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Phone : 804-672-7308   Email : jes10501@aol.com
Paws Plus Training is a family-owned positive reinforcement dog training company located in Central Virginia. We feel strongly that a lasting and successful relationship between dog and human is built on trust and mutual respect. We believe and only use positive training methods to enhance the relationship and communication between dog and handler. We agree to and follow the positive training standards set forth by the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT).
Our Services Include:
  • K-9 Nosework Classes
  • Tracking Lessons & Seminars
  • Agility Classes & Lessons
  • Obedience Lessons
  • Puppy Temperament Testing
  • In-home Behavioral Consultations
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UPCOMING EVENTS: Stay tuned for upcoming classes and events. 

Saturday, November 21, 2015
EVENT FULL! Paws Plus Training, LLC will be holding a Beginning Tracking Workshop on Saturday, November 21, 2015 from 9 a.m. to noon. Participants will learn basic tracking information and each dog/handler team will be able to run a series of short tracks. If you have questions or need additional information, please email us at pawsplustrainingva@gmail.com or jes10501@aol.com.

December 4-6, 2015
Paws Plus Training, LLC will be hosting three days of K9 Nosework trials in Spring Grove, Virginia. We will have one day of trials for each of the following levels: NW1, NW2 and NW3. Entries will open on Tuesday, October 6th at noon and close at noon on Thursday, October 8, 2015. Please note that the NW3 trial only is linked with the Worton MD NW3 to maximize trialing opportunities. We are in need of volunteers and will have links to volunteer signups posted shortly. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact us at pawsplustrainingva@gmail.com or jes10501@aol.com.

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 Special Shout-Outs!
  • Ruffwinds Dusty Rose and her handler, Jim Simmons, earned their TDX title in November 2015. Congratulations Rosie!
  • Congratulations to Jen Johnson and Shadow for earning their NW3 Elite title in May. Shadow is the true embodiment of what nosework can do to change the lives of a scared/shy dog. Way to go Shadow!
  • Jen and Shadow join Janie Simmons and Daisy who earned their NW3 Elite title in January 2015. They join a very small group nationwide to accomplish this feat!
  • Congratulations to Ken Breeden and Pele on earning their TD title in March! Bruce McNelly and Lizzy for earning their TD title in February 2015! Great job to these teams!


Congratulations to our students who earned K-9 Nosework Titles in 2015!


  • Christine Johnson & Sobe (Pronounced)
  • Ken Breeden & Davis (Pronounced)
  • Sarah Gardner & Goose
  • Maggie Bryson & Skeeter
  • Beth Shriver & Cruiser
  • Martha Gibby & Drift
  • Sandy Mattes & Glory
  • Susan Gokey & Dreamer
  • Ginny Padgette & Jeep
  • Sarah Gardner & Casey



  • Ellen McNelly & Lizzy (Pronounced) - First Place Overall
  • Ken Breeden & Pele (Prnounced) - Third Place Overall
  • Susan Palocsay and Sarika
  • Ann Jerome & Barclay (Pronounced)
  • Beth Shriver & Bee
  • Liz Bass & Kate
  • Kathy Walton & Delainie (Pronounced)
  • Susan Palocsay and Rumli
  • Jen Johnson & Shadow - Second NW3
  • Janie Simmons & Daisy - Third NW3
  • Jan Dalby & Sassafras
  • Jim Simmons & Reese - Pronounced & First Place Overall
  • Leih Merigian & Geyser - Pronounced & Second Place Overall
  • Jen Johnson & Shadow - Third NW3 & Second Place Overall
  • Jim Simmons & Reese - Second NW3 & First Place Overall
  • Deb Hazel & Max - Third Place Overall
NW3 - Element Title for Exteriors:
  •  Jen Johnson & Shadow
  •  Jan Dalby & Sassafras
NW3 - Element Title for Containers:
  • Jen Johnson & Shadow
  • Jim Simmons & Reese 

NW3 - Element Title for Interiors:

  • Jan Dalby & Sassafras  
  • Jen Johnson & Shadow
NW3 - Element Title for Vehicles:
  • Jim Simmons & Reese
  • Jen Johnson & Shadow
NW3 Elite
  • Janie Simmons and Daisy
  • Jen Johnson and Shadow


Pronounced is a special designation provided by the NACSW to denote exceptional teamwork between and dog and handler on the trial day. 


Great job to all of these teams! 
Jim Simmons and Maxmillian's Days of Thunder TDX
TDX title earned September 23, 2012