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The Best Dog Trainers in Minnesota of 2024

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July 10, 2024

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This is a list of the top dog trainers in Minnesota, based on votes from the Sniffspot community and the general public.

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    Barbara Godding

    KPA-CTP, CPDT-KA, AKC-CGC-STAR PUPPY

    Deaf dog training, Reactive dog training, Puppy dog training, In home dog training

    Minneapolis, St. Paul and surrounding suburbs

    Barbara is a Karen Pryor certified training partner, CPDT-KA knowledge assessed trainer, holds memberships in the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, Pet Professional Guild and she is a Canine Good Citizen evaluator. She is also a trainer for the Pets for Vets Minneapolis Chapter, which provides animals to Veterans who could benefit from having a trained companion pet. Her company also p...


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    Kari Bastyr

    BS and MS in Animal Behavior, CDBC, Certified Pet Nutrition Specialist, VSPDT

    Aggressive dog training, Deaf dog training, Reactive dog training, Puppy dog training, In home dog training

    Minneapolis and the western suburbs

    I have been working as a professional dog trainer for 30 years, and received my Master's Degree in Animal Behavior in 1995. I specialize on dogs who have bite histories or are a bite risk, fearful and shy dogs, leash reactivity, and puppy training.


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    Cheryl Gfrerer

    KPA-CTP, TAGteach level 2

    Deaf dog training, Reactive dog training, Puppy dog training, In home dog training

    St. Paul and Minneapolis, MN and surrounding suburbs; Hudson and western, WI; virtual training

    I founded Giffy dog in 2012 after I had spent the previous twelve years providing foster care for rescue dogs. My passion for working with dogs in the rescue community was well-established by then, but I recognized the need to refine and improve my skills with the most current, well-researched methods. In 2015, I completed the rigorous Karen Pryor Academy program and have pursued regular ongoin...


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    Candace (Candy) Brewer

    Canine Good Citizen Evaluator

    Reactive dog training, Puppy dog training, In home dog training, Off leash dog training, Board and train dog training

    Northwest Metro Area (Maple Grove and surrounding area)

    I have been teaching classes and working with clients at Cloud Nine Dog Training in Maple Grove, MN and on an individual basis. I love supporting the local dog community. I am dedicated to supporting and educating families on training manners and understanding their dog's behavior so they can live harmoniously together.


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    Holly Weldon-Yahnke

    CPDT-KA and C-FDM

    Reactive dog training, Puppy dog training, In home dog training

    It includes, but is not limited to: Lakeville, Prior Lake, Burnsville, Savage, Shakopee, Jordan, Belle Plaine, Carver, Chaska, Excelsior, Victoria.

    Meet Holly - Lead Trainer
    Owner of Unleashed Behavior and Training Services
    CPDT-KA and Certified Family Dog Mediator

    Holly is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer as well as a Certified Family Dog Mediator. Her compassion for animals and desire to assist the humans on the other end of the leash are e...


The Best Minneapolis, MN Dog Trainers In 2024

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    Cheryl Gfrerer

    I founded Giffy dog in 2012 after I had spent the previous twelve years providing foster care for rescue dogs. My passion for working with dogs in the rescue community was well-established by then, but I recognized the need to refine and improve my skills with the most current, well-researched methods. In 2015, I completed the rigorous Karen Pryor Academy program and have pursued regular ongoin...

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    Candace (Candy) Brewer

    I have been teaching classes and working with clients at Cloud Nine Dog Training in Maple Grove, MN and on an individual basis. I love supporting the local dog community. I am dedicated to supporting and educating families on training manners and understanding their dog's behavior so they can live harmoniously together.

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    Holly Weldon-Yahnke

    Meet Holly - Lead Trainer
    Owner of Unleashed Behavior and Training Services
    CPDT-KA and Certified Family Dog Mediator

    Holly is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer as well as a Certified Family Dog Mediator. Her compassion for animals and desire to assist the humans on the other end of the leash are e...

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Welcome to Minnesota’s list of top dog trainers. The Minnesota list is based on 700 votes from the Sniffspot community. Only the Minnesota dog trainers with the top number of votes made this list. Trainers are ordered by number of votes, with Barbara Godding at the top of this list with 172 votes.

Our rankings include trainers certified by CPDT-KA and CPDT-KA. They also specialize in Puppy dog training, Reactive dog training amongst other training programs.

Minnesota dog trainer services include:

  • Puppy dog training
  • Reactive dog training
  • In home dog training
  • Aggressive dog training
  • Deaf dog training
  • Off leash dog training
  • Board and train dog training
  • Service dog training
  • Agility dog training
  • Protection/guard dog training

Dog trainers in Minnesota selflessly set pets up for success. Barbara Godding shares why they chose this path: I have always had a deep connection to dogs. I love the science behind how they learn and it came naturally to me. It never gets old watching a dog learning something for the first time!. All 20 trainers on this Minnesota list are committed to positive reinforcement. Trusted Minnesota trainer, Kari Bastyr, uses the following methods: .

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Sniffspot Minnesota Dog Training Frequently Asked Questions

How did Sniffspot choose the best dog trainers in Minnesota?

The Dog Trainer Contest decided the best dog trainers in Minnesota based on voting from owners in Minnesota. We highlighted 20 dog trainers in Minnesota. This includes 14 dog trainers in Minneapolis and 6 dog trainers in other areas of Minnesota.

What are the top qualifications and certifications for dog trainers in Minnesota?

The most common dog training certification in Minnesota is CPDT-KA, followed by CPDT-KA, and KPA-CTP. Our top dog trainer, Barbara Godding, has these certifications KPA-CTP, CPDT-KA, AKC-CGC-STAR PUPPY.

Are there dog trainers in my specific city in Minnesota?

Minnesota has city-specific lists for: Minneapolis

What type of training is done by Minnesota dog trainers?

Minnesota dog trainers offer 10 different training specialities, including: Puppy dog training, Reactive dog training, In home dog training, Aggressive dog training, Deaf dog training, Off leash dog training, Board and train dog training, Service dog training, Agility dog training, Protection/guard dog training

Do Minnesota dog trainers work on dogs with behavioral issues?

According to our 700, Barbara Godding is the top rated in Minnesota. Barbara Godding specializes in: Deaf dog training, Reactive dog training, Puppy dog training, In home dog training

How do I choose the right Minnesota dog trainer?

In Minnesota, consider if your dog trainer has certifications from CPDT-KA, CPDT-KA or KPA-CTP. Also, does your pet need Puppy dog training, Reactive dog training, or something else.

What training methods do Minnesota dog trainers use?

While these vary by Minnesota dog trainer, Barbara Godding says: Our training methods are structured around how dogs learn. We use marker, reward based techniques and focus on setting your dog up for success. Our training plans focus on realistic goals and working in environments where your dog can process and learn.

How can I make the most of Minnesota dog training?

While every pet is different, Barbara Godding, our top Minnesota dog trainer recommends: Reinforce what you want your dog to do!

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