We believe that using force and pain-based methods diminishes the relationship between the owner and their dog, and teaches the dog that the owner can be unpredictable and dangerous. As humans, we tend to focus on what our dogs do wrong, and spend little time focusing on all the things our dogs do right. Our classes are based on reinforcing the correct behaviors while stopping and redirecting the incorrect behaviors.

We here at Loving Paws work hard to encourage people to view their dogs as the magnificent animals that they truly are.



What: Halloween Hike
When: 10/28/2018 at 2:00 PM.
Where: Petrifying Springs Park (Pets)

You are invited to the 10th Annual Loving Paws Halloween Hike! This year’s hike will be Sunday, October 28th at 2 PM at Petrifying Springs Park.

We will once again have a dog treat exchange after the hike. Everyone that wants to participate in the dog treat exchange will bring a treat/s to give to each dog in the treat exchange. When the hike is over, we will line up everyone’s treat bag/container and we will take turns putting the treat/s you brought into each bag.  Everyone participating will bring home a bag of treats for their dogs!!!  Once we get closer to the date we will let you know how many dogs are participating!!!  We ask that you bring your own bag for your dogs treats.

We will also have a costume contest for those of you that want to dress up your dogs (and yourselves if you want).  We will do this after the hike is over.

There will be snacks and a few games to play.


FAREWELL TO KATHY & CHA CHA at the Halloween hike.

The Halloween Hike will most likely be the last hike long time friend and Loving Paws student Kathy Rode and her dog Cha Cha will be taking with us.  Kathy is retiring and moving to northern WI!  Kathy and her family were close neighbors as I grew up. Her sister Barb is one of my best friends.  Kathy attending Loving Paws classes and events since I began the business.  I am sad to see them go but happy for her retirement and wish them the very best in their new adventures.

Come and give Kathy and ChaCha a fond farewell at the Halloween Hike!!!!!


Cindy and Steve are retiring in Albuquerque, New Mexico in November.  They have been part of the Loving Paws family for a really long time.  We have enjoyed numerous hours at their book warehouse doing nose work.  I remember Greta’s first nose work class where she was afraid to take food out of a box.  You should see her today, she is a searching machine!!!  Moose is darn good also!  Although they will all be deeply missed I am excited and happy for them and their new adventure.  I see a vacation to New Mexico in my future!!!

UPDATE: Cindy has told me that they will be going to New Mexico for a trip in November but will be back.  I’ll let everyone know when we will have a farewell party for them before they move for good.

Mark your Calendar !!

March 23 & 24, 2019 – NW1 & NW2 K9 Nose Work Trial

Premium is NOT available yet.  Trial registration opening date is not determined yet.