Carolyn Henry

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About Me
First Name: 
Carolyn
Last Name: 
Henry
Summary: 

Best Yet Behavior and Dog Training strives to support and educate dog owners who wish to improve their lives and their dogs’ lives, and strengthen the bond that they share. Only positive, force-free methods are used; we exclude outdated fear tactics, intimidation, severe corrections, and pain-based collars/devices.

What many do not realize is that dog training is a non-regulated business. There is no overall governing body and anyone who wishes to can declare himself/herself a dog trainer. How does a pet owner decide who to use? How do you make the best decision for both you and your dog?

Best Yet Behavior and Dog Training’s owner/trainer is a graduate of Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training & Behavior (KPA), which assures you that your dog is trained by a professional who has elected to undertake the most rigorous training program available. A KPA trainer is committed to only humane, science-based training techniques.

Bio: 

Carolyn grew up surrounded by goats, horses, dogs, rabbits, and even a few bee hives. She received her first dog as a surprise from her parents when she was 4. Carolyn began training dogs formally when she joined the 4-H Guide Dogs for the Blind project, receiving her first project dog from them when she was 11. Ultimately, Carolyn raised and trained seven Guide Dogs for the Blind puppies; she began teaching others and leading training sessions while still in high school. Carolyn was fortunate to be invited to write some newspaper articles and appeared on TV shows. She purchased her first show dog, a golden retriever, as a senior in high school. 

The Guide Dogs for the Blind organization was Carolyn’s introduction to positive training. Throughout the years, she investigated new training methods as they developed, but always came back to the positive format. Carolyn found it much more successful than other methods, and the dogs were happier.

Carolyn started showing dogs as a 4-H member and continues to do so today. As her pack grew, a new puppy came into her household. The puppy was severely fearful and beyond Carolyn’s previous experience. She sourced suggestions from many and began to work with a Canine Behaviorist—a whole new world! As her dog, Slyder, improved Carolyn delved more and more into the science behind this work. She began studying force-free training in earnest, graduating from Karen Pryor Academy as a Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP). Carolyn thrives on the positive impact that teaching dogs and their humans provides. She departed the corporate world to work with dogs and their humans fulltime. Carolyn launched Best Yet Behavior and Dog Training in 2014.

Presently, Carolyn lives with her six dogs on a small hobby farm. Her dogs compete in Obedience, Rally, Tracking, Agility, Conformation, Barn Hunt, and other venues. The dogs compete in what they enjoy, which keeps things busy. Slyder, the fearful boy who started it all, is doing wonderfully well and no longer fears the world around him. He even competes in events where his spectacular nose leads the way—tracking and field trials. Slyder evolved from a dog that would eliminate in fear when someone came to the house to a dog confidently following a track line despite having people and other dogs around him. Seeing the impact that positive and force-free work and behavior modification had on his life is the reason that Carolyn enjoys working with clients and their dogs so much.

Services Offered: 

Behavioral Challenges

Some dogs have behaviors that are not only hard on the dog, but very difficult to live with. This is the reason why some dogs land in a shelter. If you are looking to work with your dog to help him/her shift problem behavior(s) and become more comfortable in the world, I would very much like to take that journey with you.

Some of the behaviors I deal with regularly are:

  • Fear 
  • Extreme shyness
  • Resource-guarding of food, toys, etc
  • Too mouthy or has bitten
  • Aggression
  • Human and/or other dog reactivity
  • Separation or Isolation anxiety

In order to keep the dog on the most even keel, which assists with learning, all behavior work is done in and around your home. As the dog improves, field trips are sometimes planned as well.

Call for prices and territory covered.

Obedience/Manners

There are basic behaviors we all seem to look for:

  • Sits and lies down when asked
  • Stays until released
  • Does not dash through doors but waits nicely
  • Walks well on a leash
  • Comes when called
  • Responds to his/her name
  • Quite simply - a dog that is nice to have around

All training formats include information on how dogs think, how to read a dog’s body language, and how dogs think; management techniques; agreed-upon obedience exercises; information on nutrition, and much more.

Depending on the class and class level, humans and their dogs will learn basic behaviors such as housebreaking, crate training, sit, down, stay, come, walking nicely on a leash, and working for therapy-dog certification. Advanced work will strengthen these behaviors and include additional behaviors built upon the foundation of the basics. 

Formats:

Private Lessons

Private lessons are ideal for those with hectic schedules or schedules that may vary from week to week. Our meetings are scheduled to fit your schedule and are spread out based upon your dog’s progress. Private lessons are also appropriate for dogs that may have difficulty with attention in a group-class environment. In a private class, the concentration is on your specific goals. As private lessons are conducted in and around your home, other family members are welcome to join and learn.

Group Classes

In order for each human/dog team to receive proper attention and personalized assistance, group classes are limited to no more than 6 human/dog teams. It is not the common practice to limit enrollment to such a small group, but the results support the limitation.

Classes include: Puppy Start Right Class including AKC Star Puppy, Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced Manners, Therapy Dog training/Canine Good Citizen, and Introduction to Canine Sports

Day Training

This format is for those who wish to have a well0behaved dog but simply do not have the time to work with the dog. I come to your home 2-3 times a week to work with your dog. We meet once a week to go over what your dog has learned and how to take over training and using those behaviors yourself.

Board and Train

Board and train is for people who want a well-behaved dog and are in a situation where having a young and untrained dog in the house is causing undue stress. I usually limit this type of training to puppies/young dogs that have no issues with other dogs or people. The dog is not kept in a kennel, but comes into my house to learn house manners, housebreaking, and basic behaviors. The usual stay is a minimum of 2 weeks and is often chosen by families going on vacation.

All training is based upon force-free, positive reinforcement methodology. Call for current classes, pricing, and location.

Services Offered Summary: 
Behavioral challenges, such as fear, extreme shyness, resource-guarding, aggression, human and/or canine reactivity, separation or isolation anxiety / Basic obedience and good manners of all levels / Private sessions, Group lessons, Day Training, Board and Train (puppies only) / All work is based upon force-free methodology / E-mail or call for available times and locations within SE Wisconsin
Contact Information
Phone Number: 
+1 (262) 880-1252
Location: 
53108 Caledonia , WI

History

Member for
4 years 7 months