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What is the AKC GoodDog! Helpline?

The AKC GoodDog! Helpling (GDH) is a live telephone service that offers individualized training advice for all owners and their dogs, ranging from new puppies to senior dogs exhibiting new, unwanted behaviors.

Many satisfied owners have learned that for happy, well-adjusted dogs, good training goes well beyond puppyhood. The AKC GoodDog! Helpline is there for you for every phase and new behavior, as your one-time cost for a subscription is good for the life of your dog.

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Training Your Dog

Whether you’re looking to train your dog as a family companion, as a champion in dog sports, or get into show dog competitions, the AKC GoodDog! Helpline trainers have the experience to get your dog where you want to be. They use positive, reward-based training methods, helping puppy owners with house-training, basic manners, leash walking, socialization and more.

Training your dog during COVID-19 can be difficult without access to in-person training classes. That’s why we are here to help you virtually!

Erin R.

Our Trainers

The AKC GoodDog! Helpline team is here to help you get the most out of your relationship with your canine companion. Out dedicated trainers have decades of experience in training dogs and helping their owners build and foster a long-lasting bond. The AKC GoodDog1 Helpline trainers are passionate about what they do and are committed to your success in every stage of training.

 AKC GoodDog! Helpline trainers have decades of experience and have been giving priceless advice to owners for more than seven years. 

Join Now

Ready to access the GoodDog! Helpline? Sign up today for instant access to a team of trainers available 7 days a week for all your dog behavior questions.

I really had two or three problems but mainly he (Boomer) jumps on family members; whether entering the house or just coming out of a room. The trainer was very supportive and understanding and her advice was so simple and spot on. The service is well worth the money. If you're having issues with your dog, don't hesitate to join this helpline. I'm so thankful I did.
Christy W.

Upcoming Webinars

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 11:30am-12:30pm ET

Join AKC GoodDog! Helpline trainers for a webinar on at-home puppy training tips and advice during quarantine. This webinar will include a discussion with Penny Leigh, a Certified Trainer with the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers and GoodDog! Helpline program lead. Penny will answer some of the top training questions she has been receiving during COVID-19. The webinar will then open to a brief Q&A session. 

Online Puppy Training

  • If you have a new puppy, then you need puppy training and basic obedience tips from professionals that you can trust. +

    The American Kennel Club’s GoodDog! Helpline team offer puppy training at home and provide online dog training support.

    These expert dog trainers are available seven days a week for help with training and behavioral issues, including house training a puppy, barking, crate training, recalls separation anxiety, chewing, biting and more.

    All GoodDog Helpline clients receive a toll-free number that is a hotline to the trainers 12 hours a day Monday through Friday and six hours a day Saturday and Sunday.

    The GoodDog Helpline is available for a one-time fee and is for the life of your dog, meaning you can call our training team any time you have a question – from 8 weeks to 8 years and beyond!

Positive Puppy Behavior Training

  • Our trainers practice only positive reinforcement, reward-based training that is easy and fun for you to implement with your puppy or dog. They will explain how to use high value treats to shape your puppy’s behavior and create a dog that loves to learn and work for you throughout its life. +

    Common issues that they can guide you through include:

    • How to socialize your dog
    • How to potty train a puppy
    • Excessive dog barking
    • How to train a recall
    • Crate training a puppy
    • How to stop a puppy from biting
    • How to prevent separation anxiety
    • Dog Obedience Training – basic commands through advanced skills

    Our remote puppy trainers provide individualized help to our clients, collecting background information on each owner and dog so they can provide the best solution for their situation – as what works for one dog does not always work for every dog.

Puppy Mental & Physical Training

  • In addition to training help, our team can give ideas for keeping your puppy active both physically and mentally. +

    This can include the best chew toys for puppies, mental stimulation toys and mental stimulation games for dogs. They also can help you find puppy training classes in your area offered by AKC Training Clubs and AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluators.

    All our trainers are also competitors who have earned honors with their dogs in a variety of exciting dog sports, including agility, dock diving, flyball and rally. They can guide you on how to continue your dog’s training and advance their skills as dogs can continue learning through their lives and enjoy being active with their humans.

    The GoodDog! Helpline team loves dogs and loves helping owners with their new puppies or long-time family pets. We hope to hear from you today!

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My puppy gets upset anytime he’s not near me. How can I prepare him for when I have to go back to work?

Practice leaving him alone in his crate a few minutes at a time and build duration gradually.

Make departures boring, and always give him something special to chew on while in the crate.

Join GoodDog! Helpline for personal advice for you and your good dog!