Brittany McArdell-Owner, Trainer, CSMT, Certified Raw Dog Food Nutrition Specialist, Reiki Master

Growing up, I always was around dogs. As a young child my passion for animals was sparked with my first dog, Ginger. Ginger, a Husky/German Shepard mix, she taught me to be patient, to think creatively, to respect animals, but more importantly how to be a leader and have a strong relationship with my dog. Mind you I didn't have the resources of a trainer, internet, social media, etc. back then, it was all trail and error.

When I brought Panda and Rohn home, I realized I bit off more than I can chew. With two Siberian Huskies so close in age it was crazy town at home. Panda chewed electrical cords and ate chap-sticks, while Rohn took 6 months to potty train! I took a step back to observe my dogs’ manners (or lack of) and unwanted behaviors and thought “this is not their best quality of life.” From that day forward we trained… and trained and trained and trained! I’ve worked with my dogs in obedience, mushing, skijoring, bikejoring, weight pulling, agility, therapy work, and trick training. I was hooked on training my dogs!

In addition to working with my own dogs, I have also worked in the Alaskan Bush as a handler at Smokin’ Ace Dog Sled Kennel, where I was responsible for taking care of and training 46 sled dogs. There, much of my time was spent training the yearlings to prepare them to eventually participate in the Iditarod and Yukon Quest.

After all the work I put in training my own dogs and time spent in Alaska, I realized it was time to train dogs professionally. Now I can’t help be see untrained dogs and their owners struggling along side them everywhere I go.

Most nights of the week you can find me at home either reading or watching dog training videos, or shadowing other trainers. If I'm not reading or watching videos I'm probably training my dogs or out on a raw dog food run! The way I see dog training is that it’s a lifestyle and you can never stop learning!


My Training Philosophy

Here at North Paws Canine Services we offer balanced dog training and customized care for any breed or age. Our goal is to train your dog to have manners in your home and out in public.

The center of our training focuses on obedience and a calm mind. When dogs have a calm mind they are able to make better choices. Balanced training consists of learning to communication with our dogs by using rewards and corrections. In order to successfully achieve a new state of mind we use food and praise to reward good behaviors, modern technology, and a variety of tools including prong and remote collars along with slip leads, to correct unwanted behaviors. These tools enable us to communicate to our dogs through the action of subtle pressure on, pressure off approach. During training we also use cots and crates to teach dogs to be calm, content, confident and independent.

By making training black and white, our dogs have the choice of making the right or wrong choices in life. Dogs (puppies, adult, rescue) can and want to learn, work and please, all you need is the knowledge, technique, patience, consistency and time.

Lets create reliable and dependable dogs together!


Tools We Use

We use a variety of different tools. All dogs and owners are different, some dogs can train with one tool while other dogs train with more tools.

Food and treats

Slip lead. We suggest Mendota Pets for your slip lead needs, great quality and made right here in Minnesota!

Long line

Prong collar. We use 2.25mm and 3.0mm Herm Sprenger prong collars which are high quality and will last the lifetime of your dog. For puppies and smaller dogs we use micro prong collars.

Remote collar. We only use E Collar Technologies. This modern and advanced remote collar uses humane and blunt stimulation to communicate and teach your dog.


why hire me?

As a dog owner, I’ve been in your shoes, I know what it feels like to be frustrated and lost on what to do with your dog or to be embarrassed by their behavior. As a trainer it's my goal to help eliminate those feelings and train dogs to be well mannered and reach their highest self in order to live peacefully with their family.