Dawn E. Archer

Dawn E. Archer
Arrow Dog Training

Listen to Dawn talk about the clicker training method, its origin and versatility on Mid-Michigan P.E.T.S. (Pet Expert Talk Show) on WILS AM 1320 (part 2, part 3)

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Dawn E. Archer, ABCDT
Arrow Dog Training
Get Your Dog on Target!

Dawn is an Animal Behavior College Certified Dog Trainer, a Certified Raw Dog Food Nutrition Specialist, an experienced Nose Work Instructor, and an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator. Dawn is the owner of Arrow Dog Training.

Dawn is AnnaBelle's resident clicker training specialist and she can help you Get Your Dog on Target! Dawn uses scientifically proven clicker training and free shaping to teach your dog all the basics plus other fun, useful behaviors. She uses operant conditioning and positive reinforcement, without correction, to help you and your dog build a bond of trust and respect.

In addition to presenting Doggie Do Good clicker classes, Dawn also offers Nose Work, CGC, walking, and crate training classes, along with in-home private training. Dawn's group classes are taught at AnnaBelle's on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings and midday on Thursdays.

Dawn has written several articles that you will find helpful in training and developing a positive relationship with your dog based on trust and respect:

Kimberly Mayhew

Kimberly Mayhew is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University with a BBA in CIS and Animal Behavior College Dog Obedience Instructor program and a professional member of APDT and PPG. Committed to building strong relationships between her clients and their dogs through the use of LIMA techniques.. Kimberly strongly values current research, education, training and certification in this evolving field, and she continues to add to her own body of knowledge and experience through continuing education. Owner of Hidden Potential Farm and Kennels in Laingsburg, MI she offers daycare, boarding and board and train. When not helping out clients to enjoy easier lives with their canine companions, she enjoys spending time on her farm with her husband and 4 kids and three dogs, mini horses, goats and many other animals.



  • Dawn's puppy class was "very informative and gave us a great start on training. As a first timer with a puppy, I found this class very...informative, it helped me be more comfortable and patient training my puppy." [I recommend Dawn because] "she knows her stuff and her techniques work!"
    - Michelle Phillips
  • "I was amazed at the behavioral changes! Wow! Great progress on all fronts!"
    - Marna Wilson
  • "I have a rescue dog that is sensitive to correction, so [Dawn's beginning clicker] course was ideal. [Dawn] really cares that you understand. I thought it was a perfect course for my rescue dog. My dog and I learned a lot that we can build on. [I recommend Dawn because she] was really helpful and took the time to help individually."
    - John Brewster
  • Dawn's TDI class "exceeded my expectations!!! This class was way more than I expected. In the process of training for the TDI test I was also learning so much about myself, my dog & our relationship. One of the major perks of this class was the 1-on-1 attention, training & feedback. I'm am so glad that I met you @ Bark in the Park and leaned about TDI training! This was the first formal training class Hershey & I have taken and I loved it. Thank you for the feedback in between sessions & the encouraging words. [I recommend Dawn's class because it was a] great learning & bonding experience for everyone. I also learned about Meetup groups & dog friendly social events. Being a first time dog owner & new to the doggy scene, this info is also helpful!! Thanks again & can't wait to take more classes!!"
    - Melissa Gomes
  • "I have visibly noticed Kayo's confidence improve in just the few weeks we've been to your classes." The overall training experience was "amazing...I can't believe the difference in such a short amount of time!"
    - Samantha M.
  • "I had expected just basics, but Dawn regularly added more advanced ideas to pique interest & keep up the challenge." My overall training experience was... "Wonderful. I truly enjoyed learning how to effectively train my dog. I didn't know what to expect for a beginning class & this was extremely informative. I now feel more prepared for any training situation. I learned more than I could have hoped. My dog is now attentive and wants to work for me."
    - Jillian C.
  • Just wanted to tell you how much just a little bit of clicker training has made a big difference in just over a week. So glad I have been introduced to you and your knowledge! Lucy is really enjoying 'coming' instead of 'going' the last couple of days.
    - Martha B.
  • I can't thank you enough for our pawsitive experience with your clicker training class. You pawsitive attitude and your support has helped me in more ways than you will ever know! I've been having some issues with Bella and Cassie doing resource guarding of my husband and I. The only thing that has helped us is clicker training! I recently purchased the 2-tone clicker to work with them together... as they always are... and it's helping tremendously! Just wanted to say thanks. You have given me hope and resources to work through this difficult time with my two girls! Thank you!
    - Sheila L.
  • I was very impressed with your technique in training. Also how Luci reacted to you. She learned so much from you and has much more respect for me.
    - Elaine, St. Johns, MI
  • Annabelle's is AWESOME!?? I took my Golden Retriever to Annabelle's for Dawn Pizzoferrato's Doggie-Do-Good Beginner class and we all had a great time! Small class size so we got lots of attention from Dawn, who's a clicker-trainer extraordinaire! Maybel responded so well to clicker training and positive reinforcement. Annabelle's is clean and bright, and has their own parking which I was surprised about since they're downtown. They made dog training fun and easy when it can be very stressful. We were all thrilled with our experience at Annabelle's, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!
    - Sarah H. on Google
  • We attained many good ideas that helped us all in many ways in just two short sessions.
    - Roger and Liz, Fowler, MI
  • Wonderful, thorough... More than my expectations. I learned more than commands, but also how dogs 'work'.
    - Jenny, St. Johns, MI
  • I really enjoyed taking [Doggie Do Good Beginner]. I learned a lot and it was well organized and taught. I will definitely recommend [Dawn] to anyone to anyone looking for an obedience course.
    - Katie H.
  • I just wanted to tell you that over the weekend, I brought Tommy to a BBQ at a friend's house. Her whole family was there (about 15-20 people including children). There were a couple other dogs there too. I got multiple comments about how well behaved he was. Before taking your training classes, he was shy and afraid of strangers and didn't like to be very far from me at all. On Sunday, he wandered around off leash and even approached people with his tail wagging. While everyone ate, he sat respectfully and didn't beg. Thanks to Dawn's techniques, he got lots of compliments and made a lot of new friends. Thanks for your help with him!
    - Valerie M.
  • We learned excellent training techniques for a dog with little impulse control. The instructor was excellent, patient, and clear. My dog learned some good behaviors. I learned good training techniques.
    - John and Linda B.
  • I was looking for a new environment to teach my pup and learn positive methods. This was a fun, positive experience for both me and my puppy.
    - Jennifer J.

- Classes -

For a listing of all the classes offered by Arrow Dog Training, click here to expand

  • Your Dog Nose Fun! Intro to Nose Work. Does your dog need to burn off some excess energy? Does he lack confidence or need an outlet to fulfill his natural dogginess? Well then this class is for you! Handlers take a back seat and the dogs rule with this fun new sport that encourages your dog's SEEKING emotion. Dawn, an experienced Nose Work Instructor, will guide you through introducing your dog to this fun, new urban dog sport. This is NOT a socialization class. Reactive dogs are welcome. Come join the fun!
  • Your Dog Nose Fun! Continuing Nose Work: Interiors & Containers. Hone your Nose Work skills with Interiors searches that emphasize thresholds, corners and channels. And, work with challenging container searches in a multitude of fun containers like Easter eggs, stockings, suitcases and more. Completion of Intro to Nose Work class required.
  • Your Dog Nose Fun! Continuing Nose Work: Exteriors & Vehicles. This class if for any teams who have completed Intro to Nose Work or Intro to Odor. If you are on primary reward, we will search exteriors and vehicles using just primary to increase searching drive and fun for your dog. If you have been introduced to odor, we will set up searches for you on adjacent areas using birch oil so you can further challenge your dog with exterior and vehicle searches. Be prepared for off-site searches and dress for weather. Completion of Intro to Nose Work class required.
  • Your Dog Nose Fun! Intro to Odor. Have you been “Introduced” to Nose Work? Are you and your dog ready for a new challenge? Are you interested in competition?  Intro to Odor will utilize the same foundation skills used in Intro to Nose Work but with a new twist, Birch Oil. Your dog will build confidence, drain excess energy and have fun by doing a variety of Box Drills and Interior searches in a many of locations. To participate you must have completed Intro to Nose Work, your dog needs a strong, independent desire to search for its primary reward and the approval of the instructor.
  • Continuing Nose Work Odor: Seeking/Searching Practice Group - This class is for those who wish to compete in Nose Work trials.  All elements (containers, interiors, exteriors, and vehicles) will be covered and practiced in a variety of locations to prepare for a NWI trial. Completion of Vehicles/Exteriors and Containers/Interiors with Odor required.
  • Positive Puppy Potential: Training That Clicks! This course will cover the basics to get you started on a trusting, respectful and fulfilling relationship with your new puppy. Each class will include teaching a new basic obedience behavior, like “sit”, down, “don’t pull” and “come” with the scientifically proven training method of Clicker Training. Each class will also include “Puppy Do’s and Don’ts” to answer your specific questions, problems and concerns. And of course, each week your puppy will get to PLAY and socialize. And you, as a “Puppy Parent” will learn what to look for in puppy play, what’s appropriate, what’s not, when to step in and when to let it roll. For puppies 8-20 weeks. All puppies must be current with vaccinations appropriate for their age. Bring lots of YOUR puppy’s favorite soft treats.
  • Doggie Do Good Beginner Obedience - Clicker Style.  Dawn Archer Pizzoferrato, ABCDT uses scientifically proven "clicker training" and "free shaping" used to teach your dog all the basics plus other fun, useful behaviors. Learn how to become a benevolent leader to manage and prevent unwanted behaviors. This is an especially great class for first time owners or newly adopted shelter/rescue dogs. No corrections used as you build a bond of trust and respect. For dogs of all ages. Class size is limited. NO DOGS FIRST CLASS.
  • Doggie Do Good Clicker II: Beyond Basic Obedience. In this class, you will build on the basic obedience and clicker skills learned in Dawn's beginner class to teach more complex off-leash obedience and useful behaviors to your dog. Each week, you will use the "Free Shaping" training method, a fun, fast way of teaching complicated and useful behaviors. Pre-requisite: All teams must have taken Dawn's beginner clicker class or another comparable class that incorporated clicker training.
  • Canine Good Citizen - Clicker Style! Dawn Pizzoferrato, ABCDT introduces the Canine Good Citizen behaviors! This includes advanced loose leash walking, greeting a stranger, walking through a crowd, polite behavior around other dogs, and much more. For dogs of all ages. Prerequisite: Doggie Do Good Beginner Obedience or equivalent.
  • TDI® Class. Being a volunteer Therapy Dog team requires dedication and training. Learn what it means to be a therapy dog team from AnnaBelle's only active Therapy Dog International® team, Dawn Archer Pizzoferrato, ABCDT and her dog Arrow. Learn and practice the required exercises needed to prepare for the the TDI® test.
  • Tricks that Click! Are you looking for something new and fun to do with your dog? Have you taken all the obedience classes possible but want more? This class is for you! Learn fun behaviors like "wave", "roll over", "play dead" or skateboarding; plus some useful ones like "close the door", "pick up toys" or "wipe your feet". Learn how to get your dog to perform these behaviors and how to "shape" any behavior that your heart desires. Prerequisite: Beginning Clicker or basic obedience training with clicker savvy handler preferred or with instructor's approval.
  • Click to Calm. Do you have an anxious dog? Or a reactive dog that barks or lunges at anything new it encounters? So did I...But not anymore! Learn the techniques I used to move my dog, Arrow from Reactive to Calm or to help your shy pup go from frightened to confident. Experience with the appropriate use of a clicker or handler attendance in the first hour of “Beginning Clicker” is a requirement for this class.

*Not all classes are offered each term*


Dawn E. Archer

Select an item below for more information:

Click to Calm: Transform Your Dog's Reactive Behavior

Is your dog barking or lunging at strangers or new things? Feeling anxious or fearful?

Help your furry friend find their calm in a comfortable setting! Our Click to Calm class uses positive reinforcement techniques to transform reactive or shy dogs into confident companions.

Small class size and visual barriers create an environment with fewer distractions, where your dog can focus on you and learn.

For a successful class:

  • Dogs should wear a harness (front attachment preferred) or head collar (i.e. gentle leader) and a regular 6 ft. leash.

  • Please bring a lot (approx. 2 cups depending on dog size) of pea-sized, HIGH-VALUE treats.

    Space is limited, sign up today!

Tuesday, 4pm- 5pm. Six weeks: 8/13-9/17

Wednesday, 8pm- 9pm. Six weeks: 8/14-9/18

*Class size is limited to 3 students


All students must fill out a training survey.

Please provide proof of vaccinations on or before the first night of class. Can now be uploaded at sign up, but not required. (PLEASE NO LIVE PHOTOS, THE FILE WILL NOT DOWNLOAD CORRECTLY)

Due to high demand, AnnaBelle's does not offer refunds on classes after the class has started

Price: $219.00
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Positive Puppy Potential: Unleash the Joy in Your Relationship

Ready to unlock the full potential of your adorable pup? Positive Puppy Potential is an interactive course designed to set you and your furry friend on the path to a happy, well-behaved life together.

What you'll learn:

  • Master Clicker Training: Discover a scientifically proven method to teach basic obedience commands like "sit," "down," "come," "walk on a loose leash," and more.
  • Become a Puppy Guru: Gain expert insights on all things puppy, from potty training and chewing to socialization and understanding common puppy behaviors.
  • The Power of Play: Learn how to supervise safe and positive playtime that promotes your pup's social skills and confidence.
  • The Magic of Mat Training: Create a designated "chill zone" for your pup, promoting calmness and relaxation around the house.
  • Embrace Cooperative Care: Develop a stress-free approach to handling your puppy for grooming, nail trims, and vet visits.
  • Benefits for you and your pup:
  • Build a Strong Bond: Foster a trusting and respectful relationship with your furry friend through positive reinforcement techniques.
  • Happy and Well-Mannered Puppy: Train your pup for good behavior with positive methods that create a joyful learning experience.
  • Socially Savvy Sidekick: Help your dog feel comfortable and confident around other dogs, people, and environments.
  • Calm and Composed Pup: Give your dog a designated space to relax and feel secure.
  • Positive Vet Visits: Build a positive association with grooming, handling, and vet visits using cooperative care techniques.
  • Supportive Puppy Parent Community: Connect with fellow dog owners, share experiences, and learn from each other.

Course Gear:

While specific equipment choices may vary, we recommend having the following for your pup during class:

  • Regular collar: This will be used for identification purposes.
  • Front-attachment harness: This can help with teaching loose leash walking and redirecting pulling behavior.
  • 6-foot leash: This is a standard length that allows for both control and freedom for your pup during walks.
  • Pea-sized soft treats: Small, bite-sized treats are easier for puppies to chew and swallow quickly, keeping them focused on the training session.

Course Details:

 Designed for puppies aged 8-24 weeks. 

Limited class size for personalized attention.

Don't miss out! Enroll now and embark on a rewarding journey with your new best friend.

      Tuesdays, 5:15-6:15pm. Six weeks: 8/13-9/17

      Wednesdays, 5:30pm-6:30pm. Six weeks: 8/14-9/18


      All students must fill out a training survey.

      *Class size is limited 6 students

      Please provide proof of vaccinations on or before the first night of class. Can now be uploaded at sign up, but not required. (PLEASE NO LIVE PHOTOS, THE FILE WILL NOT DOWNLOAD CORRECTLY)

      Due to high demand, AnnaBelle's does not offer refunds on classes after the class has started

      Price: $189.00
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      This course uses scientifically proven clicker training and free shaping to teach your dog all the basics plus other fun, useful behaviors. You'll learn how to become a benevolent leader to manage and prevent unwanted behaviors, all while building a bond of trust and respect with your dog.

      This is an especially great class for:

      • First-time dog owners
      • Owners of newly adopted shelter or rescue dogs
      • Dogs with little to no formal training before

      Here are some of the benefits of this course:

      • Suitable for dogs of all ages
      • No corrections used
      • Limited class size for more personalized attention

      Please note that the first night of class will be lecture only, and dogs should not be brought to class.

      Clicker training is a science-based method of dog training that uses positive reinforcement to teach dogs new behaviors. It's a fun and effective way to train your dog, and it can be used to teach a wide variety of behaviors, from basic obedience commands to more complex tricks.

      Free shaping is a dog training technique that involves rewarding successive approximations of a desired behavior. This means that you click and treat your dog for getting closer and closer to the behavior you want, until they eventually perform the behavior perfectly.

      If you're looking for a positive and effective way to train your dog, then Doggie Do Good Beginner Obedience-Clicker Style is a great option for you.

      Tuesdays 6:30-7:30 pm. Six weeks: 8/13-9/17

      Wednesdays 6:45-7:45 pm. Six weeks: 8/14-9/18


      All students must fill out a training survey.

      Please provide proof of vaccinations on or before the first night of class. Can now be uploaded at sign up, but not required. (PLEASE NO LIVE PHOTOS, THE FILE WILL NOT DOWNLOAD CORRECTLY)

      *Class size limited to 5 students

      Due to high demand, AnnaBelle's does not offer refunds on classes after the class has started.

      Price: $189.00
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      Does your dog need something new to do?

      Then Nose Work is the perfect pup sport for you! This fun and exciting class taps into your dog's natural instincts, burning off energy and building confidence.

      No experience needed! We welcome all dogs, reactive or not, to join the fun with our Nose Work instructor, Dawn E. Archer. Just bring your dog's favorite smelly treat and get ready to explore a world of Nose Work!

      Here's what you and your pup can expect:

      • Fun & Engaging Activity: Let your dog unleash their inner detective through the joy of sniffing and seeking!
      • Confidence Boost: Help your dog overcome fear and/or reactivity in a safe and controlled environment.
      • Burn Off Energy: Give your dog a mental and physical workout!
      • Urban Dog Sport: Perfect for active pups who thrive on a challenge, anywhere!

      Please note: This is not a socialization class. Focus is on individual dog-handler teamwork.

      Ready to unleash the sniffing champion in your dog? Sign up for Nose Work today!

      Thursdays, 2pm-3pm . Six weeks: 8/15-9/19

      *Class size is limited to 4 students


      All students must fill out a training survey.

      Please provide proof of vaccinations on or before the first night of class. Can now be uploaded at sign up, but not required. (PLEASE NO LIVE PHOTOS, THE FILE WILL NOT DOWNLOAD CORRECTLY)

      Due to high demand, AnnaBelle's does not offer refunds on classes after the class has started

      Price: $189.00
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      Unleash Your Pup's Inner Detective

      Calling all canine search superstars! Ready to graduate from basic nose work? This course is the perfect next step for teams who've aced the intro or odor levels.

      We'll take your dog's sniffing skills to exciting new places – the great outdoors and even vehicles! We'll use your dog's favorite rewards to keep them motivated as they explore these new search areas. For teams already familiar with a target odor (like birch oil), we'll crank up the challenge with searches in adjacent outdoor spaces.

      So get ready for some tail-wagging fun! This class is all about:

      • Engaging outdoor searches: Dress for the weather and unleash your dog's inner explorer!
      • Vehicle searches: Put those noses to the test in a new element.
      • Enhanced skills: Build on your dog's natural sniffing abilities and refine their search techniques.
      • Stronger bond: Deepen your connection with your furry friend through this rewarding activity.

      Don't forget the treats! We'll provide all the training and guidance, you just bring your enthusiasm and your dog's favorite smelly motivators.

      Sign up today and watch your dog blossom into a nose work champion!

      Thursdays, 3:15pm-4:15pm. Six weeks: 8/15-9/19

      Please provide proof of vaccinations on or before the first night of class. Can now be uploaded at sign up, but not required. (PLEASE NO LIVE PHOTOS, THE FILE WILL NOT DOWNLOAD CORRECTLY)

      Due to high demand, AnnaBelle's does not offer refunds on classes after the class has started.

      Price: $189.00
      Add To Cart