Wag & Train Dog Training Minneapolis2019-10-11T08:31:32-07:00
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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. 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 me help.

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I am thrilled to announce that Judy Borsheim has purchased Wag & Train Colorado. She will be making it her own by branching off and starting Star Dog Training and Behavior Specialists! Email Judy at stardogdenver@gmail.com

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

Kari Bastyr, MS/CDBC/VSPDT, specializes in animal behavior & dogs with severe behavior problems.

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Real Facebook Reviews!

  • 5 star review  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.

    thumb Staci Beck Giovino
    April 21, 2015
  • 5 star review  I found Kari about 16 yrs ago when I brought home a puppy for my 8 yr. old dog and was having issues. I found her because she was the only person in CO with a Master’s degree in Animal Behavior. I've never looked back. Kari’s kind methods, knowledge and concerns not only for the dogs but me are unsurpassed. She has worked miracles! She gives us tools and training for success as long as you follow her instructions! I've watched Kari's expertise grow and her business thrive. She is currently helping me with dogs #5 & 6. She’s helped with everything from puppy training, potty training (which is amazing!), aggression and separation anxiety. I have and continue to HIGHLY recommend Kari. There is no better.

    thumb Tanja Smith
    July 30, 2015
  • 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
    July 30, 2015
  • 5 star review  I have worked with Kari with my dogs and recently put my new puppy in the board and train while we were on vacation. My poor puppy had girardia and Kari made sure she took really good care of her and even went out of her way to get her extra meds. Never one complaint with the extra work, only lots of pictures and praise! Love her!

    thumb Susan Paris Stanley
    July 31, 2015
  • 5 star review  We tried bringing our Bordeaux, Otis, to another trainer with absolutely no success. Kari had been recommended to me by multiple people so I finally called her. And I'll never bring a dog to anyone else. We needed more than a trainer. We needed a behaviorist. She helped us curb Otis' dog aggression as well as taught us ways to divert his attention before his aggression is ever triggered. I just wish we had brought Otis to Wag & Train sooner. Thank you Kari. Any dog I get from here on out will be trained by Wag & Train.

    thumb Jarrod Ligrani
    August 4, 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
    October 21, 2016
  • 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!

    thumb Leslie Pratt Brown
    August 1, 2015
  • 5 star review  Kari is a very knowledgeable, and incredibly talented dog trainer. She only uses positive techniques which are very important to me. Highly recommended!!!

    thumb Neika Steiner Smessaert
    August 1, 2015
  • 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!

    thumb Lisa Cecchini
    July 30, 2015
  • 5 star review  Kari is awesome! She helped my very fearful, anxious and aggressive shelter dog become calm, and be able to be around other dogs successfully! She came into our home and taught us exactly what to do to help our dog feel safe, and it worked 100%! Now my fur baby is 15, and living out her last years as a very happy dog.

    thumb Cassi Haberler
    August 4, 2015
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