About Us

Welcome to PAWS Training Centers

The main mission of PAWS Training Centers is to provide funding for a non-profit organization that is beloved by each of us.

In 1999, a 12 year old girl and her father started taking their dogs to retirement facilities to visit with the residents. This was the beginning of the paws4people foundation. Today, the paws4people foundation has grown into an incredible non-profit that provides highly trained Service Dogs to veterans and children with disabilities. Throughout the dogs’ training within the Puppy Development Center, the paws4prisons program (utilizing several prisons throughout West Virginia), and the first-of-its-kind Assistance Dog Training Course at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW), the dogs are taught nearly 100 different commands and skills. The dogs then go on to be placed with their chosen recipient, providing independence and oftentimes saving their new partner’s life.

In 2012, several of the trainers within the paws4people foundation developed a unique way to raise funds to benefit the non-profit. The idea was to start a dog training business where 100% of the profits would be donated back to paws4people. This business would consist of certified Service Dog trainers who could train customers’ pet dogs with basic obedience, behavioral modification, Facility Dog training, and Service Dog training. They named it PAWS Training Centers. Today, all of our trainers within PAWS Training Centers are proud to be able to support the paws4people foundation and the work they do.

Our Training Philosophy

Dogs thrive in an environment that provides them with structure and communication regarding appropriate behaviors, and in which their need for mental, physical, and emotional stimulation is addressed. PAWS Training Centers advocates training dogs with an emphasis on rewarding desired behavior and changing undesirable behavior with clear and consistent instructions along with methods that both you and your dog will find enjoyable.

We all know that dogs love being in the company of humans; they thrive on relationships. PAWS Training Centers believes that physical or psychological intimidation damages the relationship between humans and dogs and hinders effective training. We believe that you do not need to dominate your dog to provide leadership and guidance. Leadership comes from knowing how to effectively communicate clear and consistent boundaries in ways the dog finds motivating and meaningful.

The best way to communicate and build a relationship is different with every dog. With a collective 100+ years of experience and a range of dog training backgrounds, degrees, certifications, and specialties, PAWS Training Centers’ trainers know how to design a training plan that teaches the most effective way to communicate with YOUR dog. We can help you learn how to teach your dog desirable behavior while also building a lasting relationship of mutual happiness! PAWS Training Centers encourages and supports continued trainer education in order to promote gentle, effective, fast, and fun ways to train dogs using the most up-to-date information and sound, scientifically-based methods.

More Questions?

You can always Contact PAWS Training Centers with questions.