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BEST PAW FORWARD was voted #1 for 8 Years in a Row on the Milwaukee Alist!

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Best Paw Forward Puts the FUN in Dog Training Classes

We offer a variety of positive reinforcement dog training classes for all dogs and handlers. What does positive mean? We reward the behaviors that we like/want. We get those behaviors by using methods that do not use fear, force or intimidation. We reward by using praise, treats, toys, etc. Trust and cooperation are the root of our relationship-based training. The result is a happy, well adjusted dog with great manners and a joy to share in life.

Many of our classes are offered at several skill levels. Whether you intend to go on to shows, trials or just want to have a great dog, we have the right fit of classes for you. Everyone learns in a fun, positive and safe atmosphere!

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Rocket Recall Having a solid recall can literally save your dog's life! Imagine calling your dog to come and not being frustrated... because they actually came back to you! As with all training, recall is about putting a routine into your daily life in which your dog enjoys taking part. In this class you will work on skills used to build a solid rocket recall. This may only be a 4 week class but it will give you skills that will last your dog’s lifetime, if you continue to practice....and keep it FUN! Basic Manners class started you down the right path; this class will continue to build on what you have learned and give you new insight and techniques. Dogs must be well socialized with other dogs. Basic Manners class is a prerequisite. Class size is limited to 4 dogs. New class begins Monday, January 9th at 7:40pm in our Pewaukee location.

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Shy Dog Shy dogs come in every size, age and breed or mix of breeds. A shy dog needs confidence and training especially designed for them. The goal of this class is to provide techniques to allow you to desensitize and counter condition their fear making scary/new things fun and positive. We work at getting them to actually change their emotional state. Class size is imited to 5 dogs! This is not a class for reactive dogs (barking and lunging on leash). YOU MUST CALL FIRST TO REGISTER FOR THIS CLASS. New class begins Thursday, January 19th at 6:15pm in our Pewaukee location.

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Flyball 1 Do you have a dog that LOVES (Really Loves) Tennis Balls???? If so, this is the class for you and your dog!! Flyball is fun and fast! It's essentially a competition between teams of dogs and handlers. On cue, the dogs are sent over 4 jumps. Then they push on a box that sends a tennis ball into the air. The dog grabs the ball in mid air and flies back across the jumps to the starting line and then the next dog in line takes his turn. The team with the fastest score WINS! But everyone has a fantastic time. Dogs must be at least 10 months of age, wear a harness or plain buckle or snap-release collar and must be well socialized with other dogs. Class size is limited! It's great fun...come join us! Don't think you can get your dog to to this...no problem...we will show you how. This is a highly stimulating environment, dogs must not be reactive (barking and lunging) to other dogs. Basic Manners is a prerequisite. New class begins Thursday, January 19th at 7:40pm in our Pewaukee location.

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Here is a listing of our classes:
Our Manners Classes include: Puppy KindergartenBasic Manners • Level 2 Manners
Our Dog Sport Classes include: Puppy AgilityAgility 1Agility PlusAgility 2
Agility/Rally Combo 1Agility/Rally Combo 2Rally 1Rally 2Flyball 1Flyball 2
Our Specialty Classes include: Focus and ControlShy DogCanine Good Citizen
Therapy Dog Everyday EssentialsBuilding A Rocket Recall

The date listed is the start date of class. You MUST pre-register for all classes.
All classes meet once a week on the same day and time. Prices and dates subject to
change without notice.

We service Southeastern Wisconsin and have two locations to offer you more classes at your convenience. Click here for directions to both our Hartland and our Pewaukee locations in Waukesha County.

Our Training Philosophy

Training is the most important thing you will ever do for your dog. How you approach training will forever affect the relationship between you and your dog.

We believe in positive, motivational training methods, which have been tested to show great results. We use a reward-based training approach that makes the learning experience fun for the dog and will ensure that your dog will put its "best paw forward", listening to and obeying your cues. We keep our classes fun for both dogs and owners while learning in a friendly, positive environment.

Best Paw Forward is in its 20th year in the dog training business. We were recognized as a Neighborhood Favorite on Next Door for 2021 and 2022, No. 1 for Best Dog Training on the A-List for eight years in a row and received First Place in the Pet Training category in the 2016 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Top Choice Awards - Best of Greater Milwaukee.