Work with the local Shelters

RR Professional Dog Training has been working for years in the community trying to improve People and dog's lives.

We work closely with the two local dog shelters in our area. Douglas County Humane Society in Superior Wisconsin and Animal Allies in Duluth Minnesota.

RR staff goes to the shelters to train their personnel, and work with the dogs that are currently in the shelters

Spumoni (on left) from Animal Allies in a socialization session

Work with local rescues

RR Professional Dog Training has been working with a number of rescues. We offer training services pro-bono or at a discount as well as one on one training sessions for adopters.

The rescue dogs will come to us and join our In Kennel Training Program. The training makes it easier for the rescues to find a home for the dogs.

Training Program at the Moose Lake Prison

RR Professional Dog Training, in collaboration with the Minnesota Department of Corrections and the agencies in the community that are focused on giving dogs in the shelter a new home, work together for the Prison Dog Program. Owner and operator Ram Reizel visits the dogs in the shelters to observe their behavior and temperament before accepting them into the eight-week program. The prison takes four dogs at a time. They live in the rooms of selected offenders. Two offenders share a room, work together to train the dog, and are responsible for dog care, including bathing, brushing, feeding, cutting toenails, and administering medication when needed. This program gives dogs a second chance. Dogs are socialized to be around people and taught basic commands like sit, down, leave it. A trainer from RR Professional Dog Training trains the men on how to work with the dogs once a week. The trainer gives praise when they notice improvements in the dog's behavior or advice in a problem area. All time is donated and not a financial burden to Minnesota Correction Facility. Staff work with incarcerated men and stray dogs in the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Moose Lake, Minnesota. The correctional facility has been involved in the Prison Dog Program since December 2017. The program has helped over 30 stray dogs find homes since it has begun.

"The transformation in the dogs in amazing, but it's the transformation I see in the inmates that really warms my heart, Forsythe said. "You can see the confidence they're building as they are learning how to train the dogs and it is really rewarding. I train dogs all week long, but coming here every week is probably one of the most rewarding parts of my job."

Kim Forsythe, Trainer
The Minnesota Correction Facility in Moose Lake houses over 1,000 male offenders at a medium security prison in Moose Lake and another 170 minimum security offenders at the Challenge Incarceration Program (CIP) facility in Willow River.