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Positive, force-free and games-based dog training in Aberdeen

At 4-Paws Canine Academy we use only force-free and positive dog training methods to ensure that we create a strong bond between you and your dog. All training is planned with the dog’s health in mind and we are therefore aware of and customise all of our training to suit each individual dog.

Not everything that is suitable for bigger dogs are suitable for smaller dogs and vice versa. Age can also be a limitation to what kind of training is sensible for the dog and all of this is taken into account to maximise the training outcome while still ensuring the dog has a great time without straining or injuring itself. You can read more about force-free positive dogtraining here.

You can also read more about who we are and our qualifications by clicking here.

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Our dog training services

At 4-Paws Canine Academy one of our specialities is tricks and dog dancing (also known as Heelwork to Music). 

Dog dancing is a fantastic sport which can be adapted to each individual dog no matter the breed, age or physical limitations. Training tricks from dog dancing is a great form of mental stimulation and is therefore useful for all ages. Dog dancing and tricks training has also been proven to create a much stronger bond between dog and owner. We love training tricks with our dogs as we also see a massive focus boost which is important for all dogs, no matter if it is a family pet or a competition dog.

dog dancing with its owner while performing dog tricks

Dog Parkour is another one of our specialities. This is a new and very fascinating sport and activity that you can do with your dog. Dog Parkour training involves training with different objects in your environment. The things that you see in your environment, such as trees, bins, benches or sign posts will be incorporated in your training. By encouraging your dog to interact with different things in its environment in a positive and fun way will boost your dog’s confidence massively!

dog parkour on playground. Dog is walking along a seesaw.

Our lifeskills classes are our newest addition to our services. These classes are meant for dogs that need a better recall, more focus, better loose leash walking and general manners. 

This class is very popular for puppy owners but is open to dogs of all ages as old dogs should also get the chance to be trusted off leash at some point. 

This class will also boost your dog’s confidence, teach it to work in distracting environments as well as preparing it for vet visits. It is an ideal foundation for all dogs and owners.

mental stimulation teamwork. Dog is doing heelwork with handler.

It has become very popular within the dog training world to get private sessions, also known as 1-2-1s. Not all dogs are able to focus in classes or feeling comfortable around other dogs. Maybe you cannot fit the time of the classes into your schedule, or maybe you would just like that extra intimate session to really get to terms with your personal dog training struggle.

Our private sessions can be accustomed to address any issue that you might be having, and together we will design your very own unique training plan so that you can turn your struggle into a strength!

Dog trick where dog is jumping over arm

Booking me for workshops

It is also possible to book me for workshops all over the world! Would you like a weekend workshop with tricks & dog dancing? Or maybe a full week workshop with dog parkour? Seeing as tricks can also be a huge part of dog parkour, you could also book me for a dog parkour and tricks workshop. Maybe you’d like something totally different such as cooperative care and handling? Vet-prep? This is also something we can do!

Do you have a brilliant idea for a workshop you’d like to have in your area, then get in touch with me today!

You can also get FREE dog training advice from us on our YouTube channel

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See what other people say about us in our reviews and testimonials

  • positive review  Anna has an extensive knowledge of dog training and behavior and puts a lot of effort into each session to ensure each student reaches their potential. The dogs clearly enjoy Anna's style of reward based training and love learning new tricks and behaviors at her classes ?

    Emily Anderson Avatar Emily Anderson
    October 3, 2019

    positive review  Anna's training sessions have been a great help for us, and we have really enjoyed them. She makes the classes fun and is happy to answer any of our questions, silly or not. ?

    Sarah Kueter Avatar Sarah Kueter
    September 8, 2019
  • positive review  Anna went above and beyond to help me out with my struggles with weave poles, and now my pup is running 12 poles, no problem. Clear explanations and instructions and a positive attitude! Highly recommend! Thanks Anna?

    Bethwyn Innes Avatar Bethwyn Innes
    June 8, 2019

    positive review  fantastic first session with Anna for Seth today . loved her techniques. Seth engaged really well with her

    Julie Taylor Avatar Julie Taylor
    February 2, 2019
  • positive review  Annalouise is brilliant at what she does. She prepared well for the session taking on board all of the areas I wanted to work on with my dog, Mac. She provided a comprehensive document after covering everything we discussed so I could refer to it and share with family. She has also been on hand for any clarification or additional queries I have had. Thanks again!!!

    Jill Taylor Avatar Jill Taylor
    November 12, 2018

    positive review  If you get the chance to go on Anna’s Dog Parkour class, do it! Your dog will be glad you did. Great fun and very beneficial.

    Karen Law Avatar Karen Law
    October 20, 2018
  • positive review  I was lucky to get a space on Annas course:"Tricks from dogdancing and links to flow", when she visited Denmark oin august 2018.Anna was Well prepared as we could mail her beforehand if we had any obstacles. Lots of great ideas to develop our programs. There was space for individual training and training as a class as well Got a lot of new tricks to go home and practise - and all in a positive learning Way for both dogs and owners. I highly recommend Anna, 4-Paws Canine Academy, Aberdeen.Thank you for a wonderful day ??

    Lone Ingkirk Avatar Lone Ingkirk
    August 12, 2018

    positive review  I attended a fantastic class in heelwork to music with Anna today. It gave me several new angles to the tricks. Absolutely loved it! Anna is a great teacher.

    Malene Schmidt Hansen Avatar Malene Schmidt Hansen
    August 11, 2018
  • 5 star review  Thank you for an amazing and interesting course! I have loved every session and can't recommend Anna enough! Anyone who is thinking about going, do it! You will have so much fun!!! X

    Sara Munro Avatar Sara Munro
    April 22, 2018

    5 star review  Anna is simply the best instructor. Anna enjoys teaching both dogs and their owners, in particular 😄 😄 😄

    Kirsten-Jane Andersen Avatar Kirsten-Jane Andersen
    March 18, 2018
  • 5 star review  I highly recommend 4-Paws Canine Academy Aberdeen by Annalouise. She has taught us many usefull and funny tricks. Annalouise uses a positive learning/training which motivates the dog and build up a trustfull relationship between dog and owner.

    Familien Olesen Avatar Familien Olesen
    October 28, 2017