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Lahaina, (Maui) Hawaii

Welcome to Such Good Dogs —
those three little words we love to hear!


We pride ourselves on showing you and your family how to keep both pets and humans happy, healthy, and living in harmony. Whether your pack consists of one human and one dog, or several of each, we can show you how to maintain proper balance for you and your pets. Such Good Dogs uses positive reinforcement training methods, combined with energy balance. We will create a positive training program to fit your individual needs.

Positive Reinforcement

Reinforcement is the process of establishing a pattern of behavior. When you reinforce any behavior, it will get stronger. Positive reinforcement in dog training means making the dog work to receive something the dog likes. Reinforcers include many things but can be different for each dog. Some common reinforcers include: attention, petting, playing with toys, and treats. It is important to remember to only reinforce behaviors you want. Positive reinforcement training teaches a dog that if he engages in behaviors you like, he will be rewarded for them.

Energy Balance

Energy Balance photoSuch Good Dogs firmly believes that all living creatures must find the correct balance of energy to be both happy and healthy. When training dogs, it is extremely important to be aware of your own energy. Dogs pick up on our energy and what we may be feeling without us even realizing they have done so. Further more, if you are unaware of your energy and try to train your dog when you are angry or frustrated, the dog will sense this and your training session will not go very well. When training dogs, we must remain calm and have a lot of patience. you can actually set back progress of your training by doing so when you do not have the proper energy and mind-set. Life is all about finding balance. We can teach you how to find balance for you and your dog.

Athena and dogs

Pack Leader

The dog pack is considered the social unit of dogs and most dogs easily fall into a position within the pack. A pack needs direction, and if you do not take the leadership role, your dog might. Such Good Dogs follows the “No Free Lunch” policy. This means that the dog needs to perform a behavior for you before getting something they like. Examples include: sitting and waiting to be fed, waiting at the door to go for a walk, and sitting or doing a trick for a treat. We can create a training program to fit your needs. As the leader, you must establish and enforce the rules within your home.

Traditional Methods

Most dog trainers today will tell you traditional methods are the dog training of the past. We now know that dogs learn more easily and learn more quickly using positive reinforcement training methods. Traditional methods are based on positive punishment (adding a negative consequence) and negative reinforcement (making the dog work to avoid something unpleasant). These methods are now rarely used. Such Good Dogs does not use or encourage the use of these types of training methods.


The discussion of dominance in dogs has been under recent debate. It is only when people do not take the leadership role within their pack that the issue of dominance arises. It is very simple really...If you do not teach your dog what behaviors are acceptable, he will teach himself, and in a sense, take over. It is important to understand the signs dogs give us when we label them as “dominant.” These subtle signals could be early warning signs of a more serious behavioral issue.