Dog Training in Austin

Helping You Train a Well-Behaved Dog
The Humane Way

Victoria Stilwell and Shelly Haines, Certified Dog Trainer in Austin.
Shelly and Victoria Stilwell, a world-renowned dog trainer best known from the TV hit series “It’s Me or the Dog” on Discovery Plus.

Training Dogs & People in Austin & Virtually Nationwide

Certified, Insured, and Recommended

Shelly Haines is the owner of Fetch Worthy, a dog training business in Austin. She’s a professional certified dog trainer through the Victoria Stilwell Academy (VSA-CDT) in-person track. Her training methods are focused on communicating with your dog, not controlling and dominating them.

Training Offered

From common behavior problems to raising a new puppy, our plans are results-based based on your training goals, but regardless this process will help you build a better relationship with your dog. In-person and online private lessons for obedience, jumping, nipping, barking, lunging, leash pulling, potty training, chewing, coming when called, leash reactivity, mouthing, over-excited greetings, crate training, new dog introductions, stranger danger, anxieties, noise phobias separation anxiety, and car anxiety. More details...

Our Dog Training Method

Fetch Worthy applies reward-based methods that are rooted in science and compassion. We train 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. If you’re committed to creating and helping your dog be happier and well-behaved, we’re committed to helping you reach those goals. More on how we work...

Dog Training Services

Golden Retriever Dog ready to go for a train!

Private Training

Changing behavior begins with a private lesson, either at your Austin home or designated Austin location, that’s customized to your dog’s needs and training goals. Use real-world training opportunities to practice new skills. We come to you.

white colored puppy with yellow and gree colored toys laying in the grass with a puppy smile

Puppy Training

No one wants to have an unruly adult dog. A puppy’s 16 weeks is the most critical to prevent this, so take a proactive approach. Learn how to socialize and teach your puppy to be well-adjusted in a positive way that doesn’t create problems in the future.


Classes This Fall & Winter – From Basic Manners to Advanced Manners learning the AKC Canine Good Citizen Skills, and Rocket Recall ® to Leash Walking Training – there’s an option for you. Classes are small, held outdoors for dogs at least 6 months old.

Read What Our
Clients Are Saying

Shelly is amazing! After just 3 training sessions with our large breed, unruly rescue dog, we have already seen major improvements in Leo’s behavior.

Edy C.

FetchWorthy uses positive reinforcement training with pups and it is a very refreshing way to train v the old-school stern way of treating dogs. […Shelly] came up with a solid plan to teach Daisy skills that would bolster her confidence.

Linda B.

We are first time dog owners and Shelly has helped us so much with getting him under control […] She is always sending us emails with resources and homework which has been so helpful. She truly cares about our pup and has been so caring and loving with him.

Holly H.

Service Area

We provide service in South Austin and Austin neighborhoods:

  • Barton Hills
  • Bear Creek
  • Bee Cave
  • Buda
  • Bluff Springs
  • Circle C Ranch
  • Dripping Springs
  • Easton Park
  • East Side
  • Kyle
  • Manchaca
  • Oak Hill
  • Onion Creek
  • Rollingwood
  • Shady Hollow
  • South Austin
  • Southpark Meadows
  • Sunset Valley
  • Travis Heights
  • Villages of Western Oaks
  • Zilker …and more

We Have an Extended Service Area…more info…

What is the Positive Reinforcement Method?

We don’t follow outdated dominance, pack, or alpha theories. Be sure and ask me why! We will never use punishments like noise-makers, leash corrections, spray bottles, choke chains, prong collars, shock collars, e-collars, or “training collars.” We don’t use slip leads, leash pressure, yelling, alpha rolls, grabbing muzzle, or hitting. We teach the dog what we want them to do through training, preventing, and redirecting what we don’t. The evidence has proven that the unwanted behavior will fade, and new behaviors will take their place. There are layers behind that statement; you need a training plan to get you there.

With so much easily accessible misinformation, it can be tough to tell how or why something appears to work. Please don’t believe everything you see on TV or social media, except for Victoria Stilwell. She’s a driving force on television, demonstrating how this method works.

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