Welcome to Dog Gone Good Training!
It’s not a dream. You can have a dog that’s well trained, comes when called, and greets guests politely. A dog that doesn’t take you for a walk, but walks causally by your side. Dogs who learn proper manners live happier and more fulfilling lives, and so do their owners. Well mannered canines can be more comfortably included in family activities, go on outings, make canine friends and most importantly have fun! You can have the ideal dog and Dog Gone Good Training can help.
One thing I’ve always had a passion for since I was a child was dogs. I have fond memories of my childhood neighborhood friends who frequently brought over their beautiful Golden Retriever. Like any other child, I wanted a puppy of my own. My mother told me that I couldn’t have a dog unless she was confident that I would be able to take care of one. That became my motivator to study canine behavior and basic obedience at a young age. I rescued my first dog when I was 13. Cherubim was a handsome German Shepard/Akita mix and was the first dog I trained. I taught him basic obedience along with a routine of tricks we would preform around family and friends. Seeing that I had a natural talent to train dogs, because of Cherubim’s performance, several of my close family friends had asked me to train their canine family members.
In 2009 while stationed in Japan, my husband and I decided to add Samson a 4 month old American Pitbull Terrier to the family. Samson was a headstrong little pup that always wanted to do things his way. Now 5 years later, Samson is a relaxed, obedient, and loyal companion. Our favorite activities are hiking, biking, swimming, and trips to the local dog park.
Dog Training Philosophy
Our training methods are based upon the scientifically based training methods of animal learning theory. Animal learning theory focuses on the underlying motivator for your dogs behavior.
We focus mainly on two quadrants of this theory. Neither of these quadrants use physical or mental violence and are all humane training methods approved by the AHA (American Humane Association).
The First Quadrant, Positive Reinforcement:
The first quadrant of animal learning theory we use is positive reinforcement. All positive reinforcement is giving the dog something they want in exchange for a behavior we want. The example below illustrates the concept of positive reinforcement.
Positive Reinforcement Training Example:
Its dinner time and Samson wants to eat his dinner. In order for us to set the bowl down for Samson, he must sit calmly for his dinner. When Samson sits calmly we give him his dinner. We positively reinforced the behavior by giving him what he wanted when he gave us the behavior we wanted. With this training method Samson learns that sitting calmly gets him his dinner.
The Second Quadrant, Negative Punishment:
The second quadrant of animal learning theory we use is negative punishment. Now we know how scary the term negative punishment sounds but essentially all it is is just removing a reward from the dog in order to decrease the frequency of the behavior. The example below illustrates how non-violent negative punishment really is.
Negative Punishment Training Example:
Its play time at home and Samson likes to jump on family members get our attention. When Samson jumps up to get our attention, we turn around in the opposite direction so that he is facing our back. We negatively punished the behavior because we took our attention away when he did something we didn’t like. Consequently Samson learns that when he jumps on people, he does not get attention he seeks or the opportunity to play with us.
The benefits of using these two quadrants of animal learning theory is that you get a dog who loves training because it is fun for them and fun for you and builds a lifelong bond of trust, compassion, love and understanding.
Adult Dog Training – For Dogs Over 17 Weeks Of Age
The Basic Pet Adult dog class is for dogs OVER 17 weeks of age and will focus on:
- basic obedience training – come, sit, stay, down, leave it
- loose leash walking
- good dog polite greetings – anti-licking, jumping, and ignoring other dogs
Adult Dog Training Class details are as follows:
- 4 weeks in length – (to help make sure you have time for the classes we have concentrated the 6 week curriculum into 4 week classes and have expanded the time you are there from 1 hour to 1.25 hours)
- meets once a week for 1.25 hours
- all training to be done using only methods approved by the AHA
- requires basic supplies found on our class supplies page.
- by enrolling in classes you are agreeing to our class terms and conditions.
- All dogs should be free of parasites, free of infectious disease, and in overall good health.
- Proof of current vaccines is required at orientation/first class.
- Classes are for dogs who are comfortable moving around in close proximity to unfamiliar dogs and people. If you’re unsure your dog is appropriate for class, consult with trainer prior to registration.