Shakopee Dog Training Articles

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Our 5 y/o female Border Collie had shown aggression on several occasions (particularly toward two friends of ours, joggers, and cyclists). One evening in our home she bit one of our guests. Besides were worried sick about our friend, we also feared the city we reside in would label our dog a "dangerous breed". At best she would have been quarantined at our cost for weeks with no human contact. At worst the city could have destroyed her.
I started researching dog behaviorists without much luck. I checked on Angie’s List and there were several listed. However, one I spoke with didn’t address the aggressive behavior to my satisfaction. Another never returned my call. I saw
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’s listing and based on his great reviews I contacted him.
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spent quite a bit of time on the phone with me as I explained our situation. Immediately he was confident he could correct the behavior. I asked about his fee and when he told me my jaw hit the floor! Without missing a beat
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said “I charge this because I’m that good. You’ll notice a change in your dog after one session”. When my husband and I put the fee into perspective it was far less expensive than being sued by someone she may bite and having our baby put down. Also, as
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pointed out our dog was not happy.
At our first session
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established with her who was really the Alpha. She lost her mind trying to tell him “I’M the Alpha here”. She was growling, biting the chain link training collar, trying to bite
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(which she didn’t come close to being able to.). This dog was even doing Alligator “death rolls” trying to get away from him! After about 10 minutes she’d finally had enough and submitted. By the end of the session he had her sitting and heeling without a verbal command. The training is also for us. Behaviors we did thinking we were calming her were actually telling her “You’re a good doggie for acting this way”. We are only four sessions into the training and our ‘baby’ is already a different dog. When we’re out for a walk we no longer have cross the street whenever someone walks toward us. Nor do we need to brace ourselves whenever she sees a cyclist coming. On our third session
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told me our dog was one of the toughest cases he’s ever had. Further confirmation of his expertise as a dog trainer.
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is the real deal.
- Lisa H.

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came to our home and also met us at a park near to us to train our dog (and us) in non-aggressive leash-walking.
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taught us how to have clear communication with our dog, thus to alleviate her(and our) anxiety about what to do when other (scary,sometimes) dogs/situations may approach as we go for our daily walks. He told us and showed us the very specific moves and commands to use when training and walking our dog.
We feel very fortunate that
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was the person selected to be our trainer , because he is the consummate maestro at his work.
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, our dog is a happy pup now, and we are happy dog-folks.
- Anne B.

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was excellent, and it is a big help for her to come to your house.
She asks a lot of questions about the dogs temprement and behavior to get an understanding.first.
She showed us how to control our dog's barking, and to learn to "come" when called. She makes a lot of sense, and it is more training the owners to do things properly.
Money well spent.
- Tom T.

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is just terrific. Gives extra details on how to train better. Our puppies are well manners -- but wanted to firm up training - and the ideas
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has were very helpful. Highly recommend!
- Brenda T.

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came and in several meetings showed us how to establish dominance, leash walk, and trouble shoot any manor issues we had with the dogs. The dogs are almost 7 months old now and they are great. We get regular compliments on how our dogs are so relaxed and well behaved in public. We always let people know about
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. A great experience and worth every penny.
- Derek S.

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in Woburn is defintely a bargain compared to other daycare/boarding facilities and I'm pretty sure my dog is well taken care of when I've dropped her off for the day or night. She seems happy to have all the attention she gets there and they have reported that they all love her there. However, I do have a few concerns which will probably prevent from taking her back there again. In the two times I've recently boarded her there, the overwhelming odor of pet urine had completely inundated me when I went to drop her off. I've boarded at other PetSmarts before and this is the first location that has ever had any sort of odor, which tells me this particular location isn't clean. In addition, after one of my dog's stays she developed a skin infection and although in no way do I know that it is related to her stay at this location, she never had any problems prior and with the cleanliness issue it makes me wonder. Some draws back, due to the breed of dog I have (pitbull terrier)
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's policy is not to let my dog into play group with other dogs while I know of many other daycare/boarding facilities that have no such policy. Also the dogs do not go outside to do their business but are taken to a "potty" room. Although I know both of these policies are to cover them for liability, there are better options to this. I'm kind of glad my dog isn't allowed to go into the play groups as I have observed these dogs seem completely bored. Despite packing 10-15 dogs into a tiny room, they barely play with each and simply are laying around the room. The attendant also only watches them and doesn't attempt to interact with the dogs at all. One last thing that is more of an inconvenience more than anything, on weekday mornings it is extremely busy dropping off first thing in the morning. I waited 25 minutes to check in one morning despite having a reservation due to them only having one associate working the hotel check in.
- Courtney K.

The first visit was great! The Trainer is very knowledgeable and we learned a lot. Later we had a training (walking) session hoping that at least two of the dogs would get along. That was the last of the training sessions. I heard back from the trainer a few months later and she was to get back to me in setting up another training session. I have not heard from the trainer since. The cost was very high. Unfortunately, the problem still exists. I would say the Trainer spent approximately five (maybe six) hours total with us and the dogs. Very disappointed!

In just one week I have seen a dramatic turnaround in their behavior. I went to the trainer with specific problems and she was able to help me work on basic commands as well as the specific problem I was having. I am thrilled with the service and the program.

We're extremely happy that we chose
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as a trainer. Before the session he questioned us in detail about our home situation, our dog, and her problem behaviors. His policy is to work in our house, which was exactly what we wanted. The session was scheduled for 90 minutes but he voluntarily stayed for an additional 30 minutes. He encouraged us to contact him with followup questions, which were necessary because he gives a lot of information very quickly, and he spent as much time on the phone as we needed. Our dog is a rescue and was very aggressive to any other men who entered the house or even passed by her on a walk. She also barked nonstop when someone came to the door.
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calmed her down within a few minutes, and by the end of the session she was cuddling in his arms and licking his face! He told us how to deal with each of these issues and had us practice them, and we've continued to practice on our own. He provided a citronella spray, which is very effective to stop barking; now just the sight of the can stops her from barking. Two male family members have visited since
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was here, and his methods work very well. When guests come in, the dog is able to calm down. Then, instead of barking and snapping at the guests, she wags her tail and wants to lick them, and is comfortable sitting next to them. This reduces stress for both the guests and the dog. The cost for the session was $250; the total amount we paid included the cost of the citronella spray, a more effective collar for walking the dog, and a homeopathic solution to reduce the dog's stress.

- Nathaniel G.

Two weeks of no baby (dog) in the house was hard but our dog came home calmer and well behaved. Three moves in five years was h****** him and some redirection was just what we all needed.
- Patricia V.
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American Boarding Kennels

1102 Highway 13 E
Burnsville, MN

Animal Connections

17235 12th Ave N
Plymouth, MN

Animal Inn Pet Resort & Spa

8633 34th St N
Lake Elmo, MN

Animal Inn Training School

8633 N 34th St
Lake Elmo, MN

Aria's Friends

4686 Dover Trail
Faribault, MN

Bark Busters Home Dog Training

3920 Zenith Ave N
Minneapolis, MN

Bark Busters Home Dog Training

4638 Bulrush Blvd
Shakopee, MN


Minneapolis, MN

Brown's Fun Loving Dog Services

5017 78th Ln N
Minneapolis, MN


Shakopee, MN

Christi's In-Home Training & Pet Care

2883 Devonshire Pl
Woodbury, MN

Coon Rapids Pet Hospital

2032 Coon Rapids Blvd
Minneapolis, MN

Country Pet Farm & Garden, ltd

26170 Territorial Road
Rogers, MN


Minneapolis, MN

Crystal Clear Canine Training

1183 River Drive
River Falls, WI


Minneapolis, MN


4186 W 85TH ST W
Northfield, MN


Saint Paul, MN

Hidden Acres Pet Resort

13850 County Rd 75 NW
Monticello, MN

Hidden Fence of Minnesota

920 Arabian Drive
Jordan, MN

Idylwood Equestrian Center

11490 Julianne Ave N
Stillwater, MN

Invisible Fence of the Twin Cities

3275 Sun Dr
Saint Paul, MN

Lester Prairie Veterinary Clinic

18743 Babcock Ave
Lester Prairie, MN


Minneapolis, MN

Little Doggie Daycare

4982 142nd path west
Apple Valley, MN

Neuman K-9 Academy Inc

PO Box 684
Hugo, MN

No Bite

PO Box 65
West Point, CA


6002 28th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN

Odor Medic

27635 Island View Rd.
Shorewood, MN

On The Run Canine Center

13835 Aberdeen Street N.E.
Andover, MN


Apple Valley, MN

Pampered Pooch Playground

7020 Walker St
Minneapolis, MN

Paws & Pals Pet Resort

Prior Lake, MN

Paws and Claws

14621 60th Street N.
Stillwater, MN

Paws Up Grooming Salon

9261 Ives Lane N
Maple Grove, MN


Saint Paul, MN

Pet Playgrounds - West Haven

48 Myrtle Ave
West Haven, CT

Petco - Minnetonka

13691 Ridgedale Dr
Hopkins, MN


Burnsville, MN


1100 W 78th St
Richfield, MN

PetSmart - Minneapolis

5640 Cedar Lake Rd
Minneapolis, MN

PineRidge Pet Care

2172 Station Pkway NW
Andover, MN

Pure Spirit Pets

PO Box 594
Prior Lake, MN

River Valley Groom & Board

15900 Jordan Ave SE
Prior Lake, MN


Prior Lake, MN

Ruff House Canine Social Club

6879 Washington Ave S
Minneapolis, MN


Minneapolis, MN

Stang Stables

18991 95the Street
Becker, MN


8125 173RD AVE NW
Anoka, MN

Stone Mountain Pet Lodge

9935 Radisson Rd NE
Minneapolis, MN

Tails Up Dog Training

680 E Travelers Trl
Burnsville, MN

The Canine Coach LLC

5405 42nd Ave S
Minneapolis, MN


8445 137th Ave.
Becker, MN

Top Dog Country Club

5120 Vega Ave
New Germany, MN

Twin Cities Dog Guard

11300 N Heights Drive
Coon Rapids, MN

Unleashed Behavior And Training Services

15361 Old Brick Yard Rd
Shakopee, MN

VCA Bloomington Animal Hospital

8830 Lyndale Ave S
Bloomington, MN

Wag ’n Woofs LLC

6340 Industrial Dr
Eden Prairie, MN

Wagging Tails Pet Resort

3275 Sun Drive
Saint Paul, MN

Warren's Dog Stop

1352 Viking Blvd NW
Oak Grove, MN


4173 15TH ST NW
Buffalo, MN

Wishbone Ranch This Old Horse Inc

19025 Coates Blvd
Hastings, MN

Your Dog's Best Friend

4402 France Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN
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