Why Choose Us?

Choosing the right dog trainer can be one of the most important decisions you make in your dog's life. The techniques that a trainer uses can strongly affect how you interact with your dog for years to come. Therefore, it is very important to choose your trainer wisely.


Southern Paws Training uses effective, fun, humane, force-free, and science-based methods. 

We use positive reinforcement to get behavior and an event marker called a clicker, that tells the dog "YES! That is exactly what I like!" and the reward following it says, "Do THAT again!"

Tools We Use:

  • Clicker

  • Food rewards

  • Praise

  • Toys

  • If necessary: Gentle Leader, Freedom Harness, EasyWalk Harness, a muzzle

  • A regular flat buckle collar and 4-6 foot leash


Tools We DON'T Use:

  • Leash corrections (on any collar – flat, martingale, choke, or prong)

  • Shock collars (e-collars), pinch collars, prong collars

  • Spray bottles (we don't want our dogs to have a fear of water right?!)

  • Scary noises (tossing bags full of chains or coins at dogs)

  • Physical corrections (pokes, jabs, smacks, pinches, kicks, force dog into desired position)

  • Yelling and intimidation (growling at dogs, staring dogs down)


Dogs are our family and should be treated as such. We offer easy dog training solutions that you will enjoy teaching and your dog will enjoy learning. Just a few main benefits of clicker training...


  • Promotes creativity

  • We can replace behaviors we don't like such as begging at the table, with something we want, like lying on a mat while humans eat

  • Dogs learn quickly, because the clicker allows for perfect timing which explains to your dog in black and white, what was expected and for which behavior he is getting rewarded for

  • Strengthens your bond and trust

  • Dogs learn faster with clicker training than with punishment-based methods

  • Behaviors are retained and not forgotten

  • Easy to train simple to complex and precise behaviors

  • Brings shy/nervous dogs out of their shell

  • The dog performs the behaviors not out of fear, but because the behavior has been reinforced so much that most times it's fun

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