All-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.
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Diving Dogs is a fun, exciting but easy to do sport with simple rules: You throw your dog’s favorite toy into a pool while he waits on a dock about 40 feet long. On your command, he runs along the dock, flings himself off the end of it, lands in the water and grabs his toy. The goal? To have the longest jump possible, which could be as short as two feet for beginners, but could be as much as 30 feet for those more experienced!
Why not have a highly qualified professional train your dog? We have the experience and the skills and use only positive methods grounded in canine behavioral science. Even better, we train your dog throughout the day, not in separate training sessions. That means the training will work where you need it most: in everyday life.
We do the work—all you have to do is enjoy the results.
Inspired by working detection dogs, K9 Nose Work is the fun search and scenting activity for virtually all dogs and people. This easy to learn activity and sport builds confidence and focus in many dogs, and provides a safe way to keep dogs fit and healthy through mental and physical exercise. K9 Nose Work Titles , ABC Games Titles
Join us for a super fun class where we'll practice and learn new tricks to build body awareness for active pets and sport dogs. Tricks are an awesome physical outlet, a great interruption from performance skill learning, and always a show stopper. This class works toward earning your Do More With Your Dog Tricks titles
Barn Hunt is a maze of straw bales, with plastic tubes hidden in the maze containing live rats. The dog must climb on a bale with all four feet, go through a tunnel, and alert the owner to the rat — in a specified amount of time. We offer classes in Intro to Rat and Indication as well as skill building. You can also sign up for Open Ring and Private Lessons.
Our Manners Classes - which some people call "obedience training" - are designed to provide the training dogs need to become well-mannered canine citizens. Your dog becomes skilled in good manners such as sit, down, loose leash heeling, recalls and much more in a fun and positive environment. Level 1 Manners is a prerequisite for all other levels.
Canine Good Citizen
The goal of CGC is to put everything you've learned in manners classes together in preparation for the American Kennel Club's Canine Good Citizen (CGC) certification (the test is optional) The CGC program is deigned to promote polite dog behavior at home and in the community.
Total Sports and Fitness Foundations
Total Sports and Fitness Foundations focuses on the skills needed for you and your dog participate in dog sports such as agility, tracking, barn hunt, dock diving as well as your lifetime journey together. Building agile skills and fitness creates a strong bond and communication skills between yourself and your dog using fun, reward-based training.
The original Senior Enrichment Games is a great way to have fun with your silver muzzled dog in a relaxed and upbeat environment with no pressure. Mental and physical activities are set up, and modified for each dog's needs providing fun and enriching activities for our beloved companions in their senior years.
“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."
“I wouldn’t take my dog to any other training facility.”
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 Elmquist, ABCDT, CSMT II
Kristin is a professional dog trainer. 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 30 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.
1027 Tanney Lane
Hudson, WI 54016
2415 Pilot Knob Road
Mendota Heights, MN 55120
Tel: (612) 803-0224
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Monday - Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday - Sunday