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Summer is Fast Approaching

Hi, Friends -

Summer is fast approaching! The Early Summer Session of classes is now open for registration. There are limited spots available in all the classes, so if you would like to enroll, please register soon so you get a spot in the class of your choice.


The American Cancer Society's Bark for Life event at Waterford High School on April 22, 2018 was a big success! Over $6000 was raised for such an important cause. Thanks to everyone who came out and participated.


Today, (May 20th) we held a K9 Nose Work Sniff N Go at Anderson Ashton in New Berlin, WI. Special thanks to our fellow Nose Work student, Nadine Love-Filer for sharing her place of business with all the K9 Nose Work teams. Despite the rainy weather we had, everyone was in good spirits.

Here's to better weather and lots more training fun with our canine companions.

Stay pawsative and remember to always train happy!




Spring is here!

Hi, Friends -

Hope the end of the Winter season was a good one for you. It has been a busy start to 2018 at Paws-A-Tive Choice, LLC and we have lots more in store!

This Saturday, March 31, 2018 we are holding an Interior Sniff N Go at Waterford High School. The participants will have the opportunity for their dogs to search 5 different types of rooms. This is great practice for going into trials, as well as exposing dogs to real world search environments. At this time, this event is full. If any openings become available, it will be posted on the Paws-A-Tive Choice, LLC Facebook page.

Mark your calendars: April 22, 2018 is the American Cancer Society's Bark for Life event at Waterford High School. Click here for event details.

The Spring Session of classes is now open for enrollment. Some classes have already filled. If there is a particular class you are interested in registering for, please do not wait. Many of these classes fill with a wait list. Also, this will be your last chance until Fall to register for our specialty classes, the Reactive Dog Program and our Shy Dog Program. If you have a dog that is fearful and acts very shy, the Shy Dog Program wil be a great class to help your dog become more confident. If your dog is fearful and is more reactive toward people and/or other dogs, our Reactive Dog Program is an excellent class to teach your dog how to be calm and more comfortable in settings that may cause them to react.

As more events and classes are scheduled, they will be posted on the website as well as on our Facebook page.

Here's to warmer weather and getting our dogs out for more fun!

Happy training!



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!