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.
Nicole teaches online classes, workshops, webinars, and private training through Fenzi Dog Sports Academy.
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.
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,...
Teaching dogs to find heel position is important for so many reasons. It will help your heeling, setups, and finishes. It’s important that your dog has a lot of value for being in heel position and that he or she can find heel position from many different angles. Start with the Pivot Bowl...
The Rally Master class has lots of fun signs, including the sidestep front signs! I like to teach my dogs to move laterally (sideways) in both heel and front as I feel it gives the dogs a better understanding of the heel and front positions. Once a dog understands where the position is, I add...
“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!”