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What is management in dog training

What is Management in Dog Training & Why Use It?

Struggling with changing your dogs behaviour? Make sure that you’re properly using management & training!

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What is management in dog training

Struggling with changing your dogs behaviour? Make sure that you’re properly using management & training!

train your dog to touch or hand target

Training your dog ‘Touch’ means they touch their nose to the palm of your hand. This is a very versatile and easy to train skill!

Tips for hiking with your dog

How do you train off leash reliability? I recently joined the Outdoor Minimalist podcast to discuss tips for hiking with your dog!

How to teach your puppy to settle

Puppies can be SO busy! How do you encourage calm behaviour in the home? This article explains how to teach your puppy to settle.

Tips for hiking with your dog

Want to hike with your dog, but unsure where to start? These tips for hiking with your dog will explain everything you need to know!

What is force free dog training?

What is force free dog training, & does it actually work? Yes, it works! However, it’s not “purely positive” as commonly thought…

7 myths about dog separation anxiety

Dog separation anxiety is often poorly understood. If you think your dog has separation anxiety, these are myths you need to know!

what is a dog's threshold

Dog shows often put dogs over threshold, then “train” them. Learn what a dog’s threshold is & why it’s actually a terrible time to train!

introduce dog to new people

Have a fearful puppy or dog?? First impressions matter! Here is my favourite way to introduce a shy dog to new people.

Tips for better communication with your dog

Are you telling your dog what you think you are? These 5 tips for better communication with your dog will make dog training MUCH easier!

Understanding dog trigger stacking can help you recognize and prevent potential scenarios where your dog reacts poorly “out of the blue”.

Puppy socialization is often misunderstood (Hint- it’s not just playing with other dogs). Here’s what you need to know!

How to teach your dog to drop it

“Drop it” is a potentially life-saving skill. Here is my favourite force-free way of teaching a dog to drop it!

Why doesn't force-free dog training work

It does, but it needs to be used correctly. Here’s why it fails and what it needs to be successful!

How to choose the best dog treat

Dogs LOVE getting treats! However, not all treats are created equally. Keep these considerations in mind when choosing dog treats!

How to crate train your dog

Not crate training your puppy is one of the biggest mistakes you can make! Here’s how & why to crate train properly!

Force-free dog training

Dog training isn’t a regulated industry. Shockingly, ANYONE can call themselves a trainer. Here’s why you should use force-free dog training!

What is resource guarding

Resource guarding is misunderstood. Let’s explore what resource guarding truly is (hint- you resource guard!) and the best ways to prevent it.

What to do if your dog hates the bath

Does your dog hate baths? Let’s change that! Learn the reasons why your dog might dislike the bath & what you can do to fix it!

How to potty train your puppy: house training tips

It’s important to potty train your puppy early! Learn how to build a schedule, deal with accidents, and teach your puppy what you want.

Common Loose Leash Mistakes

Leash pulling is one of the most common issues I’m asked to help with. Here are 5 common loose leash dog walking mistakes to avoid!

use a marker word

A marker word tells your dog “What you JUST did is what I want you to keep doing!”. It’ll make training your dog easier & faster!

How do dogs learn

Whether we intend for it or not, dogs are ALWAYS learning. When you understand how dogs learn it can help encourage the behaviors you want.

Teach your dog to lie down

Teaching your dog to lie down is a classic obedience command that’s helpful for settling your dog. Learn both the lure & capture methods!

don't recommend a retractable leash

Retractable leashes are supposed to provide freedom for your dog while maintaining safety. There are huge reasons I don’t recommend them!

Loose Leash Walking: Teaching Your Dog Not To Pull On Leash Using Positive Training

Tired of being dragged on walks? Learn how to train your dog to walk nicely without using aversive tools like choke or prong collars!

leave it

“Leave it” is one of the most important commands! If you want your dog to ignore garbage, smells, bikers, or dogs: master “leave it”!

teach your dog to play dead

“Play dead” is classic dog trick that’s surprisingly easy to teach. Learn the basics, then impress your friends with an advanced version!

Leash pressure training

Does your dog pull on walks? They’ve likely been desensitized to leash pressure. Fix that with leash pressure training!

Teach your dog to focus

If your dog won’t look at you then chances are they also aren’t listening to you. Teaching your dog to focus is an important skill!

How to teach your dog to sit

Teaching your dog to sit is a classic obedience command with a surprising amount of uses. Master this skill using force-free training!

Why positive dog training is better

I agree that there are many ways to train a dog. However, that doesn’t mean ALL ways are right.

My mom was a dog trainer so I grew up surrounded by dogs. Helping run group classes or training dogs for 6 hours on Saturdays was just part of my normal life.
Like many teenagers, I originally decided I didn't want to follow in my parents footsteps. I went to university and worked in pediatric healthcare for multiple years, yet rarely felt content.
I noticed my favourite part of my day continued to be my time with my dog! I also started noticing the advice "trainers" were giving to dog owners that bordered on outright abuse. These "alpha theory" methods are not only unnecessary, they're actually wrong!
I decided to become a trainer and launch Happy Hounds Dog Training to show that you can train incredibly obedient, happy dogs with positive methods!

I've been captivated with dogs for as long as
I can remember!

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

- Tiffany & Myles

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