A Great Dog Now provides Minneapolis dog training and behavioral services to the greater Twin Cities metro area. We specialize in humane, science-based dog training using positive reinforcement and operant conditioning — the training methods recommended by veterinary behaviorists and virtually all humane organizations.

These methods have quickly become the gold standard for dog trainers and have replaced older, outdated training models that rely on force, “dominance” and intimidation. But not only are our training methods gentle and humane — they WORK!

Jane Fallander, BS, KPA-CTP, owner and instructor

In addition to training dogs for more than 25¬† years, I am a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA-CTP). Graduating from the Karen Pryor Academy requires months of intensive study and training practice with regular assessments. To obtain certification, students must graduate with an A or higher. Karen Pryor is one of the world’s leading figures in positive reinforcement training, and I am extremely proud and humbled to be associated with her program.

I worked for the Humane Society for Larimer County in Fort Collins Colorado for 9 years, during which I taught obedience classes to adopters. I have a great deal of empathy and understanding for the animal rescue community.

I keep my education current by regularly attending seminars around the country by leading trainers and behaviorists including Ken Ramirez, Patricia McConnell, Steve White, Brenda Aloff, Suzanne Clothier, Sue Ailsby, Julie Shaw, Jose Rosales-Ruiz, Clicker Expos in Providence and Portland, and others.

Education and memberships:

  • BS Animal Science, Colorado State University
  • BA Technical Journalism, Colorado State University
  • Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner
  • Primary certification TAG Teach
  • Association of Pet Dog Trainers
  • AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluator
  • National Association of Canine Scent Work

Contact Jane Fallander for more information.

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Me Other trainers
Semi-private lessons with 2 to 4 students. 12 to 15 students or more
Plenty of 1:1 time with me Very little 1:1 time with either an instructor or an assistant
Each lesson focuses on your priorities. Use a set curriculum; you follow along whether it addresses your need or not.
You can go as fast or slow as you like. You follow along with everyone else or get left behind.
You can come on the days and times that work for you — full flexibility for your schedule. You can only come on the day and time you signed up for.
You can miss a week or two without being penalized. If work or vacation calls you out of town, you lose that lesson.
BS in Animal Science and certifed by Karen Pryor, a world pioneer in positive reinforcement training. Some trainers highly credentialed, some not credentialed at all.
Use only method approved by the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior. Use a hodge-podge of methods, some of which have been documented to cause behavioral harm.

I provide private dog training and groups classes to the metro Twin Cities area including St. Paul, Minneapolis, Woodbury, Eagan, Apple Valley, Roseville, St. Anthony, New Brighton, Golden Valley, Minnetonka, Edina, Bloomington, and Richfield.