A Little
About Me

I've been obsessed with dogs my entire life.

My mom was a dog trainer while I was growing up, so I was constantly surrounded by them. I'd spend my Saturday's helping my mom train dogs 1:1. By the time I was in high school I also began helping teach group training classes. It was an incredible part of my childhood.

So, did I become a trainer myself right out of high school?
Nope!


I BELIEVE IN:

Raising a dog you can trust, training with positive reinforcement, and recognizing that it'll require compassion, clarity and consistency to get great results.

I'm NOT ABOUT:

Using force or intimidation to train your dog, assuming every dog will learn the same way, or believing "you can't teach an old dog new tricks"

YOU CAN FIND ME:

Honestly? Look outside. That's where you can usually find me ;) 

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My dog Neirah

I decided I wanted to go to university and follow my own path instead.
I became a dietitian and spent years working in pediatric nutrition for Alberta Health Services. I loved teaching & helping families, yet somehow did not feel entirely content.

I'd sit in my office and long to be outside  instead. I realized that institutional work wasn't for me. What next though?

Then it struck me: I was always my happiest when I was with my dog. She's so well behaved that I often have people comment and ask about her. I took for granted that I knew how to train her since it was something so natural to me from my childhood. I also started noticing the training advice online that used unfair or cruel tools & methods.






I realized I was meant teach & help people, but I was doing it with the wrong subject!  I WAS always meant to be working with dogs. I called my mom to tell her the news, and she basically said "I know".

I thought back to my rescue dog Burrito who had lived a terrible life before I got him. I never wanted another dog to experience what he had gone through.

Perhaps my teaching people to train their dogs with positive reinforcement could prevent unnecessary cruelty or more dogs ending up in shelters.

I knew I had to try.
Welcome to Happy Hounds!



I couldn't understand why some trainers suggest using force or alpha theory on a puppy! Didn't they know you can train your dog in a way that strengthens your bond instead of destroying it?

I BELIEVE IN:

Raising a dog you can trust, training with positive reinforcement, and recognizing that it'll require compassion, clarity and consistency to get great results.

I'm NOT ABOUT:

Using force or intimidation to train your dog, assuming every dog will learn the same way, or believing "you can't teach an old dog new tricks"

YOU CAN FIND ME:

Honestly? Look outside. That's where you can usually find me ;) 

services that i offer > 

My dog Neirah

I decided I wanted to go to university and follow my own path instead.
I became a dietitian and spent years working in pediatric nutrition for Alberta Health Services. I loved teaching & helping families, yet something always felt not quite right.

I'd sit in my office and long to be outside & moving instead. I realized that institutional work wasn't for me. What next though?

Then it struck me: I was always my happiest when I was with my dog. She's so well behaved that I'd have friends comment and ask about her. I took for granted that I knew how to train her. I watched friends and coworkers hire trainers that offered questionable advice or suggested tools that I deemed inappropriate. 






I realized I was meant teach & help people, but I was doing it with the wrong subject!  I WAS always meant to be working with dogs. I called my mom to tell her the news, and she basically said "I know".

I thought back to my rescue dog Burrito who had lived a terrible life before I got him. I never wanted another dog to experience what he had gone through.

Perhaps my teaching people to train their dogs with positive reinforcement could prevent unnecessary cruelty or more dogs ending up in shelters.

I knew I had to try.
Welcome to Happy Hounds!



I can't understand why some trainers suggest using force or alpha theory on a puppy! Don't they know you can train your dog in a way that strengthens your bond instead of destroying it?

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- Vanessa

Steph is patient and kind (my dog loves her!)
Her training is fun, easy to follow, and most importantly it works!
I've learned so much within a short period of time through these personalized training sessions at home.
All her tips and tricks are helping improve our dog's quality of life. Great experience all around and I highly recommend booking an assessment and training with Steph.

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Steph has a great approach to training my four year old Yorkie who is quite a reactive doggy.

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- Elizabeth & Rolf

 We have learned calm ways to interact with Milly, who thrives on the positive reinforcement techniques. Basic commands have progressed well indoors, and we have moved on to
outdoor loose-leash training for the walks that Milly craves. Stephanie's background knowledge and training are a real benefit!

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For the past few weeks, Stephanie has been working with us to train our energetic 1-year-old border collie, and the improvement we have seen from day one is amazing.

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- Kayla & Andrew

Our puppy is very nervous with new people and refuses to walk on leash with them. Once she is comfortable with you she pulls like crazy however! She’s 70 lbs and was getting hard to control.
We previously worked with a trainer who suggested a slip lead to get our pup walking nicely, but we did not find this helpful and our puppy would just sit and refuse to move on walks. Stephanie very patiently spent our first 4-5 sessions building trust with our puppy and then was able to walk her and see how bad her pulling was.
After another few sessions our puppy was walking much better and no longer yanking off our arms!
Stephanie taught us how to progress and keep working on loose leash walking without her which has been going very well. She also worked with our pup on “focus” which has been helpful for centering her and calming her down on walks when something scary passes by. 

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Stephanie worked with our 10 month old rescue puppy on loose leash walking and was wonderful!

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-Tiffany & Myles

 Her recall was not great, and we didn't really trust her off leash.
It has been great working with Steph because she really got to the root of what made it so hard to train Lily's recall. Steph was able to explain to us why Lily behaves the way she does because of her breed, and provided us with daily play and training we should be doing to work on her impulse control.
With that in mind, it helped us train Lily's recall and loose leash walking (that was a bonus!).
Thanks for all your help Steph!!

Lily was just over a year old when we started working with Steph. 

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- Rebecca

Stephanie was so great with both us and our new pup.
She helped us better understand the way our puppy communicates with us and discover her needs based on her breed and personality.

She helped give us a tons of encouragement and really useful and effective techniques for training.
She was non judgmental, really kind and super knowledgeable.
We will continue to keep Stephanie in our back pocket for future follow up sessions through out our pups life I am sure!

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- Gwen

Stephanie is the one to help you and your fur babies with gaining confidence with helping them conquer their fears.....
Very down to the point, no reading between the lines, and always up front with you...

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- Laura

We wanted a dog from Mexico and because a home visit was not possible, we knew there might be some challenges integrating him into our family. Stephanie gave us the strategies and understanding we needed to communicate with our newest addition and bring peace to our home. She made our dream of rescuing a Mexican street dog a reality.

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train a dog that you can bring anywhere
[even your wedding!]

Wedding photos courtesy of my friend Kim at Peak and Pebble Photography

Reliable 
Recall

Reliable Recall

There are so many sights, smells, and sounds competing with you for your dogs attention when they're off leash. How can you train a reliable recall with that much distraction?

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