Dog Training in Austin

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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 owns Fetch Worthy, a dog training business in Austin. She’s a certified dog trainer through the Victoria Stilwell Academy and Fear Free Certified Professional (VSA-CDT, FFCP) 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, we come to you training to customize to your family and dog’s needs. We use real-world training plans to practice new skills without tools that are meant to be aversive.

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. Puppy socialization and setting a foundation takes skill and time, so teach your puppy to be well-adjusted in a positive way that doesn’t create problems in the future.


Outdoor small classes in South Austin and Kyle, Tx for Basic Manners, Advanced, AKC Canine Good Citizen, and Rocket Recall ® to Leash Walking Training for dogs at least 6 months old.

Service Area

We provide service in South Austin and Austin neighborhoods:

  • Barton Hills
  • Bear Creek
  • Bee Cave
  • Buda
  • Bluff Springs
  • Circle C Ranch
  • Crosswinds
  • Easton Park
  • East Side
  • Kyle
  • Plum Creek
  • 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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