meet the trainer - ginny thompson

In January 2002, my husband and I welcomed Oz, the cutest little Border Collie pup we had ever seen, into our family. We knew he needed a lot of mental and physical stimulation so we gave him plenty of exercise and enrolled in a positive reinforcement training class. It wasn’t long before I realized that training dogs was my calling. I ended up training Oz in obedience, agility, and herding. We also worked together for Wild Goose Chase for several years, humanely removing geese off the property of businesses in and around the Madison area. 


After spending a couple years reading, volunteering at a local shelter and assisting in dog training classes, in 2005 I settled in at Mad City Dog Training (now under new ownership as Dogs Welcome) for five years as a trainer in manners and agility classes. My passion for dogs and their welfare within our community led me to the Dane County Humane Society in 2006, where I worked as an adoption specialist for a year before moving to the Canine Behavior Team. I helped to create and teach classes in two community education programs for the Humane Society: Second Chances, a program where prisoners train troubled pups as part of their rehabilitation and Positively Pitties, a canine manners class geared toward pit bull terriers and their owners which I still teach. I earned my BA in Zoology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2008 and am also a Certified Pet Dog Trainer through the Certification Council of Pet Dog Trainers. 


I am passionate about helping people and their pets enjoy a more fulfilling relationship with each other. This is about you and your dog investing in each other and a happy future together. My role is to constantly learn and grow, discovering new tools and techniques to help you and your dog. Whether there are specific behavior issues you wish to address or teaching basic canine manners to your dog or learning some cool new tricks, my number one goal is to help you reach your goals.