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Shorewood Animal Hospital is in the ongoing process of evaluating local behavior professionals for referral purposes. While those listed below use methods that are humane and scientifically sound, we have not yet had the opportunity to interview and observe each of them. Feel free to call for a personalized recommendation. We welcome feedback about these or other local positive reinforcement dog trainers.

Wisconsin Humane Society

www.wihumane.org/behavior
nzielinski@wihumane.org
Behavior hotline: 414-431-6173
Class Registration: 414-431-6107
group classes   individual sessions

Behavior Works

www.behavior-works.com
info@behavior-works.com   •  414-698-7540
Classes at Central Bark, Wauwatosa
group classes    in-home sessions

Wag the Dog and Company

Jennifer Pratt, CPDT-KA
www.wagthedogandcompany.com
info@wagthedogandcompany.com
608-576-6961

Classes at local doggy day cares
group classes   in-home sessions

Good Karma Canine

goodkarmacanine.com
contact@goodkarmacanine.com  •  414-732-8237
Classes at Central Bark in Wauwatosa
and Community Bark in Bay View
group classes   in-home sessions

Connecting with Dogs

Laura Holder, CPDT-KA
www.connectingwithdogs.com
laura@connectingwithdogs.com
262-844-9857
group workshops • in-home sessions

Cold Nose Canine

Holly Lewis, CPDT-KA
www.coldnosecanine.com
holly@coldnosecanine.com   •   414-840-7411
Classes at local doggy day cares
group classes   in-home sessions

Wild Canine

Jen Digate, CBCC-KA
www.wildcanine.com
jen@wildcanine.com   •   414.943.3647
Classes at local doggy day cares
group classes • in-home sessions

Dog Trax

Amy D. Sikorski, CPDT-KSA,
www.dogtraxllc.com
dogtraxllc@gmail.com   •   414-581-7077
in-home sessions
also offers pet sitting services

The Feed Bag Pet Supply

www.feedbagpetsupply.com
mhaslam@feedbagpetsupply.com
262-241-7061
group classes in-home sessions

Think Pawsitive Dog Training

www.thinkpawsitivedog.com
info@thinkpawsitivedog.com
262-641-9540
group classes   •   agility training

Certifications

There are no legally mandated licenses for dog trainers, and the term “behaviorist” can mean different things to different people. If you visit the website associated with a certification, it should tell you what criteria a trainer has met to obtain that credential. Some require candidates to pass tests or prove experience, while many others require only annual membership dues. Here are some recommended certifications :

  • Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers – www.ccpdt.org
    • CPDT-KA / CPDT-KSA: Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed / Knowledge & Skills Assessed
    • CBCC-KA/ CBCC-KSA: Certified Behavior Consultant - Canine – Knowledge Assessed / Knowledge & Skills Assessed
  • CAAB: Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist – http://animalbehaviorsociety.org
  • DACVB: Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behavior – www.dacvb.org

How to Choose a Behavior Professional

Help for Problem Behaviors

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