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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Recess! Virtual Camp for Kids and Canines..

An hour-long activity session will keep your kids and dogs occupied with fun games, tricks, and crafts. Both dogs and kids will be entertained (and hopefully better trained!) by the end of each session.

We'll go over: polite petting, how to tell if the dog is having fun or needs a break, crafting toys and puzzles, training games, and silly games! Appropriate for ages 6 and up (it's ok if grown-up campers want to join in the fun too!).

Check out our website for more info and available sessions: paws4u.dogbizpro.com/public/registration/index.aspx?cls=203
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"I Love My Crate!”
Virtual Single Session Class

Does your dog happily go into their crate or do they need a little help? In this 60-minute session, we will be discussing using a crate as management, how to build up a great association with the crate, and what to do when things go wrong. This will be based on the Susan Garrett Crate Games DVD which you can purchase here: www.dogwise.com/crate-games-for-self-control-and-motivation-dvd/ (not required for class)

- Your dog willingly takes food or toys as reinforcement
- Your dog isn’t afraid of the crate

Required Tools: a crate; treats
Session Details:
Cost: $15.00
Length: 1 - 1 hour lesson
Size: up to 5

Upcoming Sessions:
▪️Wednesday 4/1/2020 @ 6:15 PM with Katie Kelly CPDT-KA

▪️Wednesday 4/8/2020 @ 6:15 PM with Katie Kelly CPDT-KA

▪️Thursday 5/7/2020 @ 4:00 PM with Ashlee Meyer

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Paws Abilities Dog Training

Join us for a trick training tutorial on Leg Weaves. Watch til the end for a coupon code to enroll in a FREE PJ Party virtual class.
Paws Abilities has been offering virtual training for years. We're expanding our virtual sessions to group classes. Virtual classes have many benefits. By cutting down on distractions, you can focus on the skills. They are a viable option for dogs who are shy, reactive, get car sick, or differently abled. Its easier and safer to work dogs off leash. Dogs are more relaxed and comfortable at home. You can work with unique trainers outside of your normal geographic range. You can use lower value treats.
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