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My dog, Hershey, started it in 2002. She lunged and barked at other dogs, and I didn’t know what to do. I wanted to support her so she’d feel safe and not feel the need to react to other dogs. I was volunteering at the Wisconsin Humane Society and fostering with a breed rescue as I started learning about training to help Hershey.  I began spending vacation time from my “real job” learning about dog training and behavior. As Hershey came into her own, I did too. As a lifelong dog lover, it was so much fun to know I’d found my passion. I started college as an education major and eventually shifted course. Now, I’ve come full circle to teaching, only I am teaching people and dogs. In 2011, I started Cold Nose Canine and I’ve been loving my job ever since.


My personal dogs have all added to my training and education. I believe my dogs come to me for a reason, as I learn something different from each one. 


I use only positive training techniques, because research and behavior science have shown it’s the most effective way for you and your dog to learn. Plus, it’s fun! We’ll set reasonable expectations and rules for your dog as we train. We’ll use positive techniques, like rewarding with food, toys, touch and praise. What I do takes time, love, respect and consistency—just like any change. My goal is to help you be successful with your dog.

I’ve attended the following continuing-education trainings since becoming a CPDT-KA in 2008...

2016 ClickerExpo, Cincinnati

2014 Kay Laurence Seminar A Taste of Clicker Expo

2013 Multi-Dog Households: From first date to after the honeymoon Suzanne Clothier: You Had Me At Sniff! Understanding dog-dog interactions Sue Sternberg: Dog-Dog Group Dynamics Nicole Wilde: Helping fearful dogs

2012 ClickerExpo, Nashville Bridging Human Body Language and Effects on Dog Behavior The Pitfalls of Negative Reinforcement BOOM! Puppies and Noise! A Recipe for Behavior Modification Success: Behavior change for dangerous problems, Patricia McConnell: Lost in Translation—How dogs use sight, sound and smell to communicate Canine Assessment: SAFER Overview & Research
2011 The Association of Pet Dog Trainers Annual Conference



My love of and passion for dogs extends back to my childhood. I decided to make training dogs part of my profession in 2016 when I founded SideKick Dog Training in Milwaukee, WI. I love every opportunity to get to know both the furry and human end of the leash!

I am whole-heartedly committed to using force-free, reward-based training methods that foster, develop, and strengthen the relationship between a dog and their human. In 2018, I earned my CPDT-KA certification. Additionally, I'm dedicated to continuous education and learning the latest and most effective methods for teaching our furry companions how to navigate this difficult human world. 

I currently share my home with one dog, Ruby (pictured), who is often providing me with opportunities to learn and grow as a dog trainer (wink, wink).



Dogs have been in my life forever and at a very young age I knew I wanted to work with them.  It is now 30 years later and I have been working, learning and rescuing them and I still love every minute. It is never boring.  I love how adaptable they are and how over the years I have become somewhat of a translator for them and their humans. I want others to know the joy of living with dogs.  I believe teaching and learning go hand in hand so I continue to educate myself at seminars and training programs. 


I am the mother of 2 grown boys and married to my very understanding husband.  We still foster.  My resident dogs are Lucy, a Chihuahua mix and Patch, a Yorkie/Pomeranian/Chihuahua mix. 

Contact Bridget at 262-389-0282 or