Paw In Hand, LLC is devoted to keeping good pets in good homes through the training of cats and dogs and the education of owners. Mel specializes in working with family pets and with fearful or reactive dogs.

Contact Mel any time at mel@pawhand.com or 563-663-7554 for help with your pet!

Paw In Hand, LLC is a pet training company based in Dubuque, IA and serving the surrounding Tri-State area. Mel helps you train your cat or dog by enhancing communication between owner and pet. By building a better understanding, we can strengthen the relationship and fix the problem behaviors simultaneously.

While training with Mel, you will benefit from clear, patient instruction, unlimited support by email or phone, and flexible scheduling. Mel will do everything in her power to help you fit training seamlessly into your life.

Mel uses “marker training”, telling the animal when they get it right and when they get it wrong. The positive marker is often paired with access to something the animal wants, which then increases motivation. Throughout training, we’ll keep an eye on building the relationship and increasing self control while decreasing stress by giving clear direction.

In short, Mel will teach your pet the same way she will teach you- by telling you when you have it right, and helping you correct it when you get it wrong. With clear communication, owners and pets improve quickly and steadily while having fun!

Upcoming Events!

Look for Paw In Hand at these local events coming up soon! 

NOTE: DUE TO CORONAVIRUS, PAW IN HAND IS DELAYING THE START OF ALL NEW CLASSES. IF YOU’VE ALREADY SIGNED UP, YOU REMAIN SIGNED UP AND MEL WILL CONTACT YOU WITH NEW CLASS DETAILS.

If your class has been delayed, please see the Behavior Education Center for videos to get started. Remote private training sessions with Mel are available, as well.

NEW! Read Dog As A Second Language, Mel’s training manual!

Training Check In! Wednesday, April 29th at 6pm. Click here to join once it’s time!

Have you signed up for a remote training session? Click here to pay!