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.

We are proud to serve the Iron Range!

We offer training services to Aurora, Virginia, Hibbing, Ely, and the entire Iron Range area!

Classes are filling fast!  Register here to get your spot for the next session!!

As always, we also offer behavior and dog sports private lessons.

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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.


Blog Posts

Teaching Your Dog to Down

Teaching your dog to down is a rewarding experience for both you and your dog. Down is a foundation behavior that can be incredibly useful in various situations. Positive reinforcement training is highly effective for teaching this behavior. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you get started....

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Happy Heeling: Pocket Hand for the Pivot Bowl and Moving Forward

A couple of weeks ago, I did a blog post on an introduction to the pocket hand for heeling.  This week, we're going to talk about how to use the pocket hand for pivot bowls and heeling forward.   When your dog is comfortable with pocket hand, it’s time to use your new skill on the pivot bowl!...

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Rally Signs: To Sit or Not to Sit in Heel Position

When you are doing a rally class with your dog, do you struggle to remember when to have your dog sit in heel versus moving forward?  If yes, you are not alone!  One of the biggest struggles with Rally is remembering all those pesky little rules.   Let's take a look at the sit versus forward...

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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!”