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Traveling Dog Trainer

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About Traveling Dog Trainer

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Traveling Dog Trainer was established in 2005 as a private, in-home training company specializing in obedience and good manners in your household customized to your specific needs. Since good manners are covered in addition to obedience, the result is a calm, well-behaved furry family member, no matter how old or what breed your dog may be.

Other specialties are multiple dog households, bully breeds, dog-to-dog relations, helping new dogs adjust to other family pets, helping you find the right canine addition to your home as well as advanced obedience and tricks/activities.

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Dallas, TX 75287

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  • 5/5 stars April 14, 2014

    Lauren was exactly what I was hoping for. She was prompt, she was willing to set up situations that I thought she would need to fully appreciate the proplem. She was very knowledable. And she gave me solutions that were appropriate for my particular situation, not just a standard, this is what I tell everyone, solution.

  • 5/5 stars March 13, 2014

    I really love Lauren's training philosophy. It's a relief knowing she will be able to help us have well behaved and happy dogs! We signed up for more sessions and look forward to the next few weeks. Now that I have her training advice, I can get rid of all the books offering a confusing array of advice. She works with you and your dog so you don't have to guess at the correct way to train.

  • 5/5 stars March 3, 2014

    After three lessons with Lauren, our Sharpei is a different dog. He was slightly aggressive and didn't listen well. He now is a new dog. Obeys us. Listens to what we say. He's not perfect yet, but with the help from Lauren...he's on the right track.

  • 5/5 stars February 11, 2014

    Lauren was great - she was a little late, but showed up ready to whip my dog into shape! Within thirty minutes, my rottweiler was a totally different dog on the leash. Given the short time of lessons, practice is required after she leaves, but Lauren is effective!

  • 5/5 stars February 3, 2014

  • 5/5 stars January 15, 2014

    Although Lauren arrived late, she made sure she thoroughly went through her training approach and gave me and my Brandi plenty of time to practice and ask questions. It is obvious to me that Lauren loves and believes in what she does. After our first session, I purchased the full five session package. I now have hope that we will have an awesomely behaved dog and will finally enjoy peace in our home.

  • 4/5 stars January 14, 2014

    After looking and talking with a host of trainers, I picked Lauren to help me train Sailor. He's a ACD Blueheeler and is typically smart and can be "Hard Headed". Lauren and Sailor hit it off first rattle out of the box and Sailor and I learned a lot. I have purchased many books on dog training, Lauren taught us things that the books never even mentioned. Sailor and I are looking forward to our next lessons here at home, with her. No "Doggy Boot Camp" for us!

  • 5/5 stars January 13, 2014

  • 5/5 stars January 12, 2014

    Lauren did a great job of explaining her philosophy and then helping me with my dog issues. She really understands pit bulls and other bully breeds and what motivates them. She answered all of my questions and was very patient with my dogs including what she calls "one of her more challenging cases." I have already booked her for 4+ future lessons. And I'm looking forward to having well-behaved pit bulls in the near future.

  • 5/5 stars January 10, 2014

    Lauren did a great job on our first lesson. We hired her for another four sessions. She should actually be here in a few minutes. I highly recommend Lauren.

  • 5/5 stars January 8, 2014

    Lauren trained my 3 dogs for 1.5 hours. She new a lot about training dogs and really seemed to care about my dogs and their success. We worked on many issues, but I had contacted her due to the puppy and older dog not getting along. She helped me to understand when to discipline and how. I think they will be fine together now.

  • 4/5 stars January 6, 2014

  • 5/5 stars January 3, 2014

    We had our first session with Lauren and I couldn't have asked for more. I was concerned that my puppy may be aggressive so it was important to me to have a professional assess the situation. She taught me several tricks that have already made our lives more peaceful. I look forward to working with her in the future.

  • 5/5 stars December 28, 2013

    Lauren explained things that were simple but not as obvious to us. We had taught our dog some basic commands but never used them effectively and she explained why and demonstrated it until it made sense. We are only visiting so she gave us the tools to continue using when we get home. I appreciate her quick response to my request and how quickly she was able to schedule with us. Thank you Lauren!

  • 5/5 stars December 26, 2013

    I was so happy that she was able to work me in so soon! I appreciated her time and knowledge! She was able to give me a better perspective of the Pitt breed and I am for sure going to rebook with her to work on my other 2 dogs!

  • 5/5 stars December 23, 2013

    Lauren has a unique approach for training dogs and their humans that works. I look forward to additional training for myself and Wilson

  • 5/5 stars December 20, 2013

    Lauren is very knowledgeable and understands what drives dog behaviors. We are looking forward to continuing our education as well as Keiko (Akita).

  • 5/5 stars December 19, 2013

    I would highly recommend Lauren. The one on one guidance she provides is great. After only a few days, I can already see an improvement in my dog's behavior. I look forward to our future lessons.

  • 5/5 stars December 14, 2013

    One lesson and I feel like my mature dogs are already behaving better. We started with lots of issues so we booked a few more lessons.

  • 5/5 stars December 12, 2013

    Lauren was kind, accommodating, and effective. She gave us a lot of information to absorb, but was thorough and gave us a good footing to start reining our little Boston Terrier Molly back in. She gave us some practical things to do to help us establish proper roles in the household and not only train Molly, but train us as well. After just a couple of days, we are already seeing results and little Molly is worn out! Her brain has been working overtime! Thanks Lauren.

  • 5/5 stars December 11, 2013

    Lauren was here for our first training session. Within an hour I was impressed with her knowledge and the attention she was able to obtain from our dog. When she left, Bridget stood at the front window and whimpered wanting her to return. I would say that we are on the right track and I feel like Lauren will really help us make our Bridget into a more behaved dog.

  • 5/5 stars December 7, 2013

    Lauren was incredibly helpful!!! We have a pitbull and a Doberman that have trouble leash walking and listening and after the first session they were already obeying a lot better! I would highly recommend Lauren to Anyone!!!

  • 5/5 stars November 23, 2013

  • 4/5 stars November 22, 2013

    We just finished our first lesson. It went well and we learned a few things. I am sure we will be able to give a better review after Libby finishes her training.

  • 5/5 stars November 21, 2013

    Wonderful! Looking forward to more sessions.

  • 5/5 stars November 12, 2013

    Lauren is a great dog trainer! I was very pleased with her services! She is obviously very experienced and quite intuitive with dogs. We had an introductory meeting that lasted about two hours, and I look forward to working with her more in the future.

  • 5/5 stars November 2, 2013

    I would highly recommend Lauren Roundtree to anyone! She is sweet and personable, and obviously very good at what she does. My dog, Etta, took to her right away, and I can tell after just one lesson that we are going to be seeing a huge improvement in Etta's behavior! Lauren is very honest and professional, and I will definitely be booking more lessons with her in the future! 100% satisfied! :)

  • 5/5 stars October 10, 2013

Question and answer

Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.

A. Most often I am called in for general manners. And the number one diagnosis I make is that the dog is not being exercised properly. A tired dog is a good dog!

Q. Describe three recent jobs you've completed.

A. I was working with a couple and their Great Dane mix who had been through 4 trainers before they called me. When I started working with him he was quite "neurotic" for a dog, not sniffing the ground or caring about other dogs, just going crazy at the sight of a runner a quarter mile off in the distance. By the end of our lessons, he had calmed right down and became a dog once more: sniffing the grass and even learned to run next to a bike he previously wanted to chase frantically!

I had a client with a border collie mix who was going to group classes but dropped out and switched to my training program when it was discovered the group classes were expected to take a year and a half to prepare the dog to pass a therapy dog certification. After 5 lessons in 5 weeks' time with Traveling Dog Trainer, Maggie has passed her exam!

I had a client with a Miniature Dachshund puppy who was quite a handful, very active and was so good at ignoring her owners you might think she was hard of hearing! :-) At the end of her 5 lesson Complete Fundamentals Training, she was very calm, patient, and polite...exactly the dog her owners wanted her to be!

Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

A. Make sure you are comfortable with the training method the trainer uses and that they have a firm grasp of canine behavior. If they misread a dog's body language, they could prescribe the wrong plan of action for you & your dog(s). Also, if you aren't comfortable with the trainer & his methods, you won't follow through & consistency is necessary for success with your dog(s)!

Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?

A. There is no national standard for dog trainers. For instance all lawyers must pass a bar exam, but there is no such test for trainers. A lot of knowledge is needed, but also balanced with natural ability. Finding a good trainer is no small task! It's definitely buyer beware unfortunately.

Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?

A. How long have you been in business?
What kind of breed experience do you have?
Can you provide references?
Do you guarantee results?

Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?

A. I have an uncanny ability to read dogs. From the shyest to the most aggressive, they all respond favorably to me. Most importantly, I am a people person. The key to successful dog training is that the dogs' owners having the ability to replicate my interactions with the dogs in order to maintain the results they desire. Most trainers don't relate well to people since they're in it for the dogs.

Q. What do you like most about your job?

A. Getting inside the mind of problem dogs is fascinating for me, but my favorite has to be the opportunity to meet all the varied and fantastic people that own the dogs. It's always thrilling to build a rapport with the people so I know they will always call on me when they have problems with their pooch before any drastic decisions need to be made.

Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

A. My most frequent question has got to be: can you please come live with me/us? My answer is always that I am training you to be me when I can't be here!

Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?

A. Most of the time people misinterpret dog behavior because it's our nature to view them through human eyes. So it makes it imperative for me to actually see the dog before I can diagnose the problem. I've been called in before for two puppies being aggressive when they were just playing and wrestling. And most of my behavior solutions are counter intuitive to what we do with other humans, but that's because I'm teaching them to "speak dog"!

Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?

A. I've trained dogs since I was 7 years old though my parents had no knowledge of training to give me. Once I graduated from Texas A&M, all my friends & family said I was too good at helping them with their dogs for me to not go into training professionally. So, here I am, several hundred dogs trained later, and loving every minute of it!

Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?

A. I am always watching dogs interact with each other to learn any new nuances in their interactions I might have missed before. Also, I try I stay up on the latest training trends and medical breakthroughs as well as nutritional research via the Internet and independently published magazines such as Your Dog and The Whole Dog Journal. I also try to attend conferences when my schedule allows such as The Art & Science Of Animal Training Conference at UNT.

Q. What is your greatest strength?

A. My greatest strength is my calmness. No matter how aggressive or stressed a dog may be, my calmness always remains overriding and it never fails to become contagious to the dog & people I work with.

Q. What are you currently working on improving?

A. Currently I'm trying to improve the business side of dog training. For instance, I am currently getting my websites professionally upgraded. Being a trainer & behaviorist first & foremost means this is an area that always needs more attention!

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