Registration Open for Upcoming Classes

UPDATE:  8/28/21

This session of Puppy Kindergarten will be held at the Celtic K9 Academy facility at N2501 Wenham Road, east of Fort Atkinson off Highway 106.   The class will be held on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m., beginning September 1st.  Registrants will be advised of further details.   Please note there are no restroom facilities available.  Puppy K class is full — registration is now closed.

Thank you to Celtic K9 Academy for offering to let us use their facility!

UPDATE: 8/11/21

A fire at the building adjacent to the KCFA Kennel Club may affect classes scheduled to be held there in our training rooms.

Basic Skills and Everyday Manners, set to begin Tuesday, August 17, will go on as planned at the Humane Society of Jefferson County. 

We appreciate the kind messages of concern and support from our many friends, and we apologize for any inconvenience due to this unfortunate, unexpected turn of events.

To dispel any concerns — The Kennel Club of Fort Atkinson does not provide dog boarding services, and dogs are never left alone at our training site.  Dogs are only in the facility together with their owners/handlers, when on site for training or other events.

We’re incredibly grateful to the firefighters from Fort Atkinson and from far and wide who responded to fight this fire!  The KCFA facility would’ve likely been a total loss if not for their massive efforts, made even more difficult by the extremely hot weather. 

Registration is now open for training classes set to begin soon.  Classes will be filled first-come, first-served, and COVID-19 protocols will be followed for all classes.   Due to the recent increase in COVID cases, masks will be required for indoor classes, regardless of vaccination status.  Enrollees must also sign a COVID-19 Participation Agreement, to be submitted with registration forms and fees.

Puppy Kindergarten will begin Wednesday, August 18, at 5:30 p.m., at the KCFA Training Site.  Basic Skills & Everyday Manners will begin Tuesday, August 17, at 6:30 p.m., in the Community Room of the Humane Society of Jefferson County.  Continuing Basic will begin Saturday, September 11, at 9:00 a.m., at the KCFA Training Site.

Please visit the Course Descriptions page and the Dates and Registration Info page for more info and registration forms.

Register Now for Outdoor Training to Begin in June

Warmer weather is coming, and KCFA will offer four classes outdoors beginning in June!  Register today, as class sizes are limited.

Puppy Kindergarten will be held on Saturday mornings at 9:00, beginning June 5.  [Puppy K is full as of 6/4/21.] Basic Skills and Everyday Manners will also be on Saturdays, at 11:00 a.m., also beginning June 5. [Basic Skills and Everyday Manners class is full as of 6/1/21.]

Both Puppy K and Basic Skills will be held in the large fenced outdoor exercise yard at the Humane Society of Jefferson County, W6127 Kiesling Road, just off Highway 89 between Fort Atkinson and Jefferson.

A special four-week Carting workshop will begin on Saturday, June 5, at 10:00 a.m., with classes held outdoors at the KCFA training site on Oak Street.

Dogs About Town will begin Saturday, June 12, at 1:00 p.m.  Locations for this class will vary so teams can refine their skills in a variety of situations and events.

Be certain to include your contact information, legibly written, on your registration forms so instructors can contact you in case of a weather-related cancellation.

See the Course Descriptions page for more information about the classes, and the Dates, Times and Registration Information page for required registration forms.

Virtual Training Begins Nov. 9

We’ve enjoyed some glorious weather during KCFA’s outdoor training classes this fall!  Unfortunately, the current rate of COVID-19 has led us to continue suspension of indoor training classes, and with colder weather just around the corner,  we’re unable to hold classes outdoors again until spring.    However, we are excited to announce that KCFA will be offering its first virtual training class!

KCFA will offer a virtual class in Basic Skills and Everyday Manners on Monday evenings at 6:30, beginning November 9th.  The class will meet virtually for six weeks, with the final class on Monday, December 14.  The cost will be $50.  To provide maximum personal interaction, participation will be limited to six students.

Each human-dog team will need access to a computer, tablet, or smartphone with a camera and microphone to allow two-way communication with the instructor.  The class will utilize Zoom, which can be downloaded for free. (Further instructions will be emailed to class registrants.)

For more details about Basic Skills and Everyday Manners, visit our Training Course Descriptions page .  To register, download and complete the General Agreement and the Training Class Application from the Training Dates and Registration page. (Scroll down on that page to find the links to the forms.) No vaccination records will be required for this virtual class.

Mail completed forms and the $50 class fee to: Attn: Training Committee; The Kennel Club of Fort Atkinson, Inc. (KCFA); P.O. Box 205; Fort Atkinson, WI 53538.

The class will be filled on a first come, first served basis, so don’t delay – sign up today!

Puppy Training Tips

During this COVID-19 pandemic, it’s difficult to take a puppy “out and about” so it can experience a wide variety of social situations and stimuli. Though KCFA has had to cancel classes for the summer, we want to encourage “puppy parents” to provide training and educational opportunities at home. In support of those who’ve recently acquired a puppy, KCFA’s Puppy Kindergarten instructors and Training Committee have collaborated to produce several informational articles. Please visit the Course Descriptions page for the links to these articles.

For a smile break, check out the Parade of Puppies video on our Join the Fun page, or visit the link directly at:

Sign Up Now for Spring Training Classes!

Registration is open for classes beginning in March and April.  Classes fill quickly, so don’t delay – send in your registration today! 

Puppy Kindergarten will be offered Monday evenings at 6:30 p.m., beginning April 6th.

Basic Skills and Everyday Manners will meet Saturday mornings at 9:00 a.m., beginning April 11th.

Continuing Basic, with an AKC Canine Good Citizen emphasis, will be on Tuesday evenings, beginning April 7th, at 6:30 p.m.

Intermediate Skills, with an AKC Novice and Graduate Novice emphasis, will begin on Thursday, April 9th, at 7:00 p.m.

Advanced Skills (competition emphasis) will meet on Tuesday mornings at 10:30, beginning April 7th.

Preregistration is required and class sizes are limited.  Instructor approval is required for some classes.   Click the following links for more information:  course descriptions and class dates

Service Dog Tales

Come join us on Saturday, July 28, at 1:00 p.m.,
to meet working service Cadence pushing door buttondogs and their handlers, and to listen to their stories of teamwork and transformation.  Learn about the functions of service dogs, how they’re trained, and laws that apply to them.  The presentation will be held in the Community Room of Dwight Foster Public Libary, 209 Merchants Ave, Fort Atkinson.  Admission is free and the public is invited.

Amber Marzahl, a member of the Kennel Club of Fort Atkinson,  will anchor the presentation with her service dog, Cadence.  Gulf War veteran Warren Demmin and his PTSD service dog, Loki, will add their own remarkable story to the presentation, and Katie McDonald, with her service dog, Zyko, will talk about what it takes to train a service dog and what functions they might perform.

Topics will include:  What is a service dog?  Who can benefit from a service dog?  What public access rights do service dogs have?  What are a business owner’s rights with regard to them?

The growing problem with “fake” service dogs will be discussed.  These are dogs that don’t perform services other than providing companionship, but are purported by their handlers to be service dogs in order to gain access to housing or public venues where dogs aren’t usually permitted.

Time will be allowed for questions from the audience, as well.

Here’s a poster you can print and post to help us spread the word about this event:    Service_Dog_Event_Flyer