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Please be sure to pre-register for classes. Sorry - no "walk in" students 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: Starts Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. 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: Begins Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 4:50 p.m.   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. Important: If your dog does not have a reliable recall and/or has the tendency to leave the agility course to get to other dogs, your dog may not be permitted to join the class.  Class Limit: 5 dogs per class  A minimum of 3 dogs are needed to hold a class. Class Fee: $130 Instructor - Kathy Edstrom BA, LAT, CFEP, CNWI

Agility Fun 301: Begins Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 6:00 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: $125 Instructor - Kathy Edstrom BA, LAT, CFEP, CNWI

Agility Fun 401: 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: $125 Instructor - Kathy Edstrom BA, LAT, CFEP, CNWI

Happy Graduates of the K9 Good Neighbor Program: Daun and AnikaK9 Good Neighbor Program:  The Orientation for this program is Sunday,  April 7, 2019 at 7:15 p.m. WITHOUT your dog. We will discuss training techniques as well as discuss questions you may have regarding your dog. The following day, Monday, April 8, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. is when the class begins with the dogs. We will meet for 5 weeks.

In this class, you will receive a booklet folder that contains your class handouts as well as a high quality treat bag for ease of use when rewarding your canine companion. You will receive these items at the Orientation.

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: $145 Instructor - Kathy Edstrom BA, LAT, CFEP, CNWI

K9 Nose Work-Fun 101 (Intro to K9 Nose Work): 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: $135      Instructor - Kathy Edstrom BA, LAT, CFEP, CNWI

<FULL> K9 Nose Work-Fun 201 (Intro to Odor) Begins Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 7:30 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: $135 Instructor - Kathy Edstrom BA, LAT, CFEP, CNWI

K9 Nose Work -Fun 301 (Continuing K9 Nose Work - BIRCH)   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: $130 Instructor - Kathy Edstrom BA, LAT, CFEP, CNWI

Turbo earned his NW3 Title; NW 3 - Container Title; NW 3 - Vehicle Title and his NW3 - Exterior TitleK9 Nose Work-Fun 401 (Advanced K9 Nose Work) Birch/Anise and will be working more Clove into the searches. TWO classes being offered: <FULL>Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. and Friday, April 12, 2019 at 5:00 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:  $130 Instructor - Kathy Edstrom BA, LAT, CFEP, CNWI

K9 Nose Work-Fun 501 (Advanced K9 Nose Work - More competition-based) Birch, Anise and Clove are all utilized in this course. THREE CLASSES being offered: <FULL> Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.; Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. and Friday, April 12, 2019 at 6:15 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: $130 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

For 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 Nose 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

NEW CLASS: Paws on the Path with Angela Tojek - Paws on the Path is a 60-minute class on selectAngela Tojek with her 3 German shepherds: Greta, Charlie and Mindy Saturdays during the months of May through September. Each class will be held at a different location from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.  A minimum of 5 students is needed to hold the class. If less than 5 students, the class will be canceled.

This class will give you the opportunity to take your dog to different trails around the Waterford, WI area. You will get to practice basic manners with your dog, while learning trail etiquette and enjoying a nice walk with your canine companion.

* No dog reactive or people reactive dogs allowed in the class. Dogs must be socially comfortable with being in the presence of other dogs and people.

  * Class will be held rain or shine. There are NO refunds for this class. If there is a light drizzle, class will still be held at the designated location. If there is heavy rain, class will then be held at Paws-A-Tive Choice, LLC in the learning center. You will be notified by email 90-minutes prior to the start of class if the location has been moved to Paws-A-Tive Choice, LLC.

Dates and locations will continue to be added. Each class must be registered for separately. Class fee: $15

 

Puppy Love Beginner Puppy Class: At the Orientation, we discuss training techniques as well as discuss questions you may have regarding your pup. The following day, class starts with the puppies and we meet for 6 weeks. In this class, you will receive a folder booklet that contains your weekly class handouts. By the end of the session, you will have a complete puppy manual. You will also receive a floor cord and a high quality treat bag for ease of use when rewarding your canine companion. These items will be provided at the Orientation.

Happy Graduates of the Puppy Love Beginner Puppy and the Puppy Love Too - Adv

This class is for pups 8 to 16 weeks old at the start of the program. The Orientation is without puppies. The remaining six classes are 60 minutes, with puppies. Class Limit: 6 puppies per class   Class Fee: $160 (A $5 discount will be provided if you pay with cash or a check.) A minimum of 3 puppies needed to hold a class. Instructor - Kathy Edstrom BA, LAT, CFEP, CNWI

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

Nadine and Eddie earn their 2nd leg toward their Intermediate Rally O TitleRally Obedience 301 - (Advanced/Excellent) - TWO classes offered - starts Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. and Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 11:30 a.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: 5 dogs   Class Fee: $130 (A $5 discount is provided if paying by check or cash.) 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:  Starts April 14, 2019 with the Orientation at 6:00 p.m. A 30-minute private lesson will be scheduled on Sunday, April 28, 2019. (There will be no class on April 21, 2019 due to the Easter holiday) The remaining four group classes will be at 6:00 p.m. starting May 5, 2019. Class Limit: 4 dogs per class   Class Fee: $227 (A $7.00 discount is provided if mailing in payment.)  Students will receive their binder of materials and clicker at the Orientation.  Instructor - Jean Jahnke CPDT-KA Instructor - Jean Jahnke CPDT-KA

Shy Dog Program:  Starts April 14, 2019 with the Orientation at 6:00 p.m. A 30-minute private lesson will be scheduled on Sunday, April 28, 2019. (There will be no class on April 21, 2019 due to the Easter holiday) The remaining four group classes will be at 7:15 p.m. starting May 5, 2019.  Class Limit: 4 dogs per class   Class Fee: $227 (A $7.00 discount is provided if mailing in payment.) Students will receive their binder of materials and clicker at the Orientation.
Instructor - Jean Jahnke CPDT-KA

Private training is 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: Contact Kathy directly: softailkat@gmail.com

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