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Parade Rained Out

Hi, Friends -

After a hot, dry summer, Mother Nature decided to give us some much needed rain, but unfortunately, her timing was poor. Heavy rain moved in that caused the Pooch Parade and Carnival in Waterford, WI to be canceled.

I was looking forward to being one of the judges for the "Strut your Mutt" costume contest, but the heavy rain forced the event to be canceled. There has been no word as to if the event will be rescheduled.

People and pooches were able to stay home and stay dry.

I'll keep you all posted if this event is rescheduled.

Stay pawsative and keep training happy!



Summer is NOT Over Yet!

Hi, Friends -

Summer is NOT over yet! We are kicking off our LATE Summer session of classes the week of August 15, 2016. We have a wait list for a number of the classes and hope to accommodate those people in the upcoming October session.

On August 20, 2016, I will be one of the judges for the costume contest for the ABSOLUTELY WATERFORD - POOCH PARADE and CARNIVAL. This will be held downtown Waterford. The Pooch Parade starts at 9 a.m. and the event goes until 1 p.m. This is the "Strut Your Mutt" contest for fun prizes. There will be no cost to walk in the Pooch Parade or to enter the "Strut Your Mutt" competition.

Check-in and line-up for the parade will begin at 8 a.m. at the Municiple Parking Lot on 2nd Street, one block north of Main Street. You can still sign-up the day of the event. Although the registration form has a fee noted, the updated information is that there will be no entry fee. Click here to print out the registration form.

The costume contest will offer monetary prizes from $25 to $100 across four categories: Best Dog/Owner Look-Alike; Best Dog Outfit; Friendliest Dog and Overall Favorite - Judge's Choice. Winners will also receive a flower neck wreath from Flowers by Nancy and a free photo by KK Photography.

There will be a number of vendors there also, that may have some appealing items you will want to take home for your canine companion.

I hope you and your canine companions have been enjoying this warm weather. Keep the summer fun going and hope to see you at the Pooch Parade.

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



Fundraiser was a BIG Success!

Hello, Friends -

Deputy Kurt and K-9 Nox; Deputy Troy and K-9 Nitro and Deputy Ed and K-9 Friday (Photo by Garry Werra)The fundraiser for the Racine Area Sheriff Office K-9 Unit on June 25, 2016 was a BIG success! Between the entry fees for the K9 Nose Work Sniff-FUN-Go teams; event day tshirts and tickets sold for the doggy bag drawing, we raised almost $4000. For being a closed-event, meaning "not open to the public", that is pretty pawsome!

It was a hot day, but the participants, volunteers and judges all had smilesNW3 Vehicle Search (Photo by Garry Werra) on their faces with the intention of having fun.

I am so humbled by the number of email and personal Facebook messages that came to me following the event. Being that I am not a trial host for K9 Nose Work trials, the compliments that came in about how well all 3 levels were organized and how smoothly everything flowed, that was the icing on the cake!

Deputy Dave judging the Interior Search (Photo by Hayley Schneider)Of course I could not have done this without ALL of my fabulous volunteers! All of the volunteers at this event were students of Paws-A-Tive Choice, LLC. They came from my K9 Good Neighbor Program, Puppy Love-Beginner Puppy classes; Agility and K9 Nose Work classes. They all jumped right in to support the RASO K-9 Unit.

A HUGE THANK YOU to my core planning committee: Daun Boll; Linda Fisher; Hayely Schneider; Nancy Smith; Maria Spaight and Tami Werra. Without their help with getting everything in place leading up to the big day and then all the work they did the day of the event, well, this event could not have gone very far without them!

The four Sheriff deputies who were the judges for the event were the K-9 handlers whose dogs the event was held for. Deputy Kurt Clemens and K-9 Nox; Deputy Ed Drewitz and K-Friday; Deputy Troy Ruffalo and K-9 Nitro and Deputy Dave Fisher and K-9 Murphy.

Yesterday, the K-9 Unit surprised me with a beautiful engraved plaque to thank me for hosting the fundraiser. That was a very sincere and meaningful surprise for me. I will be hanging that proudly in the front office at Paws-A-Tive Choice, LLC.

It was an incredible day for a group of magnificent dogs! I don't know what will be next for me in helping to Happy winner receiving one of the gift baskets from the doggy bag drawing (Photo by Hayley Schneider)raise funds for the K-9 Unit, but I will keep you posted.

Thank you, to everyone who participated; donated items for the doggy bag drawing and donated money to the cause. Each of you made a pawsative difference!

Until next time, stay pawsative and keep training happy!



MORE Fun in the Works!

Hi, Friends -

As we make our way through February, I'm sure many of you, like me are anxiously awaiting Spring. So, as we wait, I'm working on a variety of really fun things.

We are offering three BRAND NEW CLASSES at Paws-A-Tive Choice, LLC.

Starting February 20th, my new instructor, Jean Jahnke will be teaching two specialty classes; a Reactive Dog Program and a Shy Dog Program. For details, visit the Class Schedule.

Starting in April, Cathy Los will be joining Paws-A-Tive Choice, LLC to teach Rally Obedience. Additional information about Rally-O can also be found on the Class Schedule page.

March 12th at 1:00 p.m., we are holding a Meet-N-Greet with Cathy to demo Rally-O. Cathy competes in Rally and has titles on three of her German shepherds. To learn more about Cathy, click here. If you would like to attend the Meet-N-Greet, please send an email to:

I am excited to judge my first NACSW sanctioned K9 Nose Work Odor Recogntion Test on March 19th at the Sheboygan Kennel Club. That will be a fun experience for me.

I am holding a special K9 Nose Work session at Burlington High School in Burlington, WI on April 24th. We are having up to 20 dogs participate in classroom and container searches. Big thanks to my K9 Nose Work student, Officer Jodi Borchardt for getting us into the school to do this fun K9 Nose Work day.

Mark your calendars for TWO very special events: BARK FOR LIFE - May 22nd at Waterford Union High School in Waterford, WI. More details to follow AND a VERY special fundraising event to benefit the Racine County Sheriff's Office K-9 Unit. Paws-A-Tive Choice, LLC is planning a K9 NW3 Sniff-FUN-Go event on June 25th. We plan to have raffle items and tshirts for sale as part of this special fundraiser. Space will be limited. As soon as more details become available, they will be posted.

Thanks for checking in. I hope to post more information about upcoming classes and events, soon.

Stay well, stay pawsative and remember to always train happy!



Happy 2016!

Hello, Friends and Happy 2016!

We are off to a great start!

Photo by Ron JahnkeOur Meet N Greet on January 16th with my newest instructor, Jean Jahnke went wonderfully! We had a very good turn out; lots of excellent questions and attendee participation. Jean's presentation was well received with folks signing up for both the Reactive and Shy dog programs starting in February.

The interest was so strong that the February and April Reactive Dog programs are now sold out and we are putting the schedule in place for the June program. The February Shy Dog program is full and folks are now registering for the April program.

I am very excited about these two programs, as reactive and shy dogs are often misunderstood and are mishandled when it comes to the type of training they need. Jean and I have been working together to be sure these two specialty programs will keep both the handlers and dogs comfortble, safe AND successful!

There has been interest in a Rally Obedience class at Paws-A-Tive Choice, LLC. I am looking into the possibility of offering a Novice Rally O class. Please watch for details, as if this class is offered, we may start it in April, with a possible demonstration in March to show what Rally O is.

I have been asked to judge a NACSW Odor Recognition Test at the Sheboygan Dog Training Club on March 19th. There will be up to 60 entries and all three odors will be tested: Birch, Anise and Clove. Registration deadline is March 4th. For more details about the ORT contact Laurie Sales:

Just as a reminder, the handler of the dog must be a current member of NACSWTM and the dog must be registered with the NACSWTM. For more information, go to

Enrollment for the LATE Winter Session of classes will open this weekend, January 23rd. Some classes fill immediately. If you are not able to get into the class of your choice, please contact Kathy and you will be added to a wait list.

Thank you for being a part of Paws-A-Tive Choice, LLC in 2015 and I look forward to a lot more fun with you and your canine companions in 2016!

Stay safe, stay pawsative and remember to always train happy!