Wag & Train Dog Training Minneapolis2020-02-12T07:56:54-07:00
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?
~ 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.



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

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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Real Facebook Reviews!

  • 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
    August 4, 2015
  • 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
    September 2, 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 😊

    thumb Sarah Whitnah
    October 19, 2018
  • 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
    August 4, 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
    August 4, 2015
  • 5 star review  Kari is simply amazing. She understands how dogs think, and is spot-on with the science of animal behavior. As if that wasn't enough, Kari is an exceptional person who has the gift of helping owners understand their canine charges and how to best meet their needs. Following the approach supported by veterinary behavior and animal behavior science, her approach is free of intimidation, bullying, and fear- making the dogs and people she helps learn in a gentle and stress-free environment. People, this works! I am truly honored to call her a colleague and friend. My respect for her as a professional and person couldn't be higher.

    thumb Lorena Patti
    August 12, 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
  • 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  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 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
    July 31, 2015
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