Welcome to Practical Paws Training

Bringing Practical and Humane Solutions to You!


About Us


JoAnna has always been surrounded by animals. She grew up with two Beagles, her family then added two Saint Bernards, as well as many cats. Since then, JoAnna adopted her Great Pyrenees mix named Neko and started working in a dog daycare where her passion for dog training came to life. She quickly saw the power of humane, science-based training techniques, and her relationship with Neko was vastly improved and his behavior dramatically changed.
JoAnna has now worked with hundreds of dogs and become Pet First Aid and CPR certified. She is dedicated to continued education and takes any opportunity to further her knowledge of dogs and how to best help you with your best friend. She also volunteers her time to One Tail at a Time - PDX. JoAnna is Fear Free Shelter certified and a member of The Pet Professional Guild.


“The capacity for love that makes dogs such rewarding companions has a flip-side: They find it difficult to cope without us. Since we humans programmed this vulnerability, it’s our responsibility to ensure that our dogs do not suffer as a result.”

John Bradshaw


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