Struggling with changing your dogs behaviour? Make sure that you’re properly using management & training!
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!
How do you train off leash reliability? I recently joined the Outdoor Minimalist podcast to discuss tips for hiking with your dog!
Puppies can be SO busy! How do you encourage calm behaviour in the home? This article explains how to teach your puppy to settle.
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, & does it actually work? Yes, it works! However, it’s not “purely positive” as commonly thought…
Dog separation anxiety is often poorly understood. If you think your dog has separation anxiety, these are myths you need to know!
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!
Have a fearful puppy or dog?? First impressions matter! Here is my favourite way to introduce a shy dog to new people.
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!
“Drop it” is a potentially life-saving skill. Here is my favourite force-free way of teaching a dog to drop it!
It does, but it needs to be used correctly. Here’s why it fails and what it needs to be successful!
Dogs LOVE getting treats! However, not all treats are created equally. Keep these considerations in mind when choosing dog treats!
Not crate training your puppy is one of the biggest mistakes you can make! Here’s how & why to crate train properly!
Dog training isn’t a regulated industry. Shockingly, ANYONE can call themselves a trainer. Here’s why you should use force-free dog training!
Resource guarding is misunderstood. Let’s explore what resource guarding truly is (hint- you resource guard!) and the best ways to prevent it.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
Teaching your dog to lie down is a classic obedience command that’s helpful for settling your dog. Learn both the lure & capture methods!
Retractable leashes are supposed to provide freedom for your dog while maintaining safety. There are huge reasons I don’t recommend them!
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” is one of the most important commands! If you want your dog to ignore garbage, smells, bikers, or dogs: master “leave it”!
“Play dead” is classic dog trick that’s surprisingly easy to teach. Learn the basics, then impress your friends with an advanced version!
Does your dog pull on walks? They’ve likely been desensitized to leash pressure. Fix that with leash pressure training!
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!
Teaching your dog to sit is a classic obedience command with a surprising amount of uses. Master this skill using force-free training!
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!