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

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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. At Best Paw Forward we strive to help you and your dog become a team. We truly believe that a relationship built on trust and cooperation will lead to a solid partnership and be a lifelong bond.

Best Paw Forward celebrated its 15th anniversary in the dog training business in 2017. We have been voted No. 1 for Best Dog Training on the Milwaukee 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.

We believe in positive, motivational training methods, which have been tested to show great results.
We use a reward-based training approach of no pain, no force, no fear that makes the learning experience fun for the dog and will ensure that your dog will put its "best paw forward," listening to and following your cues. We keep our classes fun for both dogs and their guardians while learning in a friendly, positive environment.



  Lisa and her dogs

Lisa’s life-long love of dogs began at an early age, when she always had a stray dog in tow as a child. As an adult, she has had the pleasure of being “owned” by four dogs — all shelties — and has served as a professional dog trainer since 2006. She is an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, a member of The Pet Professional Guild, a member of Force Free Trainers of Wisconsin and regularly attends dog-training seminars and webinars, as well as reads and watches videos to stay up-to-date on the latest learning theories about dogs. A former Humane Society volunteer, Lisa also has a tendency to inadvertently (subliminally?) type the word “gods” when she tries to type “dogs.” Lisa leads the Best Paw Forward team with more than 25 years of business experience, primarily in graphic design, including considerable marketing design work for dog rescue groups.

Lisa feels incredibly blessed to work with some of the most passionate and talented people in the dog training field. Please meet her staff.

Pam - CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed)
Pam began working at Best Paw Forward in 2014 and is a member of the Pet Professional Guild (PPG). She has volunteered at the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha (HAWS) and grew up with family dogs. She has taken in seven rescue dogs over the years. Pam has spent 25 years helping and educating others. She has a K-12 education degree and has taught secondary education in nursing. Pam has an eternal quest for knowledge and keeps current on industry knowledge. She is committed to helping clients strengthen their bond with their canine companions.
In Pam's words: "When one of my rescue dogs showed signs of fear and impulse control issues, I started to look for professional help. My interest in learning more consumed me. I took three classes with BPF and found it to be a life-saver for Bella and me. She is now able to be in almost any situation without fear.".
Favorite classes: "I love seeing the progress of each of the dogs and humans in every class I teach."


Deb joined our staff in 2014. She brings a great deal of training experience to our team. She has taught a variety of classes and is a CGC evaluator. Deb also became involved the past few years with Canine Dock Jumping with two of her dogs. In fact, she and her husband both compete.
In Deb's words: "I currently have three golden retrievers. They remind me each day to have fun, smell the roses (and other things), enjoy basking in the warm sun, enjoy the beauty of nature and the change of seasons. They also remind me to live in the moment and love those around me both human and canine."
Favorite classes: "I find the classes to be excellent and the instructors to be extremely knowledgeable, patient and teach with a style that is fun for both the dog owners and their pets."


Julie has been with Best Paw Forward since 2008. She has been an assistant for every class at one time or another. She has read countless books and watched many training videos.
In Julie's words: "I believe we should never stop learning. Things are always changing and our dogs need to be treated as individuals. We do as much as possible with our boy, Simon. As long as he’s with us, he’s having a good time!"
Favorite classes: "I enjoy all the classes at BPF."

Julie & Simon

Mindy - CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed)
Mindy joined our staff in 2015 as an assistant and quickly became a trainer. She has a strong scientific background and enjoys applying science to the art of dog training. She has been involved in dog training since 2012. In addition to hands-on work, Mindy stays current on animal training/behavior by reading animal behavior research journals, attending and speaking at conferences, going to seminars, and participating in online behavior courses (Humane Society University, Karen Pryor Foundations, Coursera, etc.). She is also attending UWM for a Master's in Behavior Analysis in order to qualify as a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist.
In Mindy's words: "I'm a huge fan of pits and pit mixes for their goofiness, love of snuggling, and energy levels."
Favorite classes: "I love working with the Puppy Kindergarten classes and Basic Manners. It's very rewarding to teach owners how to communicate and connect with their dogs to ensure a life together with respect, understanding, and mutual appreciation."


Cathy became an assistant at Best Paw Forward in 2014. She has had a lifelong love of dogs.
Favorite classes: "My favorite class to assist is Puppy. I love watching the puppies' personalities develop and seeing them grow in confidence. I greatly enjoy helping owners lay the foundation for raising their wonderful family members."


Emily joined Best Paw Forward as an assistant in 2016 and became a trainer in 2018. She also works at Elmbrook Humane Society.
In Emily's words: I love shelter dogs because, even though we don't always know their full history or breed, they're the most grateful, loving animals I've ever met. You always see the best in shelter dogs!
Favorite classes: "My favorite class to teach is puppy class. It's so inspiring to see what people and their puppies can accomplish when they work together. When I'm not watching them learn new things, I'm supervising puppy play time, which is so intriguing and adorable to watch!"


Cathy became a part of the Best Paw Forward team in 2016 as an assistant. She has always loved dogs and working with them.
In Cathy's words: What I love about Scout: She is my best friend...she is happy to be with me whether we are on a walk, I'm working at home or we're just hanging around the house. She's a happy girl, always ready to play and a bit mischievous as well. She makes me smile.
Favorite classes: "My favorite class...and most challenging so far was puppy agility. We had a ball!"


Roxy joined our Best Paw Forward team in 2016 as an assistant. She brings an amazing calmness to wherever she goes.
In Roxy's words: I fell in love with Tara's intelligence, loyalty, and shining athleticism. Her spirited, shy/fearful temperament has taught me about the subtleties of dog communication and ignited a strategy to help her using science-based training techniques. Together we enjoy the simple pleasures of the natural world. Like playing catch in an open field, leaping through the tall grass, or hiking miles of wooded trails. She's an inexhaustible source of inspiration.
Favorite classes: "My favorite class is Basic Manners. A dog's trust in you is the most important building block for a strong animal/human bond and communication. Basic Manners class gives you the tools and techniques to lay this foundation in a positive, fun, and safe environment. Personally, while raising my shy/fearful German Shepherd through puppyhood and adolescence, I found the insight, encouragement and camaraderie offered by Best Paw Forward an invaluable asset linked to her success."