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 training MUCH easier!
“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!
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!
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!
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”!
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!