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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!

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!

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!

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.

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
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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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