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Paws-A-Tive Choice, LLC accepts clients from kennels, groomers, veterinarians, professional dog trainers, as well as referrals from our fabulous clients. We are always happy to work with people who have found us through this website. To schedule an appointment or to find out about classes, email Kathy at: softailkat@gmail.com OR call: (262) 994-3487

Paws-A-Tive Choice, LLC is located in Union Grove, WI: All classes are taught in our 7,000 square foot learning center on Tenderfoot rubber matting for the comfort and safety of you and your dog.

Through reward-based training, you and your canine companion will learn the necessary skills for maintaining a harmonious relationship. The dog training classes at Paws-A-Tive Choice, LLC are for family pets and are not taught for competition. Class sizes are small for optimum learning and personal attention.

Photo by: Jolene Zimdars - JoZ PhotographyAGILITY classes are taught in a fun and informal format to teach the foundation skills for jumps, tunnels and other agility obstacles while giving you and your dog an opportunity to experience the excitement of this highly enjoyable sport.

Agility Fun 101: This class is a 6-week session that teaches the basic foundation skills of agility obstacles. It is intended for dogs and people that are completely new to this canine sport. Dogs must be at least 10 months old to join the class and be able to respond reliably to basic obedience cues (sit, down, come, etc.). Each class is 60-minutes long. Class limit -5 dogs

Agility Fun 201: A 6-week class that builds on the foundationMojo doing the weave poles skills that were taught in Agility Fun 101. Students learn to start chaining obstacles together and hone their verbal cues as well as hand signals. Dogs must be at least 12 months old and be able to respond reliably to basic obedience cues (sit, down, come, etc.) The dogs must also be familiar with all pieces of agility equipment. Each class is 60-minutes long. Class limit -5 dogs Prerequisite: Agility Fun 101 or by approval of Paws-A-Tive Choice.

Agility Fun 301: This is a 6-week class for dogs and handlers training at an advanced level and want to continue having fun in a non-competitive environment. A minimum of 3 dogs are needed to hold a class. 

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.

K9 Scent Work-Fun 101 (Intro to K9 Nose Work) is an exciting 6-week sport that allows your dog to use his innate ability to detect scent and determine its source. Smelling is a natural behavior for dogs and they are masters of it! This sport gives dogs the opportunity to do what comes naturally AND they get rewarded for it. Through the use of food and toys, the dogs learn how to search and locate the food or toy that is hidden and then get rewarded for finding it. 

Trixie, finding the "hide" in the K9 Scent Work-Fun 101 class.It's mentally and physically stimulating for the dog. Dogs that can benefit from and enjoy this class are: dogs that have difficulty focusing on their handler during training exercises or group classes; shy dogs; reactive dogs; dogs recovering from medical issues; anxious dogs; hearing or sight impared dogs; retired service and therapy dogs. Dogs of any age can participate and be successful at this game.

K9 Scent Work-Fun 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 advanced classes.

This class is taught quite differently than the other classes. There is no doggy socialization because this is a task-centered program.  All dogs stay in their vehicle, weather permitting until it's their time to work or they can be crated inside of the training center. Students bring their own crates.

Each class is 90-minutes long. Class limit - 5 dogs     No experience necessary.

K9 Scent Work-Fun 201 (Intro to Odor) Is a 6-week/90-minute class that teaches dogs to scent for a particular odor. The dogs have already learned the "scenting" game in the 101 class. Now they are putting those skills to use by learning to search for an odor.  Class limit - 6 dogs Prerequisite: K9 Scent Work-Fun 101.

K9 Scent Work-Fun 301 (Continuing K9 Nose Work) This 6 week/90 minute class is a continuation of the Patches, an Australian shepherd finds the odor, Birch inside of the mop bucket.skills learned in the 201 class. Dogs are now scenting for a specific odor in a variety of objects in both interior and exterior locations. Vehicle searches are also taught at this level. Class limit - 6 dogs Prerequisite: K9 Scent Work-Fun 201

K9 Scent Work-Fun 401 (Advanced K9 Nose Work - Birch and Anise) This 6 week class is for dogs that are on Birch and Anises odors and are now training at competition level. We will go to locations away from Paws-A-Tive Choice to expose the dogs to new hide placements in new environments. Prerequisite: K9 Scent Work-Fun 301

K9 Scent Work-Fun 501 (Advanced K9 Nose Work - Birch, Anise and Clove) This 6 week class is for dogs that are on all three odors and are training at competition level. We will go to locations away from Paws-A-Tive Choice to expose the dogs to new hide placements in new environments. Prerequisite: K9 Scent Work-Fun 401

ADULT DOG classes are for dogs ages 6 months and older that haven't learned the basic pet-obedience behaviors or perhaps need a refresher on doggy etiquette. We will be introducing a variety of skills for you and your canine companion that will assist your pooch with living harmoniously within your family and the community.

K-9 Good Neighbor Program: A 6-week program for dogs 6 months and older. This program will teach you, the Guide to ensure your canine pal can be a respected member of the community. This program embraces dogs of all breeds and ages. No dog (or human) is ever too old to learn something new, or have a few reminders put in place.

Nancy and Stewie: Successful students of the K9 Good Neighbor ProgramThis program encourages people to have fun with their dogs and to help form a positive bond with their canine companion. Training stimulates dogs’ intelligence and in an emergency, the training your dog receives could save his life. Class limit -5 dogs

PUPPY classes will assist you and your pup with learning the essentials of developing good doggy manners through the use of games and rewards.Through these classes you will build a loving relationship with your dog by starting him out on the right paw so he is set up to succeed from the very beginning.

Puppy Love - Beginner Puppy Class: A 7-week class for puppies ages 9 weeks to 16 weeks old. You and your pup will learn Chris Bach's THE THIRD WAY of Dog Training Foundation Games, along with potty training, leash manners, tricks, basic obedience skills, general puppy care, proper greeting habits along with a few other goodies to help you and your pup develop a solid foundation of good behaviors. The first class is a 90 - minute orientation that is held without puppies. The remaining 7 sessions will be 60-minutes long with puppies, of course. Class limit -5 puppies

Puppy Love Too - Advanced Puppy Class: This 6-week session is for puppies 16 weeks to 24 weeks old. These pups are now in their adolescent stage. The environment is very enticing to them. We will be building on the skills that were learned in Puppy Love-Beginner Puppy Class. We will continue playing THE THIRD WAY of Dog Training Foundation Games, adding duration, distractions and distance. Your pup will have the opportunity to socialize with other dogs and people while learning the skills that are necessary to be a well-behaved pooch in the real world. We'll build on leash manners, long distance recalls, teaching your pup to relax with a variety of distractions; the "back-up" game as well as experiencing some real-life exercises. (Weather permitting, we may go outdoors to proof the skills you have learned.) Each class is 60-minutes long. Class limit - 5 puppies Prerequisite: Puppy Love - Beginner Puppy Class or by approval of Paws-A-Tive Choice, LLC.

Rally Obedience - 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.

There are three levels in AKC Rally:
* Novice, the beginner's class. The dog is on leash and there are 10 to 15 stations, the title is RN.
* Advanced, for dogs who have completed their novice title. Dogs are judged off leash, and the title is RA.
* Excellent, the highest class, for dogs who have earned their advanced title. 15 to 20 stations, including 2 jumps, are used in this class and the title is RE.
* Additionally, there is the Rally Advanced Excellent (RAE) title, in which the team has to qualify in both Advanced and Excellent in 10 trials.

Reactive and Shy Dog Classes: “Getting On Board When Your Dog Has Issues”  - This detailed and specialized 6-week program is designed for fearful dogs who respond to stimuli with either reactivity or shyness. The programs include an Orientation Session, One-on-One Individual Session, and then two 5-week tracks: a Calming Track for reactive dogs and a Confidence Building Track for shy dogs. The Reactive and Shy dog classes are separate. We DO NOT mix reactive dogs with shy dogs!

Additional Services Offered at Paws-A-Tive Choice, LLC

Thank you for your interest in our services. We are devoted to helping pets and their people with emotional and behavioral issues.

PLEASE NOTE: I am not accepting any new Flower Essence clients at this time. Below is some information on the benefits of Flower Essence Remedies.

Flower essences can be used in conjunction with conventional methods of therapy and positive training techniques. Flower essences are NOT meant as a substitute for veterinary care or proper behavior modification training. When in doubt, always consult with a veterinarian.

Flower Essences are considered "cooperative care", meaning they work with the advice and treatment of your veterinarian. Only a veterinarian can diagnose and treat physical illnesses, but a person trained and certified in a specialized field of health care can be a wonderful addition to the on-going veterinary care and training your animal companion is receiving.

I, (Kathy Edstrom) believe the only way one can begin to understand the emotional state their animal companion is in, is by reviewing and discussing all aspects of that animal's life. This is why I will not dispense advice over the phone, or by e-mail without doing a thorough consultation first. The problem mentioned may not be the problem at all, but could be stemming from a deeper issue. I do not work on "surface issues". My goal is to get to the root of the problem so the issue may get resolved, not just covered up.

The most frequently asked question about flower essences is, "How soon will I see results in my pet?" The answer is, "Every animal experiences varying results." Some pets have shown dramatic improvements within one week of them receiving the flower essences, and others need to be receiving flower essences for several months. It truly depends on how deeply rooted that behavioral issue is. For a complete explanation, go to Flower Essences.

Take some time to explore all of the wonderful holistic modalities that are available for you and your pet. You will be amazed at what you will find, and the powerful results you and your pet can obtain when you work together as a team. If you think positive, you will achieve great things!

I wish you and your pet great health on all levels; emotional, mental, physical and spiritual.

Kathy at Paws-A-Tive Choice, LLC

All sessions are by appointment only.
Paws-A-Tive Choice, LLC Hours: Day and evening appointments available.

For an appointment, contact Kathy by email: softailkat@gmail.com or by phone: (262) 994-3487