I have worked with a variety of domestic animals since I was four years old, when my family bought our first budgie. Over the years, I owned and trained several animal companions, and helped out friends with theirs. In 2015, I decided to offer my skills on a professional level, and in 2016, Happy Dawgs Obedience Training was born.
My goal is to help you and your dog learn how to work and communicate with each other. To achieve this, I use a combination of positive reinforcement, food-based, and other techniques designed to set up you and your dog for success. I do not use electric, prong, or shock collars; I feel those types of tools create fear and mistrust in a dog. They also do not address or resolve the root causes of unwanted behaviors.
I believe that learning is easier for you and your dog when you’re in your own environment. This creates much less stress for both of you – especially if your dog has never had any kind of training. If you’ve called me because your dog is practicing unwanted behaviors [excessive barking, aggressive resource guarding, etc.], observing him where he feels the most powerful – your home – allows me to more accurately assess the situation and then formulate a plan of action to address and resolve it.
As your trainer, my job is to help your dog find the right ways to help you become more connected with yourself so that you and your dog can live in peace and harmony with each other. Animals are all about energy and body language; they mirror our true state of being through their behavior. So, if you are calm and relaxed, your dog will mirror that and become that way, too.
I look forward to sharing the journey with you and your canine companion. Have a great day, and remember to stay calm and lead on.