Training & Behavior


We are a Force Free Facility, what does that mean exactly? Force Free is the type of training we use that takes into account the emotions and feelings of animals along with the science of how animals learn.  We do not employ pain, startling techniques, fear, or anything the dog perceives as negative tools to train the dogs in our care or in classes.


“A lot of new techniques from 10+ years ago when I had training last time.  Learned a lot about my puppy’s personality.” – Boomer’s mom, Jaime

“This class and instructor was awesome! Great help to training a good puppy” – Anonymous. “Carol did a great job – her tips are accurate and invaluable” – Treasure’s mom, Kim

The Right Start Seminar – Humans Only, No Dogs Please

This 90-minute seminar covers everything you need to be successful with your new dog. Crate training, housetraining, food and much more! You will learn about how dogs think and how to use that information to better understand them and train them. We will discuss the importance of mental stimulation and why it’s a must for a healthy, happy dog. You will learn about the myths and sort out the conflicting information about dogs and training methods with science-based facts. You will also learn a simple “4 step formula for the best dog ever” to ensure you and your new dog get off to the RIGHT START! Whether this is your first dog or you have had dogs your entire life, you are guaranteed to learn information that will last a lifetime.

Seminar taught by certified trainer and behavior consultant.
Seminar recommended for 4 week class “The Right Start Class”.
Children: Well mannered children 8 and over are welcome to attend.
Cost: Included with EBHS adoption! Public: $30


The Right Start 4 Week Class

Get the tools you need to have a well trained companion in this small class. With only 4 dogs in each class, there will be plenty of time for questions and one on one attention. We will work on the basics like sit, come, drop it, leave it but will also work on manners, focus, and impulse control. This is a great class for dogs ages 4 months and up. Dogs do come to all 4 weeks. Each class is 60 minutes in length and you will leave with a weekly homework plan to ensure success! With fun homework and a plan designed to meet your dog’s needs, you will learn how to make the most of your time with your dog, incorporate training into every day life, and be on your way to a great relationship with your dog!

Training Methods: All classes are taught with force free/science-based training methods.
Cost: EBHS adopters: $125; Public: $150 includes 1 Seminar + 4 week classes with dog. Recommend attending “The Right Start Seminar” prior to taking this class.
Dogs MUST be good with other dogs in a classroom setting.
This class is not designed for reactive or aggressive dogs.
Children: Well-mannered children ages 8 and over are welcome to attend. Due to the interactive nature of the classes, children under the age of 12 are not allowed to participate in the exercises with a dog. Children over the age of 12 may participate with an adult handler. Given that some of our exercises are advanced, they likely will not be able to be fully understood by younger children. These exercises are better taught to children with guidance and patience from their guardian or parent at home and only after the adult has learned the techniques in class and become comfortable with them.


Private Lessons

Whether you have a newly adopted adolescent companion or an older family companion, private training lessons are a great way to learn how to train your dog to come when called, stay, leave it, and much more. Have a friend – split a private lesson for twice the fun! Special rates for Elmbrook Humane Society adopters!


Behavior Consultations

Work one on one with our certified dog behavior consultant and certified professional dog trainer who has almost two decades of experience. Behavior assessments, treatment plans, and behavior and training protocols for dogs who exhibit problems or behaviors due to lack of early socialization, temperament, training, or other issues such as aggression, anxiety, or fear.

Classes and private training to help clients raise a great dog also available by our certified trainer/behavior consultant.

Call 262-782-9261 or email Carol at to register for a class or arrange a private consultation today.


Why a Training Class?

It is estimated that 85-95% of adult shelter dogs have had NO obedience training. They are often re-homed sadly just because they are being dogs. By training dogs when they are young and a “blank slate”, we can help ensure that they grow up to be a joy to live with and remain in their home for life. Dogs are very good at being dogs. They dig, bark, nip and do other behaviors we consider very “inappropriate” but these behaviors are all part of being a dog. Therefore we MUST train them to live in OUR world if we want a well mannered dog. In just 3 short weeks, our JUMP START PUPPY CLASS will do just that for you and your new pup! You will learn training techniques that will help you understand your pup’s behavior and will help build a bond that will last a lifetime. It’s never too late to train and our basic obedience class is designed for older pups and for adults of all ages! Our goal is to make training fun and affordable so that you and your companion can enjoy a wonderful relationship!


What Do I Bring to Class?

Can’t wait to get started? What you need to know! You and your dog should come on a regular cloth collar (no choke chains or prong collars) and bring along a 4 foot leash (no flexi leashes) and a mixed bag of soft, small, smelly treats! Dogs go by their nose so think smell!.  As a reminder, pups do not attend The Right Start Seminar – this is for humans only.