Dog Training in Austin
by Shelly Haines

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Helping People Raise A Well-Behaved Dog

Victoria Stilwell and Shelly Haines.
Victoria Stilwell, a world-renowned dog trainer best known as the star of the international hit TV series “It’s Me or the Dog” and Fetch Worthy Owner/Trainer Shelly Haines at the VSA Academy Training in Atlanta.

Training Dogs and People in South Austin and Virtually Nationwide

Certified, Insured, and Recommended

Shelly Haines is the owner of Fetch Worthy, a dog training business in Austin. She’s a certified dog trainer through the Victoria Stilwell Academy (VSA-CDT), graduating in August 2021.

Our Dog Training Method

Reward-based dog training, rooted in the psychology of learning without the use of force, pain, fear, or intimidation. Individualized training plans are designed to strengthen the human-animal bond, teach clear communication, and bring harmony back into the pet home.

Our Mission

Enhance the human-animal bond using positive dog training methods.Teach, train and empower humans how to stop unwanted behaviors and focus on preventative proactive dog training strategies. ​Commit to the safety of every human and animal involved. Lead with integrity in how we operate and communicate. Function as a reliable dog training and behavior resource for the community. Contribute to the advancement of the dog training industry.

Dog Training Programs

Golden Retriever Dog ready to go for a train!

Private Lessons

Private dog training lessons in your home, or at a designated location where I teach you how to train your dog.

A great choice for families, behavior-specific issues in the home, or at locations.

Group of dogs ready for dog training!

Group Classes

An excellent and affordable way to learn and teach commands, Family Dog Manners, and obedience.

In-person classes are at the Circle C Ranch Community Center. Pressure-free & FUN!

Cute Corgi in front of a laptop

Online Lessons

I teach you how to train your dog in the convenience of your own home. A proven way to enhance training results.

A popular option for shy dogs, during the pandemic, those with time constraints, or for specific behavior issues.

What is the Positive Reinforcement Method?

With so much easily accessible misinformation, it can be tough to tell how or why something appears to work. Don’t believe everything you see on TV or and social media. Many trainers use old and outdated techniques.

Positive dog training is rooted in science

Using evidence-based studies and research.

Training should feel good and be fun for both humans and canines.

There is no need for stressful corrections, physical punishment, or barbaric equipment and when used, most often there’s negative fallout. We don’t follow outdated dominance theory, pack theory, or alpha theory. Be sure and ask me why!

Service Area

We provide service in and near Austin neighborhoods including:

  • Barton Hills
  • Bear Creek
  • Bluff Springs
  • Circle C Ranch
  • Oak Hill & Villages of Western Oak
  • Rollingwood
  • Shady Hollow
  • South Austin
  • Southpark Meadows
  • Sunset Valley
  • Travis Heights …and more.

Other locations available on demand.