Ralf has been very instrumental in guiding me with my sibling rescues. I adopted a brother and sister Shepard mix. They developed problems with strangers and other dogs after their 1st year. Stella and Remy were having issues with biting and general fear, I turned to Ralf desperately for help.
His total confidence and non-judgemental demeanor in responding to me was such a relief. His initial meet and greet to analyze the dogs was so pleasant. I am always amazed by his approach. His ease with a fearful dog and redirecting the energy is such a wonderful model to use.
The lessons and training techniques he uses are positive, not shaming or confusing. When there are corrections to be made with the dogs or me, it is always in a calm manner. He will show you how to approach any situation, with sensible, sound instructions. Remy and Stella have made remarkable improvements, I am so pleased!
This is a truly professional Training Company, I highly recommend Happy Dog Training!Jeni R,
After attending a group obedience class with my 6-month-old Weimaraner, Linus, I realized he needed more one on one attention. I found Ralf through his Doggie Social Club (which I highly recommend!) and hired him as soon as I saw how quickly Linus responded to him. After just one session with Ralf I noticed a dramatic change in Linus.
Ralf reinforced the importance of using markers and reward and through this method, Linus learned a new behavior at every session. Using an Operant Conditioning approach, Ralf helped Linus improve his loose leash walking, helped him become more confident around children and other dogs, and taught him to keep his focus on me when distractions were present.
Ralf’s vast knowledge of a dog’s psyche and how it thinks brought a high level of training to each session. The “homework” he gave was manageable and immediately effective when working with Linus on my own -- it truly made a difference in Linus’s success!
I highly recommend Ralf for all levels of training needs. He gets to know your dog (and you) and helps you really understand the methods you use to train your dog and why they are effective. Ralf does this with experience, professionalism and a great sense of humor! “Ralf days” were one of Linus’s favorite days of the week!Donna R.,
Our black, eight month old German Shepherd Luna was very hard to control. She was constantly spinning after her tail ripping off fur and would even break the skin and bleed. We took her to the vet and they said we would probably going to have to amputate her tail, this was unacceptable to us and quickly realized we needed to explore other options. We hired another trainer before we went to Happy Dog Training and after 2 sessions with the other trainer, we quickly realized that Luna’s problems were beyond a normal trainer. Ralf from Happy Dog training came recommended by other trainers as the goto for behavioral issues and so after our first failed attempt, we consulted with Ralf. From JUST the consultation we already started to see progress with Luna and managed to start breaking our dog’s spinning actions. Throughout our sessions, Ralf not only helped us break Luna’s obsessive spinning but also helped us managed her anxiety around other dogs. Now she is a very well adjusted dog with a beautiful tail she proudly wags around everywhere. Ralf is extremely knowledgeable and professional with the way he handles our fur children. I can’t express how much help Ralf has been to us and are forever in his debt. Ralf is a sure bet you won't need anyone else!Danny and Jessica,
Prior to hiring Ralf we were struggling to train our puppy ourselves. After seeing how well behaved our friend's dog was we immediately asked them who trained their dog. Our friends highly recommended Ralf so we reached out to him and began our dog training journey together. Our puppy Allie is very shy, timid, and weary of strangers so it took her awhile to warm up to Ralf. Once their relationship was established she began to look forward to her weekly sessions with Ralf. You can tell that Ralf really loves dogs and it shows in the way he talks passionately about his own dogs and issues affecting dogs. His knowledge of training, techniques, and general wellness of dogs was extremely beneficial to us. He not only showed us how to train our dog but he was always available to answer any questions we might have or to recommend products to us that were useful for our puppy. Thanks to Ralf's wonderful training we now how a well behaved, friendly, and beyond loving puppy! We highly recommend him to anyone who is looking to train and or build a better relationship with their dog.Lisa and Alfonso,