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Kicking Off 2018 with Tons O' Fun!

Hey, Friends!

It's 2018 and we started off with tons o' fun during the month of January!

Kevin and Amber practicing their tackle part of the routine.On January 7, 2018, we had a very exciting day at Paws-A-Tive Choice, LLC. Our fantastic Certified Trick Dog Instructor, Cheryl Cieslinski, was asked to mentor NFL Guard for the Cleveland Browns, Kevin Zeitler and his dog, Amber to prepare them for the CBS Live Show, MVP: Most Valuable Performer which aired live on January 25, 2018.

The promo shoot that was done at Kevin, being interviewed in the front office of Paws-A-Tive Choice, LLCPaws-A-Tive Choice, LLC was an incredibly fun day! A sound man, Bill and a producer, Marc, flew in from Burbank, CA to spend the day shooting video for the promotional piece that was edited down to a one minute bio package that played on air just before Kevin and Amber came on stage to perform their trick dog routine. 

I took several photos and video of the fun we had. CBS would not let us share any details until they released the 6 finalists, and Kevin and Amber were one of the 6 finalists. Cheryl flew out to Hollywood for the live show.

For being such a little fish in an ocean of dog trainers and dog training facilities, it was unbelievably exciting to have a moment in the spotlight.

Cheryl, Kevin and Amber



I am so proud of Cheryl Strelbicki-Cieslinski! She did an amazing job working with Kevin and Amber and was extremely pleased that Kevin and Amber made it into the Top 3 the night of the show.

Kevin hikes the ball to AmberIt's show time! Kevin and Amber with Sharon Osborn

On January 21, 2018 Dr. Manette Kohler and I presented at a Lunch N Learn at Cafe 213 in Waterford, WI. The presentation was on "Practical Solutions for Real Life Issue with a Dog." We had a full house with great attendees who were totatally engaged in the presentation. Dr. Kohler and I received requests to do future Lunch N Learn events. I will keep you posted if we schedule another presentation.

















Kevin and Amber 















The Late Winter Session of classes will be starting the week of February 25, 2018. Check the schedule for class times and offerings. Registration for classes will close by February 21, 2018.

As always, visit the Paws-A-Tive Choice, LLC Facebook page for on going posts and information about classes and events happening at our center. :

Until next time, stay pawsative and remember to always train happy!





As 2017 Comes to a Close...

Hi, Friends -

As usual, time has gotten away from me. I tend to post more things on the Paws-A-Tive Choice, LLC Facebook page, then I do here.

As 2017 draws to a close, I want to share some of the accomplishments by our wonderful students. We have a few who have been actively competing in Rally Obedience and K9 Nose Work. I am genuinely proud of each of these students for the hard work and dedication they have put into training their dogs.

National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW) K9 Nose Work Titles:






Rebecca Marschner and Knox - Passed all three of their Odor Recognition Tests for K9 Nose Work: Birch, Anise and Clove.












Sandee Stuczynski and Star - Passed all three of their Odor Recogntion Tests for K9 Nose Work: Birch, Anise and Clove.













Ginger Blossom and Tashi earned their NW1 Title in K9 Nose Work.












Ginger Blossom and Emmie earned their NW2 Title in K9 Nose Work.













Nadine Love-Filer and Jazz earned their NW1 Title in K9 Nose Work.














Tija Mohr and Krave earned their NW1 Title in K9 Nose Work.













Kim Novotny and Oliver- Passed their Birch and Anise Odor Recognition Tests for K9 Nose Work.










Dave Chvilicek and Sally - Passed all three of their Odor Recognition Tests for K9 Nose Work: Birch, Anise and Clove.











Kathy Edstrom and Turbo earned their NW3 Title; NW3-C (Container search); NW3-E (Exterior search) and NW3-V (Vehicle search) in K9 Nose Work.





 Agility and Obedience Titles



Jessica Marschner and Knox had a very full summer of 4H competitions: Knox earned his 4H Grand Champion in Novice Obedience; Highest Scoring Obedience Dog in the show; Grand Champion in Novice Brace Team with Jessica's other dog, Patches and Knox; 2nd place in Advanced Showmanship and Reserve Champion and 2nd Place in Advanced Agility.








Cheryl Cieslinski and Xena earned their RA (Rally Advanced) Title and also their BN (Beginner Novice) Title.










Cheryl Cieslinski and Pixel earned their first leg toward their RN (Rally Novice) Title.









Ginger Blossom and Emmie earned their RN (Rally Novice) Title and 2 legs in Rally Advanced.

Ginger Blossom and Tashi earned 2 legs in Rally Novice. Between Emmie and Tashi, they earned 4 First Place ribbons; 2 Second Place ribbons and 1 Third Place ribbon.













Nadine Love-Filer and Eddie earned their RN (Rally Novice) Title









Sharon Golden and Kuno earned their RN (Rally Novice) Title


I am so very proud of all of my students; not only those who choose to compete. My students come to Paws-A-Tive Choice, LLC to have fun with their dogs and learn a variety of skills; whether they are obedience related, agility; K9 Nose Work or for assistance with behavioral concerns, I truly have a devoted group of students.

It is because of their love and devotion to their canine companions, that Paws-A-Tive Choice, LLC just celebrated our 10 Year Anniversary! My, oh my how quickly time flies!

I was busy attending a variety of seminars and workshops throughout the year. I had a working spot with my dog, Turbo at a Ron Gaunt NW3 seminar. Ron is one of the founders of NACSW and always shares a wealth of knowledge.

I judged an Odor Recognition Test back in June. I always enjoy judging those. I learn so much from watching each dog and handler.

I volunteered for a few K9 Nose Work Trials; again always a great experience. I highly encourage my students and other K9 Nose Work enthusiasts to volunteer at trials. You can learn so much by volunteering and observing other dogs and handlers.

The Dana Zinn Seminar was fantastic. She is part of the NACSW Faculty. That was a very fun K9 Nose Work weekend.

In August, I taught a K9 Nose Work Competition Prep workshop for my students and other K9 enthusiasts. We had a nice turn out and even did a Mock NW1 Trial so all participants could get a feel of what it would be like at a trial.

In September I held a K9 Sniff-N-Go at the Waterford Fire and Rescue Station. The funds raised went to the Waterford Fire and Rescue Department.

We had a lot of fun at our Trick Dog Demo and Meet-N-Greet with our Certified Trick Dog Instructor, Cheryl Cieslinski on December 16, 2017. Cheryl demonstrated a number of fun skills with her Basset hounds, Xena, Pixel and Josie.

Cheryl will be teaching a Trick Dog class starting January 4, 2018. There are still a couple of spots left, if you would like to teach your pup some fun tricks. Visit the Class Schedule for details on the class.

2018 has a lot in store. We will be adding more classes; holding more seminars; speaking of, Dr. Manette Kohler of Helping Hand Veterinary Counseling and myself, will be doing a Lunch-n-Learn at Cafe 213 in Waterford, WI on January 21, 2018. For details and registration, click here

February 17, 2018 I will be holding a K9 Nose Work demonstration for a 4H group. Plans are still in the works for that event.

As more classes and events are happening, I will post them on the website, but most announcments will take place on the Paws-A-Tive Choice, LLC Facebook page. So if you are not already following us on Facebook, please do. Would love to see you there.

I have much to be thankful for and am so very thankful for all the devoted students who train at Paws-A-Tive Choice, LLC.

I am honored to have Cathy Los teaching our Rally Obedience classes and Jean Jahnke teaching our Reactive Dog Program and our Shy Dog Program. Both of these professional trainers do an outstanding job and truly are experts in their field.

As I look forward to the upcoming year, I reflect back on all that has happened, not only during 2017, but over the past 10 years since I opened my learning center in 2007. Here's to another 10 years of helping dogs and families live in harmony.

Thank you for visiting our website. I hope to see you and your canine companion in 2018.

Stay pawsative and remember to always train happy!












Summer is in Full Swing!

Hi, Friends -

Summer is in full swing! Time continues to go by much too quickly. I can't believe it's been two months since I was able to post here.

The NACSW sanctioned ORT (Odor Recognition Test) I judged in New Berlin, WI was a lot of fun! I so enjoy judging these tests. Out of 97 dogs, 88 dogs passed their tests. This was a wonderful pass rate!

I had the opportunity to trial with my German shepherd, Turbo at a NACSW sanctioned NW3 trial in Crystal Lake, IL at the McHenry Community College on June 18, 2017. It was a fantastic day! We earned our NW3 title along with our NW3 element titles in Exterior, Vehicle and Container searches. We would have earned our Interior element title and our NW3 elite title, except the first two NW3 trials we were in, we missed ONE interior hide in both trials.

In our very first NW3 trial, I literally forgot a hallway was part of the search area and held my dog in the main room. I was soooo nervous! Had I allowed Turbo to be off leash and go into the hallway, he would have found that second hide and we would have titled at our first trial. My error!! I could have kicked myself!

The wonderful judge tracked me down after the trial to say how great of a dog Turbo was and he was totally bummed that I forgot the hallway was part of the search area. He was convinced Turbo would have found that second hide and we would have titled at our first NW3 trial. What a lesson for me!

The second NW3 trial we got into, we were the first dog on the line. Sadly, we again missed one hide and it was in the third interior room. The judge was standing right next to the odor. Turbo tried working it, but the judge didn't move, so Turbo backed off. I had no idea that was where the odor was until later that day when the CO spoke about all the hide placements. What a disappointment! But I learned a lot about that and used that as a training exercise in my advanced classes. I stood next to the hide and did not move. I had the dogs work around me. It was good observation skills for the handlers to watch their dogs work around blocked odor.

As the old saying goes, "third one's a charm" and it was! With every trial I am in and I volunteer at, I can see how dogs work odor and what the handler needs to do for the dog to be successful. I certainly learn a lot about my own handling. Practice! Practice! Practice!

I love K9 Nose Work and have so much fun training my own dog in it. I have a blast working with my students and now they are starting to compete.

Speaking of: Congratulations to Ginger Blossom and her Belgian shepherd, Emmie! They earned their NW2 title in Crystal Lake, IL on June 17, 2017

Rebecca Marschner and her German shepherd, Knox passed all 3 of their Odor Recognition Tests on June 11, 2017 in New Berlin, WI.

Sandee Stuczynski and her Border collie, Star passed all 3 of their Odor Recognition Tests on June 11, 2017 in New Berlin, WI.

More K9 Nose Work trials are coming up, as well as Agility and Rally Obedience trials. I will be sure to post notes of "congratulations" for my students' achievements.

In honor of celebrating the 10 Year Anniversary of Paws-A-Tive Choice, LLC, we have been doing weekly drawings for the past month. Students and volunteers all had their names in for the drawings.

Dr. Linda Axnick from our Puppy Love-Beginner Puppy Program won a gift bag full of goodies.

Nicole Kazin from our Agility Fun 401 class won a $20 gift certificate.

Tami Werra from our Agility Fun 301 and K9 Scent Work-Fun 501 class won a gift bag full of goodies.

Cala Ludtke from our Puppy Love Too-Advanced Puppy Program won a $30 gift certificate.

Just a way to thank folks for choosing Paws-A-Tive Choice, LLC for their dog training fun.

Friendly reminder: The Summer Session of classes is NOW OPEN for enrollment Classes begin the week of July 16, 2017.

Here's to lots more training fun this summer!





Hello, Friends!

Paws-A-Tive Choice, LLC is celebrating our 10 Year Anniversary!

I can't believe we first opened our doors in May 2007! Time truly does fly when you're working hard and having fun!

It has been quite a journery! Lots of learning curves, which of course is an on going process.

Throughout these past 10 years, I have made some incredible friends. The best people who have come into my life, came to me because of their dogs.

I have been blessed abundantly with so many wonderful students; some who have been with me from the time their dogs were pups. Now these dogs are elderly, but still actively training at Paws-A-Tive Choice, LLC. I am so thankful and honored by the dedication of my students. They have been pawsome supporters and I treasure each and every one of them!

Just a couple of quick reminders: The American Cancer Society's BARK FOR LIFE event is happening this Sunday, April 30, 2017 at the Waterford High School Environmental Center in Waterford, WI. The event is from noon to 2:30 p.m. Please come and support this important fundraising event. There will be doggy games, photo ops, a demonstration by our Racine Area Sheriff Office K-9 Unit, as well as vendors. Come see me at the Registration booth. I'd be happy to get you registered. You can attend with or without a dog.

The LATE SPRING SESSION of classes begins the week of May 22, 2017. Registration is NOW OPEN! I encourage you to register early so you get into the class you would like. There will be NO CLASS on Monday, May 29, 2017 due to the Memorial Day holiday.

I am judging a K9 Nose Work Odor Recogntion Test on June 11, 2017 at Think Pawsitive in New Berlin, WI. To register your dog for the ORT, contact

As more events are happening, I will continue to post them here as well as on the Paws-A-Tive Choice, LLC Facebook page.

MANY THANKS for your on going support and interest in training at Paws-A-Tive Choice, LLC. Here's to another 10 years of fun with you and your canine companions!

Stay pawsative and keep training happy!



Spring is Here!

Hi, Friends -

Yes. Spring is officially here!

We are kicking off the Early Spring Session of classes the week of March 27, 2017. There is still space in a few classes, so if there is a particular class you want to get your pooch enrolled in, the deadline to register is March 24, 2017.

We are continuing to expand the programs at Paws-A-Tive Choice, LLC. We currently offer beginner and advanced puppy classes; adult doggy manners classes; Intro through Advanced Agility classes; Intro through Advanced Rally Obedience classes, Reactive and Shy Dog programs as well as Intro through Advanced K9 Nose Work classes. We try to offer something for everyone and you don't have to compete if you don't want to.

We teach all of our classes for fun, but also provide the necessary skills should one want to compete with their canine companion. Whether it is to get a CGC (Canine Good Citizen title through the American Kennel Club); compete in Agility, Rally O, or K9 Nose Work, you will learn the skills to help you and your dog be successful.

A few things on the agenda for this year so far: American Cancer Society's Bark for Life Event will be held on April 30, 2017 at Waterford High School in Waterford, WI. For registration details, contact Nancy Smith:  I will be judging a K9 Nose Work ORT (Odor Recognition Test) on June 11, 2017 at Think Pawsitive in New Berlin, WI. Registration is still open if you want to enroll your dog in this ORT. I will also be a judge for the Waterford Chamber of Commerce Pooch Parade in Waterford, WI on August 19, 2017. More details to follow on this fun event.

As more events get on the schedule, I will be posting them here as well as on our Facebook page.

Now that the weather is getting warmer, more people will be out with their dogs. Be sure to keep your dog on leash and be respectful when out walking your dog. If your dog is off leash and you see someone coming, whether with or without a dog, call your dog back to you and leash him up. Your dog may be friendly, but the person and or on coming dog may not be as social. By being a responsible dog guardian, your actions will help prevent a potential problem. The more you can show good handling skills with your dog and show off his obedience, the better advocate you are for your dog and the benefits of training your canine companion.

Stay pawsative and remember to always train happy!