Marilyn & PortiaPure Spirit is a Twin Cities leader in dog training and is an internationally renowned specialist in animal communication.

Pure Spirit is dedicated to creating understanding between people and animals. Through appreciation of our differences, we can learn to live in harmony with our companion animals and the wild ones who share our planet. Each animal is an individual with their own needs, expectations and personalities. Understanding their individuality and clearly defining our own expectations will help us to bridge the gaps between us and create a relationship that is engaging, supportive, beneficial and fulfilling for both people and animals.

Pure Spirit offers private, in-home dog training. Our professional, bonded dog trainer comes to your home or to the environment in which the issues occur (dog parks, pet stores, parking lots, etc.).  We tailor the training program to your dog and your family.  You list your priorities, and we arrive with a plan.

Our trainers have over twenty years of experience, working with 750-1000 dogs per year, and include all breeds, from A to Z (well, from Affenpinschers to Yorkshire Terriers anyway).  We can help you with:

  • Choosing the right dog for your family (including help with breeds, breeders, rescue organizations, temperament testing
  • Introducing new dogs to the family (both with pets and people)
  • Introducing dogs to new babies, children or other family members
  • Help you choose the right equipment/toys for your dog (Improves safety, saves $$$)
  • Teach fun trick for the right start (good manners improves best friend status)
  • Housetraining – indoors or outside, you can even teach your dog to eliminate in a particular area of the yard
  • Proper and acceptable manners
  • Aggression towards dogs and other animals
  • Aggression towards people
  • Shy/fearful behaviors
  • Stress at the veterinarians
  • Car ride behavior
  • Food stealing
  • Nipping/mouthing
  • Jumping on people or furniture
  • Make walking your dog easier
  • Keep your dog from rushing the front door
  • Excessive barking
  • Counter-surfing (Food Stealing)
  • Proper greeting of visitors
  • Fence fighting
  • Chasing (kids, delivery folks)
  • And most other issues that might come up with pet dogs

Our internationally renowned Animal Communicators (aka Pet Psychics) are available to do consultations via phone anywhere in the world.  For more information on how animal communication works, please visit our Animal Communication page.

Our personable and empathic animal communicators have a combined 20 years experience communicating with dogs, horses, cats, bunnies, ferrets, rats, mice, mole, companion parrots, birds, turtles, hamsters, guinea pigs, tortoises, hedgehogs, sugar gliders, cows, llamas, alpacas and goats.  We can communicate with any animals, wild or domestic.  Reasons for animal communication, include:

  • End of life transition/euthanasia
  • Behavioral issues
  • Physical ailments*
  • Preparation for veterinary or grooming visits
  • Nutritional concerns*
  • Emotional and spiritual awareness
  • Animals in Spirit
  • Introduction of a new animal
  • Lost/Missing animals
  • Mediation between housemates (people and animals)
  • Communication of upcoming events – moves, vacations, visiting guests
  • Find out what activities interest your companion animal.

It's a great idea to couple animal communication with dog training -- especially when working with extreme issues like aggression, shyness and nervousness.

*  Animal communication consultations can give the animal’s perspective on physical ailments. Suggestions for food, nutrition or supplements are for owner consideration. Energy healing is a complimentary holistic therapy; it does not claim to replace veterinary, medical or psychiatric care. For medical concerns contact your veterinary professional.


"For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours, they move finished and complete, gifted with the extension of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings: they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of the earth."

~Henry Beston, The Outermost House

Four Dogs



One of these things is not like the others:

Phoenix, F, German Shepherd Dog,

Portia, F, German Shepherd Dog,

Conan, M, German Shepherd Dog,

Maggie, F, Rottweiler.



Animal Communications



Pure-Spirit Training



Contact Us

E-mail contact is always welcomed, but appointments must be scheduled by phone.  
Please don't hesitate to call us.

Scheduling: 952-226-2660
Phone: 952-226-2622
Please allow 24 hours for your call to be returned Monday-Friday. Although we try, and often do, return calls immediately, it is not always possible for us to do so.  If you do not hear from us, please call again.  Your call is important and we do our best to get back to everyone, but sometimes voice messages are inaudible, difficult to understand or numbers get dropped.  We look forward to speaking to you soon.

US Postal Service:  PO Box 44505, Eden Prairie, MN 55344