Welcome to Paws Abilities!

Do you want…

A happy dog who always comes when called?

a happy dog who always comes when called?

A lifelong companion you can be proud to take anywhere?

a lifelong companion you can be proud to take anywhere?

A polite pup who greets others appropriately?

a polite pup who greets others appropriately?

We can show you how!

We are a collective of professional dog trainers who are committed to serving Rochester, Southeastern Minnesota, and the Twin Cities metro area with the finest instruction available. Sign up for our newsletter here if you’d like to receive regular dog training tips, updates on classes, and news about upcoming events.

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. Puppies under a year are invited to join our Puppy Social Club, a supportive (and competitive) Facebook group that competes for monthly prizes by earning points on your puppy’s daily adventures!
  • 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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There is a R.E.A.D. (Reading Education Assistance Dogs) Workshop coming up soon! Note: this workshop is not offered through Paws Abilities, we are simply sharing it as it may be of interest to our clients!

Learn strategies and tools on how to have an effective reading session with children and your therapy dog! Participants will receive a lifetime certification in a national reading program.

Monday, Jan. 30th from 4-8:30 p.m. at the Ridgedale Library in Minnetonka. For humans only. Contact Patti Anderson to register or for more information at: siberpa@aol.com
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Happy tongue-out Tuesday from Gus!

Here he was demonstrating the door manners we teach in Day Camp. Dogs learn to 1) sit when their handler reaches towards the door, 2) wait while the door is opened, 3) move through the doorway calmly once their handler gives permission, and 4) turn to check back in with their handler after they're through the doorway. Whether you're fumbling with your keys or trying to hold the leash and a cup of coffee at the same time, it makes life so much easier when your dog can be polite at the door!

Ready to start your dog on the road to good behavior? We have limited spots left for our next Day Camp session in Rochester, starting January 23rd! pawsabilitiesmn.com/day-camp/
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