Local Training in Aurora, MN

Golden Paws offers puppy classes, manners classes and private lessons in our new facility located at 3724 Hwy 99 Aurora, MN 55705.

We serve the entire Iron Range area, including Aurora, Virginia, Hibbing, Ely, and Duluth!

We offer monthly key rentals for current clients, full day facility rentals for events, and ring rentals per hour.  Contact us for rental rates.

ARE WE THE RIGHT FIT for you and your dog? Read this to find out more about us! 

We also now offer gift certificates!

Want to ask for training as a gift — or have someone special you’d like to gift training to? Check out our gift certificate options!

Note: Gift certificates are good for in-person training only.

Group Classes

Please note: During group classes, with the exception of Puppy Socialization, there is no contact between the dogs. We work on your dog learning to ignore other dogs. Group classes are not appropriate for dogs who bark at other dogs and people, as it makes it very hard to hear. If this describes your dog, please check out our private training packages.

Your spot is not reserved until payment is made.

Golden Star Puppy Socialization (Enroll Anytime!)

Experience the pinnacle of puppy classes with our Golden Star Puppy Socialization program! This exceptional program is renowned for its effectiveness and comprehensive approach. We believe in exposing your dog to a wide range of experiences, including interactions with other puppies, adult dogs, children, adults, various sounds, different surfaces, and everyday household items.

In our program, taught by Angela Bata, we prioritize teaching your puppy essential manners, exploring enrichment activities, and facilitating controlled play sessions with other puppies. Our focus is on instilling confidence in your puppy, teaching them to remain calm, and encouraging them to ignore other dogs instead of assuming every dog is a playmate.

Our ongoing weekly puppy classes take place on Saturday mornings, and with rolling enrollment, you can start at any time that suits you best. We happily welcome puppies aged 8 to 16 weeks, ensuring that all puppies have a chance to benefit from our exceptional program. Included in the 6-week program is a welcome bag, a comprehensive puppy pack, a puppy-sized Kong, a clicker, a detailed socialization checklist, and access to unlimited email support during your class. While attending consecutive classes is recommended for maximum benefit, it is not obligatory, so you can tailor the experience to your needs.

Join us and give your puppy the best possible start in life!

Eligibility: Puppies younger than 18 weeks

Pre-Requisites: First DHPP Vaccine

When: Saturdays 10:00 AM

Length: 6 weeks

Cost: $125

Basic Manners

🐾 Unleash Your Dog’s Best Behavior with Basic Manners! 🐾

  • Build a strong foundation of impulse control.
  • Master key behaviors: sit, down, stay, loose-leash walking, and come.
  • Teach vital manners: leave it, don’t jump up, wait at the door, and more.
  • Prevent behavior issues with expert guidance.
  • Receive a training packet and a welcome bag including a pen, training treats, and a convenient poop bag dispenser.
  • Enjoy unlimited email support throughout the class.

Join us and transform your furry friend into a well-behaved, joyful companion today! 🐶💫

Want a preview showing what skills your dog will learn? Check this out!

For: Any age dog

Pre-Requisites: Current Rabies Vaccination

When: Click Register Now for available times!

Length: 6 Weeks

Cost: $150

Advanced Manners

Advanced Manners: Elevate Your Dog’s Training Beyond Basic!

If you’ve completed Basic Manners, take the next step:

  • More reliable behaviors in the real world.
  • Handle distractions, duration, and distance.
  • Achieve consistent results to cues.
  • Time will be spent on loose-leash walking, recalls, and manners around guests and other high-arousal situations.

Unleash your dog’s full potential. Join Advanced Manners now! 🐾✨.

For: Any age dog

Pre-Requisites: Basic Manners

When: Click Register Now for available times!

Length: 6 Weeks

Cost: $150

Total Manners Package

Want to save some money?  Most people end up loving Basic Manner so much they go onto Advanced.  If you purchase this package that includes both, you’ll save $50!  You will have 6 months to book the two classes.  

When: Click Register Now for more information!

Length: Each class is 6 weeks

Cost: $250

Competition Agility

This class is for dogs that have learned all of the obstacles and are sequencing. Dogs should be able to do weave poles and full sized contacts.

When: Click Register Now for available times!

Length: 8 weeks

Cost: $160

Intermediate Agility

Welcome to Agility at Golden Paws Dog Training!  This class is for teams who have the basics but want to continue to progress their skills in handling, sequencing, connection, and commitment!  Dogs should be familiar with all the equipment.  This class is easily modified for slightly less advanced teams and will also meet the needs of more experienced dogs.

When: Click Register Now for available times!

Length: 8 weeks

Cost: $160


Rally is a really fun sport that will progress your dog’s obedience skills as well as creating a stronger bond with your canine partner!  Dogs should have basic obedience skills.

When: Click Register Now for available times!

Length: 8 weeks

Cost: $160

Private Behavior Lessons

Nicole offers behavior lessons for reactivity, aggression, and other behavior problems at our facility in Aurora, MN.

  • Is your dog causing you stress by barking at anything and everything?
  • Is your dog fearful of new things?
  • Does your dog pull you down the street?
  • Are you afraid your dog will get out the front door and take off?

I can help you with those problems and more! The 3 Lesson Problem Solving package is for dogs that have one major issue that needs help.

During the sessions, we will focus on foundation behaviors that will pertain to your dog’s issue. We will teach you how to effectively communicate with your dog so he understands how to behave in a way that is more compatible to your lifestyle and we will design a custom training plan for you and your dogs. This package includes ongoing email support for the lifetime of your dog.

We also offer a package of 6 private lessons for dogs that have more than one issue.

This program includes the private lessons, a customized training plan, and unlimited e-mail support for the life of your dog.  Also included is a free 30 minute phone or zoom consult to get some history and a jump-start on your training plan!

3-Lesson Package Cost: $350
6-Lesson Package Cost: $650

Dog Sports Private Lessons

Lessons available for sports foundations, rally, obedience, agility, and more!

If you need help with anything obedience, rally, or agility-related, I offer private lessons. We can cover foundation skills all the way up through high-level competition and problem solving.

I have been competing in obedience since 1997, agility since 2001, and rally since 2005 when it was started in AKC, earning advanced titles in each sport.

Cost: $75 per hour

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