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what is a dog's threshold

What Is a Dog’s Threshold, and How Does It Affect Training?

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!

What is a dog's threshold

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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.

Introduce 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 training MUCH easier!

How to get your dog to listen
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!

How to train your 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!

positive reinforcement dog training doesn't work
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!

how to crate train
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!

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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!

5 common mistakes while training loose leash walking
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!

Why You Should Use a Marker Word
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!

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!

Step-by-step guide to loose leash walking
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”!

Leave it: a critical command to teach your dog
Leash pressure training

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

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!

Train your dog to make eye contact with you
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!

How to Teach Your Dog to Sit
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.

The Best Way To Train Your Dog

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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