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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Test your Dog Body Language IQ!

Do you know how to read your dog? Dogs have a language of their own, but their language is based on movement rather than vocalizations.

Here's a great pair of pictures by Paws Abilities apprentice Sarah of her handsome boy, Bear. What body language do you see in the top picture that tells you Bear is nervous? What body language in the bottom picture tells you that Bear is comfortable?

If you want more help learning how to "speak dog," we can teach you! Check out our blog at paws4udogs.wordpress.com/category/canine-body-language/, or our extensive library of free training articles at pawsabilitiesmn.com/articles/
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It's another #selfiesaturday! Please post a selfie of yourself and your furry friend. Here are some of our great Day Camp dogs!

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We need to stop asking ourselves, why does my dog misbehave? And instead ask, what is my dog struggling with? Most dogs are not stubborn, dominant, or strong-willed. Our dogs are simply trying to co-...

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Baby Russell got his toenails done by Emily at Groomingtails the other day. He's learning that good things happen when people handle him, so that he grows into the kind of dog who makes groomers light up when he walks in the door. Early, positive exposure to handling makes a big difference in how puppies deal with brushing, toothbrushing, toenail trimming, ear cleaning, and more as adults. We can help!

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