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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*LAST CHANCE to sign up for K9 Nosework!!

Do you want to have a stronger bond with your dog and understand him better?
Do you want a fun, easy, inexpensive activity that you can do anywhere with your dog?
Are you looking for a class to sign up for, but your dog has little to no obedience training?
Are you reluctant to take any classes with your dog due to reactivity or shyness?
Are you looking for a class that could help your shy/fearful dog gain confidence?
Are you looking for something to do with your dog that will help him expend a lot of mental energy and tire him out?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions, then K9 Nose Work is the class for you!

Your dog doesn’t have to be a Bloodhound to enjoy this sport! Every dog, no matter the breed, has the instinct to hunt by using their nose. This sport is very different from most other sports, as we use the abilities that come so natural to them!

Skip the obedience and let your dog’s hair down. 😉😉 Join in on the good old fashioned nosey fun, starting Tuesday 2/20 at 6:30pm in Eagan.

Registration is limited. To sign up, click below:
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Instructor Spotlight: Linda Blanchard, CPDT-KA, AKC CGC Evaluator

Linda is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, and has been a member of the Rochester Dog Obedience Club since 1995. While a member of the Rochester Dog Obedience Club she served as an Instructor, Board member, Vice President, President, and was Training Director in 2004 and 2005. She joined the Paws Abilities training staff in 2007, has an extensive library of dog behavior, training, and health books, and attends seminars whenever possible.

Linda shares her life with Tank, and loves to take a variety of classes with him and compete in rally obedience! She also recently welcomed a new addition to the family, her German Shepherd Gus!

You can learn more about Linda and the rest of our training crew here:
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Snapshot Saturday: Theo with his new sister Mimi, enjoying the backyard view!

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Earl is proudly displaying his class completion certificate. We only had a few casualties before a successful hold!

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