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Specialty Classes

Sometimes there may be something more specific that you want to work on with your dog. Best Paw Forward offers specialty classes that work to improve specific behaviors or commands with your dog. These
classes include Focus & Control class, Shy Dog, Canine Good Citizen, Therapy Dog, Fun 'N Games,
and Outdoor Adventures.

Building A 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. NEW CLASSES BEGIN ON THE FOLLOWING DATES:

4 Forty-Five Minute Sessions....$100

  TBD Next Quarter   Thursday, October 10th at 6:15pm...FULL


Focus & Control

SQUIRREL! BIKE! DOG! JOGGER! Many dogs today are easily and quickly aroused and distracted by the movements of our daily life. Such as when they come across other dogs, people, squirrels, etc. It has been said that a dog with self-control is a free dog. Freedom for dogs has everything to do with impulse control and little to do with whether they can heel or shake their paw. This class will change how your dog thinks about these triggers by using scientifically proven methods that will have your dog looking to you instead! Maybe your dog "blows you off" when you call them, ignores you when you want a simple Sit and Stay or is otherwise "selective" when listening to you. We use all positive techniques (dogs find them FUN) and NO force. This class is like no other you have taken - we are shaping behavior, NOT teaching manners. You will have your dog working off-leash (in a very safe manner), as they learn that being with you is the GREATEST! Impulse control, being calm and relaxed and working around distractions are all on the menu. This class is designed for dogs that lack impulse control. We work at modifying behavior so they want to make a better choice rather than lunging, barking or growling toward other dogs or people. Class size is kept small, so you get the attention you need.   This class is designed to improve focus and impulse control. It is not a reactive dog class. Do NOT bring your dog to the first class (humans only for the first class!) Class size is Limited to 5 dogs! YOU MUST CALL FIRST TO REGISTER FOR THIS CLASS. NEW CLASSES BEGIN ON THE FOLLOWING DATES:

6 One-Hour Sessions....$185

  Thursday, October 24th at 6:15pm (skip 11/28)..FULL
Monday, November 18th at 6:15pm...FULL
Wednesday, December 4th at 10:00am
...(skip 12/25 & 1/1/)
  Wednesday, September 11th at 6:15pm...FULL


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 Limited! This is not a class for reactive dogs (barking and lunging on leash). NEW CLASSES BEGIN ON THE FOLLOWING DATES:

6 One-Hour Sessions....$175

  TBD Next Quarter   TBD Next Quarter


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Canine Good Citizen (CGC)

This 8 week class focuses on training your dog to have good manners around other people and other dogs and helps build confidence and control. Each week we work on the different test parameters that comprise the Canine Good Citizen Test so that you and your dog are prepared to take the test. Dogs must be friendly around other dogs and people. On the 8th week of the class the Canine Good Citizen Test will be administered by a certified AKC Evaluator and those dogs which pass will receive a certificate from the AKC (American Kennel Club). A great class for improving your dog's manners! This is an advanced class and therefore assumes that the foundations of basic skillls have been taught prior to enrollment in CGC. Basic Manners is a prerequisite. Level 2 Manners is highly recommended. NEW CLASSES BEGIN ON THE FOLLOWING DATES:

For more information about CGC download our FAQ sheet.
To learn more about the AKC Canine Good Citizen test go to their website

8 One-Hour Sessions....$175

  TBD Next Quarter
  TBD Next Quarter


Therapy Dog Program

Our Therapy Dog class is back and better than ever. We are now working with the Intermountain Therapy Animals program. This national and international program is currently celebrating their 25 year anniversary.
Our course is a 5-week class culminating with the Therapy test on week 5. The Therapy test is a 2-part test. Part 1 is the skills portion and part 2 is the temperament portion. In addition to the 10 items from the CGC test, there will be common medical equipment and medical situations introduced in class to help prepare both the handler and dog for Therapy work. Part of this course is held at a nearby skilled nursing/rehabilitation facility where students will learn in a real therapy environment how to approach patients in wheelchairs or with walkers, or patients who are bedridden. Frequently asked questions and common problems will be discussed to ensure that you feel comfortable when working in the field doing therapy work with your dog. On week 5 of the course session, you may take the Therapy Dog Test administered by a Certified Evaluator with the ITA Program. Dogs must be at least 1-1/2 years of age to take the Therapy Dog test and become a registered team. For more information on ITA and their requirements and fees, please visit their website at This is a higher level advanced class and therefore Basic Manners, Level 2 Manners, and Canine Good Citizen class are prerequisites for this class. Class size is limited.

For more information about Therapy Dog Class download our FAQ sheet.
If you are renewing your certification and need to test, the cost is $30. You must call to schedule your specific time if you are renewing your certification.

PLEASE NOTE: Once you become a registered Therapy Team, you agree to be part of the mentoring/support system for ITA in our area. This means you agree to attend 3 meetings per year and/or go on a first-time visit with a new team. The mentoring of teams is what really sets ITA apart from other organizations. We do realize that people lead busy lives so it will not be too much of a time commitment.


5 One-Hour Sessions....$240 (includes required manual and testing fee)

  Undetermined at this time
  Thursday, November 7th at 6:15pm....FULL
Evaluations will be done on Thursday, December 12th
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Outdoor Adventures

Do you have a dog that does great in the classroom but when you take him for a walk, all bets are off? He suddenly forgets his name, and acts like he has never hear the word COME or LEAVE IT or HEEL ever before in his life. Then this class is for you and your dog. We start week 1 in the classroom but quickly head to the great outdoors to finish up week 1. Then, the rest of the classes are held at different outdoor locations around the area (downtown Hartland, Delafield, Pewaukee, Waukesha) where they will come in contact with other people walking their dogs, children, you name it; the real world! This class is dependent on Mother Nature which means that if it rains, the class will be cancelled and we will add one on to the end. Class size is very limited! Basic Manners and Level 2 Manners are both prerequisites. This is not a reactive dog class. You must call first to register for this class. NEW CLASSES BEGIN ON THE FOLLOWING DATES:

6 One-Hour Sessions....$150

  TBD Next Summer    


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.

Please note: NO Shock collars, prong collars or choke chains will be allowed in any of our classes.

Please go to our registration page to download the registration form.

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