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Happy Hounds Dog Services


‘20 Certificate of Excellence

Hi There!! At Happy Hounds Dog Services we pride ourselves on offering you, the client, a service tailored to suit your needs. Because no two dogs are the same!! Our staff are First Aid Trained and have years of working both at vet practices and a degree in Animal behaviour. So you can rest assured we know dogs inside and out. We are fully insured and have a dog adapted van to transport your best friend in complete safety and comfort. We offer hour long walks, and have been walking dogs since 2006. Regardless of the weather. Rain doesn't stop play ay Happy Hounds!! For training we have several options open to you the client. We have our own 6 acre training field to work in or we will travel to you, which is necessary in some cases to help resolve matters. Or we can use utilise both options to get the best training experience for all concerned. Paula has been training and working with problem dogs prior to 2006, when she left the vet practice to set up on her own. Her younger son Ben has followed in her footsteps and has finished his degree in Animal Behaviour this year. Together they can offer you a superior service.

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What do you love most about your job?

I consider myself extremely lucky to do exactly what I love doing as my job!!! It has used me into buying my farm to further expand my business. My son following me with his behaviour degree has made me so proud of him.

I love meeting new people and their dogs with either serious issues or minor. What ever they are they issues are given my full attention as it matters to each client. Hearing back from clients about how the dogs have improved gives me a smile every day!!

What inspired you to start your own business?

Time!!! Time with my family and my own dogs. Work life balance was getting hard trying to continue at the vets and work for myself and raise a young family. So I took the plunge. Never looked back. I am very lucky to have a supportive family who help in the business and understand mum is dog mad!! Now the family is growing up and we have more time to pursue more dog based sports!!

Why should our clients choose you?

Because we care. if it's an issue we can't resolve ourselves, we will help you find someone who can. After being in business for so long we have made many contacts and we are firm believers in networking with other dog businesses to help achieve a top level of support for our clients. From a groomer to a canine physiotherapist or canine hydrotherapist we will happily pass clients on to those we feel can help better if we can't ourselves. Always better to work together.

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Making sure your pup is trained properly really matters. Without the necessary groundwork, you’re risking your dog’s wellness and security, as well as the safety of any other dogs it comes into contact with. It’s also important your dog is trained so that it can integrate properly with you and your family. Keeping it out of trouble will save you a lot of hassle (and potentially costly repairs too).

Making sure your dog listens to commands is very important. Not only will handling it be less stressful, but it can stop dangerous conflict with other animals. Furthermore, if your dog doesn’t want to listen to you, situations such as dealing with traffic can potentially become fatal. On the upside, having a well-trained pup enables you and your pet to socialise properly with other dogs and their owners.

Having a dog that is obedient means that life around the home becomes plain sailing. With good manners, your dog will be able to tell the difference between right and wrong behaviour, while being able to foster good relationships with other members of your family. These connections can help to build a fruitful relationship with your pet as part of the family. Time well spent together will allow you to both grow together, sharing experiences and creating the type of memories that make having a pet so worth it.

How about becoming an authority figure yourself? Although your trainer will help your dog get up to scratch, they will also teach you a great deal about the fundamentals of dog training. This includes not only how to handle your own dog, but principals that you can use to understand and better interact with other dogs too. Being able to help out less-informed dog owners can be a wonderful gift to have, and something that you can take further if you enjoy it.

Having a well-trained dog also means that taking your pet to the veterinarian will be a lot easier than it would be otherwise. Considering the nature and volume of work that they have to do, being a vet is tough, let alone dealing with an uncooperative pet in their surgery. In some cases, dogs can become violent when approached by a vet – definitely something they don’t need. By having your dog properly trained, you can avoid injuries – for both your dog and your vet – as well as unnecessary embarrassment upon visits.

When hiring someone to train your dog, there is plenty to think about. The needs of both you and your pet have to be considered and so taking some time to sit down and work out what is important to you is a must. Down below are a few of the questions you might ask when it comes to finding the right dog trainer –

Should I go for group or private training? Each comes with pros and cons – those with a brand new dog can expect their pet to socialise and start to develop relationships with other dogs.

Does my dog need generalised training or would training in a specific area suit it better? One example of this is if your dog has an issue with barking, or separation anxiety. In these cases, someone that can specialise in tackling these issues would be optimal.

Do I need long-term training or do I need a quick fix? Goals such as conditioning your dog for agility or developing a routine will need more time with a trainer.

You should also take care to see what type of strategies your trainer uses. There are a wide variety of techniques that can be applied in order to change your dog’s behaviour – but not all of these involve kindness and care. It’s good to talk to prospective trainers about the ways in which they choose to teach your dog, including methods of both discipline and praise. Techniques such as positive reinforcement are very beneficial for dogs and are particularly powerful, while being enjoyable for them.

While your dog is your priority, how you communicate with your trainer is important too. Your trainer’s should be able to translate their understanding into constructive advice. A good trainer can tell you both what is working in terms of training your dog, and what isn’t. This includes passing on insights of what to do to correct certain issues, while conveying these ideas in a constructive, friendly way. In order to do this, a trainer needs to not only be able to express themselves clearly, but also be diplomatic and observant.

There are various ways in which you can choose to train your dog. Some owners opt for private lessons, while others will put their dog through group daycare.

Group sessions are valuable not only because they are more budget friendly, but also because they are better as a long-term option. This is because your pet will have time to get to grips with a wider variety of commands. However one-on-one training provides your dog with lessons that are specially tailored to their needs, helping them learn in the best way for them.

There are also the various levels of obedience training to take into account. As well as classes specifically for puppies, there are basic educational classes, adult training, agility and advanced tutoring. Which of these you go for can affect pricing, as well as how quickly your dog learns (depending on its needs and comprehension).

Yes! You might be surprised to hear that dog training can be done remotely, through online video platforms like Zoom. They can take the form of group sessions or one-to-one classes to tackle certain individual behavioural issues. Many customers prefer online dog training for all sorts of reasons, like saving on travel time and costs.



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