Welcome to Paws Abilities!

Do you want:

A happy dog who always comes when called? A polite pup who greets others appropriately? A lifelong companion you can be proud to take anywhere?

We can show you how!

We are committed to serving Rochester, Southeastern Minnesota, and the Twin Cities metro area with the finest dog training available.

Our training techniques are humane, effective, and fun for dog and owner. We use the same scientifically sound training methods that professional animal trainers use in zoos and aquariums worldwide.

We offer something for everyone!

  • Start your dog off on the right paw with beginning obedience classes for a lifetime of companionship and good habits.
  • Looking for more personal help or dealing with a serious behavior issue? A Private Training Consult may be the answer.
  • We offer a wide range of classes for every dog and person. Check out Canine Agility or Tricks Class for maximum fun, or enroll in a Canine Good Citizen course to improve obedience skills. We can even help aggressive dogs learn to be calm and non-reactive on walks with our Reactive Dog classes! Check out our Classes page for a full listing of all the options.

Learn from the Best: our instructors are credentialed by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers and are members of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. We attend and host seminars and conferences on a regular basis in order to bring the best new techniques and learning to you. Instructors regularly attend classes, seminars, and competitions with their own dogs in order to gain experience in all areas of training and behavior.

Learn More about what makes Paws Abilities Dog Training unique, or check out the Schedule page to find out which classes are starting soon!

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Training Tip Tuesday: thinking of your dog as "misbehaving" or "acting out" predisposes you to punishment. Instead, consider that your dog is struggling to handle a situation that is too difficult for her, and try to determine how you can better support her. ... See MoreSee Less

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Do you think this is cute?

Fun fact: dogs don't do "hugs" like people to show affection. Torso-to-torso contact like this is generally a sign of very high arousal, and is likely to quite quickly tip into a fight or very intense play (depending on the dogs).
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Instructor Spotlight: Katie Kelly ABCDT CPDT-KA

Katie's classes are always action-packed and fun! Here are a few of the things her students have to say about her...

"Beau and I enjoyed the training. We liked Katie a lot. We plan on continuing with it this spring if there is a Good Citizen class in Rochester on the weekends." -Jerry F. and his Australian Shepherd Beau reviewing their Beginning Obedience class

"Katie was very good at correcting my behavior with my dog, worked with me individually when needed." -Anonymous survey respondant reviewing their Beginning Obedience class

"It was helpful to see how Katie worked with each of our dogs to demonstrate the techniques she was teaching. Looking back, I think one of the most valuable parts of this class was how Katie talked about how her dog used to run away a lot and could not be trusted off leash. She told us how hard she worked and how long it took her to teach her dog to be off leash. It was very inspiring to hear and encouraged us to keep working with our dog and have patience with him and with ourselves." -Kristine H. and her Labrador Retriever Doug reviewing their Rocket Recall class
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