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Positive, effective family dog training

Imagine a dog that…    


Sits to greet people, Walks nicely on a leash, Comes when called, & Goes to a mat on command.  

Sounds too good to be true?


Then you don’t know what you’re missing. And no, it doesn’t

take special mind control powers or endless hours of training

for obedience championships. Just incorporate the simple

principles of positive reinforcement dog training in your daily

routine with your dog—and watch the transformation.  A well mannered dog offers you the chance to explore the variety of canine activities available at For The Love of Dogs/The Dog Tank such as Dock Diving or Pool Swimming, Scent Work, Barn Hunt, Rally and special events.  


Click on the title to learn more

Canine Good Citizen - test your manners 
Obedience - Have a well behaved pet
Nosework - Canine Scent Work
Conditioning & Fitness - keeping your pet fit. 
Rally - Introduction to Rally Obedience  
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“When we brought home our energetic and slightly stubborn puppy, we knew he would need training. Kristin has not only provided us with positive training techniques that really work, she has taught me a great deal."

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“I wouldn’t take my dog to any other training facility.”

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The Berton's

I have seen a significant change in my dogs behavior and I feel that this was a great foundational course for us. Our instructor was very knowledgeable about dog training was very instructive during our lessons.  She gave great feedback and was timely.  I thought of her as kind of a dog whisper lady.  I can tell that all staff present were very passionate about their job and took it seriously.  
Thanks so much for all of the learning.  I will be back for another course.  




Kristin with Ribbons

Kristin Powell, ABCDT, CSMT II

Kristin is a professional dog trainer and owner of For The Love of Dogs, LLC. An ABC mentor trainer, a Canine Sports Massage Therapist II (CSMT), a Canine Good Citizen evaluator, and a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) and the International Association of Animal Massage Bodywork (IAAMB).


Kristin has more than 35 years of experience training and showing her own dogs, and has been teaching agility and obedience classes for more than a decade. In 2005, she left her previous career as a software trainer to set up her own business, For The Love of Dogs.


A strong advocate for science-based dog training, Kristin helps people train their dogs to be great family companions using only humane, positive reinforcement methods. To keep up with the latest developments in canine behavioral science, she attends workshops with industry leaders like Turid Rugaas, Patricia McConnell, and Susan Garrett—as well as champion agility teachers like Nancy Gyes, Terry Smorch, and Susan Salo.



2415 Pilot Knob Road
Mendota Heights, MN 55120

Tel:  (612) 803-0224


by appointment or scheduled class


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