Dog Training Classes

About the trainer: Pam Culver

Pam and Rufus

Pam uses a combination of positive reinforcement, pattern games from Control Unleashed and the techniques she has used with hundreds of rescue dogs over the last 10+ years of fostering and working with dog behavior issues. Pam has shared her home with challenging dogs from disabilities, anxiety, reactivity, aggression, feral, shy and hyperactivity. Pam draws on her personal experience in addition to the many training mentors she has learned from over the years. Pam grew up training horses and teaching people to ride horses in the last 10 years she has transitioned into working with rescue dogs and dog owners.

Pam is a Certified Control Unleashed Instructor. Control Unleashed is a reward based system of training promoting a building trust and communication between dog and handler. This assists the dog gain confidence with their owner through a series of fun and engaging pattern games.

Dog Behavior Modification Training

Pam works with dogs who are experiencing problems such as:

  • Barking and lunging at other dogs or people
  • Inappropriate greetings with guests and/or strangers
  • Anxious behaviors like chewing or destroying items
  • Spats and fights between the dogs in your home
  • And more

In Home Private Dog Training

In-Home training is available within 20 miles of La Crosse. In-Home training is available outside of the 20 mile radius with an additional trip charge based on miles.

Virtual Dog Training Sessions

Pam works with you, your family and dog(s) via virtual web meeting software like Zoom. Virtual Dog Training is amazingly effective especially for dogs with

  • Anxiety
  • Stranger danger
  • Fearful/shutdown dogs

Virtual training is also effective for people in rural locations or parts of the U.S. that do not have a lot of training options

Group Training Classes are Available

I wish my Dog (would/ wouldn’t) ____!

  • Is there something your dog is doing that is driving you nuts?
  • What is the most annoying behavior your dog does? Would you like to change it?
  • Does your dog jump to greet everyone who visits?

There may be one, two or many things you want to change about your dog. Join our “I wish my Dog (Would/Wouldn’t ______” class to work on each of those dog challenges.

Puppy Games and Play

Puppies have a lot to learn but very short attention spans. Most of all, puppies want to PLAY!!! And we want to PLAY with our puppies! So let’s us Play to teach our puppy how to be a good family member.

In Puppy Games and Play class, we will learn how to incorporate games into our daily lives in small doses. In class we will alternate games/work and puppy play.

Click on the link below to view our current class schedule, availability and book your class.

Classes are offered on Saturday mornings at

Gathering Waters Design office
1501 St Andrews St, Suite B-200
La Crosse, WI 54603

Directions to class in building:

  • Park in the lot across from the entrance. Enter through the double glass doors under the copper overhang.
  • In lobby make a U-Turn to the left and come up the stairs to 2nd floor
  • Turn left through double doors and follow hallway around staying left
  • Gathering Waters glass door will be on the left at the hallway intersection (directly across from Grace Community Services)

Please complete the Dog Training Waiver & Vaccinations before you book your first class.

Do you have a specific in-home challenge you want to work on or are you interested in Private Dog Training? Pam also does Private In-Home and Virtual Sessions. Please visit the Private Dog Training Sessions page.