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Pet Empire would like to welcome The Balanced Canine Training and Grooming to our facility! Emily Steffen, the owner and trainer/groomer for The Balanced Canine has spent her whole life studying, learning, and growing in her knowledge of canine behavior. Emily has multiple degrees in animal behavior, and canine training from The University of Minnesota Moorhead Extension, Animal Behavior College, and The Association for Professional Dog Trainers. Emily has spent countless hours training pet dogs, service dogs for veterans, competition dogs, working dogs, and working with the best in the training field across the world to continue to learn. Emily continues to attend workshops, seminars, and clinics, as well as compete in many canine sports including Rally, Agility, Herding, Tricks, and Obedience.




Emily also has certifications in Pet Massage, Diets and Structure, as well as being Pet CPR Certified.





In Home Private Lessons: 1 Hour in Length, $50.00 plus Mileage (.53c a mile)


Private, tailored to you, and affordable. Call or email for available times. Sessions can cover jumping, potty training, barking, leash walking, trash digging, counter surfing,etc, and general obedience.



Day Camp Training: 30 Minutes in Length, $30.00 plus Mileage (.53c a mile)


Training sessions tailored to you and your dog. A great way for your pup to have a training session throughout the day when you aren't home, as well as a quick potty break, interaction, and exercise.



Board and Trains: Minimum 7 day stay, $240.00 flat rate plus Pet Empire boarding rates.


Board and Trains are offered at Pet Empire’s location. Dogs are cared for, played with, and taken out to potty up to 8 times a day. Dogs are worked with for an hour each day. During your pets stay while you are away or busy is a great time to learn new behaviors, or reinforce previously learned behaviors. Board and Trains come with a private session at the end of the stay to go over learned commands and any concerns.



Group Classes: 6 weeks in Length, $75.00


Classes are typically held in two locations: Full Tilt K9 Training building in Pillager, MN, or right outside Pet Empire during the summer months. Classes include Puppy Kindergarten, Basic Obedience, Rally, Tricks and Real Life Training.


Additional Training Options:

Fit Fido: A Program to help your overweight pup get back to a healthy lifestyle.

Perfect Match: A program to help people find their perfect new four-legged friend!

Canine Massage: As a certified canine massage therapist, let Emily help your dog relax, unwind, and heal with a Canine Massage!


*** Please contact Emily directly



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Emily directly!


(218) 252-3047

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