Tara’s Client Reviews

“We have purchased the 4 pack package! I love Tara and plan on working with her as long as possible. She has made such a difference for both CoCo and us and I think it’s just going to keep getting better with time and as more of the family gets to come to training! Love the facility to work in, it’s so helpful to have to do our training. Tara had been exceptionally accommodating! I can’t say enough how pleased we are and how much we have appreciated Tara’s help! She is phenomenal. The follow-up emails and descriptions of the things we covered in detail along with videos has been so helpful. CoCo is coming along in such a short time and doing so well. I have told so many friends/family and favorite pet stores about you all!” – Lisa C. and her Labrador/Pit Bull mix, CoCo, reviewing their private training lessons with Tara

“I went [to Puppy Class] on Thursdays and Saturdays. The classes were organized and I liked that the instructors ran the class slightly differently, to their own unique style. We received a lot of great tips! You helped me not let any stress I had affect my puppy. Everyone I met there was wonderful; staff and puppy owners and their families. :)” – Kristine K. and her Dachshund, George, reviewing their Puppy Class with Michelle and Tara

“Tara was a great instructor and provided a variety of activities each week to help socialize our puppy. She always was happy to answer our questions or give us some guidance. I learned several take-home strategies to work on and use at home. Love the training philosophy that I find on the website, articles, and in person at class. You have many class options which is great for scheduling into a busy family life!” – Julia S. and her Labrador Retriever mix, Hopper, reviewing their Puppy Class with Tara

“It was very helpful to have a trainer and an assistant trainer so everyone could get one-on-one help and attention.” – Nancy W. and her English Setter, Jackson, reviewing their Beginning Focus & Control lessons with Tara and Michelle

“Loved the exposure to a variety of different (new) items for my puppy to check out. Lots of helpful tips for socializing my puppy!” – Susan H. and her English Cocker Spaniel, Luna, reviewing their Puppy Class with Tara

“Tara is extremely knowledgeable and very patient with me and the puppy. I’ve been impressed with the things she has been able to do with the dog very quickly AND teach me what to do to follow through after she left” – Trish L. and her puppy Ginger reviewing their private training lessons with Tara

“The small class size gave us opportunity to practice in the training setting… (Tara adjusted) to who was there and what might affect the dogs positively. Also, patience with me as a novice trainer. Never made me feel like a failure.” – Suzann C. and her Collie, Robbie McRae reviewing Rocket Recall with Tara

“Tara was very good at making sure we all knew what we needed to work on – especially since it was a class with lots of young pups. Her assistant was awesome also.” – Heidi L. and her Doberman Eli, reviewing their Beginning Obedience class with Tara

“We loved the personal touch and the caring atmosphere.” – Michael and Suzumi L. with their Jack Russell crosses Ajax and Monte, reviewing their Canine Good Citizen Prep class with Tara



“Sarala and Tara were great with giving personalized recommendations and answers for each dog. I thought they did a great job. I think we’ll take that class again, amongst others.” – Amanda P. and her English Setter Myer, reviewing their Beginning Focus & Control class with Sarala and Tara

“I have owned and trained dogs for about 15 years. Cooper is my current dog that was in this class. He is about 1 1/2 years old and has trained with about 9 different obedience instructors in that time. Paws Abilities in the fifth training organization we have worked with. I rate Paws Abilities as one of the top if not the best training program we have attended.

“The instructor to student ratio is very good. I have not been in a team instructed dog training class where the instructors were so evenly matched and complementary in style and experience. Both Sarala and Tara brought a strong set of experiences and work well together.

“You are masters of operant conditioning. I wish that I had attended Paws Abilities classes earlier in Coopers development. I have trained using many different methods with Cooper. After getting a good start with operant conditioning we had some setbacks with older forms of training. St. Paul Dog Training Club is the classic example of how this issue played out. We started out using clicker training and positive reinforcement. The more advanced obedience classes are taught using slip chain and prong collars. The irony of this is that in St. Paul Dog training agility classes we continued to use operant conditioning. I can say that for my particular dog the harness system you use and how it is used is very beneficial. If we would have used this tool a year ago Cooper would be far more advanced in his obedience training. Great program and training classes. Keep up the good work.” -Steve N. and his Golden Retriever Cooper reviewing their Beginning Focus & Control class with Tara and Sarala

“The longer duration of each session and having two instructors allowed for a great deal of personal attention. We were able to discuss our major concerns and were taught techniques to work on those concerns with our dog. I even wrote to both instructors after having a little crisis at home with our dog and both provided insight and encouragement in between classes, that was very helpful. I felt that everything we had been learning in all the classes we had taken came together. Outstanding.” – Pilar D. and her Coonhound Vida reviewing their Beginning Focus & Control class with Linda and Tara

Kristin and Cooper

Kristin and Cooper

“Fun and informative. Really made an impact on myself and my dog. Good one on one attention. Super excited to see everyone make progress. Sarala and Tara made an excellent teaching team. They worked well together and great sense of humor.” -Kristin S. and her Border Terrier Cooper reviewing their Beginning Focus & Control class with Tara and Sarala

“I absolutely LOVED the class!!! Due to work issues, I was unable to attend all of the classes, but I am very excited to sign up for more. I received feedback from family and friends that they could see a difference in Charley’s behaviors (for the better :). Thank you to Paws Abilities and to Tara for such an amazing experience!!! 🙂 – Julie A. and her Golden Retriever Charley, reviewing their Canine Good Citizen Prep class with Tara

“The instructor was kind and helpful and made an effort to check in with everyone. She was always positive and encouraging. The number of dogs was good: everyone got attention.” – Linda M. and her dogs Otis the Rottweiler and Gus the German Shorthaired Pointer, reviewing their Beginning Obedience class with Tara

“I think the instructors did very well tailoring homework and class activities to our specific needs. The dogs in the class were all very young, so much of the class was focused on how to teach young puppies how to relax.” -Tamara D. and her Brittany Chewie, reviewing their Beginning Focus & Control class with Tara & Michelle

“I really end up enjoying the class. I wasn’t use to the slow pace of this class at first but it picked up during week three. Very patient instructors. Great job. I know this was Michelle’s first time assisting with this class but she worked well with Tara and this kept the class on task. Nice small class, which is great. Love the newsletters and emails too. You do a great job listening to our goals, working with different personalities, and individual plans for the dogs.” -Jean M. and her German Shepherd Chili B. Lewis, reviewing their Beginning Focus & Control class with Tara and Michelle

“Tara was patient, kind and very knowledgeable. She was very helpful. She answered questions thoroughly and gave good advice. This was a well rounded class that helped us in training our young dog to have better manners and be more in control of his impulses.” – Nancy W. and her English Setter Jackson, reviewing their Canine Good Citizen Prep class with Tara

“Instructors were great and made me feel very at ease. Very calm considering you were handling a reactive class!” – Kim E. and her German Shepherd Venn, reviewing their Beginning Reactive Dog Rehab class with Tara and Carrie I.

Lorraine and Blaise

“Tara was helpful and took genuine interest in Blaise doing well. She encouraged us to try different techniques for leash walking. We had fun! The hand outs were helpful because they reinforced what we learned in class. Phone call reminders were appreciated and good communication on weather cancellation.” – Lorraine U. and her American Eskimo Blaise, reviewing their Beginning Obedience class with Tara

“Everyone was so kind and understanding of our reactive dogs! They had such great tools and built on what we worked on every week. We loved the class are are SO excited that we are already seeing improvements! Before this class I felt like my hands were tied and now I feel like I have the tools to help my dog with her reactivity. We can’t wait to take another class!” -Jill J. and her Lab cross Stella, reviewing their Beginning Reactive Dog Rehab class with Tara and Carrie I.

“We covered the basics of having a dog to behave, attention training, clicker training. I liked the small class, each student was given equal time in class. I was pleased with the class. I thought the class was very informational.” -Patricia W. and her English Springer Spaniel Gypsy reviewing their Beginning Obedience class with Tara


“I thought it was very well done. This was my first dog training class and I was very impressed with the amount of progress Casper made during the class.” -Cathy M. and her Patterdale Terrier Casper, reviewing their Beginning Obedience class with Tara

“My year-old newly adopted pup was born deaf, and they (Tara and Linda) were wonderful about suggestions and how to adapt the different skills to me and Dobby! They were terrific! Everything I experienced with this organization was terrific!” – Susan C. and her Pit Bull Dobby, reviewing their Beginning Obedience class with Tara and Linda

“The Reactive Dog Rehab class was extremely helpful. I started the class feeling very frustrated and now I feel like I have the tools to manage any situation that my dog and I might run into… I love the small class size. I really felt like I was able to have all my concerns addressed each week. Tara and Linda did a great job touching base with each owner to specifically address any stumbling blocks from the past week.” – Kaya W. and her German Shepherd Dog/Great Pyrenees, Lennon reviewing their Reactive Dog Rehab lessons with Linda and Tara


“Tara is a great instructor with the puppies” – Tammi J. and her Havanese/Poodle, Jammer reviewing their Puppy Class with Tara

“She came over and watched our dogs interact and helped give us tips on handling our dogs since they were not getting along. They seem to be getting along better.” -Mary P. with her dogs Kovu, Milo, and Otis, reviewing their private training lesson with Tara

“Location is great! Tara was great. I have had her before and specifically look for her when signing up for classes.” -Jean M. and her German Shepherd Chulu Unity, reviewing their Beginning Obedience class with Tara

“Even though the class has up to six dog-owner teams in it, there was always options to work and talk to the trainers one on one. Tara was great, especially because my dog has some special needs.” -Susan C. and her Pit Bull Dobby, reviewing their Beginning Obedience class with Tara