Positive Training for Dogs and their People

Dog training for life and competition — helping dogs and their people learn to work and play together. 

Training in Aurora, MN

Train in-person with Nicole and work on basic obedience, behavior problem solving, and dog sports.

Online Training

Nicole teaches online classes, workshops, webinars, and private training through Fenzi Dog Sports Academy.

What’s New at Golden Paws

Our new facility is ready for your pups! We will have a Grand Opening on Saturday, December 10th. Want to join us? For more details click here or contact us.

January classes are now open for registration. We will also be offering behavior and dog sports private lessons.

About

Nicole Wiebusch CPDT-KA

Training dogs effectively with methods that are kind is a passion of mine. I use these methods in all forms of dog training: puppy training, pet training, and dog sports training. The challenge of evolving to become a better and more effective trainer, while still using force-free methods, is one that I enjoy. I love sharing with other people how to effectively train their dogs.

When I started training dogs many years ago, choke chains and prong collars were commonly used. Not knowing any better, I fell into this way of training my german shepherd dog for the obedience ring. Max was a good boy, but I sure didn’t make obedience fun for him! Regardless, he did his job and we earned our Companion Dog title.

Latest

Blog Posts

Where’s Your Brain? Asking Your Dog “Are You Ready to Work?”

The one question you should ask your dog before every single training session is, “Are you ready?” I call this the Where’s Your Brain? game; other people call it ready to work or start button routines. I start each and every training session by asking my dog, "Can you pay attention to me?" I want...

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A Journey to a Dream Come True

Life Long Passion I fell in love with training dogs back when I was a teenager working with my large German shepherd.  Actually, the passion was ignited well before that, when I was a small kid growing up in Rochester.  Our neighborhood had lots of dogs, and I, having always wanted a dog, would go...

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Transitioning Your Dog to Off Leash Work

In an ideal world, we wouldn’t have our dogs on leash when we train.  Right from the beginning our dogs would learn to stay by our sides and pay attention to us.  I consider myself very fortunate that I have a facility in which I can train off leash.  If you never use the leash to train your dog,...

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“I have been training with my dog Elsa through Golden Paws Dog Training since she was 12 weeks old. She is now a little over 2 years of age and we can’t get enough.
We currently take Rally Obedience Class and Advanced Agility. I decided to attend her Basic Manners class when I first got Elsa because I believe strongly in Positive Reinforcement Training and Nicole came highly recommended by my co-worker.

I was not disappointed. Nicole’s classes are kept small and she is very good at getting in one-on-one training time even in a group setting. She also is great at adapting training techniques that work best with how an individual dog learns. It’s not a one size fits all program, because no two dogs learn exactly the same way.

We have attended all the classes she has offered. Basic Manners, Advanced Manners, Dealing with Distractions, Agility, Rally Obedience, and we are now doing Private Sessions to work on getting ready for our big Rally and Agility trial in May! We love Golden Paws. 5 stars for sure!”