Welcome to Mutts & Mates

DOG BOARDING, DAYCARE & TRAINING IN MINNESOTA!

Welcome to Mutts and Mates, we are an in-home dog-sitting business with a focus on a dog’s needs and creating a comfortable and relaxing environment for each dog.


How we all feel rounding out the week…relaxed.  #wegotthis #thegoodlife #dogdaysofinstagram #dogdays #doggydaycare #doggydaycareminnesota

How we all feel rounding out the week…relaxed. #wegotthis #thegoodlife #dogdaysofinstagram #dogdays #doggydaycare #doggydaycareminnesota ...

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It is in the uncomfortable when we learn a lot about ourselves and our dogs.  Are you willing to put in the work or maintain misery?

We need to stop babying our dogs.  They won’t get hurt feelings & they won’t hate you.  INSTEAD focus on building confidence through structure and boundaries by Crate training, Place training, Threshold Training, Structured Walks and Separation at home.  A dog doesn’t grow and learn properly when we are absent owners, put off the training or let them run the show.  They need an alpha to show them.  Be the alpha!

It is in the uncomfortable when we learn a lot about ourselves and our dogs. Are you willing to put in the work or maintain misery?

We need to stop babying our dogs. They won’t get hurt feelings & they won’t hate you. INSTEAD focus on building confidence through structure and boundaries by Crate training, Place training, Threshold Training, Structured Walks and Separation at home. A dog doesn’t grow and learn properly when we are absent owners, put off the training or let them run the show. They need an alpha to show them. Be the alpha!
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I wanted to make a video to talk about why we use a slip lead and what the advantages are to using them.  I’ve had so much success with all the dogs I’ve worked with when using a slip lead.  It allows me to have control over the dog, give corrections and avoid smelling/marking/eating things while we are on a walk.  Ask me today how this can help your dog or give a follow for more tips and cute pictures/videos of dogs!

I wanted to make a video to talk about why we use a slip lead and what the advantages are to using them. I’ve had so much success with all the dogs I’ve worked with when using a slip lead. It allows me to have control over the dog, give corrections and avoid smelling/marking/eating things while we are on a walk. Ask me today how this can help your dog or give a follow for more tips and cute pictures/videos of dogs! ...

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The spring break crew 🐶🐾 They listened long enough for me to snap this.  What good pups.

The spring break crew 🐶🐾 They listened long enough for me to snap this. What good pups. ...

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Working on some more loose lead training with Cooper (brown mini golden doodle). He picked up on the concept with the slip lead very quickly.  He had a few frustrating moments but that’s when the magic happens!

Working on some more loose lead training with Cooper (brown mini golden doodle). He picked up on the concept with the slip lead very quickly. He had a few frustrating moments but that’s when the magic happens! ...

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I rarely allow playtime in the house…you can see why.  It creates a calm and stress free atmosphere for all of our guests, including our dog Ruby.  In-home dog sitting is the way to go when you leave.  You won’t regret it and your dog won’t come home with bad habits or anxiety.

I rarely allow playtime in the house…you can see why. It creates a calm and stress free atmosphere for all of our guests, including our dog Ruby. In-home dog sitting is the way to go when you leave. You won’t regret it and your dog won’t come home with bad habits or anxiety. ...

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Day two of working with Louie on his leash manners and I think it’s safe to say he’s a quick learner (black doodle on my right). This is my favorite type of training because with the proper tools and direction it’s possible for walks to be enjoyable.  Don’t wait and ask me today what you can do!

Day two of working with Louie on his leash manners and I think it’s safe to say he’s a quick learner (black doodle on my right). This is my favorite type of training because with the proper tools and direction it’s possible for walks to be enjoyable. Don’t wait and ask me today what you can do! ...

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Our first few days of spring break!  More to come…

Our first few days of spring break! More to come… ...

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Little Puggy Sweetness.  Pepper is not shy about making herself at home.

Little Puggy Sweetness. Pepper is not shy about making herself at home. ...

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POV: your boss just said “we need to talk about your job performance”.

POV: your boss just said “we need to talk about your job performance”. ...

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In case you were wondering, our home is never short on love, and neither are our hearts.  Valentine’s week was perfect with all the ones we love 💖💘💝

In case you were wondering, our home is never short on love, and neither are our hearts. Valentine’s week was perfect with all the ones we love 💖💘💝 ...

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Bruges is back for a week and we are going to work on some boundaries and structure while he’s here.  Specifically kennel behavior and his recall.  It’s never too late or the wrong time to set the intention with your dog.  Carve out the time and you will see the changes but it does take time and commitment.  I’m working with Bruges on being in his kennel in a relaxed state but also working with him that we don’t leave the kennel in an excited state.  How can you do this?  Have your dog go in the kennel, get them in a down stay, shut the door for a few moments, open the door and then allow them to come out.  If they get hyper/excited the minute you open the door, start over.  This is NOT the way a dog should exit a kennel.  Repetition creates boundaries and structure.  Boundaries and structure create a confident dog!

Bruges is back for a week and we are going to work on some boundaries and structure while he’s here. Specifically kennel behavior and his recall. It’s never too late or the wrong time to set the intention with your dog. Carve out the time and you will see the changes but it does take time and commitment. I’m working with Bruges on being in his kennel in a relaxed state but also working with him that we don’t leave the kennel in an excited state. How can you do this? Have your dog go in the kennel, get them in a down stay, shut the door for a few moments, open the door and then allow them to come out. If they get hyper/excited the minute you open the door, start over. This is NOT the way a dog should exit a kennel. Repetition creates boundaries and structure. Boundaries and structure create a confident dog! ...

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