Paula Shimko

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Paula Shimko, owner of Paula's Dog Services, is proud to be Pittsburgh's first Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP).

Paula offers basic family manners training focusing on foundation behaviors, including sit, down, come when called, and walk on a loose leash. In addition, Paula offers puppy and adult dog behavior modification training for common unwanted behaviors. These behaviors may include separation anxiety, potty problems, pulling on the leash, jumping on people and furniture, among other issues. Other training options includes Foundation Rally and Foundation Agility behaviors—for those busy dogs that need to burn off a lot of energy and stay engaged!

In-home pet sitting and dog walking are also available for those times when you can’t be there for your pet.

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Paula has had a lifelong love for animals. Cats and dogs have always had a place in her heart and her home. As a young adult, Paula rescued her very first dog, Matt, a collie/shepherd mix from the local shelter and the first of a long line of dogs for Paula. For Matt, training was all about the fun. Matt became the model for Paula's idea of what a well-trained and happy dog should be.

After raising a family, having a busy work life, and spending 14 years with Matt along came Paula’s love affair with shelties, more rescue dogs, and the beginnings of a new career. As a breed, shelties need training and lots of it. They can be skittish with very high energy due to their herding instincts.

As a young pup, one of the shelties, Shane, was very shy and needed socialization. Paula enrolled him in a basic obedience class and realized quickly that not all dogs are created equal. The next step for Shane was agility training supplemented with the use of the clicker. Incorporating positive reinforcement using the clicker, Shane overcame his shyness and is now a happy and confident dog.

Paula’s love of dogs and Shane’s success with the clicker prompted her to pursue a career in dog training. After careful consideration she decided that the Dog Trainer Program at Karen Pryor Academy (KPA) offered the best instruction to fit her needs. Paula is proud to say that she is the first KPA Certified Training Partner (CTP) clicker trainer in the Pittsburgh area. She is also part of a large network of trainers who share ideas and the latest training methods. A thoughtful understanding of a dog’s behavior and patience and positive reinforcement are the basic tenets of Paula’s training program.

Currently Paula has three shelties that train in agility, rally, and obedience. Two of her shelties, Shane and Mika, have several AKC titles, and her youngest dog, Blaze, is well on his way to earning titles. Paula also does Collie/Sheltie rescue and, more often than not, will have a foster dog rehabilitating in her home.

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Paula's Dog Services offers private in-home puppy and adult dog family manners training, behavior modification training, basic in-park manners training, foundation agility, and foundation rally. Other services offered include in-your-home pet sitting, and training while dog walking.

Services are offered in the city of Pittsburgh and the surrounding suburbs. Services are also offered in Washington County and Westmoreland County. Traveling fees may apply.

Services Offered Summary: 
Paula's Dog Services offers adult dog and puppy basic behavior skills, including potty training, and behavior modification training for common unwanted behaviors (jumping on people/ furniture, leash pulling, resource guarding, not coming when called, and more). Paula also offers pet sitting in your home and walking skills while walking your dog.
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+1 (412) 818-2482
15025 Pittsburgh , PA


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5 years 10 months