The Dog Den

Learn and Play...Everyday!

1019 Jonathon Dr. Madison, WI 53713 | 608-278-PLAY (7529)
410 Atlas Ave, Madison, WI 53714 | 608-241-DOGS (3647)

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Behavior Training

Our training philosophy is simple HAVE FUN! We have developed classes that not only combine the latest scientifically-proven, positive training techniques but we also focus on making training simple and fun for the whole family. We use a combination of treats, praise, games and other rewards to teach your pup to be a courteous member of your family and society. We strive to work with you and your dog as individuals to meet your training goals instead of focusing solely on a set curriculum from week to week.

Our training team keeps up with the most recent positive training techniques to help your dog develop into an exceptional pet that is the envy of all your friends! We love dogs and know the importance of a solid training foundation to help make your dog an important part of the family. We understand the ups and downs of training. We are here to celebrate your successes and help you through your rough spots. You and your dog become part of our team as soon as you walk in the door.

Our behavior classes are specifically tailored to help you work as a team with your dog through specific challenges he or she may be working on. With specialized classes for fear, aggression, lack of focus, and newly rescued we are confident we have a class to answer your questions.

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behavior training madison wi

This class is a specialized class for reactive dogs that may have aggression issues. The purpose of this class is to help owners to manage their dogs in difficult or challenging situations. This class will use a combination of relationship building techniques and emergency cues to help steer you in the right direction for the management of your dog. Our experienced instructors will be there every step of the way!

This 9-week class includes a 30-minute owner/instructor progress evaluation halfway through the class where we will discuss areas of improvement, answer questions, and watch actual video footage from the class so that we can point out small behavioral cues that can go unnoticed when you are handling your dog.

Class Length: 9 weeks; 45 minutes each week

Cost: $235 Prerequisites: None *vaccines required first night of class

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behavior training madison wi

This 3-week introductory class is a great fit for those unable to do the 9-week Scrappers foundations course. In this class, we will discuss how to read your dog's body language, set them up for success during challenging situations, and introductory exercises that will help handle reactive behaviors while on leash.

Class Length: 3 weeks; 45 minutes each week

Cost: $80

Prerequisites: None *vaccines required first night of class

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behavior training madison wi

In this class, you will build on the fundamentals acquired in the Scrappers Class, as well as proofing verbal cues. This class will improve overall manners through obedience cues, building attention skills, and working toward the removal of food lures for training and verbal control. Exercises include prompt listening cues, rock-solid stays, controlled on-leash heeling, reliable recalls, look at that's and leave it's, all while adding very difficult distractions.

Class Length: 6 weeks; 45 minutes each week

Cost: $120

Prerequisites: Graduate of Scrappers class *vaccines required first night of class

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behavior training madison wi

This 6-week session is for graduates of our 9-week class. It will build on the fundamentals acquired in the Scrappers Class and put them into practice in an outdoor setting. This class will meet at various locations in the area each week.

Class Length: 6 weeks; 45 minutes each week

Cost: $120

Prerequisites: Graduated Scrappers *vaccines required first night of class

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behavior training madison wi

Our Positively Focused Class covers techniques that will help to teach your dog "focused attention" and impulse control (both on- and off- leash,) so that they become more reliable and manageable in distracting or stimulating situations. This class is based on the book Control Unleashed: Creating a Focused and Confident Dog written by Leslie McDevitt. You are not required to buy or read the book prior to class, but we do invite you to do so in order to get more out of your class experience!

Because this class will include off-leash work, we ask that children coming to class be over the age of 14.

Class Length: 8 weeks; 45 minutes each week

Cost: $180

Prerequisites: None *vaccines required first night of class

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behavior training madison wi

Is your dog shy or nervous around new people? Does she hide when unfamiliar objects are present? If so, this is the class for you! Work on confidence building techniques, how to react (or not react) to your dog's behavior. Find out how you can use positive reinforcement (clickers and marker words) to actually TEACH your dog to be calm in a different situation!

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behavior training madison wi

In this class, we will be discussing how to bond with your new dog and set them up to succeed with their household manners, listening skills, and social interactions. You will also learn to use basic obedience cues and positive-reinforcement training techniques to improve your dog's attention & focusing skills, build their confidence (as well as yours,) and create a wonderful bond between you and your dog.

This class is appropriate for dogs with little to no training, ages 5 months and older, who have been adopted from a rescue group or animal shelter within the last 3 months.

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