Wag & Train Dog Training Minneapolis2020-04-24T15:56:11-06:00
bad dogs wanted


Do you think you have a bad dog?
Actually, I believe dogs don’t behave badly. I believe they are having a hard time.

But, it’s common (and normal!) to get frustrated, sad, desperate, and mad when your dog’s behavior is out of control. It’s not hopeless- there is a lot you can do to help communicate with your dog better, I promise!

~ Is your puppy biting and out of control?
~ Is your puppy using your living room as her toilet?
~ Is your dog a selective listener?
~ Is your dog taking you for a walk?
~ Is barking your dog’s favorite hobby?
~ Is your dog aggressive with people or other dogs?

Let me help.



Meet Wag & Train Owner, Kari Bastyr (Paisley and Turtle, too!)

  • Masters Degree in Animal Behavior & Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Bachelors Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Certified Dog Behavior Consultant with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants
  • Certified Dog Trainer with Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Training
  • Member of the Pet Professional Guild
  • Member of the Animal Behavior Society
  • Certificate: The Basics of Canine Nutrition

I am a people trainer AND a dog trainer, and I take pride in what I do for your family. Most people are in crisis when they call me, and I do my best to provide empathetic, kind, and comprehensive help. I do not use or condone the use of shock, prong, or choke collars and I will never ask you to hurt your dog. Training should be fun and focus on building your bond and I will teach you how to do that.  Here are Google Reviews from past clients who helped their dogs.

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  • 5 star review  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!

    Lauren Roady Avatar Lauren Roady
    August 5, 2015
  • 5 star review  Kari is AMAZING!!!!!!! We were at our limit with our Male Lab Prince. After he had ripped the cable box off the house, chewed the starter off the lawn mower, chewed the wires under my husbands truck twice and just was completely out of control. THANK GOD we found Kari. Prince is now a completely different dog and we can't imagine our lives without him. He's now the dog we always wanted. Thanks Kari!!!! We don't know what we would have done without you.

    Heather Bing Howe Avatar Heather Bing Howe
    October 25, 2017
  • 5 star review  Kari is Awesome!!!!! Excellent trainer! Highly recommend her services!

    Holly Fidelius Avatar Holly Fidelius
    April 18, 2015
  • 5 star review  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.

    Jill Reisdorf Avatar Jill Reisdorf
    September 6, 2017
  • 5 star review  I LOVE Wag & Train and Kari and her crew! Kari has trained for Safe Harbor Lab Rescue for many years, and has literally saved the lives of some of our rescued dogs who came to us with behavioral problems stemming from past poor training methods or just plain neglect. Each dog she works with is treated as an individual and her positive training methods have without exception yielded wonderful results and very happy Labs and adopters!

    Leslie Pratt Brown Avatar Leslie Pratt Brown
    August 1, 2015
  • 5 star review  Wag & Train was the best thing we did for our dog! Kari taught us how too communicate correctly with our dog through the "positive training" method and we could not be happier seeing our dogs behavior completely change. I would highly recommend them for training or rehabilitating your dog!

    Kristen Korneev Avatar Kristen Korneev
    August 3, 2015
  • 5 star review  I have worked with Kari and her team of trainers and highly recommend any of the Wag & Train services! I have had private sessions with Kari as well as group classes and I have always been satisfied. If you have a puppy, you must sign up for the puppy socialization classes- the Wag & Train trainers are very knowledgeable about what your puppy needs to be the best he/she can be, and you get to spend time with puppies of all shapes and sizes!! I appreciate that Kari uses only positive reinforcement with the dogs and she teaches owners why that is so important to the dog and their development. When your dog is happy they really do behave better- and your relationship with your dog can continue to grow! My dog- and my entire family- are grateful to Kari and her positive training techniques!

    Sharyn L Kline Avatar Sharyn L Kline
    September 10, 2015
  • positive review  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 😊

    Sarah Whitnah Avatar Sarah Whitnah
    October 19, 2018
  • 5 star review  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!

    Lisa Cecchini Avatar Lisa Cecchini
    July 30, 2015
  • 5 star review  I have worked with Kari for at least 13 years! I have gone through her obedience classes personally and worked with her professionally through the giant breed rescue I run! She has been a tremendous asset to the organization, helping us with some very challenging behavioral cases to make the dogs more adoptable. She uses positive reinforcement training methods and is highly effective. I highly recommend Wag & Train!

    Lindsay Polumbus Condon Avatar Lindsay Polumbus Condon
    July 31, 2015
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