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Certified Dog Trainer / Therapy Dog Evaluator • 651.230.7774 angela@journeyofmisfits.com

What Clients are saying about Us!!!

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December 30, 2015

Because of Angela's skilled training and genuine love for our dog, Tilly is so well-behaved , who loves people and respects the rules!

Kelley Cole

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December 24, 2015

Thanks for training Oakley for the past few years. You are are the best trainer around the County.  I have recommended many people to see you and your abilities to training. Hope to see you soon!

Chad Hanson

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November 31, 2015

Angela has been our trainer for several years. It started when, at 6 months old, we knew our puppy had a strong desire to protect our family - meaning friends were afraid to come in our home! We were so impressed with her ability to deal with a dog that had aggression issues and the care she took with our older dog who was just tagging along to class. After our older dog passed away, we thought it would be a great idea to get another 100+ lbs dog who had no training. The first place we went, back to Angela to teach him the basics! She is such a positive, fearless trainer that can help any dog - she is Minnesota's dog whisperer.  We value her friendship and will continue to take our dogs to her facility.  We are SO excited that she opened her own place...Christmas in November!

Jen VanDemmeltraadt

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November 7, 2015

Angela helped us to bring the best out of our dog!
Angela’s ability to train our twelve-year-old son to become a consistent, amazing dog owner was more than we’d ever thought possible.
When we began working with Angela, we would never have dreamed that we could take our dog for a walk while holding a cup of coffee!
Under Angela’s guidance, our dog was impossible to walk, wouldn’t come when you called her, and excited beyond control when guests came by. Today, she heels, follows our commands, and is enjoyed by our guests.
The distance we’ve come with our dog in such a short time is amazing. I’d recommend Angela for any dog training challenge.
Angela has a gift with dogs. She speaks there language, and helped us learn to speak it to.
I’ve never seen such confidence and mastery in working with dogs as what Angela modeled, and taught to us.
Angela combines the universal methods and customized them to our specific needs, helping us to address all of our challenges.
Angela is an amazing, positive experience. Her love for animals translates into results.
With Angela, our dog became the member of our family we’d always hoped for.

Dean

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October 22, 2015

I have known Angela for several years and was impressed with her commitment and dedication to dogs and dog training.   I was impressed to the level of recommending her to become a TDI evaluator. 
Angela is serious about training dogs but also has a high level of love for the dogs.  I appreciate Angela's desire and work ethic.   I would recommend her to anyone looking for a one on one obedience training. 

Tim Peterson 

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September 28, 2015

When I rescued a Pit Bull, I knew I would be faced with nasty looks and comments from strangers everywhere we went. Making sure I had a very well behaved pit bull was extremely important to me in the hopes that I could change even a few minds about the breed. The pittie mix I fell in love with, Macy, just happened to have dog-reactive tendencies. The last thing I wanted was for people to be afraid that she would attack their dog. Angela helped me to learn how to work with Macy's reactivity so I didn't have to run the other direction when I saw another dog coming down the street. When I decided my heart and home had room for another pup, Angela did me the tremendous favor of being a reference on my rescue application for Cooper, my Cavalier King Charles. She blew the rescue folks away with her kind words, and I can never thank her enough for that. My furry little family will be forever grateful for everything Angela has done for us!

Becca Quimby

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September 26, 2015

This is Peanut, a high spirited new addition to our family! Given our lives have enough chaos with 3 children we knew we needed a well trained dog. Angela came highly recommended by a good friend and she has been a Godsend! Angela has guided us every step of the way and has worked very well with our family as a whole. Peanut, well mainly her owners, have learned a good deal and we are looking forward to continuing to train with Ms. Angela!!

The Solomon Family

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September 13, 2015

I look up to my mom, I see how hard she works and wants to succeed, It inspires me to become a business owner myself. What my Mom does everyday dealing with aggressive dogs to just plain old stubborn dogs makes me see how much patience she has, even though she will be the first one to admit that sometimes she doesn’t. Dogs are a huge part of my life because of my mom, it can be a pain in the butt to take care of them, and very frustrating to train them but in the end when you look back and realize how far your dog has come you think it was worth it.

Kyra

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August 31, 2015

Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? With Angela’s assistance, we now have the best dog ever! Sammy was a stud dog at a puppy mill in Missouri before his rescue. The vet estimated that he was probably 4-5 years old when we got him. Up until that time, his life had been living in a cage so we needed to start at the beginning. Through Angela’s beginning obedience class Sammy learned “sit, down, stay, wait, and leave it”. Sammy loved going to class and seeing all the other dogs and getting a treat from Angela after hearing her clicker confirm his success. Maybe even more important to us, was Angela’s guidance and encouragement in housetraining Sammy and overcoming his separation anxiety. Not a small task for a 5 year old dog whose new life was living in a home. It took time, me reporting our progress or lack of progress to Angela. Then she would make a new suggestion, all the while being very positive, supportive and encouraging. She could see what a good dog Sammy was. Thank you, Angela for helping Sammy become the best boy ever!

Diann Lindeman

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August 27, 2015

We have been training with Angela for nearly four years and I cannot recommend her highly enough.  Angela trains with patience and a positive attitude, making classes fun and engaging for both dog and owner.  She always asks about any concerns or training issues we may be having outside of class, taking time to address all concerns and come up with possible solutions.  Lola started training as an unruly, sassy, stubborn three-month-old puppy and is now a calm, well-trained dog who receives many compliments on her behavior, thanks entirely to Angela's skills as a trainer.  Her positive attitude and wealth of knowledge in training has also helped me become more confident in my handling, benefiting both Lola and myself.

Jessica & Lola

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August 26, 2015

I have been training with Angela for the past 3 years.  We were brought together because of my feisty Cairn Terrier- Tobie!  I previously had a cairn who had very little training and I thought Tobie would be a piece of cake.  I was wrong! He has tested me and my patience in every way possible.  Without the guidance-training & knowledge Angela has given me, I wouldn't have  the wonderful furry family member that I do today.  Angela has taught me that training for a dog or human never really stops.  I am forever grateful that Tobie brought her into our lives! I would highly recommend Angela as a trainer. She is a truly gifted!

Tami & Tobie

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August 24, 2015

We first started training with Angela roughly 3 years ago. Our youngest Cairn terrier, Riley, was 10 years old at the time. Our good friend had recently brought a new Cairn terrier puppy named Tobie into her family. Riley and Tobie had some issues getting along after the initial couple of months.
Enter Angela and her extraordinary talents.
During her initial assessment Angela was able to not only immediately assess some of the areas to work on with the dogs, she was equally adept and had an uncanny ability to understand the personalities of each of the 3 humans in the situation as well. Her innate understanding of dog’s behavior and her natural confidence and presence while handling them is truly amazing to witness. We trained for a year in private lessons beginning to learn how to address and identify behaviors before they escalated. And we never had a class without laughter and a really good time for both two-legged and four-legged students. Riley started showing signs of what we thought to be arthritis, given his age. Riley was unfortunately diagnosed with Cancer. This Cancer resulted in fairly aggressive inoperable tumors in both his jaw and inside his rear leg which impaired his ability to walk on floors without mats. Angela showed an incredible amount of compassion and understanding for his situation. We wanted to keep life for Riley normal and active for as long as possible. Without hesitation Angela tailored the private lessons to Riley’s unique circumstances and did most of the training in the training ring. Riley was incredibly engaged at each class session and would thrive on the “homework” assignments, which would include putting three or four cups in front of him or two closed fists and asking him to “touch” the one with the treat. He learned this almost immediately and showed so much enthusiasm and excitement and was always smiling when he saw the cups come out to play this game. Riley showed a superhero’s strength, grace and dignity right up until this end of his life and he managed to stay in class for as long as possible.
Angela, needless to say, has had an immeasurable impact on our lives and the lives of our fur-babies. Some things are hard to sum up in mere words. We will be forever grateful for the love and truly inspirational talents she has shared with us and our four-legged children.
We look forward to training with our new Golden Retriever puppy and know Angela will obviously be an integral part of his training future.

Susie & Barbie

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August 24, 2015

I have known Angela for over 25 years and know that her passion is working with dogs.  Angela has the biggest heart and is so calm around dogs, I feel as though they understand and speak her language.
Angela has taken care of my dachshund several times over the past few years and I always know that he is in the best of care.  He actually gets excited when he sees her, she is like his second mom!
I highly recommend Angela to anyone who would like their beloved pet to be trained with love and care.

Jodi Wegge

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August 22, 2015

Angela is a well respected and caring dog trainer.
We have been taking lessons from Angela for about 2 years, and we feel our dog Drake and our family has learned a lot.
It takes a special person that loves dogs to work with them as much as she does!

Jim & Dee

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August 21, 2015

Training with Angela is dedicated to teaching humans how to understand and communicate with your dog(s), so all can live safely and happily in the family.

Becky Koch

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August 20, 2015

Angela is the best dog trainer we have ever met. She combines knowledge and skill with patience and a sense of humor to provide a great training experience.

Wayne & Sue Will

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August 19, 2015

When we began training with Angela four years ago, we had no idea how to train a dog. Angela was amazing with all of us (even MY posture improved!) We learned so much from our classes with Angela. We were like a family and our dogs all bonded as well. Angela was always willing to stay after class and answer specific questions that we had. Angela's classes were so fun and informative that we looked forward to going each week. In fact, when our beginner class ended, we continued with Angela for the intermediate and advanced classes. Gracie became a certified therapy dog, thanks to Angela's encouragement and mentoring. We are looking for another dog now, and are looking forward to going back to Angela for more training and fun! We love her!

Ann, Jesse, & Gracie :)

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August 19, 2015

I have attended Angela's classes for over five years due to her excellent dog training skills. 
I have seen even the most stubborn  (my pug being one of them) dogs respond effectively to her commands and she has enabled me to do the same.  
With Angela's help, I have been able to train my pug Shelby to be  a Therapy dog.  For the past 3 years, Shelby has been able to be a positive distraction to patients and staff at Region's hospital, all thanks to Angela's encouragement, experience  and wisdom.  
I can't thank Angela enough for the effect being a therapy team has been on my and my dog's life.
I also have a husky mix rescue who was so timid and scared when I first got him. I enrolled him in Angela's classes right away and he has really come out of his shell! Angela is helping me to effectively work on his confidence so hopefully he can become a therapy dog soon.
I love the way Angela keeps her classes fresh with new ideas but always emphasizes repetition and practice to effectively train our dogs.  I know she will be a total success in her own business and would refer anybody looking for a good dog trainer to her.

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Christy Frye
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August 16, 2015

When we lost our last puppy in 2013, we decided to rescue a puppy that came from an abusive background. Gypsy had behavior issues that we needed to work through. Gypsy needed some structure in her life and Angela helped us work through them and we worked out the social issues she had. Gypsy now has great social skills, she is the greeter for the History Cruze Car Show, being pet by hundreds of people every Friday, during the car show season, with no issues. Angela has worked wonders with her, we can't thank her enough for all the work she has done.

We recommend Angela for anyone that needs to socialize or train their dog.

Bruce, Sandy, & Gypsy

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