Canine Coach was founded over 10 years ago by Linda Brennen. She began Canine Coach in hopes of making a positive difference for dog owners and their dogs all over the Colorado Springs area. Shelters are filled with dogs that have socialization and obedience issues, and Linda has been committed to providing and encouraging appropriate social interactions that produce happy, outgoing dogs with good social skills.
Linda opened a new Training Center in August 2016 in Black Forest and with it an entire staff of trainers and support folks. Having a building has allowed more flexibility in creating new programs, including our very popular day schools!
At Canine Coach, we use proven positive dog training methods taught by our highly qualified and certified professional dog trainers. We guarantee that you will see progress and positive change in your dog as our trainers help you reach your training goals.
We believe it is never necessary to use force to control your dog when you both understand and respect each other!
At Canine Coach, Inc. we do not promote, condone, or permit the use of correction-based training tools for the dogs enrolled in our training programs. This includes the use of choke collars, prong collars, shock collars (including for invisible fence) and bark collars.
Meet Our Team!
Linda Brennen, CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed), has been a dog trainer for over 20 years. She earned her Associate Degree in Animal Health and worked as a Licensed Veterinary Technician for over 10 years. She also has a Bachelor’s Degree in Zoology from the University of California at Berkeley.
After college, Linda had the good fortune to attend a seminar on Puppy Socialization and Preventing Dog Aggression. It was presented by Dr. Ian Dunbar, world-renowned dog behavior expert and founder of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT). After the seminar, she studied with Dr. Dunbar, and began teaching classes for his company, Sirius Puppy Training, a year later. During that time, Linda also devoted a year to raising a puppy to become a service dog for Canine Companions for Independence.
Over the next fifteen years, Linda started dog training programs at several of the military bases where she and her husband were stationed. In 2005, while stationed in San Antonio, Linda volunteered at the Humane Society, where she trained shelter dogs waiting for adoption. During that time she helped with rescue efforts following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Also in San Antonio, Linda and her Bernese Mountain Dog, Kees, were certified as Delta Pet Partners. Together they visited patients at the military hospital and participated in reading programs at local elementary schools.
When her husband retired from the military in 2006, Linda and her family settled in Colorado Springs. She continues to teach dog training classes, and volunteers her time with service dog and rescue organizations. She also teaches dog safety classes in the community as a licensed presenter for Family Paws licensed presenter with Dogs & Storks classes. Linda established Canine Coach, Inc. in September of 2009 and moved her business to her own training center in 2016.
Linda is a professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), a member of the Pet Professional Guild and the Colorado Dog Trainers Network. She holds a CPDT-KA from the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers.
Linda relies on over thirty years of experience, and a commitment to continuing education, to provide you with the most up-to-date, effective, and positive training methods available.
“I inspire dogs to love learning and owners to enjoy training. My goal is to help people and dogs truly understand each other’s needs.”
—Linda Brennen, CPDT
Megan Lundberg, CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed), began dog training in 2012 in San Diego, CA where her husband was stationed in the Navy. Plans of pursuing her lifelong dream of becoming a veterinarian changed when she discovered her interest in behavior while studying at Colorado State University. This combined love of dogs with newfound passion for learning about behavior lead to the path of dog training.
After completing a course in dog training, Megan continues to read new materials to learn the latest in dog training methods and techniques and to work toward further dog trainer certifications. Megan is a Family Paws licensed presenter, Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, and member of the Pet Professional Guild and Association of Professional Dog Trainers.
She is the proud owner of two Siberian huskies, a Silken Windhound, and three cats. They enjoy the canine sports of dryland mushing and skijoring, and also participate in dog agility and lure coursing. Megan volunteered regularly at a county shelter in Bonita, California for over 2 years while in San Diego to offer enrichment and training, and also fostered nearly 20 dogs for the Humane Society, Department of Animal Services, and local rescues. She continues to support rescue efforts and responsible pet ownership. After her husband left the Navy, they came home to Colorado in 2015 to be closer to family.
Kerry Bramwell came to Canine Coach with the desire to work with students and professional trainers who are committed to their dogs. In all of her classes, her main goal is to give people the tools to communicate effectively and humanely with their dogs.
Kerry has been training her own dogs since 1991, and worked for Guide Dogs for the Blind from 1996 to 2002. From there, she has taught puppy classes and tricks classes. Kerry completed a 3-year apprenticeship with Guide Dogs for the Blind and is a licensed Guide Dog instructor in California. She is a Certified Training Partner through Karen Pryor Academy, and has an Associate’s Degree in Science Veterinary Technology. Kerry plans on testing for her CPDT-KA next year and plans to begin in Rally Obedience and Agility in the future.
Kerry owns two dogs of her own: Tierza, a 6-year-old Poodle/Labrador cross who has a great sense of fun, and Bay, a 6 month old long-haired Whippet who loves to work. She loves to be out in nature with them, whether they are on hikes or long walks, and enjoys trying to see things from their doggy perspective. Kerry loves to watch all dogs think, and loves to see the bond between dogs and their people grow as they train and work together.
Stephanie Villarreal, KPA-CTP (Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner), began her dog training journey after adopting a 3 year old, deaf heeler/ pit bull mix while in college at Texas Tech University. After college she moved to Virginia and started working professionally with dogs at a rescue and then at multiple dog daycare facilities.
While as a sales manager at the first dog daycare she worked at, her manager at the time introduced her to the Karen Pryor Academy and was able to put a name to the methodology of animal training that she had adopted as her own, positive reinforcement, and the rest is history. She eventually enrolled in the Karen Pryor Academy and graduated in March of 2019.
Over the years, she and her wife have rescued and fostered multiple dogs and cats, primarily focusing on deaf and special needs dogs. Their current household consists of 4 dogs and a cat.
Pam is the Business/Marketing Manager, but primarily focuses on marketing and branding where she uses her 25+ years of experience in marketing and communications. She is proud to be part of Canine Coach, and loves everything it stands for.
She is proud to be part of Canine Coach, and loves everything it stands for. She grew up in Colorado Springs, and first met Linda as a client to help train her own dog. Her crazy puppy Levi, as Pam describes him, is a snugly black Lab mix that is very protective of his family, but also loves to do nose work and is a great support dog for his mom. Pam loves to watch the puppies in Puppy Practice and Play, and wishes she had taken Levi through the Puppy Program when she first got him!
Kandel is our Office Manager and helps us all stay organized and sane!
She grew up in Colorado Spring but has lived in Falcon for more than 15 years with her husband and two children. She enjoys reading, cuddling with her two cats and all things bookkeeping (except taxes 😊).