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As a behaviorally-focused clinic, we offer classes, consultations and private lessons.

Many pet health problems start as or are influenced by behavior issues, and even a healthy pet may have behavior problems that disrupt home and family life.

Lake Mills Veterinary Clinic has behavioral trainers who will help you understand your pet's behavior. From puppy preschool to tricks training, we offer fun, hands-on classes (basic through advanced) for dogs of all ages. We can also help with problem behaviors like barking, pulling at the leash and jumping up on people.

(Photo by Alli Jerger)

Let us help you turn your dog into a polite family pet who is fun to have around!

All classes are taught using proven rewards-based methods.


Weighing your options? Not all behavior and training classes are created equally. Instructor certification, experience and choice of techniques vary widely. Click here to learn why we think we're among the best.
If your dog is over 4 months of age, check out our Family Dog Manners classes.
If you have a puppy under 4 months of age, check out our Puppy Preschool classes.
If you are looking for more advanced training, check out our Beyond Basics or Rally classes.
If you have a dog who is nervous around people or new situations, check out our Shy Dog class.
If your dog has a serious behavior problem, click here for behavioral consultations.

Family Dog Manners

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2017 Series Start Dates:
  • Wednesday, January 18, 6:30-7:30pm (FULL)
  • Tuesday, February 21, 6:30-7:30pm (FULL)
  • Wednesday, March 29, 6:30-7:30pm (FULL)
  • Tuesday, May 2, 6:30-7:30pm
  • Wednesday, June 7, 6:30-7:30pm
  • Tuesday, July 11, 6:30-7:30pm
  • Wednesday, August 16, 6:30-7:30pm
  • Tuesday, September 19, 6:30-7:30pm
  • Wednesday, October 25, 6:30-7:30pm
  • Tuesday, November 28, 6:30-7:30pm
Since 2007, we have offered Family Dog Manners classes at the Lake Mills Veterinary Clinic.

Miss out on puppy preschool? A misbegotten childhood is not a total disaster. This class will help you teach your dog using fun, reward-based methods.

In our classes, dogs learn good social skills toward other dogs and people, including how to sit nicely instead of jumping up on people to greet them.

We discuss house manners, and address common problems like chewing inappropriate objects (the couch) or toilet training.

We also learn basic cues: sit, down, stand, come when called, walk nicely on a leash, stay, wait, drop it, leave it, and watch me.

Our classes are developed by a certified trainer (CPDT-KA) and taught by experienced instructors, to ensure safety and lots of one-on-one time with you and your dog.

Family dog manners classes are 6 weeks in length. Each lesson lasts about an hour. We limit the class to a maximum of 6 dogs. The class fee is $120, which includes all lessons, your handbook and graduation materials.

Classes fill quickly, so reservations are required. Please call (920-648-2421) or email us to claim your spot!

From sassy adolescents to mature-age mutts, this class benefits dogs of all ages. We've had students older than 8 years of age, proving you can teach an old dog new tricks!


Puppy Preschool

GD_icon_5_300.jpg2017 Series Start Dates (through July):

  • Thursday, January 19, 6:45-7:45pm (FULL)
  • Friday, January 27, 6-7pm (FULL)
  • Thursday, March 2, 6:45-7:45pm (FULL)
  • ​Thursday, April 13, 6:45-7:45pm (FULL)
  • Friday, 21 April, 6-7pm
  • ​Thursday, May 25, 6:45-7:45pm
  • ​Thursday, July 13, 6:45-7:45pm
  • ​Remaining 2017 dates to be decided in July/August
Puppies need to learn some important skills, including comfort with handling, appropriate play and good manners. You also need to ensure your puppy is well socialized. Experts say puppies should meet at least 100 different people and a wide variety of friendly dogs before the age of four months.


We will teach you these skills as well as training basics like sit, down, stay, wait, walk nicely on a leash, come when called, leave it and canine good manners.

Our classes are developed by a certified trainer (CPDT-KA) and taught by experienced instructors, to ensure safety and lots of one-on-one time with you and your puppy.

Come join us for the best start in life for your puppy!

Our Puppy Preschool classes are a 5-week series for puppies 8 weeks to 4 months of age. Each lesson lasts about an hour. We limit class size to 8 puppies. The cost of the series is $125, and includes all lessons, your handbook, weekly take-home handouts and graduation materials.

Classes fill quickly, so reservations are required. Please call (920-648-2421) or email us to claim your spot!


Rally 1 and Rally 2

Next series starts: Sunday, February 12, 2017, 3:00-4:00pm (Spots available)

Location: Humane Society of Jefferson County

Get ready for the Dog Olympics! Rally (also known as Rally Obedience, or Rally-O) is a dog sport that combines agility activities with obedience skills. Although many people compete in Rally-O, our classes are designed around being fun and teaching useful skills for you and your dog.

We are offering one series, broken into two 3-week sessions, Rally 1 and Rally 2. Each lesson will have a series of stations. Your dog will learn the skill for each station, and then put it all together to run the course. Each week the course will get a little bigger, with more stations. Rally 1 will focus on basic skills, and Rally 2 will delve into more advanced activities.

This class is fine for older and younger dogs, as all of the activities will be designed not to put overt stress on the joints. With tunnels, jumps, weaves, and laughter, Rally just might be the most fun you and your dog have all summer!

Prerequisites:

  • Puppy Preschool + Puppy Primary School, and/or Family Dog Manners, or instructor approval

The cost of the six-week series is $150.

This class is heavily in demand each year. If you think you're ready to sign up, please call (920-648-2421) or email us to claim your spot!


Shy Dog Class

Next series starts: Saturday, February 25, 2:00-3:00pm (spots available)

Location: Humane Society of Jefferson County

Is your dog nervous around new people, slow to adapt to new situations, or frightened of noises or objects?

Our Shy Dog class will help your dog build lasting confidence, teach you skills to continue your dog's learning beyond the class, and show you some "emergency response" techniques to get out of sticky situations while your dog is in training.

This is a three-week series, limited to six dogs in order to maximize one-on-one time with the instructor. It is designed and taught by a certified trainer and behaviorist.

The cost of the three-week series is $75.

Please note that this class is not intended for dogs who are reactive/aggressive toward other dogs, on or off leash. If your dog has this problem, please contact us (details below) for classes and other services available to treat leash-reactivity and dog-to-dog aggression.

This class is heavily in demand each year. If you think you're ready to sign up, please call (920-648-2421) or email us to claim your spot!


Beyond Basics

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2017 Series Start Dates:

  • Wednesday, May 10, 2017, 6:00-7:00pm (spots available)
  • Friday, July 14, 2017, 6:00-7:00pm

Each summer, we offer a special series called Beyond Basics. The lessons are conducted at outdoor locations around Lake Mills, and are designed to take advantage of the distractions those environments offer.

Using games, tricks and other fun activities, we teach our dogs how to concentrate on us, even when there are lots of other things going on. This class is fun for dogs and people alike, and helps give your dog real-life skills to apply what they've learned in more basic classes.

Activities include come when called, leash manners, leave it, wait, remote cues, distance cues, and tricks training.

Prerequisite: Puppy Preschool + Puppy Primary School, and/or Family Dog Manners, or instructor approval.

Our classes are developed by a certified trainer (CPDT-KA) and taught by experienced instructors, to ensure safety and lots of one-on-one time with you and your dog.

Beyond Basics is a 5-week series. The cost of the series is $100, which includes all lessons, written take-home resources, and graduation materials.

This class is heavily in demand each year. If you think you're ready to sign up, please call (920-648-2421) or email us to claim your spot!