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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  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
  • Judy Borsheim is amazing! She was willing to be flexible with our schedule and came right to our home to see the issues where they happen, and tailored the training to our unique needs. she was also so supportive when our dachshund Stormaggedon started having back pain again. she truly cares about our dog, and I 100% trust her advice and council. so glad to have a friend who I can turn to on this journey toward giving our dog his best life 😊

    thumb Sarah Whitnah
    10/19/2018
  • 5 star review  Kari is amazing! Right on with ANY behavioral issues we encounter. I Highly recommend!! I Iearned more in our first session with Kari than in 25 years of corporate and private training. As a seasoned dog owner and groomer i am asshamed of all prior training. Kari addresses the items necessary for a happy home, not the general sit-stay. I am a proud owner of a very well behaved bully! I'd give her 100 gold stars if the rating would let me.

    thumb Jill Reisdorf
    9/06/2017
  • 5 star review  I found Kari after an extensive search and interview process with several trainers across the metro area. After I met her and heard about her positive approach to dog (a-hem, people) training, I knew she was the right choice. One thing you can always be sure of with Kari is her commitment to what is best for the individual dog. Highly recommended!

    thumb Ashleigh Weatherill
    4/18/2015
  • 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  Wag & Train was recommended to my by my vet when I brought my French Bulldog puppy in for his very first visit! I signed up for the puppy classes, and the Manners classes. And, we even had trouble potty training, and Kari came over for a private session at our house, and got us sorted all out. Thank goodness! We now have a very well behaved and socialized 7 month old on our hands. Having a puppy is seriously hard work, and thank goodness for Kari and her crew to be there to support us! Now life is easy and we just relax and snuggle! 🙂

    thumb Aurora Lopez Sisneros
    8/04/2015
  • 5 star review  Kari is amazing. She has a gift with animal behavior and can help you through every step (including selection... who knew there was a temperament test for that?). From puppy class through agility and behavior, she's got you covered. Kari will give you the tools to make you relationship with your animal successful.

    thumb Staci Beck Giovino
    4/21/2015
  • 5 star review  We took our rescue, Wrigley, for training 4 years ago. We’ve since moved to Chicago but still sing the praises of the amazing job Wag & Train did. Wrigley had severe anxiety when left alone and had a ton of energy. Now he’s overcome his fears and is constantly getting complimented on how well behaved he is! If you are local and considering Wag & Train, I cannot express the investment you’ll be making in your pup!

    thumb Bridget Chamberlin
    7/12/2018
  • 5 star review  Wag and Train is wonderful! We started working with Kari nearly 10 years ago and have been fans ever since. Our dogs have benefitted from Wag and Train's positive, gentle and intelligent approach to behavior modification and training. Our dog Xander, who came to us as a puppy with anxiety and socialization issues, blossomed once we went through classes with Kari. We are very involved in animal welfare and rescue, and love how Kari is just as passionate about it! We are grateful for all she does for our community. FIVE STARS! (y)

    thumb Tracy Mackey-Burlingame
    8/04/2015
  • 5 star review  Our 5 and a half year old Lab retriever mix Sophie was having a really really hard time on her leash. She would get aggressive on walks, pull, whine, and just overall have a bad time. It was hard to take her anywhere for fear that she would become agitated and be aggressive to other dogs. She was perfectly friendly and sweet with dogs off leash, but when on leash she transformed into a completely different dog. After trying multiple different leashes and harnesses we finally decided to get professional help, and we could not be happier with our decision to reach out to Kari. Even after our first session with Kari we noticed a HUGE difference. She talked to us about Sophie’s anxiety, and suggested different types of walking and training techniques that help dogs like her gain more confidence and lessen their anxiety. It was as much a training session for Sophie as it was for us. We completed a total of three sessions with Kari, and in that time Sophie became such a more confident dog. We have even been able to walk her in Washington Park, and take her on busy hikes with no issue. We really appreciate Kari’s techniques, and love that she took the time not only to train Sophie, but also to teach us about ways we can be better parents to Sophie. We would recommend Kari in a heartbeat to anyone!

    thumb Veronica Anne
    10/21/2016

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 Grade School
    Starts January 21

    $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 2: Minnetonka- Starts February 20

    $95.00
  • Positively Puppy Class Wag and Train Drop In

    Pawsome Puppy 2: Minnetonka- Starts February 6

    $95.00
  • Positively Puppy Class Wag and Train Drop In

    Pawsome Puppy 1: Minnetonka- Starts January 23

    $95.00
  • 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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