Paws Abilities Dog Training was founded in 1999 and was the first training company to bring clicker training techniques to the southeast Minnesota area. We believe in helping people enjoy their dogs through training and behavior modification, with an emphasis on scientifically valid and proven techniques. Our trainers keep up-to-date on the latest research and are members of professional organizations such as the Association for Professional Dog Trainers.
We love both ends of the leash and are excited to work with the whole family to help you achieve the great family pet or competition dog you’ve always dreamed of! Our trainers utilize the most effective reward-based and motivational techniques available, and are current on the best adult learning trends to help you teach your dog.
Paws Abilities is a premier source for animal behavior information, and is referred to by veterinarians and veterinary behavior specialists on a regular basis. We also mentor new trainers through Animal Behavior College, Victoria Stilwell Academy, and the CATCH Dog Training program, and are excited to help those new to the field.
Our Core Values
- Drive to Learn
Our LIMA Policy
We use kind words, with no shame or judgment.
We make warm connections with each learner.
We adjust our teaching style for each individual learner in order to help you achieve success.
We are a disability-friendly, LGBTQ+-friendly, BIPOC-friendly, and neurodivergent-friendly company.
We provide equity for all people in both our services and our messages.
We use gentle, motivational methods to encourage the behaviors we want to see more of.
We use interruption, redirection, and training of alternative behaviors to decrease unwanted behaviors.
We adjust our training for every pet based on his or her unique temperament and situation.
We work with all breeds and backgrounds, and take the time to understand each pet as an individual.