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About Good Dog! Training

Janet A. Smith Good Dog! Training

“The joy of my work is improving your communication, relationship and kinship with your dog.” —┬áJanet A. Smith, Owner & Training Director

Private training lessons are scheduled by appointment and are conducted at our Training Facility in Haslett Michigan. These lessons work well for individuals who prefer a very personalized service, or have schedules that don’t allow them to attend group classes.

Group Classes

Group Classes are located in Haslett Michigan. Good Dog! Training classes are held in a large 3,800 square foot climate controlled indoor facility, with ample well light parking. The facility is safe and clean for people and their pets. Only fully vaccinated animals have access to the interior spaces used for classes. New group classes are starting every month. Classes are taught seven days a week. Class size is limited to 8 dogs, an average class size is 6-8 dogs or puppies.

Private Training

Private training lessons are scheduled by appointment and are conducted at our Haslett headquarters. These lessons work well for individuals who prefer a very personalized service, or have schedules that don’t allow them to attend group classes.

Behavior Consultations

Consultations are done at our Haslett Headquarters. Issues range from puppy biting or house training to more serious dog aggression or anxiety issues. A consultation includes an appointment at our facility and history taking, detailed behavior modification notes and phone/e-mail support are included.

 

About Janet A. Smith

Janet A. Smith PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD Best Dog Trainer Michigan 2007

Janet’s specialty is working with pet dogs and their families – she is especially skilled at understanding the individual temperament of each dog. She has worked full time to improve the human/animal bond since 1998. When you chose Good Dog! Training, you and your pet have a consultant for life.

Her career has included serving as Director of Behavior Programs and then Marketing and Communications Manager for the Capital Area Humane Society. The programs she created for CAHS, as well as other animal welfare agencies include – behavior assessment, group class curriculums, behavior help lines, shelter enrichment, volunteer dog training programs and rehabilitative services.

Janet has lectured nationally including at the Humane Society of the United States Animal Care Expo. She was a regional instructor for “HSUS Pets for Life” program where she conducted training sessions on how to set up behavior programs/services in shelters. She is a published author on canine behavior and training.

A member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, as well as a member of Michigan State University’s HABI (Human Animal Bond Alliance).

She understands the kinship one feels with their pet is important – it’s all about one’s relationship to the animals that share their lives. She has worked with thousands of pet owners/families in learning to gently manage, train and relate to their pets.

Testimonials and Reviews

“As a veterinarian, I see the consequences of inappropriate behaviors on a daily basis. Janet not only helps to train the pet, but more importantly works to educate the owner to recognize how their actions are interpreted by their pet. My personal experiences in Janet’s courses have motivated me to wholeheartedly recommend her to my colleagues, friends and clients”

MW Beal, DVM Diplomate ACVECC
College of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University

“Janet Smith is well-qualified to handle companion animal behavior issues of all varieties, from the dog who needs to learn manners to the dog who needs to learn appropriate uses for his teeth. She has an instant rapport with animals and uses sound behavioral and training methodologies to solve the problems of her client’s pets”.

Janice Siegford, PhD, CAAB
Animal and Welfare Group, Michigan State University