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Good Dogma offers real life solutions
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Welcome to Good Dogma!

Based in San Luis Obispo, California, Good Dogma has been providing obedience training and behavior modification to dogs and their owners since 1996, when it was founded by Lisa Ellman.

We are committed to providing education, tools and resources for humans to build successful and rewarding relationships with their canine companions.

It is Good Dogma’s goal to teach people how to communicate more efficiently with their dog. Having and using these communication skills enhances your dog’s responses while building a stronger, more positive relationship with your dog. Good Dogma believes it is essential to assess your dog’s body language, and use yours, in order to effectively communicate a message and shape behavior. Inflection of your voice, your body language, and hand signals will often tell the dog more than the word(s) you're saying. We help you understand and address problems by learning to differentiate the dog problem from the human problem.

Good Dogma focuses on positive reinforcement techniques and prohibits any negative physical interactions between human and dog. We believe these interactions do not solve problems and, in fact, may create bigger ones in the future. Dogs do not “understand” punishment and when used incorrectly or too harshly, especially at certain stages of their development, it has a good chance of producing lifelong negative effects on the dog’s behavior. Good Dogma employs sound aversion and commands to refocus the dog. These corrections are meant as a distractions to unwanted/unacceptable behaviors, such as jumping.

Good Dogma always takes the dog’s personality into consideration when training. Timid/subordinate/shy types usually require different interactions than headstrong/dominant/stubborn types. We work to explore and focus on what works best for you and your dog as individuals.

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    Every Dog Deserves a Chance. Animal “shelters” are often just a place where…

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  • Pet Evaluations

    Pet Therapy Evaluations: Good Dogma now offers Pet Therapy Evaluations…

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  • Good Dogma Radio

    The Good Dogma Radio Show Tuning in every Saturday from 4pm-4:30pm…

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  • Scholarships

    Established in the memory of two of our most beloved…

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Good Dogma offers real life solutions to training and behavior issues. Our primary focus and goal is to educate dog owners on how to employ more effective...

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The Good Dogma Radio Show
Tuning in every Saturday (4p-4:30p) to 97.3fm, or online through the link below, to hear Lisa Ellman discuss effective strategies for successful dog training every Saturday.

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Listen To Your Dog

If your dog appears to be uncomfortable meeting another dog, animal or person, don’t insist that he say hello.

Be Generously Affectionate

Most people don’t have a problem being very clear about when they are unhappy with their dogs, but, they often ignore the good stuff.

Be Consistent

Whenever you’re training your dog, it’s important to get as many family members involved as possible so everyone’s on the same page.

Be Realistic

Changing behavior takes time. You need to have realistic expectations about changing your dog’s behavior as well as how long it will take.