PawZup helps people understand and manage natural dog behaviors that can drive a person crazy!

I am a dog lover first, and a dog trainer second. I know from first-hand experience the difference dog training makes in the relationship between dog and guardian. Without professional training it can sometimes be a frustrating relationship, but with an investment in good training a wonderful transformation will occur.

I have been working with dogs and their owners for many years and there is nothing which satisfies me more than to see a happy dog and a happy owner! In addition, I love persons and animals with special needs and I am happy to work and research to create a class environment that is effective for your family.

I train at in the Twin Cities where I have the opportunity to provide affordable dog training to area families. I am also certified in avian, reptile, small animal and aquatics care.

Some fun things to know about Jodee:

Professional Member:

My mission is to help you and your dog enjoy many happy years together.

Why train with PawZup?

PawZup helps dogs and their families understand each other. Jodee Kulp teaches you and your dog what to do in calming, reinforcing methods with healthy human leadership. All training is positive, developmentally stepped in canine and human learning styles. Dog training with PawZup teaches puppies how to live in the human world with manners, adult dogs obedience and dogs that have unwanted behaviors to find replacement behaviors.

Jodee’s goal is to have your family and your dog share sparkling eyes, smiles and laughter while learning obedience, self-control and leadership skills.

PawZup helps you change your thinking from . . .

“I don’t like


”  to
I need to work on ( name of behavior ) and this is how we can do it.”

Thumbtack – Gold Profile. Jodee trained seven years for PETCO as their mentor trainer for Petco trainers and is currently a Mentor Trainer for Animal Behavioral College. She is skilled in many methods of training and has studied under Dog Scouts, USA (Beth Duman, Lonnie Olson, Chris Puls, Alison Holloway, Jill Moore), Ian Dunbar and Karen Pryor. She adds to her skill base daily.

For 35 years, a wagging tail and soft smile with a nuzzle have said,
“Thank you for helping my family understand me.”

Jodee lives in Minnesota currently with two standard poodles and a wild man Tazz, a toy poodle who thinks he is a SPOO.



10 reasons I train families to understand dogs?

I love …

  1. Watching puppy’s turn from huh? to Aha!
  2. The diversity of the breeds and the many temperaments and personalities.
  3. How dogs build deep friendships in my classes between people who would never have known each others beauty
  4. Watching dogs from hard places become vibrant and compatible members of their family.
  5. Seeing the light come back on in a seniors eyes when they have learned to help their old dog learn wonderful new tricks.
  6. Preventing bites and dog trauma in the community
  7. Restoring the spirit of a traumatized human or dog
  8. Working with families and children, with seniors and persons with life challenges.
  9. Children becoming incredible team handlers with their canines and gain solid communication with their furry best friends.
  10. People with complex challenges soar because of their canine partner.

I love dog training!


My training philosophy is…

  • All dogs can learn! It doesn’t matter if they are young or old.
  • Dogs enjoy learning.
  • Training builds a bond and strong relationship between dog and family.
  • Balanced and PAW-sit-TIVE.
  • Training creates confidence, which lessens fear, anxiety and stress

I also believe….

  • Gentle but assertive learning
  • A calm owner helps create a calm dog
  • Through training you can create understanding and communication strategies to prevent “lost cause send to the shelter” situations
  • Dogs should be given a chance to learn new things and develop new skills regardless of the breed. If a dachshund loves to jump – then teach it agility adapted to its physical requirements, if a husky loves to run a lure course – then teach it.

My training methods include…

  • Respecting individuality of dog and family
  • Creative problem solving
  • Teaching owners to set dog up to succeed
  • Clicker training within any class if requested.

Once you experience developmental professional dog training, you will wonder why you waited so long. I look forward to working with you and your dog.

I continue to train under the best trainers around the world. In the past two years I have increased my skills and knowledge by study under the following incredible individuals:

  • Karolina Westlund, Exploring Advanced Animal Training Concepts, (2021, Sweden)
  • Dr. Rachel Abrams, Fear Free on a Budget, (2021, USA)
  • Fear Free Nail Trims: Trimming Away the Terror (2020, USA)
  • Yo Armendariz, and Michelle Dart, International Dog Trainers Winter Summit 2020 (*24 days)
  • Dog Scouts USA, Summer Camp 1, Summer Camp 2, (12 weeks, 2020, USA)
  • Dog Scout USA Leadership training, (2019, USA)
  • Susan Garrett, Recallers Master Class, (2019-2020, Canada)
  • Ian Dunbar, Sirrus® (4 days, USA)
  • Ian Dunbar, Science-based training (with feeling) (3 days, USA)
  • Ian Dunbar, Reliability and Games, (2 Days, USA)

Additional diplomas/certifications

  • Animal Behavior College, Massage Diploma (2019, USA)
  • Animal Behavior College, Level 2 (2017, USA)
  • Animal Behavior College, Level 1 (2008, USA)
  • New Skills Academy, Pet Psychology Certification # GS263B80 (UK)
  • New Skills Academy, Canine Communication Certification (UK)
  • New Skills Academy, Introduction to Being a Dog Trainer (for my teen students) (UK)


4 thoughts on “ABOUT

  1. Jessica says:

    My dog has started acting out when new people enter the house or yard. He barks, growls with his hair on end. He doesn’t behave that way in public with strangers. How do I get his behavior to change?

    • Jodee Kulp says:

      He is dealing with fear/anxiety so you need to change that to comfort.
      I would make sure he has some fun behaviors he likes to do and some yummy treats – I would first start by having him show off some of his skills at a distance from the people and see if he is able. If unable I would increase the distance. Then I would plan the sharing game – This one is for (dog name) and this one is for Mom and this one is for (new people). I would not overwhelm him but make it fun and then put him down for a nap with a chewy before overwhelmed. I would also high 5 your guests so that their scent creates a scent cone mixed with your scents and their scent will be on you while you are working together.

  2. Troy Kruger says:

    I was looking for help on the web and found you. I live in New Hope, MN (across the street from Golden Valley) and we have a wonderful 7 year old Havanese we’ve had since he was a puppy. He gets along great with everybody, except our 13 year old daughter. This is devastating to her.

    We are looking for help to see if there is a way or program to RESTORE the relationship with our dog and our daughter. Our dog is super friendly and loves everybody he meets. He’s a good dog and the only other thing we have issues with is he barks when he gets excited to meet new people when they come to our house.


    • Jodee Kulp says:

      Troy We are pawsing for the holidays in Dog Training due to the new Minnesota Covid requirements – Beginning in January I will be available to once again work with kids and their canines to help build healthy fun strong an loving relationships

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