Jun 132017
Thank You!

I love getting emails like these: Hi Kari: Just wanted to “Thank You” for the training & behavior training with our buddy Shogie ! All good & we appreciate your expertise, insights, and patience in dealing with both Shogie & us We’ll definitely stay in contact; and, as our efforts to train ourselves & Shogie […]

Apr 262017
I adopted my Dogue de Bordeaux, Penny, from Big Dogs Huge Paws

I adopted my Dogue de Bordeaux Penny from Big Dogs Huge Paws and noticed that when we would go on walks she was having leash reactivity. It was making going on walks tough and was giving me anxiety.  I did a lot of research and discovered Kari from Wag & Train. Our first sessions Kari […]

Apr 172017
It was great to get an insight into how dogs process real life situations...

We loved the Good Grade School class! My dog and I responded well to Judy’s style that stressed positive interaction with all participants in the class. Judy explained the behaviors and how the training would improve the interactions between dog & owner. It was great to get an insight into how dogs process real life situations and how […]

Apr 122017
Growling is Good

It’s National Dog Bite Prevention week, and my discussion continues with a review of the different body language and vocalizations that dogs elicit when they are fearful or anxious. First off, I want everyone to know that growling is good! Growling is a definitive warning that a dog is scared and it is meant to […]

Apr 102017
Always Ask the Dog!

It’s National Dog Bite Prevention Week again, which is a subject near and dear to my heart. Would you believe I have never been bitten by a dog? I work with dogs who are aggressive towards me every single day, but I work very hard to prevent anything from happening. There are many reasons why I […]

Apr 052017
Jasper had been hit by a car and his left hind foot was de-gloved, so he spent a month at the shelter...

We adopted Jasper from a shelter in 2016. Jasper had been hit by a car and his left hind foot was de-gloved, so he spent a month at the shelter clinic getting regular bandage changes and healing up. When we took Jasper home, he was incredibly sweet and fit right in with our family, but […]

Mar 072017
After just a couple visits with Kari, I'm no longer worried about how Pippin will act in public or around other dogs.

My husband and I adopted our 18 month old Aussie, Pippin, when he was 10 weeks old. Having adopted his brother, Cooper, who had been returned to the breeder from a family who kept him in a crate most days and didn’t socialize Cooper very well, we thought starting “from scratch” with Pip would be easy! […]

Feb 282017
The Face of Rescue

In December I received a call from a woman who, along with her family, adopted a lovely little Terrier from Midwest Animal Rescue (MARS).  He was estimated to be about 5 or 6 years old. They named him Scruffy. Scruffy was lucky enough to get his freedom ride last May and was transported to Minnesota from […]

Dec 262016
I just wanted to take a minute and thank you for teaching me and helping me

Hey Kari! I hope you’re having a happy holiday season and all is well with you! 🙂 I just wanted to let you know that I’ve been working really hard with Bird (and my other dog Millie too) and I was able to introduce them to my sisters dog! I’m so happy!! It wasn’t perfect, […]

Nov 012016
Wag & Train is GRRRROWING!!

After 15 years of providing science-based, positive dog and puppy training in Denver, Wag & Train is expanding to a new city. As of November 1, 2016, Wag & Train will also be providing services in the Minneapolis, MN area. Owner Kari Bastyr grew up in Minneapolis and went to school in St. Cloud. She […]