Hours of Operation:

​Sunday:  Closed                Thursday: 10 am-3pm
Monday: 12-4:30 pm 
       Friday: Closed
Tuesday: 4-9 pm             Saturday: 10 a-5 pm
Wednesday: 12-4:30 pm 

Please leave a voicemail if calling outside of hours of operation, and we will call you back within 48 hours.

About Our Methods

Shari-Ann Murphy, founder of The PAWS Training Group is a published author and behavior specialist. She trains dogs according to dog psychology. Dog obedience training and dog psychology are entirely different approaches. Dog psychology means learning how dogs think, learn, and react to their environment and applying that knowledge to re-teach and rehabilitate your dog so it can survive in the human world. Once you understand the “why”, you can provide your dog with the “when, how, and where”. These methods allow you to better enjoy life with your dog because they provide you with comfort and control.

We believe in being flexible with training methods.  We are a full-services organization; offering dog sitting, training, home appointments, pet first aid &  CPR certification courses.  Each of our classes  are personalized for each of the students who attend.  We want you to be comfortable and to ask questions.  We want to hear your success stories or your challenges!  Let us help you in every aspect of your life as a pet parent.  People learn in different ways, we make sure that everyone leaves classes with the tools they need to continue working with their dog to achieve success.

Our training is based on rewards, learn to earn, and positive associations. We deploy pain and intimidation free methodologies to achieve our goals. Put Shari’s 32 years of experience to work for you and remember that  “Dogs are our passion.”

About Us

Upcoming Events

Socialization Classesare held most Saturdays at 11am and Tuesday nights at 7pm.

Smithland Pet Center

433 Center Street, Ludlow, MA

*Most Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

*Tuesday Nights from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Pet First Aid & CPR Course

PAWS introduces the Pet Hero Program, our pet first aid & CPR certification course.  Please see the Pet Hero page for more info.

Check out our "Group Classes" tab for more information on our classes or our "Class Calendar" tab to sign up for one of our many classes.

 * Please check out our class calendar for dates that these classes are cancelled.

Shari-Ann Murphy

Owner/Trainer/Behavior Specialist

Shari has been training and fostering dogs for 32 years. She has been teaching group classes in Obedience, Rally-O, Agility, Treibball, Tracking, Nosework, and relationship building games for the last 17 years. Shari is a Canine Good Citizen Evaluator for the AKC, Owner and Lead First Aid/CPR Instructor for The Pet Hero Program, and a professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Owners (APDT).

Shari is author of “Positive Adaptation Wellness Strategy, A whole life rehabilitation system for dog-reactive-dogs.”, “The Red Rover Recall Game: The Art of teaching Come When Called”, and “Picking the Perfect Dog, An expert’s guide to picking the right dog or puppy for your lifestyle.”  All her books are available through Amazon Kindle, Amazon, and other online retailers.  You can also pick them up at Dave’s Pet City in Ludlow. Please see our “Publications” page for more information. 

Shari started PAWS in 1998 with reasonably priced, flexible home appointments in mind. Her specialty is dogs who are reactive, anxious, and aggressive. Shari uses positive reinforcement, patience, and guidance to teach dogs how to view the world in a less threatening way. Her methods allow a dog to break out of their current choices and make better decisions for themselves and you. Shari has worked through problems that others have given up on.

Shari is fluent in “the language of dog” and will teach you how to “speak” to your furry companion. She will help you better understand your dog and guide you to a deeper understanding of your relationship with them.  She has spent years educating the public on responsible dog ownership. In addition to teaching classes, rehabilitating dogs, fostering, training camps, home appointments, and volunteer work, Shari has found the time to author 3 books. Please visit our "Publications" page for more information about Shari's books and where to find them.