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?
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.
Dog Training Tips, Tools & Resources
Real Facebook Reviews!
Kari is awesome, my dog scribbles and i had some issues and she helped me to correct these. Scribbles is a pit bull and very smart and stubborn when it comes to listening. With Kari' s help she is becoming a fantastic member of the family. Thank you Kari...
My 6 year old dog went through the puppy classes with Wag & Train and now my new puppy is going through the same classes! Wag & Train is wonderful!! Kari and everyone else are wonderful and so helpful!
Kari was a lifesaver for me and my pup Jackie! I rescued my Aussie/ Catahoula mix when she as about 8 months old....she was a crazy, mouthing/ biting, jumping, full of non-stop energy dog. Kari helped me focus that energy on positive behaviors and completely transformed Jackie into a dog I can literally take anywhere. Training takes a lot of time and patience but when you stick with it and follow Kari's advice, you will see the results. I had to be trained too on the right reactions and commands to give my dog so that she learned what I wanted from her. Thank you, Kari, for saving me and Jackie and helping me transform "Wackie Jackie" into an unbelievable amazing dog.
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!
Wag & Train was great for our dogs, and we especially like that the techniques are all positive- we didn't want to choke or shock our dogs to get them to behave. I highly recommend Wag & Train! Sean
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Call Denver 303-482-1192
Call Minneapolis 612-578-1299
Gift Card$25.00 – $150.00
Dog Training Services Denver
Good Dog Grade School
Starts January 21
Good Dog Grade School
Starts November 17
Dog Training Services Minneapolis
Pawsome Puppy 2: Minnetonka- Starts February 20$95.00
Pawsome Puppy 2: Minnetonka- Starts February 6$95.00
Pawsome Puppy 1: Minnetonka- Starts January 23$95.00
One-on-One Dog Training
for Anxiety, Fear, and Aggression
Deposit for Anxiety and Aggression