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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!



Happy 2017!!

Hello, Friends of Paws-A-Tive Choice, LLC -

Happy 2017 to you and yours!

Yes, it is the start of a new year! It is hard to believe that Paws-A-Tive Choice, LLC first opened our doors in 2007. We are celebrating 10 years of offering force-free, positive reinforcement training for people and their canine companions.

I am always on the look out for new programs to offer at our learning center. I will keep you posted if we start some new classes this year.

The MID Winter Session of classes is now open for enrollment. This session begins the week of January 30, 2017. Some classes have already filled, so if you find a class you would like to join, don't wait too long, as classes tend to fill a couple of weeks prior to the start date of the class.

I am looking forward to another year of having fun with people and their pooches.

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





Nearing the End of 2016

Hi, Friends -

2016 has gone by so quickly! I don't get the time I would like, to keep up with My Blog. Sorry about that. I tend to post most things on the Paws-A-Tive Choice, LLC Facebook page.

I have posted the schedule for the last session of classes for this year. The EARLY Winter Session of Classes begins the weekend of December 3, 2016. For full details, see the Class Schedule.

We have had a very busy year here at Paws-A-Tive Choice, LLC with some exciting additions. In February, Jean Jahnke, CPDT-KA joined us to bring her expertise and passion for working with reactive and shy dogs. Jean is now teaching two specialty classes devoted to working specifically with reactive and shy dogs. These two programs will be offered throughout the upcoming year.

Cathy Los joined us in April to bring her love and expertise in teaching and competing in Rally Obedience. Cathy teaches Beginner through Excellent Rally O classes and will continue to teach them throughout the upcoming year.

I had the pleasure of judging a K9 Nose Work Odor Recognition Test in March at the Sheboygan Dog Training Club. I had a blast doing that and hope to be asked again to judge in the future.

We held a very successful fundraiser for the Racine Area Sheriff Office K-9 Unit in June. We had a terrific turn-out for the event. It was a K9 Nose Work Sniff-FUN-Go that was open to all three levels of dogs and handlers competing at the NW1, NW2 and NW3 levels. Through event registrations, tshirt sales and raffle tickets, we raised almost $4000 for the RASO K-9 Unit. All four of the K-9 handlers on the unit were judges that day and what a great day it was!

During the year, I have volunteered at K9 Nose Work trials as well as attended continuing education classes. Volunteering at trials is quite the education in itself. I highly encourage people to do so. I will be volunteering at more trials and attending more continuing education classes in 2017. I also hope to get into a K9 Nose Work NW3 trial with my German shepherd, Turbo.

I would like to extend some very special THANK YOU's to people and businesses who have allowed me to bring my students to their places for K9 Nose Work training: Dr. Ted Randelzhofer and Diana Randelzhofer of Animal Hospital of Union Grove in Union Grove, WI; Kevin Dahl of KD Tire in Muskego, WI; Dr. Charles Schneider and Hayley Schneider of Schneider Family Dentistry in Burlington, WI; Nadine Love-Filer of Anderson Ashton in New Berlin, WI; Lisa Triantafelo of Iron Horse Ranch in Waterford, WI; Jeff Koenen with Reineman's True Value in Burlington, WI and Nancy Smith, teacher at Waterford High School in Waterford, WI.

These people have been so generous with allowing me to bring our K9 Nose Work dogs to their locations for training. It is a real challenge finding places that will allow us to train our dogs on site, so when we are blessed with such generous people, they deserve to be acknowledged.

I would also like to extend a very hearty THANK YOU to my very loyal volunteers who help out with my K9 Good Neighbor Program: Frank and Kathy Erickson; Ralph and Linda Sander and Nikki Zass. These folks come every session for the last 3 weeks of the K9 Good Neighbor Program to assist with a variety of exercises with the students in class. Their participation is an important part in helping the dogs in class learn how to behave with strangers.

My other two right hand gals, Daun Boll and Hayley Schneider - They are always willling to lend a helping hand, whatever it may be.

Next May 2017, Paws-A-Tive Choice, LLC will be celebrating our 10 years of helping families and canine companions live in harmony. That is so hard to believe that I opened my learning center in May 2007. It truly does not feel like we are coming up on 10 years. Here's hoping 2017 will be a terrific year for Paws-A-Tive Choice, LLC and all people and their pawsome canines who come to my center for training and fun.

Thanks to all of my fabulous students who continue to support Paws-A-Tive Choice, LLC with our different ventures, classes and special events. I am so very blessed to have all of you in my life.

Here's to ending 2016 on a happy note and may 2017 be a healthy and happy year for you and your pooches.

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