We offer dog and puppy classes in a group or private training format & use positive dog training methods, socialization and fun games
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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I have been entranced with animals my whole life. Before going to church or school mom would frisk me to make sure I didn’t have a bottle of bugs in my pocket.

I have been entranced with animals my whole life. Before going to church or school mom would frisk me to make sure I didn’t have a bottle of bugs in my pocket.

“Paisley” taught me the needs of the sensitive dog. The dog that will shut down in fear or if stressed out. Such a sweet, sensitive dog. Many of my competition friends would have placed “Paisley” in another home. Instead, I learned how to build his confidence and how to teach him, how to have fun.

“Paisley” taught me the needs of the sensitive dog. The dog that will shut down in fear or if stressed out. Such a sweet, sensitive dog. Many of my competition friends would have placed “Paisley” in another home. Instead, I learned how to build his confidence and how to teach him, how to have fun.

I grew up training and showing dogs and each dog I have owned has taught me different lessons.  My first dog “Little Bit” taught me training requires effort, clear communication, patients & consistency. I learned if we won a prize, it is the dog who won and if we did poorly, it was I who failed.

I grew up training and showing dogs and each dog I have owned has taught me different lessons.

My first dog “Little Bit” taught me training requires effort, clear communication, patients & consistency. I learned if we won a prize, it is the dog who won and if we did poorly, it was I who failed.

“Willow” was my first rescue dog, adopted at 5 years of age. This gorgeous girl taught me the needs of a rescue dog and how to successfully help them transition into a new home. It was “Willow” that taught me how to take adult dog with little to no history of education and to start it at the beginning and build the trust and education from square one.

“Willow” was my first rescue dog, adopted at 5 years of age. This gorgeous girl taught me the needs of a rescue dog and how to successfully help them transition into a new home. It was “Willow” that taught me how to take adult dog with little to no history of education and to start it at the beginning and build the trust and education from square one.

“Flury” the first dog I owned as a adult gave me a whole new perspective. “Flury” taught me about raising a dog with young children in the house and how frustration & misconceptions cause many dogs to be euthanized or placed up for adoption. “Flury” was one of the lucky ones, he did not loose his home but only because we worked through his problems. Was it frustrating, yes! But it was also very rewarding.

“Flury” the first dog I owned as a adult gave me a whole new perspective. “Flury” taught me about raising a dog with young children in the house and how frustration & misconceptions cause many dogs to be euthanized or placed up for adoption. “Flury” was one of the lucky ones, he did not loose his home but only because we worked through his problems. Was it frustrating, yes! But it was also very rewarding.

“Guess” was my second rescue dog. Oh my gosh, “Guess” gave me so many gifts. Adopted at 2 years of age, with compulsive disorder and highly reactive to other dogs “Guess” taught me how to teach a dog that calmness was an option.

“Guess” was my second rescue dog. Oh my gosh, “Guess” gave me so many gifts. Adopted at 2 years of age, with compulsive disorder and highly reactive to other dogs “Guess” taught me how to teach a dog that calmness was an option.

Before opening The Well-Mannered Dog, people would ask me for dog training advice. They would see “Little Bit” or “Flury” behave and they would ask “how do I get my dog too …”. Perfect strangers would stop and ask, friends, family, co-workers would ask for advice. And so I gave it. But I knew, 1 little tip was not enough. The people needed continued help to develop their skills enough to have an impact on their dog’s behavior. And then 1 person (a co-worker) gave me advice. He said, “you need to start a dog training business” and I am sooo glad he did.

Many people think I am lucky because I get to work with a lot of dogs. And I am. But more importantly, I am lucky because I get to work with the people who own the dogs. I get to help them learn to communicate with their dog, how to understand the needs of their dog and how to develop an incredible relationship. I am here for you, the person. You will be supported with visual demonstrations, written handouts and some video examples of the training.  In addition, I am here for you with both phone and e-mail help between lessons.

We Use Positive Reinforcement Training Methods

Training is at its best when dynamic scientific and humane training methods  are implemented for teaching both the owner and dog.    We never use techniques that cause pain, fear or stress (choke chains, pinch, shock collars or physical or verbal corrections). This also means you will be treated warmly, with kindness and in a friendly fashion. Although owners learn how to train their dog using positive methods, they also learn how to set effective limits and how to humanely change rude behavior.

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 My vast experience is hard to beat with over 37 years experience working with dogs and their people.  This means I know how to get the results you want so you can have a dog you can trust to behave at home and in public.  I have extensive experience working with all types of dogs, their unique difficulties and personalities and my knowledges has been tested by The Certification Counsel For Professional Dog Trainers. 

I believe education of our peers is important:

I have been a speaker at the:

1997, 1998, 1999 - guest speaker on the Lewis & Bark Radio Show
2002 Association of Pet Dog Trainers’ Conference. 
2004  Association of Pet Dog Trainers Conference. 
2015 - Present - Consultant & Speaker for EWEB & SUB – Dog Safety

I Believe in Continuing Education and have attended:

1993 Behavior Rx The Art of Counseling Pet Owners 3 Day Course
1996 Looking At Aggression Seminar presented by John Fisher
2000 Association of Pet Dog Trainers annual conference
2002 Association of Pet Dog Trainers annual conference
2004 Chicken Camp- Discrimination Workshop
2004 Association of Pet Dog Trainers annual conference
2006 Chicken Camp- Cueing and Criteria
2009 Association of Pet Dog Trainers annual conference and Symposium of Fear and Anxiety
2013 Association of Pet Dog Trainers annual conference
2015 Clicker Expo
2015 The role of nutrition in behavior therapy by Dr. Lore Haug
Jan. 2016 Clicker Expo
May 2016 Creating Your Dream Team – with Michelle Pouliot
2016 – Puppy Start Right Program
2017 Clicker Expo
2017 Fenzie Dog Sports Academy Courses
Cookie Jar Games
Concepts - shaping, luring with Shade
Engagement Training - Denise Fenzie
Fenzie Dog Camp
Puppy Genius
Play - with Shade
Management For Bogey Man - Amy Cook
Bogey Man Training - Amy Cook
2018 Fenzie Dog Sports Academy Courses
Sue Ailsby Level 1 class
Sue Aisby Level 2 class
Performance Fundamentals
Canine Cooperative Care
2019 Clicker Expo
2019 Fenzie Dog Sports Academy Courses
Empowerment with Julie Daniels
Heeling: Power and Precision - Part One

Ha! That is just some of my education.  The list just keeps going.  

Our humble beginning

I started training dogs as a child and I competed in competition obedience.  As an adult I studied training and how it applied to the family pet.  I studied, behavior, body language, learning theory and so much more. In 1987 I began teaching pet owners just like you to train their own dogs and in 2003 I became the first local trainer to be a Certified Professional Trainer.  What is all comes down to is I have a ton of experience and I am very qualified to help you.

I believe in giving back to the community and have:

Been Vice President, Education  and Pet Therapy Committee chairs for Humane Society of Cottage Grove (mid 1990’s) 
Chaired the APDT Member Relations and Services Committee (2000-2002) 
Helped Greenhill Humane Society implement temperament-testing for shelter dogs. 
Established a  program for local shelters dogs in need of  training and enrichment (2013 – 2014). 
Volunteered on Animal Care Committee (2015 – 2016)