About

I have had a special connection with animals since I was a young child. I privately worked with and trained my own animals and helped friends with theirs for more than 30 years before making the decision in 2015 to make my business official and start Happy Dawgs Obedience Training.

The Goal

My goal is to help you and your dog learn how to work, communicate, be, and live with each other. Through a combination of positive reinforcement, food-based rewards, and other force-free techniques, I help you set up your dog for success; in the process, you become a more confident leader, thereby building and strengthening the bonds of mutual trust and respect between you and your dog.

The Philosophy

My years of experience have taught me that the best, safest, most effective methods of training are to keep things simple. Your dog is highly intelligent; they already know what to do… and they know when they’re misbehaving. My philosophy about that is to be realistic, be clear about what you want, and don’t negotiate. And since most unwanted behaviors begin at home, I come to you to work with you and your dog to learn how to correct and change those unwanted patterns. In the process, I teache you how to become more aware of and how to correct the signals you may be unintentionally giving your dog, how to more accurately interpret your dog’s body language, and more.

The Final Result

At the end of the day, you want to know that your dog is going to do as you ask, when you ask, without hesitation. You want to know that you can trust your dog around other animals, other people (including children), and in a wide variety of situations that are part of your daily life. You want to know that no matter what is going on or where you are, you can trust your dog to come immediately when called, to be respectful at all times, and to trust and respect you without hesitation.  All of these things, and more, can be achieved, if you are committed to your dog and you’re willing to put in the work.

If you would like more information, please feel free to contact me by visiting the Contact page. Have a great day, and remember to stay calm and lead on.