Dog Training

New! Training Workshops:

Blending Obedience & Canine Fitness Weekend Workshop 

In light of current circumstances, we have decided to reschedule this workshop for the fall.

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2021 Winter Class Schedule:

In light of the current circumstances, we want to assure everyone that we are keeping everyone’s health and safety in mind and will be following all CDC and state health guidelines.  This means that until further notice, class sizes will be smaller then normal and space is limited.  

 Puppy Start Right Class ($95 for 6-week session)
— For puppies 12 weeks to 5 months of age,
— Lesson plans include foundation leash walking, focus, sit, down, coming when called
— Topics covered: house training, puppy mouthing, greeting people (no jumping)
— Supervised social time

Classes start Saturday, January 16 @ 1:00pm     No puppies first class             Click here to register for the Puppy Start Right Class

 Reactive Dog Class ($125 for 6-week session)
— The goal of this class is to teach your dog to be calm and focused in the presence of other dogs.
— We will teach you management, handling and training techniques to reduce reactive behavior from your dog toward other dogs while on leash.
— Learn to discern dog body language, increase focus and how to replace negative behavior with positive associations.

No classes offered at this time

 Canine Social Skills—Level 1 ($145 for 7-week session)
— For dogs 5 months of age and older
— Lesson plans include sit, down, stay, come, leash walking, etc.
— Learn how to apply the basic skills to in-home and public situations
— Topics covered include greeting people (no jumping), mouthing, lack of focus and more)

Classes start Thursday, January 14 @ 6:30pm      No dogs first class              Click here to register for the Thursday Class.  

or Saturday, January 16 @ 2:00pm      No dogs first class                                 Click here to register for the Saturday class

 Canine Social Skills—Level 2 ($125 for 6-week session)
— For dogs who have completed Canine Social Skills—Level 1
— Practice social situations in a controlled environment
— Proof learned cues with distractions and distance
— Option to take the AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test at the last class

No classes offered at this time

AKC Canine Good Citizen Class ($80 for 4-week session)
— For dogs who have completed Canine Social Skills—Level 1
— Each week we will review test items
— Last week is the AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test

No classes offered at this time

Loose Leash Walking ($80 for 4-week session)
— For dogs who have completed Canine Social Skills—Level 1
— We will teach the owner to learn proper leash handling skills along with verbal communication to the dog
— Our goal is for the owner and their dog to have an enjoyable walking experience

No classes offered at this time

Winter Boredom Class ($125 for 6-week session)
— For non-reactive dogs who have completed a Level 1 class
— Each week a new dog sport is explored (obedience, rally agility, dog tricks, arts & crafts and more!)

Classes Start Thursday, January 14 @ 7:30pm      Bring dogs to first class          Click here to register for the Winter Boredom Class

 It’s all Fun & Tricks Class ($125 for 6-week session)
— Have fun inside teaching your dog new tricks this winter
— For dogs who have completed a basic skills class or with instructor’s approval
— Earn an AKC Trick Dog title with your dog

Classes Start Saturday, January 16 @ 3:00pm     Bring dogs to first class          Click here to register for the It’s all Fun & Tricks Class

Shel-Ray’s Rally Classes

To join the Shel-Ray Rally Facebook Group, click here.

Introduction to Rally ($120 for 6-week session)
–Rally is a fun way to build teamwork and strengthen the bond between you and your dog
–Rally can best be described as an obstacle course of obedience commands
–For non-reactive dogs who have completed a Level 1 Class

No classes offered at this time

Rally Obedience Novice ($120 for 6-week session)
— For owners who are interested in showing their dogs in the Rally Novice level
— We will work on building teamwork and precision between dogs and handlers

No classes offered at this time

 Rally Obedience Intermediate/Advanced ($120 for 6-week session)
— For owners that have titled a dog in Rally Novice and are interested in continuing
— In this class you will focus on the Intermediate and Advance requirements

Classes start Tuesday, January 12 @ 6:30pm      Bring dogs to first class          Click here to register for the Rally Obedience Intermediate Class

NEW! Shel-Ray’s AKC Fit Dog Club

This is a new program to Shel-Ray!

Now more than ever, fitness is important for both dogs and people. The most commonly recommended exercise to improve fitness is walking.  Walking is considered a safe activity that improves muscular strength, circulation, memory, weight loss, increases energy, helps with sleep, and reduces stress.  The American Heart Association recommend walking a minimum of 150 minutes per week. Participation in the AKC FIT DOG program will bring health benefits to both you and your dog.

Click here to download your AKC Fit Dog Personal Record Keeping Form.  To join the Shel-Ray AKC Fit Dog Club Facebook Group, click here.

 Walking Group ($80 for 4-week session)
— For dogs 6 months and older who have completed a basic skills class
— First part of the class is devoted to reviewing basic skills and learning a new skill or two
— Second part of the class is a group walk, teaching teams social walking etiquette
— Walk locations will include urban and rural settings.  Registration is necessary as locations will be posted on facebook and weekly emails will be sent

Check back in the Spring for Walking Class Information!

Fun with Canine Fitness
— For dogs 6 months and older who have completed a basic skills class
— Combines a walking workout for you and your dog.  You are encouraged to go at your own pace, this is not a race!
— Your dog should be social with other dogs and humans, and be used to being on a leash
— It is highly recommended that your dog is checked by your vet before start this or any exercise regime

Classes start Saturday, January 16 @ 11:30am  Bring dogs to first class         Click here to register for the Fun with Canine Fitness class

Canine Conditioning Class
— 54% of the dogs in the U.S. are either overweight or obese
— Build the foundation to a better moving, feeling and thinking dog
— It’s a great way to help your dog live a happier and healthier life
— It will strengthen your dog’s behavior, confidence, and focus

No classes offered at this time

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 Registration & Class Information

— Pre-registration and payment are required for each class.  To register and pay for class, please visit the Paws for Companions website.

— Once registration and payment have been received, you will receive an email from pets@shelray.net to confirm the class, retrieve client and pet information and provide class directions and information.

— Proof of Rabies, Distemper, Parvo, and Bordetella vaccines due upon registration.  Puppies under 4 months need proof of current puppy vaccinations. (Please email your pets records to pets@ shelray.net or have your veterinarian fax the information to 262-857-6949.)

— No dogs for the 1st class unless informed otherwise, but please bring a picture of your dog and lots of questions!

— All classes: Minimum 3 dogs, Maximum 4 dogs

— No refunds unless approved by instructor.  If you are unable to attend a class you registered for, class credit (to be used towards future class) will be provided if class is dropped prior to 2-Weeks before session start date.  If a class is dropped within 2-Weeks of session start date, payment for class is forfeit.

–We want you and your dog to be successful in your training.  Therefore, completion of a 6 or 8 week class does not guarantee that you will be automatically be advanced to the next level.  You and your dog may need to spend more time maturing physically and/or mentally or focusing on overcoming certain challenging areas before they are ready to advance.

Meet the Trainer
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Deana Noonan, CPDT-KA, CGC Evaluator – Paws for Companions, Inc.

Deana has combined her life-long love for dogs with proven positive training techniques to create a training experience that both you and your dog will enjoy!

Certification, Associations and Education

Master Trainer Certification Program at the National School for K-9 Trainers in Ohio, 1986

CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed, 2012

AKC CGC Evaluator, 2015

Certified Professional Canine Fitness Trainer (CPCFT), 2017

Puppy Start Right Instructor

AKC Level 1 Fit Dog Instructor, 2020

Professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT)

Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers

Continuing education includes seminars, workshops and webinars on dog training techniques and behavioral issues with instructors including Patricia McConnell, Pat Miller, Sue Sternberg, Ian Dunbar, Clicker Expo and others.

Training Classes

Puppy and Adult Dog Obedience and Manners Training

Behavior Modification and Problem Solving

Reactive Dog Training

AKC Rally

Canine Strength & Conditioning Classes

An important addition to Deana’s certifications and curriculum is the Professional Canine Fitness Trainer Certification that she received in 2017 through the Fenzi Dog Sports Academy program.  When her German Shepard, Journey, began experiencing serious health issues in his life and needed rehab after numerous hip surgeries, Deana discovered she had a passion for canine fitness.  She now incorporates canine fitness into all her classes, knowing that a healthy dog is always eager to learn.

Awards

Deana has earned titles in AKC Obedience and Rally

Training Philosophy

Deana believes that training is one of the most important things you can do with your dog.  It is training that establishes communication and trust between a dog and its family that will continue through the dog’s life.  We communicate with our dog every day through our body language and actions.  Her goal is to help each family establish a clear and consistent language with their dog in a positive, force-free manner that will create a happy, rewarding, supportive environment for them all to live in.  While there is no true “easy” button for dog training, Deana has found that positive reward-based training is the most effective way to train puppies and adult dogs alike.  She blends operant training techniques (where the dog learns that his behavior controls the outcome) and classical conditioning (where the dog learns to associate events with specific responses).

Getting To Know The Trainer

Deana and her husband, George, started Paws for Companions Dog Training in 1998.  They reside in Illinois with their dogs Journey and Violet.  Journey is now 10 years old and enjoying the life of a retired Therapy Dog, while Violet is an energetic Yorkshire Terrier beginning her training.

In addition to teaching dog training and fitness classes, Deana also serves on the board of Noah’s Rest, Inc., a non-profit organization whose mission is to arrange temporary shelter for pets of domestic violence victims.  Noah’s Rest believes no one should be forced to choose between abandoning a beloved pet or staying in an abusive relationship.  For more information, or to get in contact with Noah’s Rest, please visit www.noahsrest.org.

Deana’s sensitivity to your dog’s personality, combined with her training experience and your family needs is a recipe for training success, leading to an opportunity for you and your dog to live happily-ever together.

 

Deana also offers Private Classes & Behavior Counseling

For more information or for questions on which class would be best for your pet, you can contact her directly by emailing pawsfc@sbcglobal.net.