Basic Manners Program

A Good Dog’s Life has designed this 6-week Basic Manners Program for all dogs 4 months of age on through adulthood. This class will answer all your fundamental questions. Schooling begins with focus work, leash walking, sit, come, go to pillow, stay, leave it, and more. We also give solutions for a range of behavioral problems such as jumping up, nipping, chewing and barking. Our certified trainers understand dog behaviors and practice scientific training methods to help extinguish the undesireable ones. We teach you how a dog learns and we give you the tools to teach your dog behaviors you want! By explaining and practicing proven training techniques you are able to develop the relationship you want while training compliance.

If you are wondering if this class is a right fit for you, please review students' comments which usually answers some of the most common questions.This course is the next step after our puppy program starting at 4-5 months of age.

Starting Dates of your 6 week class

Class #1

INSTRUCTIONAL LECTURE WITH NO DOGS ... JUST OWNERS! (Bring shot records and final payment)

Class #2 - #6

Bring what motivates your dog (discussed in the first class) and your enthusiasm. Most of all, have fun with the learning process.


Gail Hubbard [828-712-4245] 

Susan Wilson [828-231-4172]

What to Bring

Bring your dog on a 6 foot leash. Bring your dog's shot records if we haven't already seen them. Bring something motivating for your dog: favorite toy, small soft food treats and your enthusiasm and joy!


$95 for the 6-week program

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Manners II Program

Teaching social skills ...

Once you go through our basic manners program and learn how to build value for the behavior you want, you can enroll in this program. It’s important to help your dog move through each phase of learning, so during the Manners II Program we continue training to build relevance, latency and fluency. Playing new games and building more value will increase your dog’s success to comply in distracting environments. Performing commands in different environments as well as generalizing the learned behaviors can be very challenging to most dog owners, but the payoff is huge as your dog builds understanding.

With a solid communication system (something your dog relies upon) that is consistent through the puppy and basic manners programs we elaborate more on how real life experiences can become wonderful training opportunities.  When distractions present themselves we demonstrate how we can guide our dogs through and support their right choices.  This program is a great start if you’d like to pass the Canine Good Citizen (CGC), TDI and Pet Partners therapy dog test. Refer to , or to find out more about these tests.

Our programs build on earlier levels and help build a way of life. So, instead of just training the dog, interactions become a way of life.  Because of this, it may be difficult to come into this class from other classes in the Asheville and surrounding areas.  We, at times, recommend starting with Basic Manners.  Please contact your trainer if you have any questions on the criteria for this class.

Start Date

      *   EVENING ... Monday,  October 23 at 6:00  ( questions or call 828-231-4172)   

          DAY ... November 8, 15, 29; December 6, 13 at 11:30am    [FULL]
          This class will meet at different location (weather permitting).  
          For Example:   Lake Julian.   Biltmore Park.   Outlet Mall.    Carrier Park.   Carolina Cinema.    
          Goal:  Taking Basic Manners to the next level   PLUS   Canine Good Citizens (CGC) test developed by AKC

          If you are intersted please call me: 828-712-4245. (Insturctor:

  • DAY ... TBA  
    Class Instruction:  This class will intermix some scent games along with working through an increased understanding of common obedience commands around distractions / increased state of arousal.   (Insturctor:

What to Bring

Bring your dog on a 6 foot leash. Bring your dog's shot records if we haven't already seen them. Bring something motivating for your dog: favorite toy, small soft food treats and your enthusiasm and joy!


Gail Hubbard [828-712-4245]

Susan Wilson [828-231-4172]


$95 for the 5-week program

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Tricks & Confidence Building Games

Learn how to develop a dog who loves to learn and interact with you!

Tricks are a great way to have fun with your dog, increase their love of learning and expand your own training skills. This is a class that is for everyone - whether you're new to teaching behaviors or your dog already has a long history of obedience there will be something fun and new to try. 

These games will create a thinking, enriched dog without increasing their physical endurance. Mental stimulation is equally important as physical exercise and is key to a happy, well adjusted dog. For example: Odor detection is an amazing way to mentally exercise your dog. Because it's a low-impact activity it's perfect for older or arthritic dogs who can't be physically active but still need something to do. Because it encourages searching without being told what to do, it's also perfect for dogs who need a boost of confidence. Shy dogs really light up when they realize they are doing something that we can't and that we need their help to find the scent! And of course it's also a great choice for the high energy dogs who never get tired from physical exercise. Every dog can benefit from learning this fun skill!

Whether you want to increase you dog's focus for training, add in new tricks to your therapy dog's repertoire or just have a dog who puts her own toys away, there are so many benefits to teaching tricks. 

Class Starting Dates & Times



What to Bring

Bring your dog, rewards (toy and food) and your enthusiasm


Gail Hubbard  [828-712-4245]


$75 for the 4-week program

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Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Prep Class & Test

A Good Dog’s Life likes to support and promote responsible dog ownership. Because of this one-going desire we support AKC's Canine Good Citizen (CGC) program. During the CGC test, you'll be asked to sign the Responsible Dog Owner's Pledge before you and your dog take the test. Eventhough responsibility should start the moment you decide to add a new dog or puppy to your family, this pledge will solidify what that means according to the AKC.

The AKC's Canine Good Citizen program is designed to recognize dogs who have good manners at home and in the community. All dogs will take 10 tests and those dogs that pass will receive a certificate from the American Kennel Club. This test provides an awesome foundation for training in other fun activities such as Therpy Dog work, Rally and Agility.

Prep Class Dates


CGC Test Date


Prep Instructor

Gail Hubbard

Test Evaluator

Katie Sundmacher

Class Tuition

$50 for the 3-week program

Test Tuition

$22 - includes all paperwork and the evaluator's time

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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!

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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 
    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!

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A Good Dog's Life

33 Hidden Acres Drive
Asheville NC 28806
Office 828.667.3221