We adopted Fergus as an 8 year old pulled from Animal Control by a rescue group. He lived happily in a foster home with other dogs and cats. Imagine our surprise then when, on our first walk with him, we saw another dog being walked and he became a lunging, screaming banshee. The other dog and its human looked scared and walked quickly the other way. People came out of their houses to see if we were okay because Fergus was so loud and crazed.
We tried many things to help him (and us) and they helped…a little. In desperation we turned to Happy Dog Training and Ralf. Ralf instantly saw that Fergus was scared, not aggressive, and helped us learn how to build his confidence through play. He also taught us how to tell Fergus “NO” in a way that he could hear, even in the midst of a freak-out. Now he’s much better on our walks and doesn’t bark whenever anyone dares to walk by our house. Thank you, Ralf, for giving Fergus a better quality of life and for helping us learn how to help him.Amy & Jerry,
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My clients have written me many five-star reviews over the years. I think the breadth of these speaks for themself. These dog training reviews cover a broad range of dog training areas. They include basic and advanced obedience training, helping fearful dogs gain more confidence, getting aggressive behaviors under control, training for GRC Dog Sports, shadow programs, and many other behavioral areas.
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Happy Dog Training has been a wonderful experience. He transformed my rambunctious American Staffy into a well-behaved Angel. Working with Ralf was so easy and he explained everything thoroughly. I never felt like I was out of the loop. Coco stayed with Ralf for eight weeks and although I missed her terribly, I would do it all over again. Ralf provided weekly photos and videos. Ralf is extremely professional and is truly passionate about training dogs.Yvette S.,
My dog, Hobbes who is a 2-year-old Husky/Golden Retriever, started having behavioral issues. He would bark at strangers, children, and dogs during our walks or while we were out in public. I had tried watching online videos on how to correct his behavior and nothing worked or stuck. So I decided I needed professional help and found Ralf at Happy Dog Training. Ralf explained the foundations of his program on how we would work with Hobbes, which was building confidence in him. We worked on building a strong basis of communication with each other that was repeatable and easy for Hobbes to recognize.
Ralf's methods made it very easy to understand as he always explained why and how we were doing a training exercise. During every session, Ralf answered all my questions very thoroughly and I appreciated his patience as I had a lot of questions. I've had dogs my entire life, but throughout the training, I realized how much I didn't know about dogs. Not only was it training for Hobbes, but also, more importantly, training me. I was able to effectively communicate with Hobbes on what to do during training and in social situations. I saw immense progress that Hobbes went through each week. He went from barking at Ralf during our first meetup, to lay down in front of a coffee shop watching people walk past him. The change in behavior has been incredible for Hobbes and I'm very happy with the results. I will definitely recommend Ralf to my friends and family!"Philip H.,
Ralf was helpful and patient working with our little Cody. We found it fascinating how basic games turned into amazing ways to get Cody’s attention. They also distracted him from events that would overly excite or stress him. Ralf’s methods were gentle and built confidence in Cody. Cody always looks forward to when we work with him using Ralf’s training tips. He especially loves seeing Ralf (the treat man). Thank you Ralf for all your wisdom and patience you displayed working with us. And helping Cody to become a more confident and calm boy.Loretta and Bruce G.,