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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  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  We had our first day with Kari today and our rescue Boston Terrier Cartman. WOW. Amazing the tools she coached us to use in just our first home training. We signed up for the 3 In-home package. Cartman has anxiety and fear around strangers and it feels so awesome to have some tools to help our fur baby have a better life! He learned so fast - mike and I are the ones who need practice. She is warm and friendly and very accomodating with our schedules even during a holiday week. She was referred to us from Cartman's daycare Bark and Play.

    thumb Carleen Clearwater
    12/20/2015
  • 5 star review  Kari is awesome! She helped my very fearful, anxious and aggressive shelter dog become calm, and be able to be around other dogs successfully! She came into our home and taught us exactly what to do to help our dog feel safe, and it worked 100%! Now my fur baby is 15, and living out her last years as a very happy dog.

    thumb Cassi Haberler
    8/04/2015
  • 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  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  Kari is simply amazing. She understands how dogs think, and is spot-on with the science of animal behavior. As if that wasn't enough, Kari is an exceptional person who has the gift of helping owners understand their canine charges and how to best meet their needs. Following the approach supported by veterinary behavior and animal behavior science, her approach is free of intimidation, bullying, and fear- making the dogs and people she helps learn in a gentle and stress-free environment. People, this works! I am truly honored to call her a colleague and friend. My respect for her as a professional and person couldn't be higher.

    thumb Lorena Patti
    8/12/2015
  • 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  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
  • 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
  • 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

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