What type of training do you need?
- Families too busy for a set schedule
- Dogs who are fearful, skittish or aggressive
- Issues that are specific to the dog’s environment
- House training, separation anxiety, barking, living with kids and dogs, etc.
- Super Puppy
- Practical Obedience
- Practical Obedience Level II
- Visitation Therapy and Canine Good Citizen
- Agility for Fun and Exercise
- Lure Chasing
Why Good Family Dog?
Hi, I’m Laura Brody! Welcome to the Good Family Dog website!
The classes and information here are the culmination of over 35 years of training dogs and my on-going dedication to educating myself about their behavior.
Dogs respond to me not because I “whisper” to them, but, because I listen to them. I love teaching owners how to get similar results using force-free, respectful techniques. It’s a thrill to see the “aha!” moment when an owner sees the success they get from reward-based training. My goal is to help them create a cooperative, enthusiastic and loving partnership between themselves and their dogs.
I teach humans to deal with the cause of a behavior, not to focus on the symptoms. My success, and I hope, yours will be, too, comes from teaching the dog skills that are used as “tools” to replace behaviors we don’t want and get behaviors that are more appropriate.
Here’s what I’ve learned about dogs over 3 decade’s time:
- Dogs are honest creatures. Their behavior is always a result of their emotions.
- Dogs learn what they live.
- Use rewards that are valuable to the dog. Rewards are always defined by the learner, not the trainer. Very few dogs want to work for praise alone.
- Respect the dog enough to allow them to problem solve.
- Teach them skills you want them to have. Reward the behaviors you want to see again.
- Dogs only do what works.
- Dogs only do what is safe.
My two biggest challenges are eliminating anger and punishment from the dog training culture and helping owners understand that the dominance theory is a myth perpetrated by the media to promote television personalities, sell books and create the illusion that every unwanted behavior can be eliminated if owners show their dogs who’s boss. Bullying is not training. Even if our dogs were wolves – and they are not – their natural behavior would not resemble the media’s portrayal of constantly battling for higher ranking status and aggressing towards each other to achieve their needs.
I dedicate myself to educating owners so that they know what animal behaviorists and truly dog friendly trainers have known for years: Positive doesn’t mean permissive and Kind, Consistent and Purposeful training goes a long way.
Whether it’s a group class, a private session or an action packed agility or lure Chasing event, why not find out today how wonderful it feels to have a Good Family Dog?