Gail had great advice to help us get our fearful Uli into the car without him freaking out so much! We still have a long way to go but as least traveling got easier!
A Good Dog’s Life has become one of the preferred referrals among many in the dog training profession. While we do have the largest training facility in the area on a 3.5 acre campus, we have never lost sight of how we have earned the trust of so many dog owners and professionals who recommend our training services. We are grateful for the loyalty of our students and professionals over the years, and we have used our success to reinvest in the things that matter most to the local dog community.
As a humane partner in the dog community, our goal is to continue to teach the best training techniques for improving the home environment of canine companions. Our mission is to present proven training techniques that help owners see the long-term effects of positive approaches to learning. Each day we listen to what owners want from their dogs, present programs that work best for both parties, and help owners achieve the level of companionship they desire.
A Little History
In June of 2003, Susan Wilson and Gail Hubbard purchased the land at 33 Hidden Acres and planned to develop Asheville’s largest place dedicated to dog training. We started out in a side yard and a 1100 square foot building on a half acre and we were excited to create a charming campus for all of Buncombe and the surrounding counties to enjoy!
The campus sits on 3.5 acres and includes a 100 square foot outdoor agility field and a 6,000 square foot heated indoor and we dedicate almost an acre to a wooded walking path for students and their dogs to use before and after class. There are also two fenced-in areas to run the dogs and socialize with other dog-friendly classmates. Our goal was to create a way to unwind after a long day, potty the dogs and prepare for class. We encourage students to come early or stay a bit late to take advantage of what the campus has to offer.
Gail Hubbard | 828.712.4245 | email@example.com
In 1995, Gail Hubbard set out on a mission to better understand how dogs think so that she could help owners deepen their relationship with their dog. Training that is fun as well as effective was her goal. While reading and researching dog training, Gail started a dog walking business, A Dog’s Life, in Cleveland, Ohio. After helping clients with the basics and building more of a love for helping owners bond better with their dogs, she put her real job on hold and went to West Virginia Canine College.
At WVCC she lived and breathed dogs for 8-10 hours a day for 3 months. The experience was full of classroom work learning the dog’s mind and the natural approach to training that parallels Volhard motivational methods. The experience of training basic commands to different breeds was a great start in learning about relationships between human and dog behavior. Extra emphasis was placed on tracking, drug detection and protection work. WVCC had a German Shepherd breeding program and the main sport of Schutzhund was practiced twice a week.
Since graduating from WVCC with a certification as a trainer and behavior specialist in 1997, Gail has adopted a coaching approach tailored to each particular dog, it's breed personality and the dog/owner relationship. This approach is based on experience with and knowledge of motivational, positive and scientific methods. Gail helps students narrow down the different techniques of training into a well-defined, scientifically proven approach based on humane principles of how dogs actually learn. She understands that training is a process, not an event, and she encourages her students to develop a simple communication style to achieve their goals.
As a member of The Association of Pet Dog Trainers, Gail strongly believes in continuous education. She attends APDT's annual conferences as well as attempt to study with some of the best trainers and behaviorists in the field. Attending workshops and seminars as much as possible, Gail stays on attuned to new information which only will make her classes the best they can be.
Her sport of choice is a toss up between AKC Tracking and Agility. Since 1999 she has been involved in both. At that time her young GSD, Madison, started Tracking and SAR Training and took her first agility class. Falling in love with the relationship building potential of both sports she has been going to seminars and teaching ever since. Her Border Collie, Quinn, has his master title in agility, and has his tracking, and rally titles. Even though competing is important, the relationship between the handler and dog out weighs any title recieved. She is starting her Parson Russell Terrier, Tayt, with the VST tracking training as well as agility. He now has his master titles in agility. She encourages anyone interested in creating a stronger relationship with their dog to investigate some sort of sport with their dog. That sport could be anything your dog loves to do ... What does your dog like?!
Gaia, a Belgian Malinois, happened upon Gail in 2014 which she welcomed happily into the pack as if she was their since 8 weeks. At that time, Gaia was believed to be 7-8 months. Since then she has almost earned her master titles in agility. "Gaia is an angel. She is eager to play any game I show her!" Gail says.