Day School for Dogs

Are you looking for a basic or advanced obedience class for your dog? Can't find the time for private lessons? Don't want to leave your dog at a board and train facility? 

The Dog Sanctuary has a unique training program set up to give you and your dog the best of all programs.

Your own certified dog trainer will customize a training program specifically for each individual dog based on family needs. Dogs will be taught 9am-4pm Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for two weeks with a lesson plan for you to continue training at home.


Training comes with a variety of inclusive add ons to maximize training potential like email support, phone support, 6 hours of personalized training with a certified dog trainer, and more listed below!

What's Included in Day School?

  • One hour of training each school day (6 hours)

  • Free daycare on school days 

  • Basic mental enrichment (Kong's, puzzles, games)

  • Custom dog training program fit to meet your family's goals

  • Videos of behaviors taught for each school day

  • Email and phone support for the duration of the class

  • Email support for one month after school

  • Worksheets to compliment the dog training lessons

  • A large 16oz treat box of Bow Wowz (sliced treats only, this will be used by our trainers daily for your dog only. Anything left will come home with your dog.)

Work with your own certified dog trainer - email and phone support!

This program benefits not only your dog but entire family. We train your dog while you're at work and give you the tools and support you need to have success at home. In two weeks, by following our certified dog trainer's instructions, your dog will be listening more and behaving better.

View our Day School schedule here!

A 50% deposit is required to reserve your spot in class.

No refunds will be given 7 days prior to class starting 100% refund will be given if canceled within timeframe.

Class must be paid in full on the first day at drop off.

For more FAQ click here

Who is Day School for?

  • Dogs that are dog and human friendly

  • Dogs that need help with their basic cues like sit, down, stay, recall, loose leash walking

  • Dogs that need help with advance cues and tricks

  • Dogs that could use extra enrichment in their life

  • Families looking for a basic obedience class

  • Families looking for a private dog trainer

  • Families that want the best of both world from private lessons and board and trains.


Do you have more questions about our day school program that weren't asked in the FAQ?

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Science Based, Force-Free Dog Training for Your Pet


The professional dog trainers at The Dog Sanctuary teach you how to train your dog with science-based methods, resulting in a well-behaved pet and a stronger relationship. Dogs love to learn new things and have their minds stimulated! 

All dogs can benefit from dog training in Sussex, Pewaukee, Brookfield, Hartland and Menomonee Falls, WI. 

Dog obedience training can eliminate unwanted behaviors such as jumping and chewing (and worse destructive habits). Your dog will be the balanced, well-behaved companion you've always wanted.

Certified Trainer Melissa Etzler, owner of The Dog Sanctuary, is the primary trainer. She conducts classes and private trainings, and teaches her employees about dog behavior and basic cues. Click here to learn more about Melissa and her team!

Give your dog the gift of education. You won't be disappointed!

Meet Our Trainers!


Robin Downing, CPDT-KA, KPA-CTP

There have been many dogs, both my own and others, that have taught me so much about life, patience and unfailing love. It is my strong love for dogs that inspired me to become a professional dog trainer. I am a graduate and certified dog trainer through the esteemed Karen Pryor Dog Training Academy, a Certified Professional Dog Trainer through the Certification Council for Pet Dog Trainers and a member of the Force Free Trainers of Wisconsin.  I’m so happy to be doing what I love and helping people with their beloved companions and thrilled to be a member of the Dog Sanctuary dog training team.


Robin teaches basic, advance, tricks, and puppy class.

Melissa Etzler, ABCDT

Melissa has owned The Dog Sanctuary for 5 years and has been professionally training for 6 years. Melissa specializes in socializing and enjoys educating dog owners on the science of dog training.

For more of Melissa's education click here. 

Melissa teaches basic, advance, and puppy class.

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Daycare Hours


6:30am - 6:00pm

Mon. Wed. & Fri.


Day School Hours

P: 262-246-0332


N63 W22603 State Hwy 74 | Sussex, WI | 53089

Located on the east end of Main Street near Quad Graphics, and across from Subway.

Call/Text: 262.246.0332


Fax: 262.246.0333

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N63 W22603

State Hwy 74

Sussex, WI



Monday - Friday

6:30am - 6:00pm


Mon. Wed. & Fri.


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