Meet the Trainer


Debi Buchholz, the owner and trainer at Anything’s PAWSable, is a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner.  She uses only positive, force-free training methods.  These method are not only extremely effective, they are guaranteed not to damage your relationship with your dog!

Debi has had a love for all animals, including dogs, for as long as she can remember. Education in how dogs learn and understanding their language more fully only made her passion stronger. She has been using the scientific principles of operant conditioning in her training for several years.   She believes that consistency and patience are the keys to success.   As a Trainer, Debi has competed with many different conformation dogs both in the US and Canada, all of whom have experienced a lot of success in the sport; she has also titled in AKC Obedience. Her first two conformation dogs, Teka and Keila, taught her a lot about motivation and her Golden Retriever,  Kesha, really helped confirm for her the differences that training styles can make, comparing positive reinforcement to “traditional” methods, seeing when a dog is truly happy while training rather than her just being “a good little soldier”.

KAREN PRYOR ACADEMY certified training partner

Debi entered the Karen Pryor Academy Dog Trainer Program to further her teaching skills and improve her quality of training. However, in the process, she discovered that she has a passion for helping owners understand their dogs more fully and loves seeing the moment when a dog “gets it”, when they say “oh, that’s what you wanted”.  Working with dogs and their owners, problem-solving and helping owners enhance their relationships with their dogs is very rewarding as it improves the quality of the life both both owners and their dogs.  Debi is committed to constantly improving her knowledge of dog behavior and staying up to date on the latest training methods.  As a Trainer, she regularly attends seminars and conferences around North America.  She has also completed and is a Karen Pryor Academy teacher of the KPA Puppy Start Right Program.

Animal Behavioral College Certified Dog Mojo & Me, Feb 09 (16) - CopyTrainer and mentor

Debi graduated the Animal Behavioral College program prior to the KPA program and went on to become a mentor instructor for the Animal Behavioral College’s upcoming students.   Their goal is to provide a quality education and assure that every student graduates with a strong academic and practical foundation directly reflecting ABC’s mission to help animals. Their program offers an affordable and unique hybrid vocational training program which includes both hands-on and online training.

Association of Professional Dog Trainers or  APDT

Debi is a member of the APDT and pursues continuing educational credits.  The APDT was founded in 1993 by Ian Dunbar, PhD, BVetMed, MRCVS, CPDT and  is a professional organization of individual trainers who are committed to becoming better trainers through education.  The APDT created the Code of Professional Conduct and Responsibility to set forth aspirations and guidelines for APDT members of all levels to provide outstanding service and pursue continuing education.  The APDT Foundation was created to help fund research of benefit to dog trainers and behavior counselors.

American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Trainer and Evaluator

Debi is a member of the American Kennel Club (AKC) and has been a trainer and evaluator of both the AKC  S.T.A.R. Puppy and the AKC Canine Good Citizen programs for several years now.  This program  is designed to recognize dogs who have good manners at home and in the community and to reward responsible dog ownership.   This is best accomplished when dogs and their owners have a trainer they can turn to for reliable information and training assistance.  Debi is also an AKC Breeder of Merit.

Professional Trainer in the Pet Professional Guild

The Pet Professional Guild is a membership business league for individuals and professional pet industry businesses having the common business interest and goal of furthering the public’s education and awareness of force-free dog training and pet care methods, techniques and state of research in dog training and pet care and to promote the common interest of spreading ‘force-free’ dog training and pet care methods to the pet industry in not only the US but around the world.


As a Family Paws consultant, Debi meets with and assists both families who have one or more dogs and are expecting a baby (Dogs and Storks program) and families who are trying to live safely with both dogs and young children (Dogs and Toddlers program).

Debi is a presenter for Doggone Safe, a bite prevention program conducted in groups designed for assisting school age children to learn to read dog body language and the best ways to control their own bodies to avoid a potential dog bite.

4-H Trainer and Judge

Debi is available as a trainer and advisor for the 4-H animal program to help and assist the future animal owners of tomorrow learn a positive way of relating to and training animals.  By working with young minds, not only can the future for animal well-being be influenced, but the principles used are applicable to all facets of life, therefore they become life skills.   Debi has also been a judge for several 4-H dog program shows and was a showman herself as a child.


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