Make A New Best Friend

The companionship of a well-mannered pet is one the most fulfilling aspects of the human-animal bond.


 

Our training program is designed to develop a highly focused relationship between you and your dog. With small class size, our sessions are set in stages so pets can master age appropriate behavior and then graduate on to new, more demanding challenges.

Choose from group lessons or intensive one-on-one sessions. Please contact us at 920-465-4444 if you are interested in these services, and we will get you enrolled in the class that is right for your pet. Need help with a behavioral issue?  You can speak directly with our trainers to get solutions, and peace of mind. 

 

Puppy

It’s never too early to start training with your new puppy, and the earlier the better! This course is designed for dogs under the age of 6-7 months and sets the groundwork for a happy, healthy, engaged, and obedient pet. You will learn how to build a bond with your dog through classical conditioning so that you have an engaged canine partner who wants to learn with you. Basic obedience commands covered in this class are the following: sit, down, stand and come. We will discuss numerous behavior issues that arise during puppyhood and adolescence, and introduce the concept of loose-leash walking. P

Maximum Class Size: 6
Length of Class: 6 weeks
Recommendation: 8 weeks - 6 months of age
Optional: Private Training

Sessions:

Monday Evenings
  TBA

Tuesday Evenings
   TBA

Wednesday Evenings
   September 14 - October 26, 2022 @ 5:30 - 6:30 PM *NO CLASS October 12, 2022

Thursday Evenings
   TBA

 

Cost: $145

 

Beginning Manners

Throughout this course you will learn how to build a bond with your dog so that you have an engaged canine partner. In addition to learning basic obedience commands such as sit, down, stand, wait, place and back, we will discuss impulse-control exercises to address problems such as jumping on people and rushing doors. This class also introduces the concept of loose leash walking.

Maximum Class Size: 6
Length of Class: 6 weeks
Recommendations: 6 months + of age
Optional: Private training

 

Sessions:

Monday Evenings
     TBA

Tuesday Evenings
     September 13 - October 25, 2022 @ 5:30 - 6:30 PM *NO CLASS October 11, 2022

Wednesday Evenings
     TBA

Thursday Evenings
     TBA 

Cost: $145

Rally Obedience

This is a course designed to develop teamwork and hone obedience skills in a moderately-paced environment of obstacles and commands. Teams will learn to work together to learn new skills and sharpen old skills with an emphasis on heeling. This course will take motivation, patience, and teamwork on behalf of both the dog and the owner, but the rewards are high for both team members. This course is best thought of as a class geared towards intermediate obedience.             

Commands: Heel, Sit, Down, Circle, Side, Front
Maximum Class Size: 6
Length of Class:         6 weeks
Recommendations: Beginning Manners or trainer approval

Sessions:

Thursday Evenings
     TBA  

Cost: $145

Scent Work

This course is designed for owners and their dogs to have fun and discover the power of their dog’s nose. Owners learn how to trust their dog’s natural scenting abilities and dogs learn how to problem solve and self-reward. This course will build teamwork and teach dog owners how to enrich their dog’s lives by searching out rewards and target scents at various elevations and containers.

Maximum Class Size: 6
Length of Class: 6 weeks
Recommendations: Beginning Manners or trainer approval

 

Sessions:

Monday Evenings
    September 12 - October 24, 2022 @ 5:30 - 6:30 PM *NO CLASS October 10, 2022

 

Cost: $145

Intermediate Manners

This course will focus heavily on loose-leash walking with the addition of distractions to commands already acquired, especially the "place" command. Additionally concepts are introduced such as coming when called with moderate distractions and greeting a friendly stranger and their dog. Dogs entering this class should know how to sit, down, stand, and go to place reliably (covered in Beginning Manners). 

   
   
Maximum Class Size: 6
Length of Class: 6 weeks
Requirements: Beginning Manners or prior trainer approval

 

Sessions:

Thursday Evenings
     
September 15 - October 27, 2022 @ 5:30 - 6:30 PM *NO CLASS October 13, 2022


 

Cost: $145

Advanced Training

Advanced training is a challenging class focused on off leash training and long distance commands. For the owner that seeks a highly bonded relationship with their pet.

Exercises: Sits and downs in motion, Halfway commands, off leash walking
Maximum Class Size: 6
Length of Class: 6 weeks
Requirements: Must have passed Intermediate Manners

 

Session:

Thursday Evening
      TBA

 

Cost: $145

Introductory Agility

A super fun dog sport where pet owners learn the techniques of directing their pet through an obstacle course including tunnels, teeter totters and jumps. Appropriate for any breed. Great class for building confidence and burning energy!

Commands Needed: Loose Leash Walking, Sit, Down, Wait
Exercises: Jumps, Tunnels, Dog walk, Table, Teeter Totter
Maximum Class Size: 6
Length of Class: 6 weeks
Requirements: Be able to walk on leash.

 

Session:

Thursday Evenings 
     TBA


Cost: $145

Agility II

Challenge your pet to reach new heights of skill, coordination and confidence. Agility II expands upon the fundamentals learned in Introductory Agility. Course changes weekly to give you and your dog greater variety. Emphasis will be on refining skills and improving course times. Appropriate for any breed. Excellent exercise!

Commands Needed: Loose Leash Walking, Sit, Down, Wait, Recall
Exercises: Sending Dog to Equipment, Calling Dog Over Equipment, Inside and Outside Lines
Maximum Class Size: 6
Length of Class: 6 weeks
Recommendation: Successful Completion of Introductory Agility or Trainer Approval.

 

Session:

Thursday Evenings 
         TBA

 

Cost: $145

Canine Good Citizenship (CGC) Certification

Used across the nation as a screening tool for therapy dogs, and model for many police and animal control agencies. This class is excellent for shy dogs as a confidence builder and for owners who hope to have their pets participate in pet therapy. A great alternative for all pet owners who are seeking an different kind of training challenge. All dogs that pass the 10-Step CGC test receive a certificate from the American Kennel Club. 

Testing items to include:
Accepting a Friendly Stranger, Sitting Politely for Petting, Appearance and Grooming, Out for a Walk, Walking Through a Crowd, Sit/Down/Stay Command, Coming when Called, Reaction to Another Dog, Reaction to Distraction, and Supervised Separation.

 

Commands Needed: Sit, Stay, Recall, Heel
Exercises: Appearance and grooming, Reaction to Another Dog, Supervised Separation
Reference Website: http://www.akc.org/dog-owners/training/canine-good-citizen/training-testing/
Maximum Class Size: 6
Length of Class: 6 weeks
Recommendation: Successful Completion of Beginning Manners or Higher
Optional: Private training

 

 

Session:

Thursday Evenings
        TBA 
        

 

Cost: $130 Class  + $50 Test

 

Canine Good Citizenship Advanced (CGCA) Certification

Is your pet already CGC certified? If so, the American Kennel Club (AKC) has developed another level of challenge. Your dog can become an AKC Community Canine and this title will appear on your pet's award record at the AKC.

This accreditation has a 10-Step list of skills that dogs must demonstrate while on leash. 

Testing items to include: "Leave it" in a heavy distraction environment, entering/exiting a doorway in a highly controlled manner, etc.

Class lead by Approved CGCA Evaluator, Evan Easterhouse

Maximum Class Size: 6
Length of Class: 6 weeks
Recommendation: Must have Canine Good Citizen (CGC) award on record at the AKC.

 

 

Session:

TBA

 

Cost: $130 Class+ $50 Test 

In-Home Training

Beneficial for behavioral problems that are specific to the home setting and family dynamics. Our trainers will work with your entire family to alleviate/resolve deeply entrenched problems. An excellent option for busy families whose schedule does not allow attendance at evening or Saturday afternoon classes.

Cost: $95 per hour, $15 for each additional 15 minute segment, $75 travel fee (if round trip is greater than 30 miles)

One-on-One Training

For the pet that needs more time and attention from our training staff than the traditional group setting. One-on-one training can be conveniently scheduled when pets are receiving other services such as boarding or daycare. Particularly beneficial for the pet that may have deeply entrenched socialization issues such as aggression that may challenge their relationship with other pets and/or people.

Cost: $45 per hour, $35 per 30 minutes, $25 per 15 minutes
          Treadmill Time: $20 per 15 minutes

 

FAQs

How do I get my dog to come when called?

Whenever you do the recall/come command with your pet, it always needs to be a positive welcome when they get to you.  The best way to start this exercise is to have them on a long leash. This way the dog is able to have some distance, but you have a physical way to bring them to you. Also have a super great treat that the dog loves.  Then make this a game, the more fun you make it, the more willing your dog will come to you. 

With your dog on a long line, back away from them and in fun voice, call them to you.  Be consistent. Use the same word for the recall. This is key with any of your commands.  Once the dog gets to you, reward with the treat and praise.  If your pals get distracted on the way to you, give a tug on the leash to get the attention back on you, and repeat your command.  Never reprimand your dog for not listening once they have come to you. This is very confusing for the dog because the dog is being punished for coming. Disciplining improperly at this point can really set back training on the recall command.

How do I get my dog to not be fearful of the vacuum?

You need to desensitize your dog to the vacuum. For starters, do not put the vacuum away after using it, leave it out so that your dog can explore it on its own. Make the vacuum very positive by feeding your dog by it, putting treats on it for your dog to go get. Once the dog is comfortable with it turned off and not moving, start to pretend vacuum (have the power off). As you do this give your dog treats as it is moving, again working with the dog coming closer to the vacuum. Now that your dog thinks of the vacuum as a treat dispenser, turn it on but do not move it, again give your dog treats. Slowly start to move it as you give your dog treats. Keep practicing this exercise until the dog is comfortable with the normal movement and sound of the vacuum.

How do I get my puppy/dog to stop barking in the kennel?

The first step is to not let the dog out of the kennel when barking. If you do this, your dog very quickly learns that barking behavior is how to get out of the kennel! You want to teach them that quietness gets them out. Our training staff recommends using Interostop.  Interostop emits a sound and an Interomone. It is completely safe and can be used long term. Interostop can be purchased at The Groom & Board or online. Make sure to pair a word or phrase (ie. Quiet, No Bark, Enough) when you spray the Interostop. When using the same word with the Interostop, the dog will learn to listen to the command and eventually you will not need to spray the Interostop. Our staff can assist you with proper Interstop use.

We also recommend desensitizing your dog to its kennel. Kennel your dog  when you are home during the day for short stints at various times. For example: at dinner time or when you are on the phone. This way, your dog's kennel time is not only when you leave for work or when it is bed time. You can also give a safe toy to play with in the kennel, like a stuffed frozen Kong or a Nyla bone, to keep them occupied. 

How do I house train my puppy?

We recommend reading "Way to Go! How to Housetrain a Dog of Any Age" by Karen B. London, Ph.D. and Patricia B. McConnell, Ph. D. You can purchase this book at The Groom & Board or online. This book is very informative and has helped many owners teach their dogs to eliminate outside.  When house training your dog, you must watch your pal at all times when they are roaming in the house. When you can't keep an eye out, the dog needs to be in a kennel or on leash (even inside).  This way, there is no opportunity to for the dog to have an accident without your knowledge. 

Consistency is the key to success. Always take the puppy out the same door, this will help the puppy know what door to go to later.  When you take the puppy outside, you need to go outside too, to make sure he/she actually eliminates. Keep your pal on leash to help stay on the task at hand.  Once your puppy goes, walk then around a little longer to make sure they are complete done with their business. This process takes patience.  If the puppy did not go, keep them near you when you go back inside and then try again a few minutes later.  Setting a timer can be very helpful.  If your puppy can hold it for 30 minutes, set the timer for 30 minutes.  After a week of no accidents, set it to 45 minutes and so on.  The timer is only for daytime, at night the puppy should be housed in a properly sized kennel and should sleep all night without getting up to go outside.  

If you find an accident, the only thing you can do is clean it up.  Never put the dog’s noise in it and punish him/her. If you catch them in the act of potting in the house you can make a loud noise, for example, saying "Oops" or "OH NO" in a loud voice but not an angry voice.  Do this to distract the puppy and hopefully stop them from potting inside.  Then, with a happy voice, get your puppy outside to finish. Take your puppy outside even if they fully went inside. This teaches that potting is an outside activity.  

Do not use an angry/scary tone to correct a potting accident in the house. This will cause the puppy to think that potting in front of us is bad.  When pet owners yell or hit or otherwise punish their dogs for having accidents, the dogs  may never feel comfortable potting, even outside, if the pet owner is present. This  can create a major house training set back and cause life long elimination problems.

My dog does not jump on me but he jumps on other people, how do I get them to stop?

Staying consistent with our dogs is key, if you give them an inch they will take a mile. When other people want to meet your dog, have them follow the rules you have established. Dogs jump to get our attention, so we need to teach them a different way to get this. Whenever the dog jumps, take their paws and put them back on the ground, once the paws touch the ground say “off” and push their back-end into the sit position. Once they are in the sit position, give them soft praise. Try not to over praise, a soft pet is enough, if we over praise we can get them excited and they may jump again.

My puppy is constantly chewing on things he/she should not be when his chew toy is sitting right there. How do I teach him/her not to do this?

New puppies do not understand the difference between your shoe and their chew toy,  so you need to teach them the difference. To start, make sure your puppy is getting enough time to play and exercise, a tired dog is a well behaved dog. Then use the 4 “R’s”: Remove, Redirect, Replace, Reward. Remove the object they are not to have, Redirect the dog's attention, Replace with a proper item (example, bone) and Reward with verbal praise for chewing on the correct object.

What are the different distinctions between Therapy vs Emotional vs Service dogs?

Therapy Dog:

A therapy dog is trained to provide affection, comfort and support to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, libraries, hospices and/or disaster areas. Required training is extensive, it is important that your pet not jump or pull on the lead. Your pet must possess a very calm demeanor and dependably obey commands. Our training team at The Animal House Groom & Board can help your dog prepare for the test, however we do not provide therapy dog certification (see below). Note that dogs with this certification have limited access to public spaces and cannot accompany their owners everywhere they go. Only the above listed facilities allow entry. Dogs with this distinction are not eligible to live in rental housing that does not already allow dogs.

Recommended Certification Resource
Alliance of Therapy Dogs
Therapydogs.com
Email: office@therapydogs.com
Phone: 307-432-0272
Phone: 877-843-7364
FAX: 307-638-2079

Emotional Support Dog:

An emotional support dog provides therapeutic benefits through companionship to help relieve a symptom or effect of a person's disability. Under governing law, an emotional support animal is not a pet and is generally not restricted by species. An emotional support animal differs from a service animal. This designation allows the pet owner to live in rental housing that does not normally allow dogs, however there may be restrictions. No training is required, all that is needed is a doctor & veterinarian sign off. For more information and emotional support animal registration go to: www.esaregistration.org

Service Dog:

A service dog is highly trained to work or perform specific tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. Access to public spaces are supported by the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). A service dog is allowed everywhere with its owner, including grocery stores and restaurants.

Recommended Training Resource
Custom Canines
Customcanines.org
Phone: 844-888-8850 
Fax: 1-844-888-8850
Email:  info@customcanines.org
2310 Mustang Way
Madison, WI 53718