Tara’s Client Reviews

“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