If you live in Minnesota and need a dog trainer for your best friend, here are 15 of the best dog trainers in Minnesota.
1. Go Anywhere Dog
At Go Anywhere Dog in Minneapolis, pets and their parents can learn how to communicate and relate under highly-experienced trainers. Judy Karow, the Dog Life Coach at this facility, is a certified Puppy and Dog trainer.
Judy and her team have trained over 2,000 pets. The team at this pet training facility uses a fresh, suburban approach to help pets displaying aggression and other behavioral issues. Judy works alongside Jean Bingenheimer, who is also an experienced dog trainer.
There are a variety of training classes offered at this facility including puppy training classes, dog training for good manners, social skills, and obedience, Canine Good Citizen, and tricks and talent dog training class.
Judy and Jean also offer in-home training classes for shy pets and pets with specific behavioral issues that need to be addressed privately. The in-home classes feature a custom plan and one-on-one assistance. Pets who are not social can also benefit from the in-home puppy boot camp.
Go Anywhere Dog also offers an e-course for pet parents who would like to learn how to raise well-mannered and social pets. All pets are required to be fully vaccinated before joining any class at Go Anywhere Dog.
Get in touch with Judy and Jean to book your pooch a slot and find out about their rates.
K9SF offers premium dog training services that address behavioral and obedience issues. The trainers at this facility have helped pets of many breeds and sizes using positive reinforcement methods.
The facility in Minneapolis was founded by Ryan Albaugh, who is also the lead trainer. Ryan is passionate about pets and has worked with dogs for most of his life. His expertise allows him to provide the best possible outcome and help out where needed.
The services offered at K9SF include basic obedience, advanced obedience, behavior modification, specialized skills, security consulting, and more. Ryan and his team also offer in-home, in-office, public park, and board and train options.
K9SF helps dogs that display jumping, leash-pulling, door greetings, and aggression. Get in touch with Ryan and his team to get a free quote and find out their vaccination requirements.
3. The Canine Coach
This pet training facility in St. Paul helps pets displaying aggression, bad door behavior, leash aggression, chewing, destruction, jumping, shyness, and fear among others. The Canine Coach was founded by Maureen Haggerty, an avid dog-lover and passionate dog trainer.
Maureen works alongside a team of highly-experienced trainers who are passionate about dog training. The trainers use a variety of easy, fun methods. Each technique is based on animal learning theory and dog behavior. The trainers believe positive reinforcement results in positive behavior.
The classes offered at The Canine Coach include basic obedience and manners classes, behavior modification, advanced classes, fun and sports, baby and kid programs, and special seminars among others. The trainers also offer in-home behavior training as well and Fit Dogs a daytime training class designed to improve mental and physical fitness.
All pets are required to be fully up to date on their vaccinations before joining any class at this training facility. Get in touch with Maureen and her friendly team of professionals to book your pooch a spot.
4. Giffy Dog
Choosing the right trainer for your pet can make a big difference in behavior improvement. This training facility is owned by Cheryl Gferer who started working with dogs in 2000. Cheryl began her career by fostering rescue dogs before graduating to dogs with behavioral challenges.
She has trained hundreds of dogs which has in-turn shaped her training career and given her an in-depth understanding of dogs. Cheryl offers a variety of services including confidence-building, bonding, foundations, advanced clicker training, socialization, shy-dog social hour, and out and about for dogs that get easily distracted.
Classes range from $40 to $135. Cheryl trains a small class of four dogs at a time so she can give each pet a personalized experience. Pet parents are encouraged to make an early booking. All pets must be fully vaccinated for their safety and that of other pets.
Get in touch with Cheryl to make an early reservation.
5. Good Dog Camp
Give your dog a one-of-a-kind training experience at GDC. The facility in Rochester welcomes dogs of all breeds and sizes and is focused on giving both pets and parents outstanding service and memorable training experiences.
Annalisa, the Camp director is a seasoned dog trainer. She started this facility in 2003 after completing her certification to be a Master Dog Trainer at the National K9 School for Dog Trainers.
Annalisa and her team offer a variety of training techniques that resolve issues such as pulling on the leash, obedience, door darting, lunging at other pets and people, not coming when called, and inappropriate chewing among others. Training classes include puppy socialization and obedience, the Good Dog training camp, and private coaching among others.
All pets attending GDC training classes must be fully vaccinated. Get in touch with Annalisa and her team to make inquiries about her rates and book an appointment.
6. The Family Fido
If your dog suffers from behavioral issues such as barking aggression, resource guarding, separation anxiety or leash pulling, the professionals at The Family Fido are happy to help. This facility in Rochester was founded by a veterinary technician who has extensive experience in training and behavior.
The trainer has put in over 1500 hours of training and behavior modification and over 200 hours of continuing learning from experienced trainers and behaviorists. The Family Fido offers both group classes and private training.
Group classes include puppy social and life skills and basic manners obedience class. Private classes include new puppy or adoption preventative consults, fear-free vet clinics, dog wedding day attendant training, and behavior modification for anxiety, aggression, fear, and reactivity.
Training rates start from $155 for in-home training and go up to $1,080 for initial behavior assessment, behavior modification, and 9 follow up sessions. All pets must be fully up to date on their vaccinations for Rabies, Distemper, and Bordetella.
Get in touch with the professionals at The Family Fido to book an assessment.
7. Bloomington Obedience Training Club
This dog training facility has served the pets and residents of Minneapolis, Bloomington, and St. Paul for over 50 years. BOTC is operated by dedicated animal-loving volunteers. All training techniques used are humane and positively motivational.
The training classes at Bloomington include conformation classes, obedience, rally, agility, trick dog, and flyball. The highly-experienced instructors can also teach agility and lure coursing among other classes.
Puppies and younger dogs can also benefit from puppy kindergarten, puppy plus, beginner, and intermediate obedience classes. The trainers are AKC approved and some have even professionally competed and won in various sports such as agility, flyball, and Barn Hunt.
All pets are required to be fully vaccinated before joining any training classes at BOTC. Get in touch with the friendly volunteers to book your pooch their first training session and make inquiries about their rates.
8. A New Leash
This training facility uses positive, practical techniques to promote strong, healthy relationships between pets and their parents. The classes are designed to provide structure for pets and their parents and strengthen them both physically and mentally.
A New leash is owned and operated by Mary and Hannah who have over 15 years of experience in animal training. The dog-loving duo met in 2015 and bonded over beer and dog parks. In 2018, they merged their dog walking and in-home training businesses to form A New Leash Training.
The training classes at this facility include group and private classes. The group classes go beyond obedience to teach your dog real-life skills. The multi-week group classes are condensed to give your pet all the information they need. Group classes also include Barn Hunt and seminars.
Private training is designed for new pets coming home, pets with behavioral issues, owners who have irregular schedules, and owners who like to be involved in the training process. Mary and Hannah also offer board and train classes starting from $200.
Call Mary and Hannah to request a consultation and make further inquiries about their rates. All pets must be current on their vaccinations.
9. Dog Dynasty Duluth, LLC
This dog training facility is located in Lakewood Township, just north of Duluth. The facility, formerly known as Arrowhead Dog Training, offers puppy and adult foundation basics classes as well as advanced levels of training and competitive support.
Dog Dynasty offers a setting where your pet can learn proper socialization and training to help them become well-mannered and more confident. The trainers at this facility use a variety of training methods including reward-based systems, positive motivational methods, and repetitive redirection.
Training classes at this facility include obedience and agility classes divided into various groups including puppy and adult foundation, advanced foundation, and competition class. These classes start from $75 for an hour-long consultation and go up to $125 for an eight-week class.
Get in touch with the friendly team at Dog Dynasty to book a consultation and find out about their vaccination requirements.
10. Canal Bark
This dog training facility was established by Andrea Schokker, Brenda Olson, and Steve Graham in 2015. The team at Canal Bark takes pride in staying in tune with the current trends in dog training and providing quality pet training services.
The upscale facility in Duluth offers affordable training classes for pets of all breeds and sizes. The facility features modern heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning which prevents humidity and odor.
Training at Canal Bark is divided into three programs, group classes, puppy academy, and immersion training. The professional trainers use positive, tried and tested training techniques. Each class is customized to your pet’s needs and individual challenges.
The classes at this facility address potty training, crate training, socialization, basic obedience, leash training, and real-world outing challenges among other challenges. All pets must be fully up to date on their vaccinations. Get in touch with Canal Bark to book a consultation.
11. Stone Mountain Pet Lodge
This premier dog training facility serves Brooklyn Park, Blaine, St. Paul and Minneapolis. Stone Mountain Pet Lodge offers high-quality care and training services. The lodge was first established in Blaine in 2005 before expanding to Brooklyn Park.
Training is offered at the Headwaters Canine Training wing of the lodge. The professionals here use reward-based training techniques to ensure your pet achieves long-term success. Training classes include K9 nose work, basic manners, fun-gility, loose leash, puppy kindergarten, Canine Good Citizen, relationship building, three-ring sports event, mutt maintenance, sniff and go, and dog about town among others.
The trainers also offer private lessons and various crash courses. All pets must be fully vaccinated for Rabies, Bordetella, DHPP, and FVRCP. Get in touch with Stone Mountain Pet Lodge to book a consultation and inquire about their rates.
12. Cloud Nine Dog Training School
This dog training facility is owned and operated by Dawn Falk who has been training, breeding, and showing dogs for over 35 years. Dawn works alongside a team of five highly-experienced trainers.
This facility in Maple Grove serves the Minnesota Five State Area and neighboring towns. Dawn, the award-winning dog trainer, and her team offer solutions for a variety of dog behavioral issues including impulse-control, obedience, socialization, aggression, and others.
The training services at this facility include puppy social hour, dog obedience, agility training, therapy dog training, scent work, tricks, and problem behavior resolution. The trainers here use gentle methods based on consequences designed to help your dog retain their lessons. The trainers also offer private lessons upon request.
Whether your pet is a puppy, new to training or has attended other training classes, Cloud Nine trainers give each pet personalized instruction. All pets are required to be fully vaccinated against Rabies, Distemper, and Bordetella.
13. Minnesota Canine Consulting
MCC serves pets and parents across the country, offering behavior modification, obedience, and service dog training. The facility serves the greater Twin Cities Metropolitan area and also welcomes pets from all areas in the Upper Midwest area.
This training facility was founded by Andy Helgerson in 2015. Andy started MCC to solve common pet problems using realistic solutions. He started his training career in 2004 with the SPPD Basic Canine Handler Course. Andy is an expert police canine trainer and continues to provide consultation services to local police departments.
Andy works alongside Jeremy Pilcher and Mike Perron who are also experienced in police service dog training. The three professionals offer a variety of training classes including police K9 workshops, dog boot camp, and personal dog training.
All pets joining MCC training must be fully vaccinated. Get in touch with Andy to make inquiries about their rates and book a consultation.
14. Wings and Whistles
Since 1986, Wings and Whistles has offered high-quality dog training services to pets and parents of Watertown and surrounding areas. The facility is open year-round and offers board and train services.
The facility was started by Mike and Linda Schulenberg in 1988. Mike started training in 1985 and built his career on honesty and the ability to train dogs of all breeds and sizes. Mike and Linda are supported by Rachael, their daughter, who started working with pets at the age of eight.
Wings and Whistles offers various training classes including general obedience, bird and gun intro, fast start training for puppies, and advanced gun dog classes. The general obedience classes are designed to teach your pet regular commands, on and off-leash training, e-collar conditioning, and distraction training.
Puppies must be at least 7 months old to start training at this facility. Pet parents must bring proof of vaccinations for Rabies, Bordetella, and Distemper/Parvo. Get in touch with Mike and Linda at Wings and Whistles to book your pooch a consultation and find out about their rates.
15. Paws Abilities Dog Training
Paws Abilities was founded in 1999 and serves Rochester, the Twin Cities Area, and neighboring areas. The facility is owned by Sara Reushce who purchased it from the previous owners in 2010. Sara is an experienced groomer, vet technician, and trainer. She is also a member of the AKC, APDT, IAABC, CCPDT, NACSW, and SVBT.
Sara works alongside experienced trainers who have trained dogs for many years. The team offers private behavioral consultations and lessons for new puppies and older dogs with serious behavioral issues. Private training starts at $200 for an initial consultation and goes up to $500 for four prepaid sessions.
The trainers also offer training for agility, rally, competition, nose-work, obedience, therapy, and a variety of sports. Prices for these classes start from $60 per session and go up to $240 for four prepaid sessions. The facility also offers puppy camp, a structured socialization and training experience.
All pets must be fully vaccinated before starting their classes. Get in touch with the friendly team at Paws Abilities to book a consultation.