Our goal is to help you raise happy, relaxed, well-behaved dogs who can share your life smoothly. This is how we do it:
Before you sign up for a course, please take a moment to read this page to ensure that it matches your philosophy.
We shall never use pain, intimidation or compulsion to teach your dog something. That is not how we treat family members here at OhMyDog.
OhMyDog uses the clicker (word).
We rely on food rewards to train your dog. If this does not fit with your philosophy, then OhMyDog is not the right match for you.
Each one of our team members is trained in evidence-based dog training.
The advice you’ll get at OhMyDog is sound. We base it on the latest professional developments and scientific insights. The instructors are also trained in how to distinguish between reliable sources of information and unreliable ones. They are also taught how to be extremely critical of information they come across, before they incorporate it into their advice.
All these precautions are there to protect you from well-meant but non-sensical advice.
The lessons are given on our field in The Hague (Kijkduin), across from Golf Club Ockenburgh and really close to the International School. Free (and easy!) parking is available.
The lessons are given centrally by a head instructor, who is assisted in this task by at least one behaviour coach. The dog behaviour coach gives one-to-one tips and ensures that every student is comfortable following the lesson.
The groups usually consist of 6 students, with rare and temporary exceptions of 7 students.
You won’t really learn rote, dry obedience exercises that people teach for the sake of it. We focus instead on helping you teach your dog ‘lifeskills’ like impulse control, collaboration, calm and trust. We teach your dog skills that will be useful for your dog in his/her life as a family dog. This goes a lot further than dry obedience.
Dog training and behaviour advice is a serious profession. The lessons aren’t just given by amateurs who “have had dogs all their lives” or “have always loved dogs” or “do it from the heart”. Of course, our trainers love dogs. So much so that they made a career out of it.
Our trainers are not only passionate about dogs, but they are also preferably highly educated, certified and experienced.
OhMyDog’s founder, Laure-Anne Visele-Jonkman, is a member of the following professional organisations:
We select instructors who are people persons, not the typical “good-with-dogs-but-friendly-as-a-prison-gate” dog trainers. They ensure that the lessons are given in a fun, relaxed atmosphere.