Could your dog use some help with their manners? We can help!

At Paws & Pals Pet Resort, our dog training programs are presented in partnership with Unleashed Behavior & Training Services. Together, we offer a complete series of training classes for puppies as well as adult dogs. Our professional trainers have earned the highest levels of industry certification and have over 30-years of real-world experience, including working with rescued and adopted dogs that have challenging issues due to their difficult pasts. Our trainers have a genuine love for dogs and a true desire to make your training experience as successful as possible. If you are looking for loving, humane, and efficient dog training in Prior Lake and the surrounding areas, we have you covered!
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Our Dog

Training Services

At Paws & Pals Pet Resort, we use positive training techniques based on Behavior Modification. We strive to teach your dog to want to work for you. Nothing that happens during training should break down your relationship with your dog. You want a companion, best friend, and treasured member of the family. Everything you do in training should work to build the relationship you desire. All of our classes and programs are designed with that in mind. We are here to help you develop a rewarding and positive relationship with your pet.
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Puppy Training

and Socialization

Science has proven that the first 3 to 16 weeks of your puppy’s life are critical to successful social and emotional development. Dogs that miss out on this period often live in fear of everyday places, things, and situations and demonstrate a variety of lifelong behavioral issues.

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We created our innovative puppy training and socialization to make the most of this time and set your puppy up for a lifetime of success. We’ll help condition your dog to a variety of real life experiences. We’ll educate you, too, so you can understand what’s happening and grow to be the best parent you can be. 

Program Benefits
  • Your puppy will see the world as a wonderful place with interesting new adventures and behave better.
  • Your puppy will be happier due to successful social and emotional development.
  • Your puppy will be more confident.
  • Your puppy will experience less unnecessary fear and anxiety.
  • You will be happier and enjoy a better relationship with your pet.
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Refresher Obedience Training

While your dog is playing or staying with us, our staff will refresh basic obedience training with repetition and plenty of positive reinforcement. Daily 15 to 20-minute sessions may include a variety of learned behaviors, including sit, down, stay, come, and heel. We will also incorporate distractions as needed. We can even teach them some fun tricks!

The more often your pet participates in our refresher program, the more advanced they will become. Depending on your dog and their behavior, we recommend at least three to five sessions. Notes will be provided as needed, and we will demonstrate the behavior to you after the last session and assist you with “knowledge transfer.” The only prerequisite is completion of a previous obedience class or equivalent training.

The Puppy Manners Program

*This is done by Paws and Pals staff
The goal of this 5 week program is to make sure your puppy is well equipped to handle all of life's challenges. The program is catered to each puppy's individual needs and will focus on a combination of socialization and obedience training. Younger dogs (8-12 weeks old) will receive more emphasis on socialization, but will still cover all of the basics of obedience, and mature puppies will receive slightly more advanced obedience training. We strictly adhere to positive reinforcement methods and this program is NOT designed for behavior modification (aggression, anxiety ... ).

You would drop off your puppy at a designated time and come back 4 hours later. Each 4 hour session will consist of about 1 hour of individual 1-1 training, 1 hour of socialization, 1 hour of group time (provided your puppy is comfortable in group), and 1 hour of break time. Please allow 15-30 minutes at pick up time so the trainer can demonstrate training techniques and go over any homework assignments.

Socialization Topics

include confidence building, introduction to the grooming room, desensitizing to scary things like vacuums, introductions to various people and dogs, field trips to the vet clinic, impulse control, and more ....

Obedience Topics

include Sit, Stay, Lay down, Heel, Loose leash walking, Leave it, Place/Mat training, Crate training, and more... It is offered on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at certain times during the day. Please call us or email us for specific times, availability, and cost.

Puppy Play School

*This is done by Paws and Pals staff
Puppies in the class will get to experience socialization with other dogs, people, and objects (hats, funny glasses, agility tunnels, skateboards, brooms, vacuums, mops, and much more) as well as desensitizing to grooming & handling. Participants will learn appropriate play and dog body language. We will cover common puppy behaviors including mouthing/chewing, jumping, and barking. In addition, the class will work on training topics such as crate training, house/potty training, name recognition, touch & recall, sit, and down. For those reasons, this class is best suited for puppies under 4 months of age. Be ready to come to class with high value treats (breakable, soft, smelly; whatever your pup likes!) and a clicker (not required but recommended). Bring your puppy on a 6-ft leash and a flat collar, harness, or gentle leader (pinch, choke or e-collars are not permitted in class)

Puppy Socialization Class

*This is done by outside trainer Unleashed Behavior and Training Services
This class is largely about socializing with other dogs and people. This is a fun, informal class where they will get information about problem solving with house training, crate training, mouthing/biting, jumping, etc. We will also discuss grooming; general handling, leash walking, and the puppies will be exposed to other novel experiences…like a tunnel. This class is NOT obedience.

Obedience Training

Level 1 Obedience and Behavior

*This is done by outside trainer Unleashed Behavior and Training Services
We cover basic obedience behaviors: "sit", "down", "stay", "come" and "heel". We'll also teach your dog to "stand" on cue. A great deal of time is spent on house and social manners. We address jumping up, barking, biting, stealing inappropriate items and any other behavior causing problems.

Level 2 Obedience and Behavior

*This is done by outside trainer Unleashed Behavior and Training Services
We continue improving skills on basic obedience behaviors by adding distance, distraction, and duration. We teach you how to work with your dog on a long line, moving class outside when possible. This class will extend your skills to gain off-leash control and build confidence.

Dog Training

in Prior Lake

If you are searching for dog training in Prior Lake, choose Paws & Pals Pet Resort! Contact us today to learn more or to enroll your pet in one of our programs.
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