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: We recently shared one of our articles on why consent is important. Check out this consent test by Eileen Anderson. Does your dog want to be petted? Note sometimes it may depend on the situation. Sometimes they want pets, and sometimes not! ... See MoreSee Less

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Have you recently welcomed a puppy into your home? Bring your puppy to our puppy classes at Paws Abilities! Each week your trainer will help you socialize your puppy to new sounds, touch, and other people and puppies! It's a great time that helps your dog start off on the right path to becoming a well-adjusted and social companion.

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It's snapshot Saturday!

Owen enjoyed his visit to the vet clinic. At Day Camp, puppies visit the vet clinic just for fun! Taking your puppy or dog to the vet solely for treat parties can help them associate the clinic as a fun place to go!

What are your dogs up to this weekend? We'd love to see your four legged family member! Share your snapshots in the comments!
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