Good Dogma’s Dogma

jakeyGood Dogma offers sensible, real solutions to training and behavior issues. Our primary focus and goal is owner education and guidance, offering you the knowledge and tools to facilitate enhanced communication between you and your dog. Utilizing effective communication accelerates your dog’s responses to you while building a trusting relationship. It is essential to understand your dog’s body language, and use yours, to communicate and shape behavior. Inflection of voice, and body language, will often tell the dog more than your words. We encourage using everyday as a training opportunity, and address behavior issues by helping you differentiate between a dog problem and a human problem. We always take your dog’s temperament and personality into consideration when engaging with them. Timid/subordinate or shy types require different approaches to training than do headstrong/dominant/stubborn types. Good Dogma recognizes that every human and dog learn at their own pace, and we work to explore and focus on what works best for you and your dog.

We maintain that it is critical to understand whether canine misbehavior arises from nature or nurture. When you learn to recognize the difference, and understand the how and why of your dog’s behavior, training becomes efficient, effective and even fun!

Good Dogma does not promote or condone any negative physical interactions between human and dog. We appreciate that these interactions do not solve problems and, in fact, may ultimately create bigger ones. “Punishment”, when used, especially at certain stages of canine development, has a good chance of producing trauma, leading to lifelong negative effects on the dog’s behavior.

Good Dogma’s training philosophy emphasizes positive reinforcement, distract/redirect and patience to manage or eliminate unwanted/inappropriate behaviors. We maintain that letting the dog know what behavior is desired, and earning praise for it, contributes to faster conditioning of the desired behavior. 

We provide private instruction, as well as workshops, and group classes that are relaxed, fun and limited in size so that we can provide every student with as much personalized attention as possible.  Please visit our “What we Offer” page for details on all  classes.

Dog cartoon