Beyond Basics


Go beyond the basics and expand on your dog’s existing set of life-skills!

Beyond Basics aims to challenge your dog to concentrate on you, using games, tricks, and other fun activities, in a variety of distracting situations.

This class is special in that lessons are conducted at various outdoor locations around Lake Mills, taking advantage of the distractions that each location offers as a hands-on learning tool.

Location: Various locations around Lake Mills, WI

Class Length:  5-week series (About 1 hour lessons)

Class Size: 10 dog maximum


What’s the schedule for this class?

Taking advantage of the *hopefully* beautiful summer weather, Beyond Basics is offered two times throughout the summer. Because we hold a limited number of series, this class tends to fill up quickly!

2024 Series Start Dates:

Start DateClass TimeNotes
Wednesday, May 1, 20245:30-6:30pmFULL
Wednesday, June 26, 20245:30-6:30pmFULL
Wednesday, August 21, 20245:30-6:30pm6 spots available

Enroll now in Beyond Basics (online form). If you have questions, call (920) 648-2421 or email us!


What will you and your dog learn in this class?

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 (long distances, under distraction, out of sight)
  • Leash manners in close proximity with other dogs
  • Leave it (tempting items on the ground)
  • Stay (advanced)
  • Wait
  • Remote cues
  • Attention and settling
  • Tricks training


What kind of dog is this class for?

If your dog has mastered some basic skills in calm environments, but loses her mind when out and about, this class will help teach her how to focus and learn in exciting situations.

This is also a great class for anyone who likes learning in a group, and wants a fun bonding experience with your dog!


Are there any prerequisites for this class?

Because this class builds on existing class material, we require students to take our Family Dog Manners or Puppy Preschool class prior to enrollment in Beyond Basics.

Beyond Basics fills up quickly! If you already plan on taking Family Dog Manners and then Beyond Basics immediately after, call (920) 648-2421 or email us to claim your spot before the class fills up!


How much does this class cost?

The price of Beyond Basics is $185, which includes lessons, weekly take-home handouts, and graduation materials. Additionally, our instructors are happy to stay after class and address any individual questions you may have.


Who teaches this class?

Our behavioral trainers, Mittsy and Emily, currently teach Beyond Basics. You can learn more about their certifications, experience, and more on our Meet the Trainers page!

Classes are filling up quickly, so be sure to enroll soon. If you have questions, call (920) 648-2421 or email us!

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