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.

Positive

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

Knowledgeable

Our science-based methods maximize results without compromising your dog’s well-being. 

Effective

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

Fun

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

Owner, Certified Trainer,Instructor, Evaluator

Lynsie Bernier is the owner of Ideal DOG and brings 28 years in the animal care field to the business. Lynsie has worked in nearly every capacity of professional animal care since 1993.

Over the last 16 years Lynsie has focused her career on dog training and behavior. Her credentials and memberships include:

  • Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) 
  • 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

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 trainers show you how to train your Ideal DOG! 

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

Chelsee Ford

Head 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., CPDT-KA-AKC Approved CGC Evaluator -Training Class Instructor and Private lesson coach.

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

Cari Tetzlaff

Certified trainer, instructor, evaluator

Cari Tetzlaff, KPA-CTP, CPDT-KA has been teaching group classes with Ideal DOG for years. She is now 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! 

Kristi Meredith

CGC Evaluator, & Pampurr'd Pet shop owner

Kristi Meredith, is the owner of our neighbor store The Pampurr’d Pet. Check out their full line of pet care supplies here.  Kristi has been a class instructor for years and in addition to helping with our CGC testing still enjoys stepping in to teach classes when her schedule allows. 

 

Anne Haberkorn

Training Class Instructor

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).

Gloria Simon-Kuzma

Training Apprentice

Gloria’s training background began as a pet guardian for her own dogs that had behavioral challenges and then as shelter caregiver, with a special interest in canine and feline behavior. She has recently joined the Ideal Dog team as an apprentice trainer, and is working to complete her training certification. Her interest is in helping guardians and pets strengthen their bond and help pets live comfortably and successfully in the human world.

Chloe Konkle

Training Apprentice

Chloe is an animal advocate and comes to Ideal DOG with experience working with horses and dogs. Her gentle approach to training is the perfect fit for our services. In addition to being a dog training apprentice with Ideal DOG, Chloe has her own business Bonafide Behavior and Training for horses. Chloe has completed Dog Trainer Foundations and Puppy Start Right for Instructors through Karen Pryor Academy, Defensive Handling for Aggressive Dogs, You’re Not Alone: Working With Separation Issues in Dogs, Understanding Evidence-Based Dog Training, and Equine Enrichment through The IAABC, 30 Days of Husbandry through Bookends Farm Academy, Animal Behavior & Welfare through The University of Edinburgh, and Dog Emotion and Cognition through Duke University. Chloe has been assisting classes at Ideal DOG as an apprentice since February of 2021 working towards earning her CPDT-KA, and will be using her work with horses to create case studies to earn her IAABC-CHBC.

Kelly Butkiewicz

CVT, Dog Training Instructor

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. She is currently working toward earning her CPDT-KA certification.

Certifications and Memeberships

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