Welcome to Open Paw®, your definitive animal training resource. Open Paw is here to give you and your pet the tools you need to build a lasting and successful relationship with one another and with your community. Here you'll find expert information to help you BEFORE you choose a new pet, AFTER you bring your new dog or cat home, and DURING your ongoing relationship with your companion animal.

Summer Tip   When it’s too hot to actively exercise, keep your dog occupied and refreshed with a frozen “Kongsicle” - see how to make one

Thinking about getting a dog or cat?
Learn what to expect, how to select the best companion animal for your home and lifestyle, what items to buy, what to do during those exciting first few weeks. Find simple, gentle training techniques that will last a lifetime.

Is your child bugging you to get a pet?
Growing up with a pet is an enriching experience. Worried you'll end up being the one holding the (poop) bag? You will. Use this section to educate and prep your kids – and yourself.


Already have a dog/cat at home?
Find easy tips about problem-solving and behavior, selecting obedience classes and trainers, and other pet resources, including:

Sculpting good manners
Errorless Housetraining
Got a pet problem?
• The best chew toys and cat toys


Open Paw for Shelters

Open Paw improves the placement of great pets in new homes by offering a humane, revolutionary approach to sheltering that provides a list of Minimum Mental Health Requirements. Learn more.

The Open Paw Shelter Manual is a practical guide that offers clear, step-by-step instructions for implementing this revolutionary program in your shelter. It's a must have for shelters that want to make a difference!

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Open Paw is a 501©3 non-profit organization dedicated to giving people and animals the tools they need to build successful relationships with one another and with their community.


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