Welcome to Paws Abilities!

Do you want

A happy dog who always comes when called?

A lifelong companion you can be proud to take anywhere?

A polite pup who greets others appropriately?

Continuing enrichment through our seminars, events, and workshops?

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.
  • Paws Abilities is a regional leader in enrichment offerings, including: specialized workshops; educational and seasonal events; and seminars with some of the industry’s top speakers and behaviorists. See our Events page and get excited with us!

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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~Beginning Reactive Dog Rehab~

Is your dog a nightmare on walks? Does he or she lunge, bark, growl, or whine whenever another dog appears? Would you like to lower your dog's stress or excitement around other dogs or people? Are you in need of a safe, supportive training environment to help you overcome your dog's reactivity?

Living with and training a reactive dog can be tough. We can help!

Reactive Dog Rehab class concentrates on helping reactive dogs relax around other dogs and helping owners know what to do when their dogs do react badly towards people or other dogs. While this is a difficult problem, it can often be solved. Our techniques are humane and scientifically sound, and we're committed to using people- and dog-friendly training.
This class is a 6-week-long program. The first week is required and for people only. We will get to know one another, discuss our dog's problems, and learn the training tools and techniques we will be using during class.

One of the most important and predictable benefits you and your dog will get from this class is the skill you will gain in handling your dog. You will gain confidence as you learn to interpret your dog's behavior and see your dog become less stressed or excited ound other dogs over time. You will meet other people who don't freak out when your dog reacts but understand what it's like to deal with this problem. You'll gain support and encouragement from them. You will learn what motivates your dog to react and how to reduce it. And you will learn techniques for managing your dog when meeting other dogs to reduce the likelihood of reactions, and to help your dog continue to improve his or her behavior.
This class requires extensive instructor training, expertise, preparation, and involvement. A typical class will have 2 instructors trained and experienced in dealing with reactive dogs and is limited to 4 dogs, so that you receive plenty of individual one-on-one instruction.

Reserve your spot today by clicking on the links below:

SE MN upcoming classes: paws4u.dogbizpro.com/Public/Registration/Index.aspx?cat=1

Twin Cities upcoming classes:
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