Paws for Praise​

Professional Dog Training and Behavior Consulting

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Our puppy and dog training classes provide a great foundation for dogs that will go on to dog sports, working or service careers, or life as beloved pets.
At left, Anne and Sioux a few years ago having a blast at a Dee Ganley workshop on scent work.  Sioux was a great girl, and loved nothing more than playing training games and snacking on Anne's homemade liver treats.

Training Tips

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Stop your puppy from jumping up
Teach your dog to be calmer
Use  a "positive interrupter" instead of "No!"
Teach your dog to like having its nails clipped
Teach your dog to wear a muzzle or a head halter

Canine CPR
What to do if a dog is choking


How old should my puppy be to enroll in class and what vaccinations does he need to attend?
At Paws for Praise puppies can begin class at age 8 weeks, provided they are free of internal and external parasites and have received age-appropriate vaccinations. Learn more about puppy class, socialization, and why it's important:
​Pet Professional Guild Position Statement on Puppy Socialization
American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior Position Statement on Puppy Socialization

Do you use food treats to train? I'm afraid my dog will get fat, or only do as I say if I have a cookie.
We do use food, but the good news is there's a right way and a wrong way to use food. We don't offer bribes to get dogs to behave, we pay them for their cooperation after they behave!
Learn more about the Proper Use of Food in Dog Training.

I've heard that I need to be my dog's leader so that he won't try to dominate members of my family. How do I do that?
The issue of dominance is complex, but the good news is that with good positive socialization, management, and training, your dog is likely to become a great companion. The late Dr. Sophia Yin explained a better way - leadership without force - in her textbook. Additionally, the AVSAB's Position Statement on Dominance Theory emphasizes that dominance theory should not be used as a general guide for training and behavior modification.

Do I have to use a clicker in your classes?
No. We are able to coach you on various methods to help your dog to be successful.  This includes clicker training, marker training (using a voice marker versus a clicker), or lure/reward training.  All methods/techniques are evidence-based and non-coercive according to the Guiding Principles of the Pet Professional Guild.