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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 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! 


Basic Obedience Class - Monday, August 19th at 6 pm - Dubuque Regional Humane Society - $125/$115

All dogs 4 months of age or older are welcome to attend basic obedience class at the Humane Society. This low-cost class will meet for an hour a week once a week for 6 weeks, and in that time we will cover conditioned relaxation, sit, down, stay, come, loose leash walking, leave it, and help solve common behavior problems. The cost is only $125 (or $115 for adopted dogs) and all dogs must be current on distemper, bordatella, and rabies.



Puppy Class - Tuesday, August 20th at 6 pm - Dubuque Regional Humane Society - $75

Puppies 4 months or younger by the start of class are welcome to attend puppy class! We'll meet an hour a week once a week for 4 weeks, covering housebreaking, chewing, nipping, self control, handling, conditioned relaxation, proper, supervised socialization with other dogs, and beginning training. All puppies must have had two sets of distemper vaccine as well as a bordatella shot to attend.