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.

Want to find out more about us before you commit to training?  Read this!

 

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.

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Blog Posts

Reinforcement Cues to Reinforce Stays

A hot topic in dog training, reinforcement cues fall into the camp of "train smarter, not harder."  Reinforcement cues are words or sounds that you use to tell your dog they are correct and give information about how/where the reinforcement will be delivered.   Benefits of Multiple...

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Impulse Control for Dogs: Why It’s Important and How to Achieve It

Impulse control is a critical aspect of a well-behaved dog. It involves teaching your dog to think before acting, whether that means waiting patiently for a treat, not jumping on guests, or staying calm in exciting situations. Not only does impulse control make daily life smoother, but it also...

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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!”