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Ideal Dog

Wynnehaven Beach, Florida

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Ideal Dog

Wynnehaven Beach, Florida

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Mary Stephan

4 June 2019

Lauren worked on leash with my 11 month old Lab Sadie. What a difference! Sadie is a joy to walk now and I can take her places I never could before.

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Michelle Gunnell

27 April 2019

Lauren is AMAZING! We took our 9 month old dog, Tanner, to her for the two week board and train program. Our main issues were caused by his crazy, hyper behavior. He jumped (and he's a 65 lb puppy...so that's especially bad with kids). He stole things that weren't his and led you on a merry (on his part) chase around the house or yard that only ended when you tackled him and wrested it from his jaws. He barked at everything - a shift in the shadow, his reflection in our glass doors, any little sound. He got so riled up and had the worst time calming down. He jumped on the counters and took stuff. He was just ALWAYS INTO SOMETHING.He already knew sit, down, shake, etc., but that does you zero good in the behavior department. Because Tanner still did what Tanner wanted. He stressed me out to no end, and I didn't have the time or energy (two kids and a job) to really work with him on repetition and building the foundations that we needed. After the two week program, we brought home a new dog! Not just in the commands he knew, but it was like she flipped a switch in his brain. He was constantly walking a fine line between normal and crazy and it took next to nothing to push him over the edge. Looking back, he was highly anxious and excitable and just kind of existed in a constant state of adrenaline. Lauren backed him away from the ledge. He's now so far in the "calm" state of mind that it really takes a lot to get him riled up. And we now have the tools we need to help him calm down and find his zen again. She gave him the confidence and the skills to focus and calm himself down. He is a happier, calmer, less stressed dog. And he is a better member of our family. We can all enjoy each other.Of course, he's still a puppy and he still tests our resolve and cops an attitude sometimes. But you can see the difference in the way his brain works. I really cannot say enough about Lauren and Ideal Dog! Thank you SO MUCH! More...

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leslierenee89

27 April 2019

I don’t like that’s in this day and age we all use google for “research.” We need to be consulting professionals in whatever area we need research and help with. Lauren at idealdog is one of those professionals. She will answer your questions about your dog with advanced knowledge and expertise that will 100% help you and your dog. More...

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Mark McClendon

22 April 2019

My wife and I took or two Yorkshire Terriers for 2 private lessons for Loose Leash Training. Lauren demonstrated how to use the harnesses properly and worked with both dogs. She also provided explanation of what the dogs were doing and how to ensure we were correcting them properly. We liked Lauren and her approach to dog training so much, we are signing up for the Two Week Boarding and Obedience Training! More...

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Jodie Montes

7 April 2019

Lauren was very helpful with our dogs nutrition and diet issues. She created a nutrition plan that was beneficial to each dogs allergie issues, which has helped to clear them up. Our Cattle dog mix also attended the 3 day leash training class which has helped immensely with her anxiety issues! I would highly recommend Lauren at Ideal Dog Training for all of your dog training needs! More...

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Sarah Wade

28 March 2019

Lauren has always been so great and our dog LOVES his time there! She sends us photos and videos during both boarding and training and you can tell the dogs are all comfortable in her care. And prices are incredibly reasonable for the services provided. Highly recommend! More...

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Kaitlyn Pfeiffer

13 February 2019

Abbey, our 6 year old German Shepherd took the three day leash walking course as a reminder for how to walk nicely on the leash. I was pregnant with our second child and was envisioning being dragged around by my 70lb dog while pushing a stroller and chasing toddler. Lauren worked her magic and sent us updates while Abbey was brushing up on her manners. When she came home I immediately noticed her increased attention on me despite being very driven by what she smells and hears on walks. She knew what was expected of her and responded quickly to corrections which she needed less of the more we practiced. Lauren contacted me when she thought another tool- the Halti- might be good for Abbey and took her back to train her with it. It’s been probably 6 months since her training and we go on such nice walks. Walks with the stroller, with the toddler on a scooter, with all kinds of neighborhood distractions and Abbey does great! More...

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Bethany Fernandez

27 January 2019

We've always been so pleased with our experiences (multiple) with Lauren. Our very first boarding was with Ideal Dog and our large Airedale terrier quickly fell in love with Lauren and her pups. Any protective dog-parent who may be nervous about boarding should book with Ideal Dog now! Lauren puts you at ease right away. She is beyond a dog lover, dogs are here passion. She is diligently informed about all-things-dog: be it training, setting boundaries, health topics, or playtime ideas. She has even been invited to special training weekends to be completely up to date on dog behaviors and needs. Nothing you tell her about your dog is too detailed or unheard-of.Lauren also has two dogs of her own who play extremely well with others. Our pup was their shadow during every stay. Her dogs are so well behaved because she has worked with them, guiding and training their temperaments to be calm and submissive. While you are away your dog will NOT be nervous or anxious because Ideal Dog is the place where calm and submissive behaviors are contagious. The pack plays hard and sleeps deep.Lauren is incredibly understanding about any routines your pup may have. She tailored her schedule to accommodate ours, putting me at ease. Lauren makes the effort to be home as much as possible while boarding our dog. Your dog is her priority. I have total confidence in Lauren's ability to command respect from any dog while also loving on them. The perfect balance that all dogs crave. Winston was always eager to visit Ideal Dog and when we'd pick him up he was blissfully worn out from all the fun during his stay. There is no better boarding or training alternative to Ideal Dog. More...

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Donovan Quesenberry

27 January 2019

Can not give enough praise to Lauren and Ideal Dog. She is a tremendous help and source of information for everything dog training related. uTheTname says it all she is passionate about transforming your dog into the ideal dog. More...

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Lainee Oliver

17 January 2019

Lauren has a wealth of knowledge and is always willing to help you find the right solution for your pup. Whether it has to do with behavior issues, diet, or training methods, Ideal Dog needs to be your go-to!

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Rae Kell

16 January 2019

Lauren is amazing and sweet. She has helped me with training advice for my German Shepherd and she truly is a huge help. She knows what she’s talking about. More...

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Donovan Quesenberry

16 January 2019

Extremely helpful and knowledgeable with every aspect of dog training. Lauren and Ideal Dog go above and beyond what you expect from any other trainer.

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Kaleigh Kelley

8 January 2019

5 STARS ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ From the moment we met Lauren, we knew that we wanted to work with her! From her basic understanding of our wants and needs for our furry child, she blew us away with a lesson plan and program designed specifically for us and our dog! The board and train program didn’t suit our needs or the timeline in which we needed this training. So, we did a 6 week private lesson course with Lauren and WOW!!! Lauren was (and still is) passionate, thorough, educated, accommodating, caring and a whole list of other traits you’d look for to help train and care for your fur babies. Our dog, Athena, a 14 month old GSD was a well treat trained, well behaved, smart, loving and beautiful girl. She lacked what we weren’t able to give her or teach her. A calm mindset, proper recall, ability to walk properly on a leash and more boundaries. Lauren gave us all of that and more. To me, the foundation of this training was the calm mindset. Athena was ALWAYS on go. She could never stop to calm her brain or relax in her own space, she was always on high alert. This really set the tone for the 6 weeks of training. We harbored more of Athena’s pack drive and honed in on her prey drive in different structured ways to give her a healthy balanced lifestyle! Lauren is a wealth of knowledge and constantly pushing for more. Whatever she didn’t know or wasn’t sure of, she would educate herself and get back to us. She wasn’t only there for training but for general health and wellness questions too. We are on the path to a healthier diet because of her! We sent videos and pictures to Lauren every day on Athena’s progress, different lesson we started working on or just to show her how proud we were of how far she came in such a short time. We are so beyond happy with the training Lauren provided for us and for Athena. We are able to walk, take her places, have company over or just relax at the house without a high alert energetic dog. We are still in regular communication on ways to upgrade our training or challenge Athena’s mind just a little more each day! We have more work to do with Athena on specific tasks and needs which we will continue to do with Lauren! I wouldn’t trust anyone else with my dog, she is fantastic in every single way. I would be more than happy to answer any specific questions you may have about our experience with Lauren. Pictured is Athena RIGHT NOW laying in our driveway relaxing while I’m on the porch. Other pictures are from our time in training! Nothing better than this! More...

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Kelsey Linder Petsch

16 December 2018

Words cannot describe how amazing Lauren is! We brought Axel to her because he HATED the kennel and was just very anxious overall. Before we brought Axel to Lauren he would escape from his kennel (we ended up putting 6 padlocks on his kennel, and even then he tried to escape) and draw blood in the process. I had also noticed a slow decline in Axels' overall wellbeing and when I mentioned it to Lauren she jumped on it and turns out Axel had giardia (which he tested negative for in the spring) AND hypothyroidism!! She dealt with all the vet visits and made sure to keep us updated throughout the entire process. Lauren is very knowledgeable about dog food and even encouraged us to try a raw diet for our allergy dog. Once we switched it took maybe a few days and her allergies were completely gone (this was our last resort as we had even taken her to a doggie dermatologist)! Axel is now in a much healthier state of mind and putting him in the kennel is a breeze! Having Axel off leash reliable is also a huge plus and one of the reasons were choose Lauren in the first place! More...

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Kendra N Philip Potter

18 August 2018

Lauren is excellent! We took our Great Dane puppies to her for leash training. Madison was always pulling and getting scared of every little sound. Now she walks right by my side, pays attention to me and is confident! I would highly recommend Lauren! More...

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Dakota Faust Smith

23 July 2018

Our dog, a 2.5 year old golden retriever, attended Lauren’s 3-day Leash Walking course and...wow! He is a completely different dog now! Lauren even took time to teach our dog how to walk alongside a stroller now that we have a newborn. We couldn’t praise her and her work enough! Thank you, Lauren!! More...

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Ryan N Emily Bullard

30 May 2018

We took our 10 month old Great Dane puppy to Ideal Dog. She was a lovable pup who kept getting into trouble and seemed so scared of the world outside her home. After 3 weeks she is a confident puppy who listen and most of all lives in a much calmer state of mind. We didn’t know what to do and this service has allowed us to love our pup and have more control. I highly recommend Ideal Dog �� ��. More...

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Ken Doak

27 May 2018

You'd be hard pressed to find someone more professional with such a depth of knowledge in dog behavior. ..Our dogs loved the time there..Prices are great

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Allison White

27 May 2018

We have used Ideal Dog's boarding and training services and have been very pleased with everything! Lauren is knowledgeable and awesome!

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Carmella Pappas

27 May 2018

Lauren had my dog Champ for three weeks and did an amazing job! I was pretty much at my wit's end and she did a fantastic job. He was constantly marking in the house and not listening to me at all. He had nipped at a few people and would be very unsociable (barking and so on) at every dog or neighbor we would pass when we walked and she has corrected all of these behaviors. She has lots of patience and is very knowledgeable about dog's behavior. Highly recommend her services! Champ loved her :) More...

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Kaitlyn Herron

27 May 2018

We had the best experience at Ideal Dog! Everything was wonderful - Lauren answered all my questions completely and confidently, scheduling was easy, and she really took the time to get to know my dog before we left her. During her stay I got messages and picture updates which really put my mind at ease. We were even sent home with homemade dog treats. We will definitely be back! More...

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Danny Elsayah

27 May 2018

Lauren is an excellent dog trainer. She took care of our sweet but permanently excited Golden Retriever during a three week board and train program. He immediately started to respond... He is now a ot more mellow, he no longer tugs on the kids shirts, and he follows commands very well.Mishmosh also had a great time at Ideal Dog when he went back for boarding. Lauren provides great advice and tips about the best way to turn your dog into the best companion he can be. Would strongly recommend her for all your dog's training and/or boarding needs. More...

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Courtney Henderson

16 March 2018

My husband and I decided to adopt a new puppy in December 2017 right before Christmas, right before being gone for 5 days over New Year's and about a month before GETTING MARRIED and being out of state/country for 2 weeks. Thank Goodness for Lauren and Ideal Dog. She worked with us on boarding and training to make sure our puppy was cared for and learning the basics of being a good dog. She taught him sit, down, come, place and then set us up as parents with all the tools to not only maintain what he's learned but to keep teaching. Grey now knows shake, and rollover, drop it (for playing fetch) and obeys all of these commands with distractions around him. We will ALWAYS use Lauren for boarding and training! More...

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Danny Elsayah

9 February 2018

Lauren is excellent. We first met her when we left our sweet ball of excitement, a one year old golden retreat, for a 3 weeks for a board and train program. We immediately noticed improvements. He listened a lot better, and he got over the habit of biting and tugging on the kids shirts. He is now alot more mellow, and plays with the kids much better. More...

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Christine Busch

27 November 2017

Lauren took care of my 2 fur babies for 10 weeks! She was so thorough and loving toward them. She gave them their daily vitamins with their meals, sent us regular photos and updates, and I could tell they were very much a part of her family while they stayed. I think my dogs want to go back already! � More...

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Virginia Zuco

26 November 2017

Lauren treated my dog like one of her own. It was the next best thing to being home. She is professional and knowledgeable as well as affectionate and emotionally invested in every the pup she boards and trains.

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Rebecca Ann

26 November 2017

My pups love Lauren! They get to play all day and I know that they're happy and safe while they're staying at Ideal Dog. Fantastic service!

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Beth Latham Singleton

26 September 2017

I took my dog over for a Meet and Greet with Lauren today. I was very impressed with Lauren and her setup. I have found the perfect sitter for our Sadie.

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Dink Webb

31 July 2017

Lauren is great! She is patient and really enjoys helping us understand and learn. I am excited to continue teaching Lacy with the skills she taught us! I can't wait to board Lacy there also :) More...

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Carmella Pappas

13 July 2017

Lauren had my dog Champ for three weeks and did an amazing job with him. He had been marking and have many anti-social behaviors and she helped with all of these problems. I highly recommend her services!

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Phil Skalniak

10 July 2017

We can always trust Lauren and Ideal Dog Services to watch our two pups--she has great experience and the dogs have a great time! We get updates and photos while we're gone, so we never have to worry. We will always recommend Lauren! More...

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Allison Melton White

29 June 2017

Our pup, Finley, stayed with Lauren while we went out of town. It was so nice to know he was in an environment he could run around and play, but was also safe under the attentive and watchful eye of a professional dog trainer. We are excited to have him board with her in the future and also plan to do some training with Lauren soon! More...

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Patrick Kiehn

8 June 2017

Outstanding TLC. Our dog sugar had a great vacation while we were on vacation. Truly a great dog loving family that takes the extra time with daily updates brushings and TLC for your dog. Highly recommended I give Lauren and family at 11 out of 10 stars More...

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Christa Small

8 June 2017

We had a great first experience with Ideal Dog and will definitely be going back again! My poodle loves to play and I think his vacation was more fun than ours. =) Lauren is very conscientious and knowledgeable, and eager to help you sort through any questions you have about your dog's behaviour and needs. I'm thankful to have her as a resource! More...

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Bethany Fernandez

2 June 2017

We've always been so pleased with our experiences (multiple) with Lauren. Our very first boarding was with Ideal Dog and our large Airedale terrier quickly fell in love with Lauren and her pups. Any protective dog-momma who may be nervous about boarding should book with Ideal Dog now! Lauren puts you at ease right away. She is more than a dog lover. She is diligently informed about all-things-dog: be it training, setting boundaries, health topics, or playtime ideas. Nothing you tell her about your dog is too detailed or unheard-of. Lauren also has two dogs of her own who play very well with others. Our pup was their shadow during every stay. Her dogs are so well behaved because she has worked with them, guiding and training their temperaments to be calm and submissive. Your dog will not spend the time apart from you being a nervous or anxious because Lauren and her pups command a calm and submissive pack that plays hard and sleeps deep. Lauren is incredibly understanding about any routines your pup may have. She tailored her schedule to accommodate ours, putting me at ease. Lauren makes the effort to be home as much as possible while boarding our dog. Your dog is her priority. I have total confidence in Lauren's ability to command respect from any dog while also loving on them. Winston was always eager to visit Ideal Dog and when we'd pick him up he was blissfully worn out from all the fun during his stay. More...

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Megan Elizabeth

8 May 2017

Ideal Dog was THE ideal place to leave our pup during our travels! Lauren was great about updating us on all the fun activities going on with Ollie throughout his stay. We felt very sure that he was receiving so much love while in her care. He made two new friends while staying there (her two dogs) and we will definitely be booking in the future! Thank you for everything! More...