Stop in. View our facilities...

We have a wide selection of products for your FURRED, FINNED and FEATHERED Friends!

Meet our staff who can help you choose the right breed or pet to suit your household.

We give our customers friendly, small town service from a caring and competent staff.

-Open Monday-Saturday

-Large Selection

-Competitive Pricing

-Convenient location in Dodgeville

We look forward to meeting you and help to serve the needs of your Best Friend!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Everyone is busy, it's difficult to fit in one more thing into an already packed schedule....but HEY!! your dog deserves some time too. Whether you've brought a puppy into your home or you already have the perfect dog...except for one or two "little quirks". We can help you.

In order to reach as many dog owners as possible we have updated our 2014 training schedule.

Common sense training techniques will be taught in a 4 week session.
Kelly's Foundation Skills
Learn leash walking with patterns and mini obstacle courses.
Dog-dog, dog-people socialization
Manners-manners-manners :)

Come prepared to get interactive with your dog.
Come to class with an open mind for learning how to communicate with your dog.
Come to class to LEARN to have FUN and to be the best friend you can be to your dog!
A new discussion format has been developed to tackle common problems as well as learning general canine care and health.

2014 schedule:   Monday’s @ 6:00pm, 4week sessions, $60
Classes will run for 1hr with an additional 15min discussion period.

Jan 13-Feb 3
Feb 17-Mar 10
Mar 24-April 14
April 28-May 19
June 9-June 30
July 21-Aug 11
Sept 8-Sept 29
Oct 6-Oct 27

Nov 3-Nov 24

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Meet our dog trainer.. Kelly!

Kelly Marean - marean@tds.net
Member-International Association of Canine Professionals
A.K.C Canine Good Citizen evaluator

I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t surrounded by dogs. I grew up tagging alongside my mom and all of her dog friends as she taught obedience in the 1970’s. Mom followed this with her dog grooming and boarding business, of which I always felt a part of. So having this background, as the saying goes, I turned into my mom!!

In 1998 I started taking my collie to classes where Alisha’s Best of Friends currently is. A couple of years later I was asked if I wanted to start teaching. Of course I jumped at the chance and have been there ever since. I currently teach Puppy Headstart (AKC S.T.A.R. puppy), Beginner Obedience, Intermediate Obedience (AKC Canine Good Citizen) and Beginner Agility. I also offer private lessons at Alisha’s as well as a Board and Train service in my home. I really do enjoy helping people with their dogs. Having a dog should not be stressful. If it is for you, I’m here to help you with a common sense philosophy- “catch them being good”! Bottom Line: the Foundation Skills that I’ve developed and teach to my clients work. I take dog training very seriously. I attend seminars, read all the books I can that are written by well known trainers and most importantly practice what I preach.

My thoughts on dogs: Build a relationship, gain mutual respect and enjoy every moment with them

My household consists of 3 dogs. Gal, my 4 year old Labrador, Podgie, my 2 year old Portuguese Pointer and Silas my 2 year old mixed breed. These 3 and all of the others who have been in my life have taught me so much: humility, patience, consistency = success, it’s not personal! and most important every day is a TEN. They’ve also given me: confidence, trust, respect, and lots and lots of laughter and love.

But I can’t forget my husband, who was not into dogs when we first met! my daughter, Averey, 9, and son, Brett, 8. Everyone in my family both two legged and 4 legged support what I do and help me with training and my small boarding business.

Meet Pam.. Our "Dial a Dog Trainer"

Pam Richardson - boston@mhtc.net
Member of the International Association of Canine Professionals
Member Parson Russell Terrier Association of America
AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator

I have been showing, breeding and training dogs for over 40 years. Past experience includes teaching group obedience classes and agility classes, working as a groomer and Vet Tech and managing a very busy Veterinary practice and boarding kennel. For the past 10 years I have been whelping and raising litters of puppies for a well known Labrador Retriever breeder. I am active in both obedience and conformation competitions, showing Labs, Miniature Dachshunds and Parson Russell Terriers. I currently own 4 Labrador Retrievers, 2 Parson Russell Terriers and one naughty Miniature Dachshund. They all manage to keep me humble and teach me something new every day. In my home, I do some “board and train” for select clients. This involves the dog/puppy living with my family for a period of time while we work on various training or housetraining issues. Puppies/dogs are generally with me from 1 to 6 weeks depending on client needs.

Currently, I no longer teach group classes but am available for private sessions and always available for phone or email consultations. All private sessions are held at Best Friends (no in-home training).

My special interests include, training small breed dogs, puppy manners, socialization and housetraining.

Recently, I was honored to be invited to present a seminar on training small breed dogs for the Iowa County Humane Society “Paws n Claws” program and I continue to volunteer my training services to ICHS whenever requested.

In my “spare” (non-doggy) time, I am a Registered Nurse and Certified Asthma Educator, author, wife, mother of grown children and proud grandmother of Jacob!

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

NEW PRODUCT!! Himalayan Dog Chews.

This is a very long lasting dog chew that you can find*. Dogs must work the end of the treat for hours, softening it with their mouths before small parts of it can be slowly scraped off. It is 100% natural with no preservatives. It is an authentic type of cheese eaten by the people of the Himalayas. When you give this chew to your dog, you know that you are providing them with hours of high quality eating entertainment.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

We Supply Premium Pet Foods!!!

Is your dog eating right? Get the inside scoop on how to choose the right food for your pet. We sell high quality pet foods that are regulated by the USDA and FDA, and include human grade all natural ingredients. Most foods contain no by-products, no corn; and most importantly no wheat gluten. Stop in and try our wide selection of foods that are made in the USA.

Diamond Natural
Premium Edge
Taste of the Wild
American Natural Premium
Chicken Soup
Royal Canin
Canine Caviar
Natural Balance
EVO, Innova
California Natural

New Hours!

Monday - Thursday 9-6pm
Friday & Saturday 9-5pm
Sunday (boarding pick ups) 5-6pm

Monday, August 28, 2006

New Dog Boarding Rates!!

As of August 28, 2006 we have established new dog boarding rates!

1 dog: $16.00 per calendar day.

2 dogs: $16.00 per calendar day, per dog.

3 dogs: $14.00 per calendar day, per dog.

4 dogs: $12.00 per calendar day, per dog.

5+ dogs: $10.00 per calendar day, per dog.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006


Boarding Rates

Dogs--$16.00 per dog, per calendar day
Cats*--$12.00 per cat, per calendar day *(male cats must be neutered)
Birds & Small Animals*--$20.00 per week *(must provide cage)

Our Kennel Has:

1. Privacy panels between kennels.
2. Air conditioning / Heated floors
3. Separate areas for dogs & cats
4. Daily exercise
5. Relaxing kennel music

"We feed premium pet foods."
If pets prefers their own food, simply bring it along.
Prescribed medications will be dispensed at NO CHARGE!
Best of all, we have immediate veterinary care 24 hours a day if needed

JJ Hottman tells everyone, "They are wheelchair accessible!"

Proof of Vaccinations is REQUIRED!


DHLP(distemper combo)
Bordatella (kennel cough)

DHLP(distemper combo)
Feline Leukemia


Grooming improves your pets comfort, health & the way you feel about your best friend. Our goal is to develop life-long relationships with you and your dog or cat while providing you top quality service. We take pride in our clean and friendly environment, and listen to you and your pet's needs. We value you as a client and will work hard to please you! Steve Mischel is our in house professional groomer. He uses the gentle care method with individual & personal attention to each pet.

Steve has the expertise to discuss & advise you about the type of grooming & grooming equipment best suited for your pet. Steve is backed by a trained staff that is willing to help in any way they can.

Now Offering the FURminator Shed-Less treatment!!

The FURminator Shed-Less treatment is a treatment that dramatically reduces the shedding of your dog or cat. A four step process, the FURminator will reduce shedding 60-80% for 4-6 weeks. Enjoy your pet more with less of the mess! Prices- call for a quote!

New Owner as of July 1, 2006!

Alisha's Best Friends Pet Care Center
3425 State Rd 23
Dodgeville, WI 53533