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Dog Trainer and Canine Massage Therapist Opening in Hovland

North Paws Wilderness, a complete dog training business, will open in Hovland this summer. Started in 2018 by Brittany North, North Paws provides training that is intended to help people live a cohesive lifestyle with their dog. Brittany is also certified as a Sports Canine Massage Therapist.

Brittany and her husband, a carpenter, cur­rently reside in White Bear Lake, but they have acquired property in Hovland where they are building a home and intend to oper­ate a sled dog kennel. They hope to be settled on the North Shore this summer.

Brittany serves as a vice president of the John Beargrease Marathon and she hopes to compete in the future.

Brittany wanted to become a veterinarian when she was in high school and did volun­teer work as a vet-tech. “I learned it wasn’t for me,” she said. So after high school she worked in the healthcare industry.

“I’ve been a dog trainer for about ten years,” Brittany said. She began her business in 2018.

She has been promoting her business on so­cial media focused on the north shore and she has been conducting virtual training already. “I posted on Facebook Swap & Sell last fall and things just exploded,” Brittany said.

Some pop-up training classes will be on­line May 13-15. Details can be found on the North Paws Wilderness Facebook page.

“Sometimes people are afraid to start train­ing,” Brittany said. “People need to know they aren’t alone, and old dogs can learn new tricks,” she added.

Brittany had spent time in Alaska handling at a sled dog kennel, which led to her adding a wilderness training piece for clients who want outdoor adventures with their dogs.

Once open in Hovland, classes will be held outdoors. “One on one sessions will primarily be at a client’s home,” Brittany said.

North Paws offers customized dog training for any breed or age. “My goal is for all dogs and people to have a happy relationship where they coexist peacefully at home and in public,” Brittany said.

New clients are asked to participate in a 15-minute phone consultation to discuss dog behavior, goals for training, an overview of training methods and pricing. That is followed by an in-person consultation in the home to determine a training regimen and schedule.

Brittany is an outdoors enthusiast and offers training for people who want to enjoy skijoring, canoeing, and paddle boarding with their dog.

She also offers canine massage to help reduce pain and discomfort, anxiety, and promote calmness in the dog.

Further information can be found on the website: www.northpawsmn.com , Facebook at North Paws Wilderness, and Brittany can be reached by phone at 612-716-9619.

Steve Fernlund
Steve Fernlund
Typically these “about me” pages include a list of academic achievements (I have none) and positions held (I have had many, but who really cares about those?) So, in the words of the late Admiral James Stockwell, “Who am I? Why am I here?” I’m well into my seventh decade on this blue planet we call home. I’m a pretty successful husband, father, and grandfather, at least in my humble opinion. My progeny may disagree. We have four children and five grandchildren. I spent most of my professional life in the freight business. At the tender age of 40, early retirement beckoned and we moved to Grand Marais. A year after we got here, we bought and operated the Cook County News Herald, a weekly newspaper in Grand Marais. A sharp learning curve for a dumb freight broker to become a newspaper editor and publisher. By 1999 the News Herald was an acquisition target for a rapidly consolidating media market. We sold our businesses and “retired” again, buying a winter retreat in Nevada. In the fall of 2016, we returned to Grand Marais and bought a house from old friends of ours on the ridge overlooking Lake Superior. They were able to move closer to family and their Mexico winter home. And we came home to what we say is our last house. I’m a strong believer in the value of local newspapers--both online and those you can wrap a fish in. I write a weekly column and a couple of feature stories for the Northshore Journal. I’m most interested in writing about the everyday lives of local people and reporting on issues of importance to them.
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