Smarty Paws Canine Coaching

Smarty Paws Canine Coaching

Welcome to the Best Dog Training in Las Vegas!

Smarty Paws Canine Coaching, Las Vegas NVWhile some things have changed at Smarty Paws, some things remain the same.  Our commitment to the belief that our canine companions deserve to live a stress free, stimulating life that we can enjoy with them.  Smarty Paws continues to provide the map to put you and your dog on the correct path!!!

Smarty Paws Canine Coaching is a licensed and insured business in Northwest Las Vegas that provides service dog training for owner-and-dog companionships. We have been in business for over 10 years in the Las Vegas Valley and have provided training to thousands of dogs in a variety of disciplines, including:

  • Obedience
  • Agility
  • Therapy Dog Training
  • Service Dog Training
  • Doggie Day Care/Training

The training facility is conveniently located  at 4161 N Rancho Dr.  Ste 120, Las Vegas, NV and is easily accessible from both I-95 and I-215


  • Mon. to Thurs. 7:00 am to 8:30 pm
  • Fri. 7:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • Sat. 8:30 am to 1:30 pm
  • Closed on Sunday

At Smarty Paws both owners and dogs will learn new skills to use throughout life, keeping the dog active, and choosing correct activities for its energy! Our goal for all training — whether agility, behavior or obedience — is still to provide training tools in a fun environment so both dog and owner bond through a positive training experience.

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What's Happenin': News & Announcements

  • 07/24/2014

    Bridget Carlsen Competitive Obedience Workshop is August 23 and 24 at SmartyPaws. Working spots are full but there are still some audit spots left.

    To reserve your audit spot contact Sandra Nelson at

    One day audit is $90.00

     Two Day Audit Spot is $150.00.

    Seminar Hours : 9:00 to 5:00

    Registration Deadline is August 8, 2014

  • 07/16/2014

    SmartyPaws is expanding their training center and Doggie Day Care and Boot Camp.We are working very hard to get another quality indoor training facility ready for all the dog lovers in the Southwest, Henderson and Downtown Casino areas. Our target opening date for the Doggie Day Care and Boot Camp is August 1st. The new space is a 5,000 square foot facility with plenty of room to run and play. It will offer day training for those "smart"  and sometimes not so "smart" dogs who need their mind's stimulated and perhaps a refresher on their manners. It will be open from 7AM to 6PM Monday to Friday.The additional 10,000 square foot space for Agility and Basic and Puppy Obedience will follow shorty after. We will be posting pictures on Facebook so that everyone can follow our progress. Follow us on SmartyPaws Canine Coaching or SmartyPaws Day Care Boot Camp Facebook.

  • 06/10/2014

    Developmental Stages:

    Socialization Period – Age: 4 to 12 weeks

    This is the time to get your puppy out and meet new friendly dogs and people. Exposure to new things is critical or your puppy may become fearful for life. Ten days after their first vaccination they can start a puppy class. Puppy class on a hard surface floor (not dirt or grass) is a safe way to socialize your puppy and learn a little about basic training. (More puppies are destroyed at shelters due to antisocial behavior than die from Canine Parvo.)

    Fear PeriodAge 8 to 12 weeks

    A traumatic experience during this period can make your dog fearful for life.

    Adolescent Period – Age 6 months to 1 year

    This is a difficult time to start training your puppy because they are more excited and active. It is easier to start when they are younger. It is easier to teach the right behavior from the start than fix a bad behavior and go back and train the good behavior you wanted in the first place.

    Second Fear Period – occurs for a 3 week period some time from 4 to 11 months

    Some puppies will go through a second fear period.

    House Training:

    Consistency is the key – go out with your puppy and take them to the same spot every time.

    Take frequent trips out, especially first thing in the morning, last thing at night, and after sleeping, eating, drinking or playing. Setting a regular schedule also helps.

    Reward for “going” outside with praise and food treats. You can also put it on command. Simply give the command just before the puppy goes, then reward.

    Mistakes will happen. Don’t punish for the mistake, because the puppy will likely not understand why it is being punished. Clean the soiled spot with an enzymatic cleaner, and resolve to try to prevent future accidents.

    Crate Training:

    This is NOT cruel, but a great way to keep your puppy safe when you are not home.

    Introduce the crate slowly and be patient. Crate training doesn’t happen in a day.

    Lure the puppy into the crate with a treat. Give the puppy treats when it is inside the crate and let the puppy enter and exit the crate at will. It is also helpful to feed the puppy its meals inside the crate. The puppy should associate the crate with pleasurable things such as treats and food. As the puppy becomes more comfortable, begin closing the door for a few seconds. Gradually increase the amount of time and reward the puppy for being quiet and calm. If the puppy at any time begins to bark in the crate, it must be ignored until it stops (this could take hours). The goal is to do it slow enough that they don’t start to bark.

    Never leave the puppy for longer than it can wait to eliminate. A guide is one more hour than the puppy’s age in months.

    Make sure the puppy has had plenty of exercise and a chance to go potty prior to being crated.

    Bite Inhibition:

    This is important for your puppy to learn so if he/she does happen to bite a dog or person in the future, it will not break the skin.

    Puppies naturally learn this from one another during play. The more play time and different puppies, the better.

    Puppies can also learn this from you. If your puppy chews too hard on you, give a sharp, loud “yelp” and walk away. Ignore the puppy for 5-10 minutes. This teaches them that if they want to play, they must play “nice” or it’s “game over”.

    Do not punish for biting because it generally makes it worse. A SmartyPaws trainer can help you with this problem.

    Check out our KinderPuppy classes and our Puppy Social Hours.

Training Classes

I invite you to join us in a positive training experience in a fun environment.

Check out our Class Schedule

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