Having a dog in your life is one of the most wonderful experiences and like any happy relationship must go both ways. Your dog gives you unconditional love, loyalty, companionship, and so much more. Your dog brings you joy, happiness, and puts a smile on your face. In return, we need to give our dog what it needs to be happy.
"Great dog trainers have broad skills, not inflexible ideologies." - Ralf Weber
It's all about the relationship! When you have a strong relationship, your dog feels safe and follows your lead. The kind of relationship where your dog listens because you are the center of its universe; not because of fear. Most dogs do much better with a kind training approach. If a dog doesn't listen it isn't necessarily disobedient. Your dog may be confused and trying its best or is just not as focused as you prefer. We can help you and your dog be in harmony, no matter where the confusion comes from. We understand your dog and can help you:
Dogs have emotions, are motivated by their preferences and desires, are born with innate skills and learn and improve more through training, have strengths and weaknesses and things they are confident about and afraid of—just like we do. That doesn't mean dogs are human, but it means we must acknowledge them as individuals and one-size-fits-all solutions rarely work. In our work, we honor your dog. Not by pretending it is a person, but by understanding its nature and individual motivations. We always design the most effective training plan possible and work with you and your dog—not against you. You are a team, not opponents. Yes, your dog needs you to be its leader. But it also needs you to be its friend, companion, protector, advocate and partner. There is no conflict between being a pack leader and kindness. It's one and the same. Our guiding principle is best captured by the following quote from an amazing horseman; it applies to all animal training:
"Be gentle in all you do. Be firm in how you do it." - Buck Brannaman
What method do we use? All of them! Because our team is well-versed in all effective training methods and familiar with all appropriate training tools, we can work with your dog gently and effectively; regardless of breed, temperament or age. You and your dog will be a happier and more harmonious team. Our trainers are very skilled, knowledgeable, and experienced but we never rest on our laurels. At Happy Dog Training learning never stops. Ongoing education is mandatory for all trainers. We continuously hone our skills further, refine our methods as needed and are never afraid to try something different when a dog needs a fresh approach to achieve its learning goals. Whatever your canine needs, we can help.
You love working with us. We explain in detail what training we recommend for your dog and how it is the best approach. While working with us, you gain a deeper knowledge of your dog's psychology, understand your companion better, as well as key concepts of canine learning that underlie all we do. Our training approaches are scientifically sound and based on the latest research in canine learning. This is how we train, and we love sharing our thinking as we work.
"Leadership is protection and direction." - Cesar Millan