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About Our Reactive Dog Training

A reactive dog overreacts to normal situations that other dogs would take in stride. They become overstimulated easily and may bark, lunge, and growl at something as simple as another dog or person walking on the other side of the street. Attention to training is extremely important, as reactivity can turn into aggression. The cause of reactivity is usually a lack of proper socialization, fear, or improper training.


Whether from excitement, an over-abundance of protective instinct, or loneliness, having a barking dog can be intimidating, frustrating and disruptive to your neighbors when you are not at home.

Whether you’ve had guests who are afraid to come into your home, you have experience the frustration of always having to talk over your barking dog, or you have had noise complaints from your neighbors, our training is perfect for your family and your dog.


Nobody likes entering a house with a dog that is jumping on them, and whether it’s you, your family, or your guests, it is a frustrating and sometimes unsafe experience.

Overexcited dogs can be a nuisance, embarrassing their owners while presenting the potential of people, especially children being knocked over. We have to take special care with kids and dogs, because one bad memory can instigate a fear, which is a circumstance that nobody wants.

It’s time to have a dog that can control that excitement without feeling like they are misbehaving.

At Sit Means Sit Dog Training, we work not just with the dogs, but with your family, so that everyone in the household understands how to instruct the dog about jumping without cruelty and in a way that the dog will really listen.

Contact us today so we can assess your dog and custom-design training solutions that will actually work for your whole family.

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Any Age. Any Breed. Any Problem.

We train all dogs, regardless of age, breed, or behavioral issue. Whether you're looking to start your puppy on a path to lifelong success or want to teach your older dog some new tricks, we've got you covered.

Obedience & Behavior Management

We provide individualized one-on-one dog training programs tailored to meet your unique goals and specific needs.

Group Training

Our follow-up group training continues after our one-on-one training programs to ensure you and your dog continue to achieve your training goals.

Meet Our

Trainers & Staff

Our certified Sit Means Sit Dog Training staff has extensive experience in resolving dog obedience issues such as:

  • Jumping
  • Barking
  • Leash Pulling
  • Counter surfing
  • People aggression
  • Dog aggression
  • New Puppy Problems
  • Housebreaking
  • Basic Commands
  • High Energy
  • Anxiety
  • And More!

Learn more about our team or jump start your training by scheduling a free evaluation today!

Matt Meitner


Matt’s story is similar to so many others: He adopted a shepherd-lab rescue as a family dog but soon realized she was going to be more than he could handle alone. Bella showed signs of separation anxiety and dog aggression. In January of 2012, he reached out to Jason Loomis with Sit Means Sit-Milwaukee for… Read More

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Olivia Meitner Owner / Office Manager

Olivia was born and raised in Augusta, GA and moved to Wisconsin in 2005. She was a quick believer in Sit Means Sit, in 2012, when she was able to go for walks with her dog, Bella, along with a double stroller and 2 children walking, after only 2 weeks! When she is not busy… Read More

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I am a veterinarian who came to Matt and Sit Means Sit with a very sweet but very unruly rescue Pitbull puppy named Bosley. Admittedly, I was in over my head with training, but I wanted to learn and be very involved in the training process. Through a lot of time, hard work and patience, Matt has helped me develop Bosley into an incrediblely well behaved boy – I commonly get strangers asking who I worked with for training! Matt’s training has also helped strengthen the bond between myself and my loveable little pup, I am incredibly grateful to their team. I recommend Matt and Sit Means Sit to any of my friends and clients!

- Meghan G.
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Matt is a really excellent trainer. He not only trains your dog, but he also trains you to be a better dog handler.

When we first adopted Willie, a pit bull mix with a choppy backstory, we were told that he was great with other dogs. We found out within the first couple days of having him that ‘great’ was not the case. Willie was extremely dog reactive – he’d fixate on other dogs and growl like there was no tomorrow. It got to the point where I was scared to walk him because of how he reacted to other dogs. I started to wonder why he was like this, if it was because of his time in the high kill shelter in Alabama, if it was because he was beaten by one of his fosters, or even if it was me and if I wasn’t the right owner for him.

I started to realize that I needed to stop fixating on why he was like that – I just needed to help him. It wasn’t fair to him to be cooped up because I was afraid to take him outside. I started looking at trainers and quickly got discouraged because many facilities wouldn’t work with aggressive dogs.

And then I found Matt. At our consultation, Willie went berserk when he saw Kane, but that didn’t stop Matt from working with us. We started our private lessons in July and began taking Willie to group lessons in November.

It’s February. I can sit Willie next to another dog without getting nervous. He can focus on me instead of fixating on other dogs. Matt very well may have saved Willie’s life. And not only that, but he gave me the confidence that I needed to work with my dog. For this, Matt, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

- Lindsey S.
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