and wear her out (since she’s a high drive breed). I love that they provide ongoing support and it’s very clear how much they love your dog too.

One of the biggest differences for me with KeenDog was their knowledge about Australian Shepherds. Before I worked with KeenDog, I had a trainer who actually suggested I give my dog back to the breeder for “behavioral issues” and suggested I get an easier dog like a lab or golden. In reality, that trainer just wasn’t familiar with Australian Shepherds, and her behaviors were actually very common among her breed. Now Poppy is great on a leash, off a leash, motivated to learn, and we can go fun adventures like off leash hikes/beach trips without any worries, which would’ve never been possible without what she’s learned from KeenDog! Phil and Katrina are truly the best!
Maddy & Poppy
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I can not say enough good things about Katrina and Philip and KeenDog training. We started our puppy Mayweather with Katrina as soon as we brought her home from the breeder at 9 weeks. She graduated from puppy training and at 6 months did the 3 week immersion. We have continued the training and at 1 year she is an amazing dog. I can take her anywhere and feel confident that she will behave. I love our off leash walks especially at the beach. We now use KeenDog for board and train when we travel and Mayweather just loves It. I love that if any issues come up they are always there to help correct unwanted behaviors and for support. If you are considering a trainer I would definitely recommend KeenDog!!
Lisa Guacci
KeenDog has changed our lives. While good-natured, our dog was reactive, a “barker”, stubborn and disobedient. It was stressful for her and us. Upon our initial consultation, we knew that we found our solution. We opted for the immersion program and are in awe of what Philip, Katrina and their team accomplished. Phillip worked with us so that we can continue our dog’s training. We also participate in KeenDog’s group events, which are great fun and reinforcement for our dog and us!
John Sherman
My dog, Eden, just finished her 3 week immersion with KeenDog and we can’t speak highly enough about our experience!! I had convinced myself the past several years that I could train Eden myself and didn’t need professional help, but I’m so happy I reached out to Katrina.

At first, Eden (being a naturally anxious dog) was very hesitant to even go towards Katrina and Phill, but by the end, she didn’t want to leave them! We are so grateful for the time and effort Katrina and Phill put into working with Eden. We received daily video updates about Eden’s progress, and I was able to learn right along with Eden. My bond with Eden is stronger than ever.

We are hoping to add another pup to our family at some point, and the very FIRST thing we’ll do is get him or her started with KeenDog - it’s a no brainer. If you’re looking for a dog trainer, the people at KeenDog are your people. It was worth every single penny!!
Molly Kuekes
Wow! What a difference! Before KeenDog, I was frustrated with our dog on the daily. She was pulling on the leash, not coming back when we called, etc.... and I didn't know what to do. Now, I look forward to working with our AMAZING DOG every morning and night, excited to see what progress she'll make! I feel so much more confident with her everywhere we go, and I'm grateful to KeenDog for training my wife and I to be better owners. I thought it was impossible, but I love my dog even more after training with KeenDog!!!
Josh Marlin
We bought our sweet pup Dash; a Cavachon (part King Charles Cavalier and part Bichon) last December at 10 weeks old. He came to us full of spunk and drive. I had grown up breeding and showing dogs but had never learned how to train a dog. Fast forward to February of this year and we started to see some behaviors in him that concerned us (jumping up on people, peeing when approached by a person, licking people constantly, nipping, charging to the door when the door bell rang, I could go on....) And more often than not I would hear my husband say, "I just want him to calm down enough so I can pet him and have him sit on my lap." It really did seem that we were in for 15+ years of frustration. While out one day I saw a friend who had a very well mannered dog that had just completed training with Keen Dog. It was in that conversation I felt hope and knew that I had options. I didn't have to just deal with the way Dash was wired. I definitely didn't want him to lose his drive and excitement and joy but I needed him to know when to use it. I set up a free consultation with Katrina from KeenDog Training. She came to our house and within minutes she had Dash focused and obedient. It was magical! At that point we were in, completely committed and ready to do the work it took to get Dash trained. Over the past 7 months we have completed our in house training, taken Dash more places than not (kayaking, hiking, to dinner, on trips), and now we have started our group classes which are held throughout the city. I'm sharing this because I firmly stand behind the idea that if you're going to have a dog, it should be a part of the family. If it's part of the family than it stands to reason, they should have manners and obedience, no different than our children. This training has changed our lives. Not trying to be dramatic but it really has. The difference in him is profound. AND my husband now has his lap dog.
Alicia Johnson
Katrina and Phil are simply THE BEST! We do not have enough words of praise to thank them for their work with our Wonder. We are first time dog owners and I would not even really consider us "dog people". In fact, our five year old was terrified of dogs before we brought Wonder home, but we wanted to add a therapy dog to our family. We knew we needed some expert guidance because we truly knew nothing. Katrina and Phil have trained us as much as they have trained Wonder. Wonder is the most amazing addition to our family and it is absolutely because KeenDog taught us how to raise our puppy into an amazing dog. We started puppy lessons at 12 weeks, did immersion training at 6 months, and board Wonder often with Katrina and Phil. KeenDog has helped teach our kids how to be good dog owners as well. The consistent investment of time and energy Katrina and Phil have given to our Wonder and our family is amazing. We have endless thanks and gratitude for KeenDog. We love you KeenDog!
Jennifer Loeffler