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.


2020 Fall 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, October 10 @ 1:00pm     No puppies first 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 Tuesday, October 6 @ 7:30pm or Saturday, October 10 @ 2:00pm     No dogs first 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

Classes start Saturday, October 10 @ 3:00pm    Bring dogs to first class

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 ($120 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!)

No classes offered at this time

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, October 6 @ 6:30pm     Bring dogs to first class

NEW! Shel-Ray’s AKC Fit Dog Club

This is a new program to Shel-Ray! More details to come soon!  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

Classes start Thursday, August 13 @ 6:30pm     Bring dogs to first class

Fit with Fido Class
— 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

No classes offered at this time

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


 Registration & Class 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.  Puppies under 4 months need proof of current puppy vaccinations. (Please email your pets records 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 6 dogs

— No refunds unless approved by instructor

–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

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!


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