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Enrollment is closed for the Late Fall Session of classes beginning the week of November 5, 2017.

Please be sure to pre-register for classes. Sorry - no walk ins due to the fact classes are very small to allow for optimal learning and personal attention for each student. 

Can't make it to a class? No problem! Private lessons are available in agility, K9 Nose Work as well as pet obedience and assistance with canine issues. Email Kathy for details: softailkat@gmail.com

Classes at the Paws-A-Tive Choice learning center are held indoors in the 7,000 sq. foot, fully matted, temperature controlled training Where all the FUN happens!facility in Union Grove, WI. (Just 5 miles east of Waterford.)

Through reward-based training, you and your canine companion will learn the necessary skills for maintaining a harmonious relationship. The dog training classes through Paws-A-Tive Choice, LLC are for family pets and are not based on training for dog show competitions. However, many students go on to compete because we teach the necessary foundation skills to set them up for success in a variety of dog sports.

FOR COMPLETE CLASS DESCRIPTIONS, VISIT THE SERVICES AND CLASSES PAGE. To register, click on the class name. You can NOW REGISTER ON LINE. For questions, contact Kathy: (262) 994-3487 or at softailkat@gmail.com


Mojo loves that tunnelAgility Fun 101:  This is a 6-week, 60-minute class. You and your dog will be introduced to all the agility obstacles to help your dog complete them safely and confidently. You will learn handling skills on how to communicate with your K9 teammate and learn control exercises to ensure your dog completes the obstacles intended, so your dog learns to work with you, the handler.   Class limit: 5 dogs per class  Class Fee: $130. A minimum of 3 dogs are needed to hold a class.

Agility Fun 201:  This is a 6-week, 60-minute class for students and dogs that have successfully completed Agility Fun 101, or have done agility before, but the dogs are not completely confident on all obstacles. Dogs may still run on leash. Also helpful for students who are newer with their handling skills.   Class Limit: 5 dogs per class  A minimum of 3 dogs are needed to hold a class.
Class Fee:
$130 Instructor: Julie Weigl

Agility Fun 301: Begins Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017 at 6:10 p.m. This class Photo by: Jolene Zimdars of Jo Z Photographyis for dogs that are running off leash and are now able to negotiate full courses. We are focusing on handler skills and continuing to challenge the dogs' skills as they learn to negotiate the obstacles.  Class Limit: 5 dogs     Class Fee: $120 Instructor - Kathy Edstrom BA, LAT, CFEP, CNWI

Agility Fun 401: Begins Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017 at 2:30 p.m.  If your dog is an advanced agility partner and you want to continue having fun with your dog in a non-competitive environment, this 6-week, 60-minute class is a fun choice. If you are competing and would like another venue to rehearse courses with your dog, this could be the class for you. Class Limit: 5 dogs    Class Fee: $120 Instructor - Kathy Edstrom BA, LAT, CFEP, CNWI

Happy Graduates of the K9 Good Neighbor Program: Paula and Jim with IndieK9 Good Neighbor Program:  ORIENTATION is Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017 at 7 p.m. WITHOUT your dog. We will discuss training techniques as well at discuss questions you may have regarding your canine companion. Class materials will be given at this time. Class with your dog begins Monday, Nov. 6, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. And will run for 5 consecutive Mondays. 

The 5-week session with your dog, is a 60-minute program focusing on skills necessary for dogs to live harmoniously within their home and in the community. If your pooch is 5 months or older and needs training in basic obedience or needs a refresher on doggy manners, this is the class for you and your canine buddy. We concentrate on the AKC Canine Good Citizen guidelines. Class Limit: 6 dogs  Class Fee: $130 Instructor - Kathy Edstrom BA, LAT, CFEP, CNWI

K9 Scent Work-Fun 101 (Intro to K9 Nose Work): Begins Friday, Nov. 10, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.  This exciting, 6-week sport allows your dog to use his innate ability to detect scent and determine its source. This 60-90 minute class (depending on the number of dogs enrolled) is the introduction to K9 Nose Work. This is the beginning of teaching dogs to scent for a specific odor, which will be taught in continuing and advanced classes. To read more details, visit the Services and Classes page. Class Limit: 6 dogs (no experience required, no age limit. A minimum of 3 dogs are needed to have a class.  Class Fee: $130      Instructor - Kathy Edstrom BA, LAT, CFEP, CNWI

K9 Scent Work-Fun 201 (Intro to Odor) Begins Friday, Nov. 10, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. This is a 6-week, 45-90 minute class (depending on the number of dogs enrolled). At this level, we introduce the dogs to the odor, Birch to teach them to scent for that specific odor. Prerequisite: K9 Scent Work-Fun 101 or by approval of instructor. Class Limit: 6 dogs  Class Fee: $130 Instructor - Kathy Edstrom BA, LAT, CFEP, CNWI

K9 Scent Work-Fun 301 (Continuing K9 Nose Work - BIRCH) Begins Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017 at 2:30 p.m. This 6-week, 45-90 minute class (depending on number of dogs enrolled) is a continuation of the skills learned in the 201 class. The dogs are now completely scenting for odor in different interior and exterior settings as well as vehicle searches. We may go to locations away from Paws-A-Tive Choice, LLC to give the dogs and handlers more real-world experiences. Dogs will also be introduced to the odor, Anise. Prerequisite: K9 Scent Work-Fun 201 or by approval of instructor. Class Limit: 6 dogs per class    Class Fee: $125 Instructor - Kathy Edstrom BA, LAT, CFEP, CNWI

Turbo finds the "hide" in the suitcase K9 Scent Work-Fun 401 (Advanced K9 Nose Work ) - Birch/Anise and will be working more Clove into the searches. TWO CLASSES being offered: Begins Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. AND Friday, Nov. 10, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. This is for advanced dogs scenting on Birch and Anise and are now training at competition level and are ready to start working with the odor, Clove. Dogs must be proficient at working all four elements: containers; vehicles; interior and exterior searches. Some classes may take place at various locations around Southeast Wisconsin. Class Limit: 6 dogs per class    Class Fee:  $125 Instructor - Kathy Edstrom BA, LAT, CFEP, CNWI

K9 Scent Work-Fun 501 (Advanced K9 Nose Work - More competition-based) Birch, Anise and Clove are all utilized in this course. TWO CLASSES being offerd Begins Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. AND  Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. for 6 weeks. Dogs and handlers are working at an advanced level. We focus on skills necessary for competition. Dogs must be proficient in all three odors and all four search elements: containers; vechicles; exteriors and interior searches. Some classes may take place at various locations around Southeast Wisconsin. Class Limit: 6 dogs per class    Class Fee: $125 for the 6-week program. Instructor - Kathy Edstrom BA, LAT, CFEP, CNWI

Birch, Anise AND Clove Sniff-on-In Classes: These classes are for more advanced handlers and dogs that are proficient in Birch, but also may be working Anise and Clove. We will be doing training exercises to assist with competition preparation. However, you do NOT have to be competing to attend the Saturday or Sunday drop-in classes. All four elements may be worked and some classes may be held at various locations around Southeast Wisconsin. Class Limit: 6 dogs per class or up to 20 dogs for special sniff-n-go types of classes    Class Fee: $20 - $25 per class depending on location

Tija and Bailey doing vehicle searchesFor Saturday/Sunday Sniff-On-In Classes, (drop-in-classes): We will be working on more advanced skills to challenge the dogs and handlers.

K9 Nose Work: Sniff-on-In/Drop-In Class (All 3 odors will be available and will be placed according to the level of the dog.)

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We are currently working on some upcoming special sniff-n-go type of classes. Check back for additional sessions.

Will post additional dates and locations when scheduled. Note:  Locations are subject to change; will notify registered students if location has been changed. I am working on additional locations and dates. Those will be posted as soon as I can confirm them.

K9 Scent Work-Fun 301/401/501 Skill Building: This 4-week, 60-90 minute class will focus on continuing to build the dog's ability to search for odor and stay at source. We will also focus on handler skills to help with reading their dog when the dog is working odor and going to source. We will be working on all 4 elements; containers/interiors/exteriors and vehicles. Weather permitting, we may go to other locations to continue building the dog's confidence in working in unfamiliar environments. Video recording and in depth skill building discussions are part of the training process. Prerequisite: The dog must be reliably working Birch and Anise and if your dog has not started Clove, we may introduce your dog to this odor. Class Limit: 6 dogs per class   Class Fee: $80

Puppy Love Beginner Puppy Class:  Your Orientation for this class starts Sunday, Nov. 5 Happy Graduates of the Puppy Love Beginner Puppy and the Puppy Love Too - Advanced Puppy Programs: Steve, Ilka and the, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. This is WITHOUT your puppy. The following day, Monday, Nov. 6, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. is the start of the program with your puppy. We will then meet for 6 Mondays at 4:30 p.m.
 This class is for pups 8 to 16 weeks old. The Orientation is without puppies. The remaining six classes are 60-75 minutes, with puppies.. Class Limit: 6 puppies per class   Class Fee: $150 A minimum of 3 puppies needed to hold a class.

Puppy Love Too - Advanced Puppy Class: (This class is only open to students who have completed the Puppy Love-Beginner Puppy Program.) This 6-session, 60-minute class is a continuation of the Beginner Puppy class. Students build on the skills they learned in the first class and we introduce new skills to puppies to help solidify good behaviors that will stay with them for the rest of their lives. (Puppies 4 months to 6 months of age.) Class Limit: 6 puppies per class   Class Fee: $140 A minimum of 3 puppies needed to hold a class. Instructor - Kathy Edstrom BA, LAT, CFEP, CNWI

Rally Obedience 201 - Continuing Rally O (Intermediate/Advanced) - starts Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. This is a 6-week; 60-minute class. Dogs and handlers must be able to work all Novice,  Intermediate and be working Advanced signs. New signs will be introduced in this course. Class Limit: 4 dogs   Class Fee: $125 A minimum of 3 dogs needed to hold a class. Instructor - Cathy Los

Rally Obedience 301 (Advanced/Excellent) starts Wednesday, Nov. 8 , 2017 at 11:30 a.m. This is a 6-week, 60-minute class. Dogs and handlers must be able to navigate all the Novice, Intermediate and Advanced signs. Class Limit: 4 dogs per class    Class Fee: $125     A minimum of 3 dogs needed to hold a class. Instructor - Cathy Los

Rally obedience (also known as Rally or Rally-O) is a dog sport based on obedience.

Unlike regular obedience, instead of waiting for the judge's orders, the competitors proceed around a course of designated stations with the dog in heel position. The course consists of 10 to 20 signs that instruct the team what to do. Unlike traditional obedience, handlers are allowed to encourage their dogs during the course.

“Getting On Board When Your Dog Has Issues” (For Reactive and Shy Dogs) - This detailed and specialized 6-week program is designed for fearful dogs who respond to stimuli with either reactivity or shyness. The programs include a MANDATORY two-hour Orientation Session, 30-minute One-on-One Individual Session, and then two separate training tracks: a Calming Track for reactive dogs and a Confidence Building Track for shy dogs. If you have a reactive dog, you will sign up for the reactive dog track. If your dog is shy, sign up for the shy dog track. 

Reactive Dog Program:  Begins Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017 - MANDATORY Orientation is from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  A 30-minute private lesson will be scheduled on Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. The remaining four group classes will be at 6:00 p.m. starting Nov. 26, 2017   Class Limit: 4 dogs per class   Class Fee: $220  Students will receive their binder of materials and clicker at the Orientation. Instructor - Jean Jahnke CPDT-KA

Shy Dog Program: Begins Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017 - MANDATORY Orientation is from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  A 30-minute private lesson will be scheduled on Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. The remaining four group classes will be at 7:15 p.m. starting Nov. 26, 2017 Class Limit: 4 dogs per class   Class Fee: $220  Students will receive their binder of materials and clicker at the orientation.  Instructor - Jean Jahnke CPDT-KA

Trick Class 101: Begins Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 at 7:45 p.m. Xena likes to  Each class is 60-minutes.

Why take a trick class? Spending time with your dog helps build your relationship by improving your communication skills. It is through these skills that your dog will trust and respect you and the relationship.

What will we get out of this class? This class will provide you with the tools and knowledge to teach your dog any trick or behavior you want. We will spend time talking about how to teach and break behaviors down into manageable pieces. By the end of this class, you will have taught your dog close to 20 tricks that can be demonstrated to earn a Do More with Your Dog Novice Trick Title. If you are willing to teach a few additional tricks on your own, you can also earn your AKC Novice Trick Dog Title.

Equipment? You will be required to bring several items with you to class each week. They are: 6 foot leash (no retractable please); Toy for motivation; An assortment of very yummy treats cut into pencil eraser size. These should be soft and yummy. No hard treats please. Hots dogs, string cheese and left over chicken work very well. Please make sure to cut them prior to coming to class. Treat Pouch to put your treats in to have them easily accessible; Hungry dog: Please do not feed your dog for at least 4 hours before class. A hungry dog will work much better than a full dog. And last a good attitude and open mind to learn.

These items are optional:
Clicker; Book: The Dog Tricks and Training Workbook by Kyra Sundance. This book is not required but it is very good reference. You may purchase it on Amazon prior to class. We will be following this curriculum for most of the class. https://tinyurl.com/y9qvmacy Weekly handouts will be provided for what is covered and will reference this book. Class Limit: 4 dogs per class (A minimum of 3 dogs needed to hold a class.)  Class Fee: $135      Instructor: Cheryl Cieslinski CTDI

Private training is also offered in Agility, K9 Nose Work as well as individual lessons in puppy care and training and adult doggy manners if your pooch needs a refresher on pet obedience skills or hasn't had training and needs some assistance.

Email Kathy at: softailkat@gmail.com or call Kathy at: (262) 994-3487 to schedule an appointment or to inquire about additional classes and services provided.

Please note: Students must pre-register for class. Sorry, no walk-ins. All sessions are by appointment only. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Behavioral consultations, Flower Essence Consultations available by appointment. Contact Kathy directly: softailkat@gmail.com

For class descriptions, click here- http://www.pawsativechoice.com/services/