Pictured with Dr. Amy Cook Ph.D, CDBC, CPDT-KA
Pictured with Hannah Branigan

The Ideal Way To Learn

We offer modern DOG Training using advanced methods. Our professional dog training services include group classes, full service training, and behavior counseling. Our programs focus on creating well rounded, highly educated dogs and teaching owners to work with their dogs in a positive, productive way.


All of our services are designed to ensure that you and your dog have a positive learning experience. 


Our science-based methods maximize results without compromising your dog’s well-being. We complete Continuing Education Credits every year to remain Certified. 


Our goal is to effectively teach you and your dog important canine life skills without the use of fear or force. 


Oh yeah, and we laugh a lot! All of our offerings are filled with fun, interactive lessons for you and your dog.

The Ideal Team

Meet our team of skilled instructors and trainers.

Lynsie Bernier CPDT-KA

Owner, Certified Trainer, Evaluator

Lynsie Bernier is the owner of Ideal DOG and brings 30 years in the animal care field to the business. Lynsie has been training and showing dogs since age 11. She has worked in nearly every capacity of professional animal care since 1993 including boarding, grooming, daycare, sheltering, and Veterinary care.

Over the last 18 years Lynsie has focused her career on dog training and behavior. Her credentials and memberships include:

  • Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) since 2009. 
  • Approved AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator
  • Approved Member of The Pet Professional Guild  
  • Approved Member of Force Free Trainers of Wisconsin  
  • Approved Tester/Observer Alliance of Therapy Dogs
  • Participant in NACSW Certified Nose Work Instructor Program 2024

Lynsie has developed several unique training services for Ideal DOG, each designed to achieve specific results. Her approach is not one size fits all.  Lynsie is passionate about helping dogs and their families. She competes at a National level with her own dogs and can help you reach your goals as well. Let her or one of our other talented Certified trainers show you how to train your Ideal DOG! 

Book a service with Lynsie or enroll in one of her classes today!


Chelsee Ford, CPDT-KA

Certified Trainer, Instructor, Evaluator

Chelsee began her training journey as a client at Ideal DOG. Her amazing talent and natural skills with both people and dogs made her the perfect candidate for our apprentice opportunity. Chelsee has been helping owners and their dogs in our group classes for years and after passing her Certification Exam expanded to help clients in private lessons and consultations. 

Chelsee Ford, B.S., BSN, CPDT-KA-AKC Approved CGC Evaluator -Training Class Instructor and Private lesson coach. Chelsee is a full time Nurse and currently only sees clients on a limited basis. 


Kelly Butkiewicz CPDT-KA, CVT

CVT, Head Certified Trainer, Evaluator

Kelly earned her Associate Degree in Applied Science in 1999 and has been a Certified Veterinary Technician ever since.  She loves providing medical care to pets and serving their owners, but her true passion is training. 

 Kelly’s connection with dogs and training started back in junior high school when her family finally adopted a black lab after lots of begging. She entered her the 4-H dog obedience/showmanship project and it didn’t take long before the connection became very clear. Once she was too old to show in 4-H she started instructing the 4-H dog obedience/showmanship project and became a registered 4H judge. Her passion followed her through adulthood as she trained her own dogs as well as many rescue dogs to make them more adoptable. 

Today she has four English Cocker Spaniels she is lucky and proud to share her life with. She has trained, shown and earned titles in a variety of dog sports and events including Agility, Rally, Barn Hunt, Fast CAT, Trick Dog and CGC and Therapy Dog volunteering. Kelly earned her CPDT-KA in 2022 and is an important part of the Ideal DOG Training Team. She loves working with private training clients as well as instructing a wide variety of classes. 

Book a service with Kelly or enroll in one of her classes today!


James Affeldt, CPDT-KA

Certified Professional Dog TRainer

Whether training for everyday life or competitive dog sports, James makes the training process fun, safe and effective for both the owner and the dog.

He understands the foundation of effective training is two-way communication between the human and the dog where both are willing participants working for rewards without pain or intimidation.

James is the proud guardian of 2 Australian Cattle Dogs and a Cardigan Welsh Corgi and has competed in Rally Obedience, Scent Detection and multiple venues of Agility since 2015.

He also has over 8 years of experience consulting with and volunteering at a local humane society where he trains, fosters and prepares homeless dogs for the next chapter of their life. He earned his CPDT-KA in 2023 and is also an approved AKC CGC Evaluator. 

Book a service with James or enroll in one of his classes today!


Gloria Simon, CPDT-KA

Certified Professional Dog Trainer

Gloria’s training background began with her own rescue dogs, and then as a shelter caregiver, where she dove deeper into companion animal behavior and helping animals prepare for adoption. She apprenticed at Ideal Dog LLC and became an approved Canine Good Citizen Evaluator in the fall of 2022 and earned her CPDT-KA in the fall of 2023. Now she is expanding her offerings of group and private lessons for dogs and puppies at Ideal Dog LLC.

She volunteers with a number of local organizations, helping prepare shelter dogs for adoption as well as assisting with low cost vaccinations and altering clinics for companion and homeless animals in need. She enjoys training with her own dogs and has recently begun competing with her dog in scent work.

Gloria enjoys working with a variety of puppies and dogs and their guardians, and especially dogs who are working to build their confidence so they can live comfortably and successfully in the community. She endeavors to create an enjoyable and accessible learning environment where handler teams can strengthen their bond and skills for many happy years together.

Book a service with Gloria or enroll in one of her classes today!


Cari Tetzlaff, CDBC, KPA-CTP

Certified Dog Behavior Consultant

Cari Tetzlaff, KPA-CTP, CPDT-KA, CDBC  has been teaching group classes with Ideal DOG for years. She is now a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant and the owner of her own behavior consulting business Better Together Animal Training. Cari offers services for dogs and cats. We are thrilled to have Cari continue her partnership with Ideal DOG!


Anne Haberkorn

Instructor, Therapy DOG T/O, CGC Evaluator

Anne Haberkorn owns and loves Shih Tzus and Golden Retrievers. She has trained, showed, and titled dogs in obedience, rally, agility, trick dog, and therapy dog. One of her most treasured memories is receiving an invitation and showing her Shih Tzu Murphy, at the AKC National Rally Championship in 2019. Anne believes that no matter what event you may be training your dog for, your relationship with your best friend is most important.

Anne is an Approved AKC Evaluator. In addition to Rally and Agility, Anne has taught classes in AKC STAR Puppy and the AKC CGC (Canine Good Citizen) and Therapy DOG Skills.



Hayley Edwards

Training Apprentice

Hayley joined the Ideal DOG Team in January 2023 as a training apprentice and support staff. Hayley came to Ideal DOG with 2 years animal care experience as a Veterinary Assistant at Birch Bark in Appleton, WI. Since starting her journey in veterinary medicine she has taken a particular interest in canine behavior. Hayley is current working on her B.S in the Animal Behavior Program through Husson University. 

Hayley shares her home with three Siberian Huskies, Bane, Teddy and Wren. She is currently taking classes with Teddy and exploring dog sports.  Hayley believes that every dog deserves to live a happy, confident, fear free life. She has a special interest in helping reactive dogs.   Hayley’s goal is to become a Certified Professional Dog Trainer.

Caroline Birnhak

Training Apprentice


Caroline has always had a big love for dogs. She found her love for training dogs by borrowing a friend’s black Labrador to run agility with at a young age. Caroline is very interested in learning about dog behavior and helping all dogs have happy lives and adventures with their guardians. Caroline is interested in working towards becoming a Certified Professional Dog Trainer. She comes to Ideal DOG with previous experience in agility and loves all dog sports.

Caroline currently has 2 English Cocker Spaniels, Turtle and Puffin. She found her love for English Cockers when she met her first dog, Otter. Otter played a very important role in showing Caroline how fun and rewarding participating in dog sports can be! She is currently training for competition in agility, scent work and barn hunt.

Certifications and Memeberships

Higher standards, greater knowledge base, better results for you and your dog.