About

GoodDog! Training LLC is a one-person training service owned by Tara McLaughlin, CPDT-KA, CDBC, that offers private in-home training lessons for puppies and toy breeds.

Tara has lived in Ivy, VA with her husband for over 35 years.  Along with raising their two daughters, they’ve had many animals including cats, birds, bunnies, hamsters, chickens, fish, and of course, dogs! Always fascinated by training her own puppies and dogs, and spending many years doing volunteer Therapy Dog work, she started offering professional training in 1999.  Over the years, her training metamorphisized into the business she operates today — GoodDog! Training LLC.

Tara specializes in helping owners get off to the best start with their puppies, helping new puppy owners obedience train their dogs. Training your puppy right from the start helps to prevent problem behaviors and aggression. Tara provides a personal relationship that focuses on individual attention for all of her clientele. Because of this, Tara is only able to take a limited number of clients.

Tara has worked with a wide variety of breeds and shelter dogs, and has had years of hands-on experience helping clients with training their dogs to be happy, polite, and well-adjusted family pets. She stays current in the field of dog training and behavior by regularly attending seminars for professionals, researching the most current and best thinking on animal behavior, and conferring with other specialized trainers and veterinarians. Her unique combination of training and behavior experience brings to her clients the expertise to be able to successfully attain their goals.

Tara is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, an international testing and certification program for professional pet dog trainers whose program is based on humane training practices and the latest scientific knowledge related to dog training. Tara is a professional member of The Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT.)

Tara is also a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC) and Certified Member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC.)

Currently, Tara volunteers with her registered Pet Partner Therapy Dog, Cindy Lou Who, doing Therapy Dog work at UVA-HealthSouth in Charlottesville, Virginia. Tara has served as a licensed Delta Society Pet Partners Team Evaluator and volunteered in the past as a Pet Partner with her German Shepherd Dog and Yorkshire Terrier doing Animal Assisted Therapy for nearly 10 years. She has helped many of her clients and their dogs pursue Therapy Dog work. She wrote regularly for A Pawsitive Canine Experience, an award winning newsletter focused on training assistance and therapy dogs. Her article, Animal Assisted Therapy – The Human-Animal Bond. A Personal Perspective, can be found at iknowledgenow Veterinary Medicine website. She has also written articles for The Delta Society’s magazine, Interactions, and Doggone Safe’s Blog.

Currently, Tara shares her home with her husband of 35 years, two Standard Poodles, and Orange Cheek and Cordon Bleu Finches.