Shalise’s Client Reviews

“Explaining and sharing personal information about their training, what worked what didn’t. I liked the class. Great job” – Carol F. and their shih tzu Rosie, reviewing their Level One Focus & Control class with Shalise Keating

“Lucky to have Shalise’s expertise. She gave me so many little tweaks to my practices in general. Like foot placement so my dog could read my moves. Skills were scaffolded well at a good pace. And it was fun!” – Lisa A. and their golden retriever Sera, reviewing their Rally For Fun class with Shalise Keating

“Assisted / provided an understanding r/t my dog…. Helped me with skills implemented. Provided excellent learning for goofy young dog. Excellent teaching and support for owners. Great. I have seen few so well done.” -Shari B and their dog Summer, reviewing their Reactive Dog Rehab class with Shalise Keating

“Yes Shalise is wonderful!” -Nancy B. and their dog Sophia Rose, reviewing their Private Lesson with Shalise Keating

“You answered questions not just on topics in class but other things that we need to work on out of class as well and helped where we were struggling. This was a great experience. I saw much improvement week after week. Shalise did an amazing job teaching by telling you what you need to do differently but in a positive way and then complimenting when you/your pet do the right thing. Highly recommend to anyone looking for a great training experience.” – Alexa M. with Lab/Pit Bull cross Freya, reviewing their Intermediate Obedience class with Shalise Keating

“Shalise gave me a lot of extra time before and after class, as well as via email. I really appreciate her perspective and her time.” – Daphne W. and their Australian Shepherd, Pepper, reviewing their Beginning Obedience class with Shalise Keating

“Both the trainer (Shalise) and the facility were fantastic. Our Solo Training Session exceeded our expectations and we learned so much, super valuable tips for training our 5-month-old puppy. Great experience at Paws Abilities.” – Barb P. and their Labrador Retriever, Bob Dog Dylan, reviewing their Solo Tutoring Session with Shalise Keating

“Shalise did a nice job at teaching how to handle the long leash, how to make an inexpensive long leash and even went the extra mile to help those that wanted her assistance in making long lines. My dog enjoyed being outside and sniffing all over on a 30 foot leash. I have taken several classes with Paws Abilities and have learned so much. I am very thankful for this business! I really liked the smaller class size with just 4 teams. A lot of information was explained and demonstrated, which was really nice.”- Lynn C. and their Golden Retriever, Oliver, reviewing their Great Lengths class with Shalise Keating

“It was a great learning experience for both Peggy and I. Shalise helped me adapt to my own way with my disabilities. Shalise knows how to adapt to dogs. She also is very knowledgeable about everything to do with dogs. She is an excellent trainer and instructor!” – Ridge E. and their Golden/Labrador Retriever, Peggy, reviewing their Great Lengths class with Shalise Keating

“I was disappointed when I learned the class was going to be taught online (not disappointed with Paws Abilities’ decision to do that, only with the situation). I thought my dog wouldn’t get much out of it [online class] because I thought it would only be productive having dogs in close proximity to mine. I was wrong! In some ways, I think he was better able to learn the skills without the stress of other dogs around. I liked the amount of time spent talking about each dog’s needs. It was fun to get to know the other dogs’ owners, and very helpful to hear the instructor’s advice on how to work with certain behaviors. The instructors’ understanding of dog behavior and creative training methods are amazing to me!!! And their methods work!!!” – Andrea N. and their Alaskan Husky mix, Takoda, reviewing their Beginning Focus & Control class with Shalise Keating & Megan Cogswell

“You were behavior-focused and identified relaxation issues which training elsewhere did not.” – Eric B. and his Australian Shepherd, Bogie, reviewing their Beginning Focus & Control class with Sue Smith & Shalise Keating

“Both trainers were so helpful. I have a reactive dog (he is afraid of the world) and he really started to come out of his shell. The trainers were very helpful with suggestions and examples” – Amy B. and her Collie, Remus, reviewing their Beginning Focus & Control class with Sue and Shalise

“I am very happy with the class. The dogs in class were finally starting to show improvement right towards the last couple of weeks. Great location and facility. Trainer was very helpful and easy to talk to. I will happily keep coming back, it was a great outing for my dog and i each week!” -Andrea G with her Weimaraner, Ridley, reviewing Beginning Obedience with Shalise.

“My pup loved it. She especially loved playing with the other pups. I believe I will have a very well behaved and happy dog, thanks to the dedication, patience and knowledge of the Paws gals. Well done!! I’m just so pleased with my experience so far and cannot imagine raising a pup without the help and guidance of the Paws staff. I look forward to a lot of learning.” -Geri I. with her two dogs Piper & Skipper, reviewing Puppy Class with Shalise.

“Great class. We will be doing this one again. Both teachers were excellent and seemed to appreciate each dog’s (and owner’s) needs and personalities.” – Nancy W. and her English Setter, Jackson, reviewing their Beginning Focus & Control class with Sue and Shalise

“Handled the class and all the dogs very well. Some were a bit unruly, and Shalise did a great job handling them. I, and my dog, Jak, learned a lot” – Jeanne B. and her Jack Russel mix, Jak, reviewing their Beginning Obedience class with Shalise

“The personal touch and variation of each facility and trainer is amazing at Paws Abilities! I LOVE how compassionate and caring staff are with the puppies, knowledge shared, and patience with the owners. I will be attending more classes because they are fun and rewarding for my dog but also just as much for me as we learn to understand each other and our world around us better. Paws Abilities made that possible and I am thankful!” – Amarama V. and her Great Dane, Shadow, reviewing their Puppy Class with Shalise

“Shalise cared about all of the dogs, and all of the pet owner’s training their dog during Monday morning basic obedience class. It felt like we all created a bond and were able to learn from the trainer and from others questions and experiences in the class.” – Jen K. and her Golden Retriever, Locks reviewing Beginning Obedience with Shalise



“Shalise was great and I really liked the location” -Valerie B. and her Miniature Pinscher/Beagle cross Stoick reviewing their Beginning Obedience class with  Shalise

“Shalise was fantastic! I felt so at ease and in sync with her training style. I have learned so much, and she has made me more confident in my continued training with my Maiko. I actually cant wait to work on the techniques she has taught me, where in the past I have dreaded training. I am much more comfortable with my dog out in public, and will most definitely continue with the tools Shalise has provided me with. These are things I had hoped to get from this training time. Thank you Shalise!” -Barb A. and her German Shepherd Maiko reviewing their private training package with Shalise


“Shalise has been the most helpful with Strath who is currently just laying down in class. She helped me understand that he was too stressed. Everyone has been great about helping us find the right classes for each of the puppies… including really good communication with Jan. I have learned so much in the year and a half since we started training [our other dog] Beinn. We have had lots of successes with all the dogs.” -Andrea C. and her Border Collie Strath reviewing their Beginning Obedience class with  Shalise

“The instructors were very good and helpful and the content was well presented. My dog really wants classes that offer more “action” and independent thinking, so this was probably very good for him to give a better foundation for future activities. You were kind, knowledgeable, prepared, and fun.” -Barbara H. and her English Bulldog Nigel, reviewing their Beginning Focus & Control class with Shalise and Carrie I.

“We learned alot.” -Robert and Debra R. with their Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier Charlie, reviewing their Beginning Obedience class with trainer Shalise

“I brought my dog the second week and Shalise immediately recognized that I had a reactive dog. I am a novice dog owner and this was all new to me. She put dividers around my dog and helped me through the class and encouraged me and reminded me that my dog was not a bad dog, just super scared. Shalise suggested private lessons, which I believe is the right course. Thank you Shalise for support me and my dog. Shalise invited me to continue to come to class without the dog too. I loved that!!” – Tracy M. and her Shih Tzu Sasha, reviewing their Beginning Obedience class with Shalise

“Shalise was non judgmental and encouraging. She listened and had great ideas to offer. She always came with reference material either hard copies or on line supports. She checks in with me by email occasionally. I love it.” – Tracy M. and her Shih Tzu Sasha, reviewing their private training lessons with trainer Shalise


“Can’t say enough about your program. The stress level in our home r/t an on and off again aggressive dog was beyond high and help was on its way. Shalise is very knowledgeable. She cared about us and our dog situation and was such a comfort. She saw the tension in our home and immediately came up with a plan that was implement in the next few days. I have already recommended your services to other dog owners.

“We were really having a hard time dealing with our foster Katie’s aggression towards our dogs. Katie otherwise was a very sweet misunderstood pup who really had no breaks in her canine life. Shalise helped us understand more about Katie and how we should not feel guilty and the need to protect our present crew. I watched how she began to work with Katie from the first visit and this was very insightful to me. She also came up with a plan that relieved our stress and yet was giving Katie a change to maybe enjoy her life more and increase her trust with people.

“Paws Abilities listened our our needs, really listened and then observed. You could see and feel the level of expertise of our trainer and brought such a comfort in our home to us, our canines and felines as well. We are so pleased and only wish more people and dogs could use your services.” -Mary N. and her foster Brittany Katie, reviewing their private training lesson with Shalise

“Got to know each dog. Good awareness of their temperaments and tried to individualize as much as there was time to do that. Very positive in approach both with the dog and owner.” – Doreen M. and her Brussels Griffon, Orchid in their Beginning Obedience lessons with Shalise

“I really enjoyed the small class sizes!! Exceptional program very impressed.” -Kyle S. and his Collie Lucy, reviewing their Beginning Obedience class with Shalise

“Shalise is an awesome instructor. We learned a lot. She is very knowledgeable and patient with dogs and owners! Gabby is going to be a school dropout for a few months, then she is excited to take more classes!!!” -Linda D. and her Golden Retriever Gabby, reviewing their Beginning Obedience class with Shalise


“Shalise is clearly tuned into Molly, our active Pyrenees, and was very patient. She was also mindful of what she has learned about us – our ages, habits, and tendencies. I appreciated her positive comments, but also her honesty in evaluating the situation. Her calm demeanor working with Molly and ability to size up the situation had a profound calming effect on me. This puppy experience has been really hard for us. Molly has gotten a little better since the visit.” -Jessica P and her Great Pyrenees Molly, reviewing their private training lesson with Shalise

“Good practical tips. Trainer was attentive to the individual needs of each dog and their handler. She referred us back to review some points from previous class handouts. It was good to have some reminders of things we’d forgotten about or missed the first time around. Keep up the great work! We have been very pleased with all our experiences with Paws Abilities.” – Nancy W. and her English Setter Jackson, reviewing their Holiday Manners class with Shalise

“Best trainer at Paws Abilities!” -Michelle R. and her Border Terrier Isaiah James, reviewing their Beginning Obedience class with Shalise


“Fun class – mostly just a reinforcement for my dog. Shalise is a friendly, competent instructor. I always learn from her. I really enjoy her classes. The classes are always educational and the instructors are helpful.” -Barbara H. and her English Bulldog Nigel, reviewing their Holiday Manners class with Shalise