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Active Paws Inc.
Active Paws Inc.

Active Paws Inc.

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Introduction: Active Paws Inc. specializes in force-free, positive reinforcement dog training and dog walking. If you have a busy life and a dog, we are here to help. Each of our trainers are certified in force-free, using evidence-based methods to teach useful skills and resolve problematic behaviors while building strong and trusting human/dog relationships. Basically, we don't slap aversive tools on your dog and scare them into behaving, we teach your dog to produce behaviors you like and show you how to reward that. All of our staff are certified in pet first aid and CPR so you can trust that we know how to take the very best care of your beloved pet. ​ We are fully insured and bonded, unlike the apps sites, but yeah we do have cool software just like them. We are the proud winner of the industry's highest award (pet sitter of the year) and come highly recommended by your friends or neighbors. ​​ We love getting to love your dogs! We pride ourselves in safely providing positive, force-free effective training and so much fun. We enjoy using our skills to help human clients raise strong, confident, fun-loving dogs. Check us out on the web or go ahead and ask your neighbors.

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Hired 45 times

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5 employees

18 years in business

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Jan - Jun

This pro indicated that they reviewed CDC safety guidelines for COVID-19 and pledged to do the following:

Maintain 6 feet of distance from customers

Wear masks during the job

Disinfect surfaces touched during the job

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Customers rated this pro highly for work quality, professionalism, and responsiveness.

Exceptional 5.0

31 reviews


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Kristine A.

Dog Training

Cara is an extremely knowledgeable, experienced professional with a lovey and outgoing manner. She has a pleasant and fun approach to helping you understand the mind of your dog. Her straightforward manner is easy to follow and fun to watch as she leads your puppy to follow simple commands. I am pleased to be in good hands as we begin to help our puppy Ferris grow to be his best. Doing one on one training is great for both you and your dog, it helps the dog to concentrate and have fewer distractions like they would have in a puppy class. I highly recommend working with her!
Apr 13, 2021
Hayoung K.

Dog Training

Cara is simply amazing. I recently adopted a puppy (half lab and half red heeler) and she is a bit crazy (well, she's rarely calm.. let's just put it that way). I tried to watch youtube videos after youtube videos and did exactly what the trainers were recommending.. but I wasn't making big progress (why? b/c I feel like some of the youtube videos are filmed with already well-behaving dogs .. and they don't really show lots of real-life examples.. like what can go wrong and how crazy your puppy/dogs can be). I decided to seek help from Active Paw and this was one of the best decisions I've made since I adopted my puppy! Cara is very professional and arrives on time, and she talks through your real-life situations + shows exactly what I need to do. Cara kindly explains why my puppy acts the way she does and what I need to do to correct those bad behaviors by using positive reinforcement training tactics. Kimchi (my puppy) now stays in her crate and we are on the right track for potty training! Cara also promptly responds to my email inquiries with many information that I need as a first-time puppy owner. I would recommend Cara to anyone who is struggling like me!
Mar 4, 2021
Yanira A.

Dog Training

Active paws is amazing! I wrote to them, they replied promptly and matched me PERFECT with the exact trainer I need for my out of control Miniature Pinscher. Not every trainer is for every dog and active paws knows this so they hook you up with who fits your needs!
Mar 3, 2021
Hannah S.

Dog Training

I am so happy we found cara! Our French bulldog puppy koko was having many difficult behaviors like chewing, barking, being aggressive with my children and just overall not listening, having accidents in the house etc. I was ready to spend thousands to send her away to be trained but cara reassured me that after 2-3 sessions she would have a lot of improvement. To be honest I was skeptical but after 2 sessions and 2 weeks working with cara in our home koko is a different dog! We are all much happier and I am so impressed at how smart she is and how much we could teach her in a short time with the right tools. She is bonding with us and my kids and I am feeling so much less stress and am excited to see how much we can teach her! We had such a great experience with cara and look forward to working with her again when koko is ready to progress. She was always very quick to respond with any questions we had. Hire her you won’t regret it!
Jan 29, 2021
Justin S.

Dog Training

Cara is amazing! We had a one-hour training session with my new rescue and she taught me so much about positive reinforcement training and clicker training! I'm excited to set my dog up for success and becoming a great family member!
Sep 24, 2020
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Cara Armour


  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    we provide a premium service at a fair price

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    We set up a fee-free consultation to introduce ourselves and make certain Active Paws is the right fit for you and your pup

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    We have an on-staff certified dog trainer, Cara Armour, KPA-CTP. All staff are certified in pet first aid & CPR, we have won a slew of accolades including the highest industry award of Pet Sitter of the Year from Pet Sitters International and have been working with dogs for the past 17 years.

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