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Train with Call of the K9

Train your dog or your dog care staff

In home private dog training,  and customized training of dog trainers and employees in animal care businesses. 

With a common sense relationship based approach we can help you train your dog or grow your animal business with first rate staff. 


My Story

Training Animals - Training People - Building Love

My name is Anne. In 2004 I left Corporate America to follow my dream and open Minneapolis’ first Dog Daycare and Boarding. Downtown Dogs. I grew Downtown Dogs to a multi million dollar business over the course of 10 years caring for thousands of dogs and training hundreds of employees, many of whom are stellar animal professionals in their own right today.

What was the secret to my success? Passion for dog behavior and passion for people. I sold Downtown Dogs in 2014 to an amazing person who I knew would take good care of it. But I left a piece of my heart there. I took off several years to raise my young children. And now, I use the knowledge of dog behavior, people leadership, and operations to offer innovative, social/play dog training classes, and staff training to veterinary clinics, dog daycares, and training businesses.

I have trained and competed in agility, flyball, and obedience with my beloved dogs. But I specialize in play and social behavior.

If you are a successful animal business owner, chances are, staffing is your greatest stress. (Customers and dogs may be a close second, and they are all interrelated). I can help you train new trainers, dog daycare attendants, so you can focus on operating your business. I love to do it and I’d love to help you.


My Training Approach

Dogs are extraordinary animals

My training approach is relationship based. With every training interaction you should be asking yourself "Is this helping or hurting my relationship with my dog?"

When people ask about methods they are usually trying to determine if you use harsh correction or commit to a "purely positive" approach. The short answer is I use a ton of positive reinforcement and don't use harsh correction. But, I try to steer families and animal professionals away from thinking in those simple terms because understanding a dogs mind and needs is much more complicated.  

Understanding your dogs social, emotional, and physical needs as well as their evolutionary and breed tendencies is at the heart of great training. Understanding cognition and behavior science is also key, as is lots of practical experience with thousands of families and dogs of every age, breed, and size. And that is what I bring to you. 

You can rest assured I will listen to you. And understand you know your dog and your situation best. My role is to provide information, experience, ideas and strategies, and when appropriate partnerships with other animal professionals such as vets to help you and your dog have the happiest life together that you can have. 

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My Services

Training humans, training dogs

We are a training company that trains dogs and people. We offer in home private dog training and customized training plans for your animal care staff such as dog daycare attendants or pet dog trainers.

Boarding & Train

Personalized and Professional

Going on vacation? Give your dog a vacation too! Board and Train with Call of the K9 may be a great option for you.

Dog Training

Group & Individual Training

My Behavior Training and Consulting work involves an intimate understanding of your dog's natural and individual history. Your pet has plenty of potential to learn and understand commands, and my techniques will lay the foundation for you to build upon. I combine your needs and wants with the natural attributes of your pet.

Reduced rates for rescue groups.

Training for Animal Professionals

Take the hassle out of staff performance

If you own a dog daycare or training business, chances are staffing is your greatest stress. It doesn't have to be that way! With a decade of experience developing and training animal professionals I have a model based on mutual respect, passion for dogs, and an appetite for continued learning that develops knowledgeable, passionate, empathetic, and highly thinking  animal care professionals and trainers.

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"You become responsible forever, for what you have tamed"

Antoine de saint-Exupery


Get in Touch Today

1051 Dunbar Way Mahtomedi MN 55115

(612) 770-2520


(612) 770-2520

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