No doubt you’re getting out while the weather’s nice and probably bringing your pooch along for a walk. However, dogs can be temperamental and may make your stroll more difficult. If your dog is misbehaving, an obedience school may be the best way to curb bad dog behavior. With the increasing amount of dog lovers and owners in Minnesota, there are many fabulous options for obedience schools. Check your dog into one of these schools. Who knows? He may wind up being the teacher’s pet.
The Canine Coach!
5405 42nd Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55417
The Canine Coach! offers some of the most diverse and personalized training in Minnesota. You can choose group or private classes, at home or at the school, and either you can attend them or not. The Canine Coach! will help you decide which lessons are right for you and your dog. Aside from in-home training, The Canine Coach! has four locations in Minnesota that your dog can attend school at. Programs are also offered such as kid and dog camps in the summer – send your kid to camp with the family dog and get a break from both during the day. The Canine Coach! even has sport training in case your dog wants to herd sheep or pull a sled.
8089 165th St. N.
Hugo, MN 55038
Katie K9 has over 30 years in the dog training and raising business. While always learning new things, she is an expert on what works for your unique pup. Choose group classes, private lessons or in-home training – whatever is convenient for you and your schedule. Katie K9 also offers a one-time class for those who want to try it out. Katie is a published author and foremost an authority on all things dog. You can also catch her on a weekly call-in radio show offering advice to dog owners and lovers. Is your dog a rescue? Katie K9 gives tuition discounts to owners of rescue dogs.
Blaine Kennels & Dog Training
10193 Flanders St. N.E.
Blaine, MN 55449
Blaine Kennels & Dog Training offers classes that range from simple commands to more complex behaviors. If your dog is busy during the day, evening classes are offered to easily fit into your pooch’s schedule. The classes are small and limited to a specific number of dogs so you can be sure to get individualized attention. Not sure of what kind of training your dog needs? Blaine Kennels provide a free evaluation for all perspective students. At the end of the session, your dog gets a report card so you know if he has been studying or just goofing off. The prices for classes are also among the most reasonable in the state.
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Twin Cities Obedience Training Club
2101 Broadway St. N.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55413
More than just an obedience school, the Twin Cities Obedience Training Club is an actual club. Membership in this non-profit organization entitles you to classes, social events, seminars and play groups. Licensed by the American Kennel Club, TCOTC provides the largest variety of classes in the state. Aside from basic training, you can sign your dog up for a public manners class, one that focuses on tricks or one that is designed specifically for your dog’s age and breed. TCOTC holds classes for competing dogs to help them prepare for a show and perform in the ring. Do you want help finding missing items? TCOTC provides classes for scent training as well. Volunteers are always needed if you want to be more involved.
Tails Up Dog Training
680 E. Travelers Trail
Burnsville, MN 55337
Tails Up Dog Training boasts a variety of instructors that specialize in specific breeds and temperaments. They work hard to match up the right trainer with your dog in order to make the most effective combination possible. The classes range from kindergarten to advanced degree training. Tails Up also focuses on fun throughout the experience so you and your dog enjoy each session fully. Group and individual classes are offered in a large indoor facility.
Andrea Wodele is a freelance writer who has lived in the Twin Cities for eight years. She loves covering all things Minnesota and her work can be found on Examiner.com.