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!
Chelsee Ford, CPDT-KA
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.
Kelly Butkiewicz CPDT-KA, CVT
CVT, 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. Kelly earned her CPDT-KA in 2022 and is an important part of the Ideal DOG Training Team.
James Affeldt, CPDT-KA
Certified Professional Dog TRainer
Whether training for everyday life or competitive dog sports, James’ goal is making the training process fun and safe for both the owner and the dog.
He believes 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 trains and competes in multiple venues of Agility, Rally Obedience, and Scent Work. He volunteers at a local humane society where he fosters, trains and prepares homeless dogs for the next chapter of their life. We are thrilled to have James join our team as a Certified Professional Dog Trainer!
Gloria Simon, CPDT-KA
Certified Professional Dog Trainer
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 completed her training certification and is now taking on private clients. Her interest is in helping guardians and pets strengthen their bond and help pets live comfortably and successfully in the human world.
Cari Tetzlaff, CDBC, KPA-CTP
Certified trainer, instructor, evaluator
Cari Tetzlaff, KPA-CTP, CPDT-KA, CDBC has been teaching group classes with Ideal DOG for years. She is now a Certified Dog Behavior Counselor 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!
Training Class Instructor, 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).
Hayley joined the Ideal DOG Team in January 2023 as a training apprentice and support staff. Hayley comes 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 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.