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When life with your dog isn't what you thought it would be, we give you customized support to get things back on track and develop a stronger and deeper bond with your dog.

Family Dog Mediation is dog training, evolved. And that's a whole new world for dogs, for dog families, for YOU! -Kim Brophey

We help you bridge the gap between your dog's natural drives and needs and your own using the science of Applied Ethology (the study of behavior in animals living under the care of humans).

Life with dogs is supposed to be joyful, not stressful. Some solutions are simple. Others require more. Start with a 2-hour Behavior Consultation to find your best path forward.

In-Home in Irmo, Chapin, Columbia, and nearby areas, or Online. via Zoom

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We gather a thorough history about your dog through a written form and conversation.

We talk about your goals for training and what is realistic for meeting them.

We give you safety and management strategies for immediate relief.

We discuss a long-term plan for a resolution that works for both you and your dog.

We do not make unrealistic promises or magically "fix" your dog. The dog's welfare is always part of the plan.

We teach you effective skills to get the best from your dog and give the best TO your dog. You are the one who lives with your dog, and it is YOUR relationship.

You get actionable steps to take in the initial consult. You decide if you want more hands-on support. If so, it is $250 for 2 additional sessions. A 3rd additional session may be added, if needed to fully address the issue. 

Consultations are available in your home, or online via Zoom.

Woof University Training Methodology

Woof University uses the LIMA approach to Dog Training and Behavior Resolution. LIMA stands for Least Intrusive, Minimally Aversive. It means that we seek to train new skills and reduce unwanted behaviors ethically. We consider the dog’s welfare and well-being rather than focusing solely on punishing or suppressing their behavior.


If you've ever felt like something was missing in a plan for an unwanted behavior, this is it. It's not enough to simply suppress a behavior we don't like. We owe it to our beloved companions to try and understand why they are expressing that behavior in the first place.  Behavior isn't random. Behaviors have a purpose. They exist to meet a need of the Individual. If we ignore that need, it can turn into a game of Behavior Whack-A-Mole as new undesirable behaviors pop up to replace the old one because the need still needs to be met somehow.

We do not use pain or intimidation or otherwise cause harm to your dog. For all that dogs do for us, we owe it to them to be kind in our training and behavior change efforts. 

The 5 Freedoms
of Animal Welfare

  1. Freedom from Hunger and Thirst

  2. Freedom from Discomfort

  3. Freedom from Pain, Injury, and Disease

  4. Freedom to express Normal Behavior

  5. Freedom from Fear and Distress

Brambell's five freedoms have been adopted as the basic standard in zoos, farms, and animal shelters.






The L.E.G.S.® model developed by Dr. Kim Brophey is a simple way to examine your whole dog to find the most beneficial solution to a behavior problem for both you AND your dog.

L. = LEARNING, your dog's Experience and Education

E. = ENVIRONMENT, the many aspects of his external world

G. = GENETICS, the DNA that designed him, inside and out

S. = SELF, his unique interior world: health, development, age, sex, and individuality

Training for pet dogs has historically focused only on L., ignoring the other L.E.G.S.®. But "training" can't fix what isn't a Learning problem. The other 3 L.E.G.S.® have gotten too little attention, and there are more Dogs out of BALANCE as a result. All 4 L.E.G.S.® are equally important.  

"Behavior Problems" are often NORMAL responses to L.E.G.S.® that are out of Balance.


Family Dog Mediation goes Beyond Dog Training to look at all 4 L.E.G.S.® for a happy, Balanced Dog.

Read the book Meet Your Dog by Kim Brophey, creator of the L.E.G.S.® model, to learn more about understanding your dog's L.E.G.S.®

We want to send you a quick note to let you know that not only has our dog’s behavior improved, but we all have a wonderful relationship with each other too. We enjoy each other, and he has accepted us as his parents/ leader. Thank you so much!

Cheryl G.

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