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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Russell builds confidence as he tackles the puppy jungle gym!

We have one spot left for puppy programs starting October 2nd and 2 spots left for any of our training programs starting October 30th. Make sure to confirm your spot!
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Training Tip Tuesday: It's all about choice! Pan gets to choose his treat and can choose whether to keep going with his nail trim or stop after a couple of nails.

What choices do you give to your dog?
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We still have spots left for our Therapy Dog Prep Course that starts September 21st at 8:15! It will be held at our Minneapolis location. Make sure to take advantage of this special opportunity with the talented Patti Anderson! ... See MoreSee Less

Attention: Owners of Canine Good Citizens We have a Therapy Dog Prep Course starting next Thursday, September 21st at our Minneapolis location. Join Patti Anderson, and teach your dog the skills it t...

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Instructor Spotlight: Laura McKinney CPDT-KA

Laura started her canine career in the rescue world in 1999 as a kennel manager and animal control officer. She currently volunteers with A Rotta Love Plus, where she is a foster parent, trainer, case manager, and all around superheroine. Laura's niche is canine behavior. Her clients are always so impressed at how she can understand their dogs' unique needs. Having 6 dogs of her own, Laura also understands the steps it takes to successfully manage a multi-dog household.

Oh yeah, she also just happens to work in the field of neuroscience and research! We are so lucky that we get to share her brilliance with you!

See what her clients have to say:
“Laura always had time to answer questions if we didn’t understand something or to clarify. I liked how the class was easily adjusted according to how the dogs were feeling and behaving. For example, if for some reason the dog/s seemed more stressed, we would do an activity that would help to calm them. My dog was easily distracted during class, so we used a barrier to block the visual distractions so it was easier for him to focus and then would open part of the barrier for short periods of time.” – Christie V. and her Greyhound Adam, reviewing their Beginning Focus & Control class

“This class was everything I hoped for. Taught me a handful of new skills and confirmed that was doing other things I already knew correctly and Laura/Lindsay were very knowledgeable. Thank you for giving me more confidence working with my reactive dog. While I have some more work to do things are already better. You were easy to talk to, good atmosphere, good explanations.” – Carey H. and her Cattle Dog/Husky cross Ava, reviewing their Beginning Reactive Dog Rehab class

“I had a great experience. Knowledge in the area of reactivity was very helpful. It is very useful in differentiating between a dog that doesn’t understand the task it is being asked to do vs. a dog that is in an excitable state and therefore is having trouble learning and executing tasks.” -Peggy N. and her Boxer Elsa, reviewing their Beginning Reactive Dog Rehab class

To learn more about Laura and our other brilliant trainers, check out our website:
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The McKinney crew pose for a family portrait!

What are your dogs up to today? Share a snapshot in the comments!
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