Good Dog! Training Center

Good Dog! Training Center is run out of Tails R Waggin’ Day Spa & Resort and offers a variety of classes.

Good Dog Training Center Located at
Tails R Waggin Day Spa & Resort
3435 S. New Hope Rd.
Gastonia, NC 28056
To enroll in class or for more information,
call or visit our website
704 824-3511

 Ongoing Classes

Classes meet weekly and you can join anytime. Pay for an individual class or a package of 6 classes.

Fun Agility

Agility is a fun and exciting way to continue building the bond with your dog while building confidence and drive. Obstacles include the tire, tunnel, jumps, weaves, and a introduction to handling skills. This is a great way to give your dog the physical and mental exercise they truly need.

Good Manners Low

Learn how to effectively communicate with your dog what is expected through manners training. We use reward based motivational training to help you bring out the best in your best friend. Class includes practical exercises such as come when called, walk on a loose leash, sit-stay, down-stay, place (boundary-stay), and behavior solutions.

Good Manners High

After creating a solid foundation in Good Manners Low, move on to more complex situations for real
life reliability.

Canine Boot Camp

“Hyper” dogs are always seeking attention. In this class you will learn to teach your dog how to get attention for doing the things you want them to do instead of the things you don’t want them to do.


The clicker is a tool used in positive reinforcement dog training. Your dog will learn tricks faster and better than with traditional training techniques. So, come learn fun tricks to amaze your friends and family. From the traditional shake and roll over to wipe your paws and say your prayers, if you have a trick in mind we can teach you to train your dog how to do it.

Puppy 1 (S.T.A.R. Puppy)

The AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Program is an incentive program for loving dog owners who have taken the time to take their puppies through a basic training class. The American Kennel Club will award S.T.A.R. Puppy medals and certificates to owners and their puppies that pass a 20 step test of socialization, training, activity and responsibility. The AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Program requires you attend a minimum of six classes.

Six Week Programs

Weekly classes focused on building skills
Group and Private sessions available

Puppy 2 (Puppy Manners)

Get started on the right paw with your new puppy with this fun and informative class. Learn how to effectively communicate with your puppy and begin building a lifelong relationship. Classes include socialization with people and dogs, problem prevention, introduction to obedience, and behavior solutions.

Terrible Tweens

Dogs hit adolescents anywhere from six months to two years of age. Many people find themselves asking what happened to my wonderful puppy. It can seem as if they have forgotten everything they were taught. They may seem more “hyper” and even obstinate. New fears and phobias may present themselves. These classes covers how to cope with the challenges dogs can present at this age.

Adult 1

Learn how to effectively communicate with your dog what is expected through obedience training. We use reward based motivational training to help you bring out the best in your companion. Classes includes practical exercises such as come when called, walk on a loose leash, sit-stay, down-stay, place (boundary-stay), and behavior solutions.

Adult 2

After creating a solid foundation in Adult 1, move on to more complex exercises for real life reliability. Prerequisite – Adult 1 or equivalent.

Canine Good Citizen

The CGC is a national standardized test offered by the AKC for purebred and mixed breed dogs that includes obedience for real life applications. It is a two-part program that emphasizes responsible pet ownership for owners and good manners for dogs. Prerequisite – Adult 2, Manners High or equivalent.


Board and Train Programs

You lead a busy life and finding time for training a new puppy or an adult who needs guidance may be difficult. A Board and Train Program that provides intensive, comprehensive training during a four week period may be the answer for you and your dog! Dogs will be pampered in our boarding facility and have time to play and socialize in the day care.

Perfect Puppy

A four week individualized program to ensure your new puppy is prepared to join your busy family! We will teach your puppy what they need to know to live compatibly with humans. We will cover puppy problems like nipping, chewing objects, potty training, and jumping. We will also teach the basic exercises including: come, sit, down, stay, go to your bed (boundary stay), and how to walk politely on leash, as well to learning to love their crate. Your puppy will be socialized with other dogs and people, learning to take unfamiliar objects and sounds in stride. In addition will be working with your puppy to desensitize them to human handling as by a Veterinarian or groomer.

Manners Revisited

A four week individualized program designed to develop manners and social skills so that your dog can be your best companion in and out of the house. Your dog will learn to love doing what you ask of them. Learning to respond to cues quickly and with enthusiasm. Sit and down-stay, place (boundary stay), come, and heel will be taught. Common behavior problems like barking, jumping and house training will be addressed. They will also learn not to barge through doors or out of their crate until released.


Private Training associated with Day care or Boarding

Your dog can have private training sessions
with our trainer while at boarding or day care. For dogs enrolled in Six Week Programs, accelerate their leaving with the Platinum Training Class Program.

Platinum Training Class Program

Maximize your six week training class experience! Our training class program provides one on one training sessions with your dog and our trainer three times per week at the Tails R Waggin Day care. Your pet will have fun in day care and receive two private training sessions during the day, also one private session will be scheduled so our trainer can work with you and your dog at home. This program is designed to help your dog achieve the most from class experience.

Private Training Package

While boarding or at day care, your dog can receive private training sessions to help focus on specific manners (walking on a loose leash, sit and stay, come, etc) or stimulate their mind with fun agility and tricks. Packages of 5 or 10 sessions are offered and to maximize the training, the 5 session package should be used within a month and the 10 session package should be used within two months.


Meet the Trainer:

Karen Andersen


After many years working with pets in areas such as in Pet Sitting, Boarding, Doggie Day care and Grooming. Karen decided to follow her true passion to become a dog trainer.

Karen is a graduate of Triple Crown Academy for Professional Dog Trainers where she received her certification as a Canine Training and Behavior Specialist. Additionally, she is certified through the Certification Council for Pet Dog Trainers as a Knowledge Assessed Professional Trainer and through The American Kennel Club (AKC) as an evaluator for Canine Good Citizen and S.T.A.R. Puppy Programs.

Karen and her dogs Rachel and Oso enjoy participating in such dog sports as Flyball and Agility. Their current mission however is to hike in all 34 state parks in North Carolina.