Regarding Referrals:

Pretty Good Dog has no direct affiliation with any of the individuals or businesses listed below.  I do not accept compensation from my referral resources – my goal is simply to connect you with the help and support you need.  I screen and follow up with these businesses regularly to try to insure my referrals will place you in good hands – but no screening is perfect so please do let me know if you have a negative experience as a result of my referral.

Dog Behavior & Training:

The Twin Cities has a wonderful network of dog behavior and training professionals who can help you and your dog have success.

Veterinary Behavior Specialties of Minnesota – 612-554-1182,
Dr. Duxbury, DVM, DACVB, and Dr Bryant, DVM, ACVB Resident
Specialties: Veterinary Behavior consulting for both cats and dogs, aggression, anxiety, fear, reactivity, dog-dog conflicts, dog-human conflicts
Service Area: Office located in Hopkins.  In-home appointments available throughout the metro.
Note: Because of the high degree of expertise and education required to be a vet behaviorist, there is also a very high demand for their services.  Anticipate there may be a wait time of several (3-6) weeks for an appointment.  They are, however, well worth the wait.

Linda Schindler – 612-619-8549,
Linda Schindler, CPDT-KA, CTC
Specialties: Private training, Behavior consulting, Group Classes
Service Area: Will see clients throughout the Metro and Hudson/River Falls, WI
Note: Linda enjoys working with families.

Hippie Dog– 612-701-7217,
Specialties: Private training, Behavior consulting, Group classes
Service Area: Based in Richfield, will see clients throughout the metro
Note: Inga has extensive experience with rescue/shelter dogs and uses a holistic approach to her training.

pupDogs– 952-913-3170,
Susan Ward, CPDT-KSA
Specialties: Private training, Behavior consulting, Group classes
Service Area: Based in Minnetonka, serves clients in the West Metro area
Note: Susan is experienced both as a trainer and behavior consultant.

Paws Abilities – 507-624-0190,
Sara Reusche, CPDT-KSA, CVT, ANWI – Owner; various trainers on staff
Specialties: Private training, Behavior consulting, Group classes, Reactivity classes
Service Area: Locations Rochester and the Twin Cities, will see clients throughout the metro
Note: Paws Abilities offers a reactivity class that is great.  Their blog is also a wonderful resource.

A Great Dog Now – 651-335-9374,
Jane Fallander, KPA-CTP
Specialties: Private training, Behavior consulting, Nosework
Service Area: Based in St Paul, serves clients throughout the metro area
Note: Jane offers private and small group Nosework classes and regularly works with reactivity and other behavioral issues.

Lucky Paws – 612-205-7781,
Heather Hime, ABCDT – Owner; various trainers on staff
Specialties: Private training, In-home bootcamp/Daytraining, Group Classes, Board & Train
Service Area: Board & train based in East Bethel, Group & Private training throughout Minneapolis, Northern & Western Metro
Note: Lucky Paws offers home boot camp programs in which you can let a professional handle the hardest parts of training, with you learning how to maintain behaviors.  They also are testing out some reactivity book camp programs as well.

Twin Cities Obedience Training Club (TCOTC)
Specialties: Group Classes
Location: 2101 Broadway St. NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Note: Offer a variety of classes include puppy socialization, basic and advanced manners, tricks, agility, flyball, tracking, and more.

Animal Humane Soceity
Specialties: Group Classes
Location: Various
Note: Offer puppy socialization, manners classes, and Reactive Rovers class (dog-dog reactivity only).