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Kathleen A. Riley-Daniels

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I am known for my originality, creativity and flexibility in dog training, and I specialize in everything from training and handling skills to behavior challenges. All breeds, personalities and skill levels are welcomed including handlers and/or dogs with physical limitations. I encourages students to work outside their comfort zone for enhanced learning and utilizing skills that best fit the needs of each team. Keeping the focus on fun, play and praise. My enthusiasm for training is contagious and all efforts of both dog and handler are rewarded. If you are looking for assistance in house training or other training areas, please visit my web site or blog first and see if the information there is helpful to you: or or YouTube Channel

Experience in the area

I have trained and participated in many canine performance events including obedience, rally obedience, field, herding, tracking, conformation, weight pull, training and judging 4-H, assistance dog training and wrangling for movies. I teach private and group lessons, workshops, seminars, camps, lecture internationally and have written award winning articles for numerous publications. I was voted one of the Twin Cities Top Dog Trainers by the readers of Twin City Tails Magazine, I am a certified in Animal Nutrition, Animal Training and Behavior and am an evaluator for the American Kennel Club's Canine Good Citizen program.


Various local, regional and national breed clubs.


Have worked as an editor, on staff and as a volunteer on a variety of community, local, regional, national and international publications.


College degree and life-long learning with multiple certifications in training, behavior, nutrition and education. I am a life-long learner and I accentuate the positive for both dogs and handlers and my training methods are specifically designed to bring teams to their full potential by customizing training plans and focusing on training exercises that best benefit each individual team.

Awards and Honors

Voted one of the top trainers in the Twin Cities.

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Recent Answers from Kathleen A. Riley-Daniels

2017-01-17 7 y old maltese:

Thanks for getting in touch.     I think you will benefit from getting in touch with a dog trainer that has a good background in animal behavior. You may want to check with your veterinarian to see if

2016-02-08 Obedience:

Thanks for your question and good job on your training so far!     With my own dogs, I really like to teach them how to watch me and I like to add some tricks into their skills too. Once you get your dog

2015-07-04 Dog training:

Thanks for getting in touch.     It sounds like you are having some success with the flat collar and training treats, that might be a good path to continue on.     Most dogs are able to be motivated, the

2015-03-25 Puppy suddenly no longer housebroken:

Thanks for asking! Yes, this is pretty common and as long as pup is healthy, the solution is simple too. You'll want to reinforce your potty training by doing it all over again so pup retains the information

2014-04-11 Training my dog:

Thanks for getting in touch about your dog. How recent were your training classes? Training is an ongoing process and lots of dogs really enjoy going to classes too.      Head over to my web site for some


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