Welcome to GoodHeart Training
We all hope that our new puppy, or dog will grow into that special friend and companion, who becomes a valued member of the family - and it is not that difficult. Intelligent, kind and consistent training makes a good temperament shine and can overcome less desirable traits. But most of us need a helping hand to reach our goals. At GoodHeart we work together to help your dog become a good canine citizen.
Our classes are small, typically five or less so that you will have the opportunity to discuss any and all training and behaviour issues you are having and learn the techniques to solve them. We provide hands on demonstration and help with your dog on those problem issues. The classes are a great environment in which to broaden understanding of doggy communication and human mistakes. We all learn from each other.
Learning to stay
Our goal is to help owners and dogs to understand each other using a language and behaviour that will expand and adapt to real-world environments. Our training is about creating a foundation of understanding and trust in which it is easy for you both to learn and grow together. To be truly comfortable with your pet you must trust that they will respond calmly, obediently and reliably in many different situations. Dogs generalize behaviours. “If this is how I am shown to behave there, then I should do it here.” A well trained dog can visit anywhere and can be trusted off leash. It’s possible that one day a quick response may even save their life.
During class, we will explain our basic training principles and how to work with your dogs instinctive behavours to make training easier. Our lessons are relaxed and easily understandable for dogs and humans alike. You learn how to give kind but consistent commands that firmly insist on obedience and when to give them. Correct timing is important. That first “sit” or “heel” will not be perfect but we use proven methods to ensure the next will be better and improvement will continue to a perfect “sit”. We all learn together and everyone makes mistakes, but half the fun is seeing how easily small adjustments can make big improvements. Perfect behaviors are shaped over time
Our techniques are practical and honed through decades of experience with dogs of all sizes, all ages and all breeds.