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NEW   FAST TRACK CLINIC:  Leash Reactivity
The most common behavior issue is reactivity / anxiety / fear / aggression.

I reach out to thank and acknowledge those who have admitted that they need help with their new puppy,
rescue, or older dog who starts to display reactive, possessive and/or dog/human aggressive behavior. 
You are not alone!
Because we've seen an increase in need, I've scheduled a NEW Fast Track Clinic.
I am proud of anyone who reaches out for some professional help.
The guy next door or the person at work may not have the best advice.

A Good Dog's Life offers private lessons in your home!

dog classes

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Obedience Skills

Training skills may be easy, but mantaining them is a different story. After finishing our Basic Manners program you will see more opportunities to stimulate your dog!

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Puppy Training

Our Puppy Program emphasizes the significance of understanding how puppies learn and how to communicate with them. Start smart. Call today!

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Agility is a popular sport that stimulates your dog's mind and encourages you to sharpen your training skills.  It more than a sport, it's an opportunity to be more involved and feel a different connection.

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Fun Clinics

Check these out!  Clinics focus on specific skills and help dog owners polish and improve their coaching skills while working their dog. Stay connected. Get involved.


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  • studentstars brewster

    OWNER: Maggie Brindell-Watt 
    I have to tell you we went to our Neighborhood Christmas Party and I was singing your praise.  Many of my neighbors that walked by our house daily commented on how well Brewster is behaving.  They were impressed when he barked at them and I can come out and tell him to be quite and he actually does listen to me.  So, in general they were just impressed at how well he is behaving for such a young dog.  So, I just wanted to say "thank you" for helping us, couldn't have done it without your help. We still have a lot of work to do but we are on the right track.

  • studentstars roux

    OWNER: Cindy Hartman  
    "Gail, thank you VERY MUCH for reviewing our runs from last weekend, your comments were very helpful! You make some great points. I appreciate your keen eye and willingness to help us become a better team! Can't wait for class on Thursday!"

  • studentstars rigel

    OWNER: Susan McKenzie
    Rigel (2 ½ yr old black and white retriever/hound mix) took basic manners class and Pedals (6 mo old brindle lab/pit mix) attended both the puppy and basic manners class at A Good Dog’s Life  When people visit our home, I often receive compliments on how well behaved my dogs are.  They do not try to counter surf and I can ask them to stay on their beds to get out from under foot.  I am a strong believer in challenging dogs physically and mentally and intend to take further classes at A Good Dog’s Life.  They both enjoy it.

  • studentstars elke

    OWNER: Tanya Alstott 

    I was happy with the content of the class.  I think these type of puppy class are limited in what you can expect out of your dog, mainly due to age and the inability to focus for any length of time.  Socialization was my main goal and I feel like Elke got that from the class.

  • studentstars sky

    OWNER: Peggy and Bob Dellinger 
    Gail, WE loved class today. I had read most of the book "tracking from the ground up" but boy you made lots more sense then the book!

  • studentstars franklin

    OWNER: Lisa Wester 
    You are Wonder Woman Dog Trainer. My son and I did a short session with Franklin today. Did not jump any. We did five or six meet and greets. Michael did three short walks and Franklin behaved very well letting Michael pet him.
    Hope to do a session Fri and Sun.
    Thanks so much!

  • studentstars eiko

    OWNER: Anna Ferguson, Vibrant Heart Yoga www.vibrantheartyoga.com 
    Eiko and I have had great fun learning with Gail from A Good Dog's Life. We have done classes at her wonderful facility and also some private lessons. I am always impressed by Gail's knowledge, patience and obvious love for dogs. Her training tips and handouts were crucial for great puppy training, and we really enjoyed our puppy classes. We now have a wonderfully well-behaved, intelligent dog that is our best friend! I recommend her all the time to new puppy owners to get started on the right paw!

contact us

A Good Dog's Life

33 Hidden Acres Drive
Asheville NC 28806
Office 828.667.3221