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Bad Dogs Wanted:

Do you think you have a bad dog? Actually, at Wag & Train, we don’t think there are any bad dogs.

But, it’s common (and normal!) to get frustrated, sad, desperate, and mad when your dog is behaving badly. Is your dog a selective listener? Does your dog take you for a walk? Is barking your dog’s favorite hobby? Is your dog aggressive with people or other dogs? Let us help. Together, we can get their tails waggin’!
Are you in Minneapolis or Denver?

Kari Bastyr Colorado Positively Certified Victoria Stillwell

We Take Pride in What We Do for You
& Your Best Friends

Meet Wag & Train Owner, Kari Bastyr (and Paisley too!)

Kari Bastyr, MS/CDBC/VSPDT, specializes in animal behavior and dogs with severe behavioral problems.

Real Facebook Reviews!

  • 5 star review  We adopted a senior dog (Chance) who was in the shelter for 5mos and labeled with "behavioral issues". We were told he had dog reactivity, however dog aggression was still a question. We asked Kari for help. With her instruction, guidance and reassurance our dog became confident with himself and us and he has responded very well to the positive reinforcement training. Within 6mos he had his first play date with a dog that went off without any issues. We could not have done it without Kari's help. Please consider adopting senior pets. They really aren't too old to learn.

    thumb Janis Lutrick
    9/02/2015
  • 5 star review  I completely credit Kari and Wag &Train with the fact that i can not only take my dog out in public, but also get compliments on her good-girl skills! Kari basically saved my life when my dog started exhibiting fear-based reactivity. Though she worked with us about 4 years ago, I still use the skills and tricks I learned in Level 1& 2 manners and private training sessions every single day. If you want to bond with your puppy/new dog, learn some basic dog-handling skills, and get into their little fuzzy minds, call Kari!

    thumb Lauren Roady
    8/05/2015
  • 5 star review  I have worked with Kari and her team of trainers and highly recommend any of the Wag & Train services! I have had private sessions with Kari as well as group classes and I have always been satisfied. If you have a puppy, you must sign up for the puppy socialization classes- the Wag & Train trainers are very knowledgeable about what your puppy needs to be the best he/she can be, and you get to spend time with puppies of all shapes and sizes!! I appreciate that Kari uses only positive reinforcement with the dogs and she teaches owners why that is so important to the dog and their development. When your dog is happy they really do behave better- and your relationship with your dog can continue to grow! My dog- and my entire family- are grateful to Kari and her positive training techniques!

    thumb Sharyn L Kline
    9/10/2015
  • 5 star review  Kari and her staff are fantastic. Kari worked with us to help our highly anxious and fear aggressive middle dog become a wonderful family pet. He was growling at and terrified of our toddler. Kari's guidance transformed this crazy dog into my little girl's best friend. We had to do a lot of work to get there, and Kari helped us through every step, including working with our vet to medically manage some of his anxiety. This dog had been traumatized by previous trainers and punitive training. Kari demonstrated how to turn his behavior around using positive training and some good meds. He was a new dog after working with Kari. She was also great with my "naughty, but normal" dogs who really enjoyed basic, positive training with her. We will be back in class soon with our new puppy and are really looking forward to working with Kari again.

    thumb Teresa Barnes
    8/26/2015
  • 5 star review  Kari is the best! I love that she only uses positive reinforcement! We are grateful that she helped us find a wider gentle leader that we didn't even know existed. Our Lab tolerates it way better than the standard width.

    thumb Julie King
    7/31/2015
  • 5 star review  As the editor and publisher of Mile High Dog magazine, I give Kari and Wag & Train my highest recommendation. Kari regularly contributes compelling and relevant training and behavior articles to our publication and she is one of Denver's finest. It's always a joy to work with such a passionate and devoted professional. Keep up the great work!

    thumb Jennifer Brauns
    9/14/2015
  • 5 star review  Kind and compassionate, efficient and effective. Kari is everything you want in a dog trainer! I love her force free methods and amazing results!!! Call Kari, you won't regret your decision.

    thumb Dale Ward
    8/04/2015
  • 5 star review  I have worked with Kari for at least 13 years! I have gone through her obedience classes personally and worked with her professionally through the giant breed rescue I run! She has been a tremendous asset to the organization, helping us with some very challenging behavioral cases to make the dogs more adoptable. She uses positive reinforcement training methods and is highly effective. I highly recommend Wag & Train!

    thumb Lindsay Polumbus Condon
    7/31/2015
  • 5 star review  I couldn't have asked for a more skilled, insightful and compassionate trainer. Kari helped us, human and canine, begin to recover from a really bad training experience. Her pup, Paisley, is also the perfect training side kick - calm, self possessed, and unbelievably patient. Lewis had some serious behavior problems and fear. Kari has taught us how to better understand him, build safety and trust, and learn that people and other dogs are good! We still have a way to go, but Lewis is already a totally different dog!

    thumb Bettina Harmon
    7/31/2015
  • 5 star review  I LOVE Wag & Train and Kari and her crew! Kari has trained for Safe Harbor Lab Rescue for many years, and has literally saved the lives of some of our rescued dogs who came to us with behavioral problems stemming from past poor training methods or just plain neglect. Each dog she works with is treated as an individual and her positive training methods have without exception yielded wonderful results and very happy Labs and adopters!

    thumb Leslie Pratt Brown
    8/01/2015

The holidays are right around the corner! 

How about a Wag & Train gift certificate for that special fur momma or papa?

Are you looking for the perfect gift to give someone who has just added a new puppy or adult dog to their family? A Wag & Train gift card is the perfect choice!

Our gift certificate can be purchased in denominations from $25 – $150. Our gift cards may be applied towards any class, at any time. If you would like a custom gift card – please contact us for more information.

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  • Wag and Train Gift Card

    Gift Card

    $25.00$150.00

Dog Training Services Denver

  • DENVER
    Good Dog Graduate School
    Starts January 16

    $150.00
  • DENVER
    Good Dog Grade School
    Starts January 21

    $150.00
  • DENVER
    Good Dog Grade School
    Starts January 5

    $150.00
  • DENVER
    Good Dog Grade School
    Starts November 17

    $150.00

Dog Training Services Minneapolis

  • Positively Puppy Class Wag and Train Drop In

    Pawsome Puppy 1: Minnetonka- Starts January 9

    $95.00
  • Minneapolis:
    One-on-One Dog Training
    for Anxiety, Fear, and Aggression

    $525.00
  • 50% Deposit One-On-One Dog Training

    Minneapolis:
    Deposit for Anxiety and Aggression
    Package

    $50.00

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