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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 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 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...

    thumb Cory Hersom
    9/06/2017
  • 5 star review  Being involved in animal rescue, Kari was the first call we made for dogs in the Denver-area that needed behavioral training prior to being adopted. She was ALWAYS friendly and timely with her communication. The reason why the rescue always reached out to Wag & Train is because of the great amount of knowledge Kari has and her willingness to share it and really teach people about dog behavior. She is a passionate animal lover and has a heart of gold -- exactly what I would want in someone that is working with me and my dog.

    thumb Laura Aquilina
    7/30/2015
  • 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  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  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
  • 5 star review  Kari's kind and patient approach to training has made a huge difference in our house! Our shelter pup came with some behavior challenges that were exacerbated by a negative training experience. We're so thankful for Kari's academic behavior expertise, practical experience, and compassionate and positive training methods. And she communicates well with people (not just dogs!) providing us with the tools and support we need to continue to learn together.

    thumb Ann Schwab
    7/31/2015
  • 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  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

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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