Dog Training

2019 Winter Class Schedule:

Puppy Start Right Class ($90 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

No new classes scheduled at this time

Introduction to Rally Obedience ($120 for 6-week session)

— Rally obedience combines agility and obedience to give your dog new skills.
— For non-reactive dogs who have a firm grasp of basic obedience skills.
— In this class you will learn how to read and perform each sign with your dog

Classes Begin Tuesday, January 15 @ 6:30 pm – Bring dogs to first class

Rally Obedience Intermediate ($120 for 6-week session)
— For dogs who have a taken an introductory Rally course and are interested in showing at AKC trials
— In this class you will focus on the Intermediate and Advance requirements

Classes Begin Tuesday, January 15 @ 7:30 pm – Bring dogs to first class

Reactive Dog Class ($120 for 6 week class)
— 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 new classes at scheduled at this time

Canine Social Skills—Level 1 ($120 for 6-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 17 @ 6:30 pm or Saturday, January 19 @ 2:00 pm -No dogs first class

Canine Social Skills—Level 2 ($120 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

Classes start Saturday, January 19 @ 3:15 pm – Bring dogs to first class

*NEW* Canine Fitness Fun-damental Class ($80 for 4-week session)
— 54% of U.S. dogs are either overweight or obese
— Build a foundation to a better moving, feeling and thinking dog
— Improve body awareness, improve strength, teach your dog how to balance and engage its core

Classes start Saturday, January 19 @ 12:30 pm – Bring dogs to first class 

*NEW* Drop in Class ($80 for 4-week session)
— For dogs who have taken a basic skills class, each class will be different
— We will work to strengthen basic behaviors and teach new ones
— We will introduce tricks into the training

Classes start Thursday, January 17 @ 7:30 pm – Bring dogs to first class


Registration Information

— To register, please call Shel-Ray Pet Shalet @ 262-857-2163.

— Payment by Cash or Check along with the completed Registration Form is due the 1st night of class. (Checks payable to Paws for Companions)

— Proof of Rabies, Distemper, Parvo, and Bordetella vaccines due upon registration. (Your vet can 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!

Meet the Trainer

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

Deana brings her life-long love of dogs together with proven positive training techniques that both you and your dog will enjoy! She completed the Master Trainer Certification Program at the National School for K-9 Trainers in Ohio in 1986. In addition, she has also earned her CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed); and is a professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. To stay current and further her knowledge, Deana regularly attends seminars and workshops on training techniques and behavioral issues; for example, Patricia McConnell, Pat Miller, Sue Sternberg, Ian Dunbar, Clicker Expo, and more.

Her vast experience in dog training includes: puppy and adult obedience training, behavior modification and problem solving, reactive dog training, AKC obedience and rally, and therapy dog training. With her own dogs, she has earned titles in AKC Obedience and Rally.

Deana’s training philosophy: “I believe that dog training is a lot like dancing. The owner leads the way and the dog is the partner; and this partnership is based on communication and trust. That is why training is so important; it establishes the communication (language) between the dog and family. We communicate with our dog every day through our body language and actions. My goal is to help the family establish a clear and consistent language with the dog to help them all live in a cohesive living environment. While there is no true “easy” button for dog training, I have found that positive reward-based training is the most efficient way to train puppies and adult dogs alike. I blend 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).”

Deana and her husband, George, started Paws for Companions in 1998. She has worked with many of the veterinarians in the area to assist in providing a cohesive living environment for the dog and its family.

Her sensitivity to your dog’s personality, teamed with your family needs, will help you and your dog to live happily together!