Good Dogma’s Dogma

jakeyGood Dogma offers real life solutions to training and behavior issues. Our primary focus and goal is education and guidance. Offering dog owners the knowledge and tools to facilitate more effective canine communication techniques. Utilizing the most effective communication skills enhances your dog’s responses while building a trusting, positive relationship. Inflection of voice and your body language will often tell the dog more than your word(s) do. We encourage using everyday issues as training opportunities. When engaging and working with your dog it is essential to understand your dog’s body language, and use yours, to communicate and shape behavior. We  address behavior issues by helping you differentiate the dog problem from the owner problem. When working with you and your dog, we will always take your dog’s personality into consideration. Timid/subordinate/shy types require different training techniques than do headstrong/dominant/stubborn types. We understand that every dog learns at its own pace, and we work to explore and focus on what works best for you and your dog as individuals.

Good Dogma prohibits any and all negative physical interactions between human and dog. We believe these interactions do not solve problems and, in fact, may create bigger ones in the long run. Dogs do not “understand” punishment and if used incorrectly or too harshly, especially at certain stages of canine development, it has a good chance of producing lifelong negative effects on the dog’s behavior.

Our training philosophy emphasizes distract/redirect techniques, positive reinforcement and patience to mange and/or eliminate unwanted/unacceptable behaviors. We feel that letting the dog know what you want, and earning praise, rather than telling it what not to do, contributes to faster conditioning of the desired behavior. 

We offer private instruction, as well as group classes that are relaxed, fun and small so that we can provide every student with personalized attention. The multi level classes focus on basic obedience, including impulse control and socialization. We offer Canine Good Citizenship training and testing, and therapy team training.

Dog cartoonGood Dogma believes it is essential to understand what is driving problem behavior; the difference between a dog problem and a human problem. It is critical to understand whether the 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 fun!