Some of our most FAQs
Why should I train my dog?
All dogs should receive some type of training. A trained dog is a Happy dog. Training decreases the likelihood of your dog developing behavior problems and strengthens the bond between you and your dog.
When should I begin training my dog?
Training should start the day you get your new puppy or dog. Remember training is just a way for us to better communicate with our dogs. Start early and reap the rewards!
Is everything in your home training package covered in the price or will I still need group class sessions?
No everything is covered in our home obedience training package. And in my opinion even more than you would get in a group class setting, We cover house toilet training and destructive chewing plus many more that's suited to your individual house and dog this will not always be coverd in group class.
How old does my dog have to be in order to join in your course?
It does not matter how old your dog is. As long as your dog is current and on its course of vaccination you may start group class. We encourage you to start training your dog as young as possible. For our home training you can start anytime even without finishing your vaccinations as we will be visiting your home.
I have a larger dog do I have to pay more?
No my price is the same form a small Yorki to a bullmastiff, as I train all dogs in the same positive way to make it a happy none aggressive dog that is friendly to everyone.
Do you offer group classes?
YES we do however Most dogs above 18 weeks benefit (and their owners) to do better in private lessons first. Most dogs and shy dogs may be overwhelmed in a group class setting. Dogs that are extremely energetic or too easily distracted often do not do well in group classes. Dogs with aggressive behavior problems are usually inappropriate for group class situations. If your dog is under 18 weeks you can see our group Puppy socialisation Classes.
Is my dog's behavior problem solvable?
In most cases the answer to this question is yes . Even in situations involving severe behavior problems, the dog's behaviour can typically be substantially improved. The majority of our clients report noticing an improvement immediately after beginning behavior modification and training. However, there are no guarantees when it comes to animal behavior. Whether you will succeed in training your dog or modifying your dog's behaviour depends on many factors such as : your ability to follow-through with implementing the recommended behavior modification and training, the nature of your individual dog's behaviour problem and whether there are any complicating environmental or health factors. Every dog, its family and situation is different!
What training method does Happy dog trainig use?
we use a wide variety of dog positive techniques which suited to each individual dog’s needs. We treat each dog as an individual and recommend programs that best fit each dog and owner’s needs. I DON'T use any harsh corrections tools like prong collar, Shock collar choke chain or hit and shout at your dog.
How long are each home session and how soon can I start?
The first home visit is 2 hours long and the rest are 1.5 hour. We make sure to select a time that works for YOU. You may set-up your home lessons in the evenings, during the day and even on weekends.
How long will it take to train my dog?
This varies depending on what problems the dog has and how long they have been going on for (the longer the problem has gone on the longer to train out) as well as how cosistent you are with the programe we give for your dog. With some types of training you can see results in a couple of days, while others may take a few months.
Is my dog too old to be trained?
It is never to late to train your dog. Sometimes it may take a little longer, but the results can be the same no matter what age you start.
Can I just drop my dog and pick it up already trained?
No, we definitely don’t believe in board training except in extreme aggression cases but would normaly never recommend it. We train with you and your dog. This way your dog will learn to obey YOU and not us. Dogs who are board trained may come back with other problems such as: Infected with different diseases (especially Kennel cough). Some dogs may come out dog aggressive (due to dogs biting and fighting each other thru fences and cages).
Does the private lessons have to be in my house? What if I want to meet with your trainer in a park setting?
At first Yes. it is better to do it at your home then we can see if there are any problems that need to be sorted out first this is qickest way to correct many problems like pulling on leash. You may do your second, third or fourth one at the park but the first one would be better to be in your home.