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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Workshops

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.

We understand that sometimes it is challenging to commit to a 6 or 8 week class, which is why we are proud to offer many various workshops to meet all of your training needs. One night, 45 min is all you need to get a quick “refresher” on the material of your choice.

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Practice all of the exercises that we worked on in Scrappers classes - Parallel Walking, Dog in your Face, Sudden Environmental Change, and Head-on Walking - with the added distraction of being outdoors. This workshop will also review threshold distances, Look at That game, and Open Bar/Closed Bar.

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During this workshop we will recreate difficult situations that "pop up" during walks with your "scrapper". We will practice Parallel Walking, Sudden Environmental Change, and Head-on Walking to work on how and when to use all of the skills we learned in Scrappers class (Look at That game, Touch, U-turns, Open Bar/Closed Bar).

Class Length: 1 week; 45 minutes each week

Cost: $20

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

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Refine your dog's Look at That skills with exposure to multiple moving and inanimate objects - joggers, strange people, bicycles, rollerblades, skateboards, dogs, balloons, etc.

Class Length: 1 week; 45 minutes each week

Cost: $20

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

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"My dog goes nuts when I bring the vacuum out!" "My pup is always barking at the neighbor kids riding their bikes." Does this sound familiar? Dogs have many different "triggers," which are the things that may send your dog into an unfocused, very distracted state of mind. In this workshop, we will be working with many common triggers (bicycles, people wearing strange things, tennis balls, etc.) and we encourage you to bring along any items that are triggers for your particular dog. As we expose the dogs to these items, we will be practicing focus work and working on threshold distances to help your dog work through their excitement and learn to focus on you instead.

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This workshop is a great opportunity to practice using your Control Unleashed skills (Look at That, Whiplash Turns, Doggie Zen, etc.) when your dog is exposed to all of the distractions that the outdoors provides! Learn how you can use CU work on your neighborhood walks, when passing by other dogs, and during playtime with other dogs-all while practicing outdoors! This workshop is appropriate for all dog-friendly dogs who have completed our Positively Focused or Total Control Unleashed Class. Dogs who may be uncomfortable with unfamiliar dogs possibly approching them should check out our Outdoor Scrappers Workshop.

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This workshop is the ultimate test for your CU skills! The entire workshop, starting from the moment you enter the classroom area, will be held OFF-LEASH! Use different CU games to keep your dog from becoming distracted and straying away from you, even as different groups are moving and playing right in front of your dog! This workshop is appropriate for all dog-friendly dogs who have completed our Positively Focused or Total Control Unleashed Class.

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Are you looking for a fun night with your dog? This is the workshop for you! We will spend 45 minutes learning all kinds of tricks that you can showcase for all of your friends when they come over!

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Does your dog tend to pull you around on walks? Is your dog highly distracted while on-leash? Are you working on teaching your dog a formal "heel"? The Loose Leash Walking Workshop is perfect for you! In this workshop, we'll discuss lots of tips and exercises that will help teach your dog to walk nicely at your side. Plenty of practicing time will be provided!

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Does it seem like your dog has "selective hearing" sometimes? The Recall Workshop is an excellent opportunity to work on perfecting your dog's "Come" response and ability to block out distractions! This workshop is a great training option for anyone who has difficulty with getting their dog to come to them when called. We'll discuss tips for training a reliable recall, and we'll also practice calling the dogs while many different distractions are present (Calling your dog away from treats! Calling them toward you when a fun toy is in their reach!)

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This workshop is really great for dogs who tend to jump up on you or anyone else! Even though it may seem like a happy, friendly greeting ("I'm just so excited to see you!") jumping up on people is actually quite a pushy behavior, and can pose a safety concern in certain situations (when Grandma visits, etc.) In this workshop, we'll discuss how to teach your dog to learn to greet others politely, and to keep "four on the floor" in many different situations.

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Stop by for this 45-minute workshop to learn about the basics skills covered in our 6-week Agility Foundations Class! We’ll be discussing jump basics, body awareness skills, crate games, and much more!

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Rally is a super-fun activity for dogs (and handlers,) that have experience in obedience work! Join us for this 45-minute workshop, where we’ll discuss how Rally builds teamwork between you and your dog, the setup and rules of a basic Rally Novice course, as well as a practice session of many of the cue signs included on the Rally course!

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This workshop will be a really fun way for you and your dog to learn more about the basics skills covered in our 6-week Freestyle Class! In addition to learning more about what Canine Freestyle actually is, you'll practice some fun tricks that can be incorporated into Freestyle routines!

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Have you heard of the AKC's Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Evaluation & wondered "Would my dog pass the test?" This workshop will be a great way to get a better idea of what the evaulation is all about! In this one-night workshop, we'll give you a preview of all 10 of the CGC evaluation items, cover the testing requirements as well as what the CGC Evaluator looks for during a CGC evaluation, plus, many tips for setting your dog up for success with their CGC evaluation! Read more about the CGC Evaluation here.

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Learn all about keeping your dog safe, healthy, and injury-free! We'll be welcoming Dr. Ashley Anderson from the Verona Veterinary Medical Service, who will be on hand to teach you some helpful tips for preventing injuries, what to include in your pet first aid kit, and how to respond in case an emergency occurs with your dog.

This is a people-only workshop, please let your pup rest at home.

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Are you interested in learning more about aromatherapy, what it is, and if it is safe for you and your pets? Learn alternatives from Jen from Intuitive Soul Insights, a Reiki Master certified aromatherapist through the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy, to help support stressful situations for both you and your pet. Bring your furry companion along for this interactive workshop to see how your both respond, like, or dislike safe options.

Class Length: 1 week; 45 minutes

Cost: $25 Prerequisites: Dogs welcome *vaccines required first night of class

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