​​​​​​​​​Welcome! Clever Paws is owned by Allison Ashey a certified trainer and located in Boise, ID.

Allison is a Certified Training Partner (CTP) of the Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training and Behavior where she graduated with honors from the Karen Pryor Academy.

Her mission is to bring positive reinforcement training to as many lives as she can. Positive reinforcement (non-force) training is proven to be the most humane and is an effective form of training along with a relationship builder for you and your pet. Allison specializes in private & small class training for a low student-teacher ratio to provide more individual time for you and your dog.

​Allison attends yearly continuing education for CEU's to keep her professional certification and to continue to provide quality training with new science based training processes.

​Allison is married to her wonderful husband Brandon and they have three dogs or as they like to call them, their fur kids. Alta is their oldest a German Shorthair Pointer, Vail a rescued Yellow Lab and Boomer a rescued Lab/Chow.

Allison is an Air Force Veteran, she graduated with her Bachelors in Technical Communication and a Master of Elementary Education. Prior to becoming a professional and certified dog trainer she was a pre-school and elementary school teacher.

Allison is now a full-time certified dog trainer and owner of Clever Paws Dog Training. She is also the preferred manners (obedience) trainer of Intermountain Pet Hospital a fear free certified veterinary service. Allison and her husband Brandon co-founded the Boise Chapter of Pets for Vets, a non-profit organization. Allison is a volunteer trainer for the Pets for Vets Boise Chapter and the Meridian Canine Rescue. 

What is Positive Reinforcement?

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Force Free (aka positive reinforcement) training is a humane training method based on behavior science. Operant and classical conditioning, is the foundation for all animal learning and the method provides the tools needed to train animals and modify behavior.


Force Free method focus’ on teaching an animal what to do versus focusing on what not to do. Animals are rewarded for performing good behaviors and the reward is removed for unwanted behaviors. Reward based training produces behaviors that are more reliable than behaviors achieved through traditional methods, which focus heavily on punishment.

Using positive reinforcement, animals learn to make good choices to perform desired behaviors. Force Free training builds relationships among animal and handler and results in enthusiastic training participants.

Force Free training is without coercion or aversives, meaning pain, fear or startling and is not used to train or handle dogs. Aversives include pain collars (prong, choke and shock), shaking cans, sticks or other devices to startle, alpha rolls, intimidation, etc. Force Free trainers do not need to use aversives. Further aversives can cause inhibition of learning, increase fear and aggression, along with possible injury to animals or people.

Allison's Professional Organizations

Clever Paws Dog Training