Traveling Dog Trainer

Traveling Dog Trainer

Dallas, TX

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“Bringing Loose Leash Logic to your doorstep!”


Lauren grew up with a natural ability to communicate with dogs. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a BS in Wildlife & Fisheries Sciences in the option of Natural Resource Collections & Museums.

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.


Dallas, TX 75287

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  • 5/5 stars May 22, 2015

    Very knowledgeable with great personality with specific dog insight to assist our needs.

  • 4/5 stars May 20, 2015

    very knowledgable and explained everything very well. only thing would have liked more of was for some more hands on work with my puppy.

  • 5/5 stars May 16, 2015

    Lauren was very good at listening to what we needed help with and offering hands on training!

  • 5/5 stars April 29, 2015

    Lauren was excellent! She covered everything from potty training to obedience and made sure we understood the why’s behind it. She had my pup sitting and listening in the first 2 minutes. We signed him up for 5 additional classes.
    I can’t wait to work with Lauren while I continue to grow and bond with my Chihuahua!

  • 5/5 stars April 28, 2015

    Lauren did an excellent job. We covered a lot of ground in the first hour and have signed up for the 3 lesson package and have scheduled the 2nd & 3rd visits. Our dog that she is working with actually sat at the door and pouted after she left, so sweet! What I really liked is that she gave us things to work on until the next lesson and i feel we received a lot of information and tools in just an hour. Thanks Lauren. Rudy is waiting on your return.

  • 4/5 stars April 24, 2015

    After one lesson, we're on board with Lauren's approach. Our dog was already responding to her. We think this will be a good fit for us!

  • 5/5 stars April 23, 2015

  • 5/5 stars April 21, 2015

    Our initial consult with Lauren went better than expected. We are looking forward to the coming weeks of training. She showed up on time, was very educated, and explained her training approach in detail before letting us decide if we agree.

  • 5/5 stars April 10, 2015

    Very helpful! After one visit my dogs were walking on a leash and sitting on command. She explained and demonstrated everything making it easy to learn.

  • 5/5 stars April 8, 2015

    Lauren is wonderful! Scheduling three more sessions! She was right on time and we found her very informative and entertaining. Can't wait for our next meeting.

  • 4/5 stars March 30, 2015

  • 5/5 stars March 24, 2015

    Was quick in helping us better manage our beautiful Bernese Mountain dog was getting out of control. She went right to the problem and we saw the results. Luc being a good family member is an ongoing project but Lauren didn't waste anytime helping him and us.

  • 4/5 stars March 17, 2015

  • 2/5 stars March 15, 2015

    She is very knowledgeable, but during her first visit she talked for 60 minutes, and only spend 30 minutes demonstrating how to train our dog. We need less talk, and more action. After her first $90.00 visit, I concluded her training style is not appropriate for our need. We will find someone else.

  • 5/5 stars March 10, 2015

  • 5/5 stars March 5, 2015

    Had a positive and informative first training lesson with Lauren. Scout and I are looking forward to the next five!

  • 5/5 stars February 17, 2015

    Lauren is amazing! My Lab mix really responded to her training methods. I will definitely be signing up for one of her lesson packages soon.

  • 5/5 stars February 13, 2015

    Lauren explained her philosophy and why she feels it works for her. She reassured me we could correct some bad habits our dogs were making and answered all my questions very patiently. I am looking forward to working with her again.

  • 2/5 stars February 12, 2015

    I called and can't seem to get an appointment or talk with the trainer to know how many hours in the day /days she will need to compliment both of our schedules to ensure Raptor is certified. I was told friday I'd get a call back and nothing has happened.

    Lauren R. from Traveling Dog Trainer replied to this review on February 12, 2015:

    I'm sorry to hear that you were dissatisfied with your experience with Traveling Dog Trainer. We strive to have perfect quality service, but we will inevitably fall short of that goal sometimes. I submitted a quote for one lesson as I do with all of my clients. I do this for several reasons. First, I need to see your dog to assess his training and behavior to find any gaps that may exist that could be impeding the achievement of your training goals. Secondly, many dogs do not need more than one lesson, and I do not want to obligate anyone to more lessons than they need.

    Brookanne has been communicating with you as she does with all of my potential clients since she is in charge of scheduling and can answer any pertinent questions. My schedule is such that I cannot provide timely responses, and there is very rarely a question Brookanne cannot handle. Since I need to see a dog in person, even I cannot adequately answer questions about training and behavior better than Brookanne over the phone. Brookanne was happy to schedule you when you talked with her. I do no scheduling of my own, as I explained in my quote and on my website. We are still happy to try and help you with your dog.

    Your request for service is one that I usually do not answer. Assistance/disabilities is an area where I can only be of limited help. I am a behaviorist/obedience trainer, and there are only certain service dog training services I can provide. It is my understanding from my research that a service dog does not need certification, they only need a physician's prescription. If your dog is to be a service dog and needs certification, that is definitely beyond my training services, as Brookanne explained in your phone conversation last week.

    Therapy dogs (which are not service dogs) have evaluation tests in order to be registered with a particular organization, but each organization has its own specific test. For any client who wants to have their dog registered as a therapy dog, I need the client to provide me with the registering organization of their choice so I can research that organization's test in order to assess what training their dog may still need. It is only then that I can properly assess how many lessons are necessary for your dog.

    I hope this clears up any confusion you may have about my training and scheduling process. I apologize for any inconvenience or bad experience.

    Traveling Dog Trainer

  • 5/5 stars January 28, 2015

    I Live in Denton, I own Pitt and have problems with him puling on the leash among other issues. Lauren was very punctual, when she arrived, she explained her training methods which included verbal commands as well as hand signals. I was very impressed with her and decided to hire her for more lessons. She is going to train Maximus to become a therapy dog so I will be able to take him to hospitals and retired homes and share the joy that Maximus brings me with others. I am very pleased with the progress and will post a final review when the job is done. My only regret is that I should have done this sooner.

  • 5/5 stars January 27, 2015

    Lauren was an answer to prayer. Her knowledge and understanding in how to train dogs is superb. I am already gaining confidence in working with my large German Shepherd pup. I highly recommend Lauren.

  • 5/5 stars January 25, 2015

  • 5/5 stars January 13, 2015

    I've used two different trainers before for my dog and had little to no improvement. I decided to try Traveling Dog Trainer based on her reviews and her reply to my ad. Lauren did a great job on our first lesson. She showed me a few areas where I'm lacking and how to make my dog more confident in me as a leader. She didn't try to sell me on more lessons, which I liked that she wasn't pushy about it. She suggested that I keep practicing what we went over and of I feel the need for more training after, to give her a call. I highly recommend her.

  • 5/5 stars January 5, 2015

    She was just what we needed for our new rescue dog, who is so skittish. She showed us how to work with him over time. We plan to use her for more lessons.

  • 5/5 stars December 29, 2014

    She gave us great advice for working with our new rescue dog. She got him walking on a leash which was a struggle. We hope to have her back for more training. soon.

  • 5/5 stars December 22, 2014

    So so glad we reached out to Lauren. We have feuding dogs and she was able to help is better manage them and get them back in the same room together safely.

  • 5/5 stars December 22, 2014

  • 5/5 stars December 21, 2014

    Lauren really knows her stuff! She taught me much more than I expected in just one lesson. I was amazed on how well she did with my timid rescue maltese. She taught her to sit with just a hand motion. How to go in her crate and walk better on the leash. I like that her method of training is not using clickers or shock/tens units. I definitely recommend her to anyone looking for an animal trainer.

  • 5/5 stars December 8, 2014

  • 5/5 stars December 6, 2014

  • 5/5 stars November 23, 2014

    Lauren really knows what she is talking about! Even after just one session, our dog is calmer and much more willing to take direction. We went from feeling like we might have to rehome our aggressive dog to feeling much more in control and hopeful for her future behavior.

  • 5/5 stars November 18, 2014

    Excellent communication to set up and arrange a session. On time and ready to present her methods and establish rapport with dog and people alike. Very helpful first session, planning to follow up with more and can confirm Lauren is a great choice.

  • 5/5 stars November 5, 2014

    Lauren was FANTASTIC! We have a rescue chiweenie who was having some fear-based behavioral issues. We started seeing results THAT SAME DAY! Our chiweenie continues to progress every day, and I'm able to feel on top of things myself instead of feeling overwhelmed by my dog. Lauren was clear and concise, packed TONS of helpful information into our 90 minutes and answered my millions of questions. She was also right on time! I would highly recommend Lauren Roundtree to anyone seeking a dog trainer.

  • 5/5 stars October 27, 2014

    We were soooo impressed with Lauren. Amazed would probably be a better way of saying it. She truly is gifted with dogs, and we have hired her for multiple sessions. Our dog responded in the first visit!!

  • 5/5 stars October 27, 2014

  • 5/5 stars October 27, 2014

    My 3 dogs benefited so much from the initial lesson that I am scheduling further lessons for all of us to learn the fundamentals. Lauren worked wonders with my two cocker spaniels and my rescued Lab. I am actually walking all 3 together (still not perfect) and I am seeing distinct improvement in their understanding and obeying the sit and release commands! I look forward to further lessons with Lauren.

  • 5/5 stars October 21, 2014

    We just had our first lesson with Lauren. She helped us and our lab learn how to have a more pleasant walk on the leash. I bought five more lessons and can't wait to see what all our dog and we can learn from her. She is very patient with owner and dog!

  • 4/5 stars October 13, 2014

    We had our first training session 2 days ago and already noticing a difference in our Great Dane using Lauren's methods! Can't wait to finish the training!

  • 4/5 stars October 6, 2014

    It was a pleasant experience but did not feel much got done during the first visit.

  • 5/5 stars October 2, 2014

    I was concerned that I would be unable to train my 6 month old puppy properly. After 1 1/2 hours with Lauren, I discovered that the puppy is trainable and can now sit on command. I have signed up for more lessons.

  • 5/5 stars September 19, 2014

    Thought Lauren did outstanding job however she's only been here once and is coming back 2 more times. Looking forward to having her back.

  • 4/5 stars September 18, 2014

  • 5/5 stars August 12, 2014

    Lauren was great. She taught us small things that will make a huge difference. Also, we learned different things we had not thouhgt of ourselves. I have already had a friend call me for her number!

  • 4/5 stars August 8, 2014

    Lauren came to our house and worked with our dog. We were happy her and her advice.

  • 5/5 stars July 28, 2014

    Lauren was great! She was easy to talk to and really helped us understand our 1 year old Golden better. We have only had one lesson and he is already starting to be a more manageable dog. Lauren made sure we understood what she was talking about and gave us hands on constructive help. We will be calling her to set up another few lessons soon

  • 5/5 stars July 23, 2014

  • 5/5 stars June 27, 2014

  • 5/5 stars June 24, 2014

    Lauren was so helpful. She had exactly the training style we appreciated. I was able to watch her do simple things from the moment she walked in to prevent the bad behaviors I was trying to change, they worked! She was so thorough and explained everything so it made sense, but it wasn't hard to learn and easy to facilitate. She showed me areas where I was lacking in my own authority with my dogs that could be contributing to their lack of security in me and causing some of the pushiness, demands for attention and some aggression. Even areas I didn't think my dog needed training with, like the walk, Lauren showed me so many changes i needed to make and it was a move leaps and bounds ahead of where. I'm so proud of my dog (and me for learning what to do!)! I think we are well on our way to our goal. Will definitely use Lauren again! Already know we'll need her when we get our puppy, then I'm sure, refreshers. Thankfully, she comes to Fort Worth. She was worth it and we'll use her again. Highly recommend her.

  • 5/5 stars June 4, 2014

  • 5/5 stars May 29, 2014

    Lauren is absolutely awesome! We have an escape artist and she has trained us along with the dog. She is very knowledgeable and seems to really love what she does. I would highly recommend her. She rocks!

  • 5/5 stars May 15, 2014

    Lauren has the patience of a saint working with our extremely large pack of 10 dogs...she is still working with us and we hope to continue our dogs (and our) education with her!

  • 5/5 stars May 13, 2014

    Lauren and her scheduler, Brookanne, are very easy to work with and pleasant. When Lauren arrived at our home she first became well acquainted with both dogs then thoroughly explained her philosophy and method of training dogs answering our questions along the way. She then walked us through the first lesson practicing the techniques until we were comfortable to practice them on our own until the next lesson. We especially like that she doesn't use food for training. Overall we had a very good experience and are looking forward to our next appointment already scheduled.

  • 4/5 stars April 23, 2014

  • 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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