Elmbrook Humane Society (EBHS) is a Force Free Facility, what does that mean exactly? Force Free is the type of training we use that takes into account the emotions and feelings of animals along with the science of how animals learn. We do not employ pain, startling techniques, fear, or anything the dog perceives as negative tools to train the dogs in our care or in classes. To learn more about Force Free, click here.
CLASSES, SEMINARS, AND WORKSHOPS
To register for one of our classes, seminars, or workshops above, please click here to complete your registration.
The Right Start Seminar™ – Humans Only, No Dogs Please
This 90-minute seminar covers everything you need to be successful with your new dog. Crate training, housetraining, food and much more! You will learn about how dogs think and how to use that information to better understand them and train them. We will discuss the importance of mental stimulation and why it’s a must for a healthy, happy dog. You will learn about the myths and sort out the conflicting information about dogs and training methods with science-based facts. You will also learn a simple “4 step formula for the best dog ever” to ensure you and your new dog get off to the RIGHT START! Whether this is your first dog or you have had dogs your entire life, you are guaranteed to learn information that will last a lifetime.
Seminar taught by certified trainer and behavior consultant.
Children: Well mannered children 8 and over are welcome to attend.
Cost: Included with EBHS adoption! Public: $35
Right Start: Jumping and Counter Surfing Workshop
Details coming soon!
Right Start: Leash Walking Workshop
Details coming soon!
Right Start: Puppy Prep Workshop
They are so much fun but can be a lot of work. Come to our 90 minute Puppy Workshop for some great tips on getting started on the right track. You will learn the 3 most important things you should teach your puppy from day 1. Hint – it’s NOT sit! You will learn how to bond with your puppy and learn some games to make learning easy and fun while training habits that will give you a friendly and great dog as an adult. Even if you have had dogs your entire life, you will learn something new and science is teaching us there is so much we didn’t know before about our canine friends!
Workshop taught by certified trainer and behavior consultant.
Puppies age: This class is for puppies 5 months and under only and their humans.
Prerequisite: The Right Start Seminar is recommended prior to this workshop.
Children: Due to space and floor activities, children must be 12 or over to attend.
What to bring
- Your dog – hungry so best to feed after class if you can.
- Small smelly treats and part of his meal to use for training and games.
- A chew or frozen Kong.
- Favorite toy.
- A “mat” – this can be a towel, bed or mat.
- A 4-6 foot leash. No flexi/retractable leashes.
NOTE: We will be working on the floor with our puppies so please dress accordingly. Chairs are available for those that would prefer.
PRIVATE LESSONS AND BEHAVIOR CONSULTATIONS
How to Request a Private Lesson, Consultation, or Assessment
To request assistance for private lessons, behavior consultations and assessments, or phone consultations for training or behavior, please click here to complete your request for Private Lesson, Behavior Consultation and Assessment, or Consultation form.
Whether you have a newly adopted adolescent companion or an older family companion, private training lessons are a great way to learn how to train your dog to come when called, stay, leave it, and much more. Have a friend join you and split the private lesson for twice the fun! Private lessons are 1 hour in duration and resource handouts are provided to assist with the content of the private lesson.
Private lessons provided by a Certified Behavior Consultant/Trainer.
Cost: $125 per hour
Phone Consultations – Training
Phone consultations (Basic manners/Training) are available for behaviors that are less serious in nature such as crate training, housetraining, leash pulling, jumping and more. Get answers to your questions and speak to a certified professional. Handouts provided as needed also.
Consultations provided by a Certified Behavior Consultant/Trainer.
Cost: $50 for 30 minutes, additional $1 per minute
MEET OUR TEAM AND TESTIMONIALS
Meet Our Team
Dog Training and Behavior Manager
Carol is part of an elite group of behavior consultants. There are only about 200 certified behavior consultants in the US certified by the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (www.iaabc.org) and Carol is 1 of only 4 certified in the state of Wisconsin. This certification included hundreds of hours of behavior counseling and seminars. Carol is also a Certified Dog Trainer certified by the The Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers® (CCPDT®), the leading independent certifying organization for the dog training profession. She has been working with dogs for over 2 decades. She has also fostered dogs with behavioral problems. She specializes in shy/fearful dogs, anxiety in dogs, aggression and dogs that have experienced trauma. Recommended by area vets, Carol is well respected for her work with canine behavior. Carol has been voted Milwaukee’s Top Trainer and is an assessor/evaluator of therapy dogs through The Alliance of Therapy Dogs organization. If you would like to pursue working with Carol for your dog’s behavior, please complete our consultation request form that can be found here.
Sheila serves as our Humane Educator, leading a variety of youth programs at the shelter and in area schools. As a Certified Humane Educator with over twenty years’ experience working with youth and in the community, Sheila’s passion is education and outreach. Sheila is also an avid dog lover and long-time student of a variety canine sports such as agility, nose work, and tricks. Prior to coming to EBHS, Sheila worked at a large dog training facility, teaching active dogs how to swim and helping assist older and injured dogs in guided swim sessions. In addition to these experiences, Sheila is passionate about Therapy Dog work, serving as an Evaluator for Alliance of Therapy Dogs, facilitating our Therapy Dog Information Sessions and Test Preparation Workshops, and leading the EBHS Therapy Dog department in which there are over twenty teams! Sheila also founded and leads our popular READ to Me™ program in which young people gain confidence in their reading skills by reading to Certified Therapy Dogs. In her dog training journey, Sheila enjoys helping pet people reach their basic training goals – and maybe learn a trick or two. Sheila can be reached at [email protected].
Dog Behavior Team
Nicole joined the behavior team in February of 2021. She is a graduate of Western Illinois University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Zoology. Nicole has always loved training and from a young age, started working with animals. She volunteered at several zoos in Illinois and Wisconsin and then moved to Texas to work at a wildlife refuge. There, Nicole worked and trained anything and everything from bears and hyenas to primates and echidnas! Nicole also fell in love with training parrots. This inspired her to work at the Downtown Aquarium in Houston with their parrot collection as well as with tigers and a sloth. Nicole even spent her off time training with the elephants at the Houston Zoo! Nicole brings her love of animals as well her experience in training to EBHS. At home, Nicole has two dogs of her own: Autumn Lee and Nala Rose. Autumn is a Papillon/Heeler mix who loves to run, chase, and herd; Nala, a Pittie/Heeler mix, is her frisbee dog who also excels at scent work! Nicole is currently training Nala to find lost discs for when she plays disc golf and to find antler sheds. Nicole also shares her life with sugar gliders and two birds. A quote that resonates with Nicole is “Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” – Anatole France
Cat Behavior Lead
Rena graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences. From a young age helping animals has been a passion of Rena’s; throughout the years, Rena’s jobs have had a focus on caring for animals, which ultimately brought her to EBHS. While Rena loves all animals, she holds a special place in her heart especially for cats. Because of this passion, Rena volunteered at EBHS as a cat socializer for four years before joining the behavior and counseling teams. In her free time, Rena enjoys reading and taking pictures, with her best models being her two cats. One of Rena’s favorite quotes is by the author Dean Koontz- “No one can grant you happiness. Happiness is a choice we all have the power to make.”
Cat Behavior Team
Shelby volunteered for about two years as a cat socializer at EBHS before she became part of the team. Before this she worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant at an Assisted Living facility for seven years. She loved taking care of the elderly almost as much as they loved her. As hard as it was to leave, she decided to change her path and help animals and people as an Animal Caregiver. She has always loved animals since she was a little girl and her aunt always told her she’ll either be helping animals or people. Shelby hopes for a program that she can help out with that includes animals and the elderly as it is very therapeutic to them. During her free time, she loves to be at home with her two cats, Callie and Tweet who were adopted from EBHS, visiting her past residents, camping, being around family, and enjoying life as it is. Shelby’s favorite quote is advice from her father, “If it scares you or it’s out of your comfort zone, do it anyways, it will almost always be the change you needed”