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About Us

Our Philosophy

Every dog is unique, and they aren't four-legged people. They live in the moment. By nature, dogs are very adaptable, but each has its own distinctive personality traits and thus learns in its own individual way. That's why we do things a little differently.

At What A Good Dog we also know that every family has its own goals. All our activities aim to strengthen the one-of-a-kind bond between you and your pet, so our approach is never cookie-cutter. Whether your dog is here for an hour lesson, staying with us for the day or boarding with us overnight, we work with you to create the perfect experience for your pet.

We believe every dog should have the chance to learn essential skills in a calm and positive fashion, and we want every dog and owner who visits us to have a fun and productive learning experience.

Getting to know you...

Getting to know you...

Our Experience

People sometimes call us the "Dog Whisperers of the Main Line". We have over 28 years of experience working with every canine breed and personality. In that time, we have helped over 20,000 dogs and their families achieve better, more rewarding relationships based on mutual respect and trust.

We are active members of the larger canine community through our work on boards, at events and with our friends at rescue organizations.



Mary Remer -- Founder of What A Good Dog

Over the past 25 years, Mary Remer, founder of What A Good Dog, has established herself as an internationally renowned and widely respected Certified Professional Dog Trainer. She is a licensed American Kennel Club judge and breeder and has trained more than 20,000 dogs as an innovative leader in the dog training industry.

Mary and her staff utilize behavioral learning models and tools to best facilitate a human-canine relationship based on mutual respect and understanding. Mary also consults with pet owners across the country regarding specific canine behavioral issues.

Remer, a Bull Terrier aficionado, is a 2-term President of the Bull Terrier Club of America, and has been awarded more than a dozen "Best of Breed" wins at the Westminster Kennel Club show, as well as ribbons in the competitive Terrier Group. One of her proudest accomplishments is owning and training the first Bull Terrier, "Sage", to be certified for "Search and Rescue Missions", specifically above-and-below-ground, and in –the- water cadaver searches.

Mary also bred, owns and trains the most accomplished Bull Terrier in the history of agility competition and was a finalist at the 2011 National Agility Trials, a first for the breed.

Mary Remer has been featured in Forbes, Dog Fancy and Philadelphia Magazine and has appeared on FOX & Friends, Animal Planet, Channel 3 Better Pet Behavior with Carol Erickson and several other local affiliate stations around the country. She is a past Board member of Morris Animal Refuge and Main Line Animal Rescue where she continues to volunteer her time weekly to teach volunteers how to connect with and best rehabilitate the most scarred victims of puppy mills. In 2007, Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell appointed Mary as a member of the Pennsylvania Dog Law Advisory Board.

In 2010, Ms. Remer recognized a lifetime dream and established What A Good Dog's state-of-the-art facility dedicated to a full complement of dog services.