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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Training Tip Tuesday: If you struggle with cutting your long-haired dog's nails, use an old fruit bag to keep the fur out of your way.

Rosie demonstrates the process for us!
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Does your dog have cabin fever? In this three-week-long class we'll show you how to keep your dog mentally and physically fit when the weather just won't cooperate. You and your dog will discover the joys of puzzle toys, tricks, and indoor exercise. Keep your sanity and your pooch entertained with our Boredom Busters skills class.

Join Shalise next Monday at noon for a fun date with your pup. For more information, or to sign up, check out the link below:
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Instructor Spotlight: Cheryl Bicknese

Cheryl works at our Puppy Camp every Wednesday morning, and teaches evening obedience classes. She is currently a member of the AKC organization and an AKC CGC evaluator. Cheryl lives in Stewartville with her husband, Jamie and son, Devin. She has 4 rescued dogs of her own: Dundie a standard dachshund who loves to Barn Hunt and has earned his RATS title. He is currently competing in the Master Level of Barn Hunting; Max, a senior standard dachshund with an abusive past who now spends a lot of time enjoying the couch; Mario, a Boston Terrier who is frisbee and toy crazy; and Gracie, a miniature dachshund who enjoys obedience training.

Cheryl’s degree is in Environmental Science and she works at Mayo Clinic, St. Mary’s Hospital as an Inpatient Certified Pharmacy Technician. Cheryl has worked as a veterinary assistant, a boarding attendant and locally as a dog trainer since 2005, with her (now deceased) Weimaraner, Molly.

In her spare time, she likes to write, read, garden, and make soap. Cheryl also runs Cheryl’s Critter Care, a doggy daycare in her home and specializes in daycare for small dogs that could become fearful in a typical boarding facility.

We are so fortunate to have Cheryl as a part of the Paws Abilities team!

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