Smarty Paws Canine Coaching

Smarty Paws Canine Coaching

Welcome to the Best Dog Training in Las Vegas!

Smarty Paws Canine Coaching, Las Vegas NVWhile some things have changed at Smarty Paws, some things remain the same.  Our commitment to the belief that our canine companions deserve to live a stress free, stimulating life that we can enjoy with them.  Smarty Paws continues to provide the map to put you and your dog on the correct path!!!

Smarty Paws Canine Coaching is a licensed and insured business in Northwest Las Vegas and now at 4544 W. Russell Rd. in the SouthWest. We provide service dog training for owner-and-dog companionships. We have been in business for over 10 years in the Las Vegas Valley and have provided training to thousands of dogs in a variety of disciplines, including:

  • Obedience
  • Agility
  • Therapy Dog Training
  • Service Dog Training
  • Doggie Day Care/Training

The training facility is conveniently located  at 4161 N Rancho Dr.  Ste 120, Las Vegas, NV and is easily accessible from both I-95 and I-215.

Our New Southwest location at 4544 W. Russell Rd. is 1 block East of Decauter Rd and 1 mile West of  I-15. We are located in the Diablo Industrial Center. You will find us on Google Maps.


  • Mon. to Thurs. 7:00 am to 8:30 pm
  • Fri. 7:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • Sat. 8:30 am to 1:00 pm
  • Closed on Sunday
  • Questions: Please call 702-396-8501

At Smarty Paws both owners and dogs will learn new skills to use throughout life, keeping the dog active, and choosing correct activities for its energy! Our goal for all training — whether agility, behavior or obedience — is still to provide training tools in a fun environment so both dog and owner bond through a positive training experience.

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What's Happenin': News & Announcements

  • 07/07/2015

    As you might have noticed, dogs just love to lick humans! Why all this licking? Well, the behavior is deeply ingrained in a dog. It’s visible early on, when puppies will lick each other as a way of interacting and of grooming each other. They sometimes lick their moms as a way of asking for some milk. When dogs are in packs, they will lick a dominant dog to ask for permission to eat communal food. So sometimes your dog wants something when he licks you. But there are other reasons for this slobbery behavior. Sometimes your dog just wants your attention. At other times, he might lick you as a way of playing with you (instead of biting you, which is how he plays with other dogs). Some researchers say that licking is just another way that dogs explore their environments.  One thing’s for sure: The more you respond positively to your dog’s licks, the more likely he is to lick you. It sure is one way of getting your attention!


    * Article taken from Woofipedia of the AKC

  • 07/04/2015

    Your best option for finding compatible playmates for your dog is to identify your dog’s play style and select dogs of similar size, energy level, and play style preference.

    Size matters. No doubt there are dogs of significant size disparity who can play well together, but as a general rule, it’s wise to keep the difference in the realm of 25 pounds or less. A playful dog can easily injure a little dog, even without intent to do harm, simply by running over or jumping on the smaller dog. Of even greater concern is a phenomenon known as predatory drift in which something from a dog’s evolutionary past triggers the larger dog's brain to perceive the smaller dog as a prey object - a bunny or squirrel - instead of the canine pal he's played happily with for months or years. Often the trigger is the smaller dog running, yelping, or squealing. The bigger dog gives chase, and tragedy ensues. 

    At SmartyPaws, we will pair your dog up with similar dogs of the same size and play styles. We do not put all the dogs out to play together. Be believe in keeping the play groups small. All dogs do get rest periods during the day. Just like children, when dogs get tired, they get cranky and need to rest between play activities.

    If you would like to give your dog some play time and even some extra training during the hot months, call our office and we can arrange to have your dog play and exercise indoors during the hot summer months.

    This article was reprinted from The Whole Dog Journal


  • 07/02/2015

    LVDice will be sponsoring a CPE (Canine Performance Events) agility trial at SmartyPaws at our Rancho location.

    The event will be July 18 and 19 at 4161 N. Rancho Dr. For more information, please go to To enter the trial you must be a CPE member. You may join by visiting to download a membership form.

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