Paws-A-Tive Choice is a force-free, positive reinforcement learning center for family canine companions. Our goal is to help you bond with your dog through fun education, in a relaxed and comfortable environment.
As a member of Force Free Trainers of Wisconsin (FFTW), our interest is in behavior advocating for the physical, emotional and environmental well being of companion animals.
The FFTW is dedicated to training methods and techniques that focus on teaching animals by rewarding desired behaviors and exclude the intentional use of physical or psychological intimidation.
To schedule an appointment or to find out about classes email Kathy at firstname.lastname@example.org -or- call (262) 994-3487
Paws-A-Tive Choice 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 are for family pets and are not taught for competition. Class sizes are small for optimum learning and personal attention.
Agility 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.
Class limit is 5 dogs.
Agility Fun 201:
A 6-week class that builds on the foundation 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 is 5 dogs
Prerequisite: Agility Fun 101 or by approval of Paws-A-Tive Choice.
Class limit is 5 dogs.
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.
K9 Nose work is 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 impaired dogs; retired service and therapy dogs. Dogs of any age can participate and be successful at this game.
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.
K9 Nose 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 45-90 minutes long, depending on number of dogs in class.
Class limit is 6 dogs. No experience necessary.
K9 Nose Work 201:
This is the second level of K9 Nose Work training. Your dog will be introduced to the target odor, Birch that they will learn how to search for. Dogs must have gone through the Intro to K9 Nose Work class before enrolling in this course. K9 Nose Work-Fun 201 is a 6-week program: 60-90 minutes. (Minimum number of dogs is 3 per class.)
K9 Nose Work 301:
(Continuing K9 Nose Work) This 6 week/45-90 minute class is a continuation of the 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 is 6 dogs. Prerequisite: K9 Nose Work-Fun 201
K9 Nose Work Fun 401:
K9 Nose Work-Fun 401 (Advanced K9 Nose Work – Birch and Anise) This 6 week class is for dogs that are on Birch and Anise 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 environments and real world searches.
Prerequisite: K9 Nose Work-Fun 301
K9 Nose Work 501:
K9 Nose 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 environments and real world searches.
Prerequisite: K9 Nose 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. Our K-9 Good Neighbor Program is our adolescent and adult doggy manners class.
K9 Good Neighbor Program:
This 60-minute class is for dogs 5 months and older. We focus on doggy manners and life skills, so your canine companion can live harmoniously within your family and within the community. If your pooch is 5 months and older, and needs training in basic obedience or needs a refresher on doggy manners, this is the class for you and your canine buddy. All of the skills are taught as we play a variety of games with your dogs. We focus on teaching your dog a recall; sit/maintain; down/maintain; nice leash walking; proper greeting skills as well as impulse control.
We meet a total of 6 times. The first class is an Orientation without your dog. We discuss training methodology and techniques, as well as questions you may have regarding your dog. At the Orientation, you will receive a folder that contains your class handouts, as well as a high quality treat bag for ease of use when rewarding your canine companion.
Please Note: Your dog must be socially comfortable around other dogs and people to join this class. If your dog is dog and/or people reactive, this is not the appropriate program for your dog to join.
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:
This class is for puppies ages 9 weeks to 16 weeks old at the start of the program. We teach the pups about potty training; acceptance of a leash; crate training; tricks; basic obedience, which are life skills; general puppy care, proper greeting habits; environmental enrichment and socialization of your pup during a critical time in their development.
We will meet 7 times during this program. The first class is a required Orientation without the puppies. We discuss training techniques, as well as questions you may have regarding your puppy. The following day is when the class begins with your puppy and we meet for 6 classes with the pups. At the Orientation, you will receive your folder that contains your weekly class handouts. By the end of the session, you will have a complete puppy manual. You will also receive a high quality treat bag for ease of use when rewarding your canine companion. These items are provided at the Orientation.
Puppy Love, Too – Advanced Puppy Class:
This class is only open to students who have completed the Puppy Love-Beginner Puppy Program.) This 6-session, 60-minute class is a continuation of the Beginner Puppy class. Students build on the skills they learned in the first class and we introduce new skills to puppies to help solidify good behaviors that will stay with them for the rest of their lives. (Puppies 4 months to 6 months of age.
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:
The beginner’s class has the dog on a leash and there are 10 to 15 stations and the title is RN.
For dogs who have completed their novice title. Dogs are judged off leash and the title is RA.
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.
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.
For an appointment, contact Kathy by email: email@example.com