|Tara and Cindy Lou Who, Therapy Dog Pet Partners
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 full professional member of The Pet Professional Guild.
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 serves as a licensed Pet Partners Team Evaluator. In the past she has also volunteered as a Pet Partner with her German Shepherd Dog and Yorkshire Terrier
doing Animal Assisted Therapy for over 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 Pet Partners' magazine, Interactions,
and Doggone Safe's Blog.
Tara shares her home with her husband
of 35 years and two Standard Poodles.
Why Use Reward-Based Training?
- Your puppy learns quickly!
fun! Puppies think it’s a game and their people love the relationship
develop with their dog.
fast and you can integrate it into your daily activities with your puppy. Training sessions are short and
sweet . . . 5 minutes at a time.
mentally stimulating for your puppy and enriches your puppy’s life.
- It's effective.
teaches your puppy to offer behaviors that you
- Reward-based training is based on operant conditioning. It’s
like a science because it IS a science.
puppy will learn to think, make good decisions, and develop self-control because
good things happen when they are a GoodDog!