Meet Our Team

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TARA SIEFRING

Owner/Head Trainer/Private Lesson Specialist

I'm Tara. The founder of Happy Hound and if you're struggling with your dog, I know exactly how you're feeling.

 

8 years ago I struggled with my own dog, Brutus. I read article after article, watched hours of YouTube videos, sought out help from professional trainers, went to my vet, even hired an Animal-Psychic! Sadly, I got nowhere. My dog lost his life all those years ago because I was misguided and misinformed. Click here to read more about Brutus' story.

 

Since 2013, I've dedicated my life to helping struggling dog owners get real answers for their dog's behavior and live a life with their dogs that they never thought possible.

As far as my personal life: I'm a military wife and mom to a sweet 2yr old boy <- that's my other full-time job! Weekends at the Siefring house consist of at-home theatre style movie watching (we love a good movie and popcorn!) and long walks or hikes with the dogs. My husband is a ametuer pit-master of sorts and loves having BBQ's for just us family or for many! We're a tight knit family who treat friends like family and love entertaining the ones we love.

I have 2 tabby cats along with a 2yr old St. Bernard and a 6yr old Australian Shepherd. We love our animals and find lots of joy in spending time with them.

I've been a professional member of the International Association of Canine Professionals for over 5 years now. I do my best to attend their annual conferences every year to continue my education. I also attend and host dog training seminars on many topics and have done so since 2013. 

At this point, I have mastered at least 3 different dog training "systems" trademarked by world-famous dog trainers, and have learned techniques from many more.

Click here to call me if you're interested in private lessons OR your dog needs rehabilitation.

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COREENA BREAZEALE

Pro Dog Trainer/ Boarding School Specialist

I'm Coreena, your boarding school (a.k.a. board and train) specialist at Happy Hound!

I've always loved dogs, but during my enlistment in the Coast Guard, I developed a special friendship with our mascot-dog on the boat and quickly fell in love. I started teaching him silly parlor tricks to pass the time and boost the morale of my fellow guardsman. From there blossomed a love for dog training that has taken me on this journey I'm on now.

 

I've been a professional dog trainer for years and aside from training our mascot-dog, I've been a puppy-raiser for service dog university. I also spent a couple years working for a franchised dog training company and even worked under a hunting dog trainer for a while... but I prefer working with pet dogs and I like the modern yet caring feel of Happy Hound's company and their training methods. I'm honored to be a part of the Happy Hound team.

I have a baby girl and currently like to focus my efforts on training dogs in my home so I can do the job that I love, while still enjoying this short time I have with my daughter and being there for her younger years. This is why I work at home and not in the Happy Hound facility. I'm grateful to work for a company that allows me to be both the dog trainer and mom I want to be.

During boarding school, your dog will be in a comfortable home environment with me and my family instead of a loud, crowded boarding kennel. While your dog stays with me they'll be treated like my own. They'll get quality care and exercise along with daily enrichment, socialization with my two dogs and of course, training per the Happy Hound gold standard with our Reliable Dog in 60 Days training system.

Click here to call me if you're interested in Boarding School.

Our "Real-World" Training Methods:

There's a common saying in the dog training industry "Get three dog trainers in a room and the only thing two of them will agree on, is what the third is doing wrong." Silly, but it's true. Dog trainers are very diverse in their methods and "beliefs".

 

Long ago, dog owners only had two types of trainers to choose from.

 

The first option was dog trainers who call themselves "purely positive" or "force-free". This group believes that dogs should only be trained with treats and praise and never be punished for their bad behavior.

 

The second option was a group of people whose training methods were "old-school", typically passed down from a previous generation. The old school methods worked for getting dogs to obey, but they were heavy-handed and relied on the idea "I am the man, you are the dog and if you won't listen, I'll make you listen."

 

The purely positive option sounds really nice, but the problem is...

 

This is the Real World. There are cars to chase, strange things to sniff, and people to jump on!

 

Your dog isn't always going to be tricked by a cookie. Even if they were, is that really the kind of relationship you want with your dog? Where the only way to get them to listen is by bribing them with food?

The more authoritative option was effective, but people soon realized that wasn't the kind of relationship they wanted either.

 

They wanted their dogs to obey but do so with heart. So dog owners and enthusiasts alike were stuck in limbo, until a better option arrived. Today it's called balanced training.

 

We lie somewhere in the middle of those two extremes. We want you and your dog to have a great relationship and have fun training! But we also want them to be a safe and enjoyable dog to live with.

 

Training doesn't have to be frustrating for either one of you. It is possible for both human and dog to enjoy your training while having fun and building a loving relationship. We combine a mix of all types of training methods (including positive reinforcement) to help you train your dog.

However, as I said before, this is the real world.... 

 

Sometimes your dog is going to do things that are dangerous, or that cost you a lot of money or stress.

 

Your dog must understand that there are consequences to his behavior, but with the growth of technology and new found dog training methods, we don't have to do it the "old-school" way anymore.

If we can train ourselves to be better leaders for our dogs, the need to correct them for bad behavior is few and far between. That's what we help people do.

 

One of my favorite things to do is to help people train their dog to be reliable off-leash.

 

Dogs are animals. They were meant to run, play, sniff and explore. Exploration helps their state of mind and there's nothing better than a dog who can be trusted off a leash. I help my clients accomplish that every day by teaching them how to use modern dog training tools and technology. Read more about that here.

 

All in all, I just want you and your dog to be happy and live a great life together, whatever that looks like for you. That may seem impossible now, but let me show you just how capable of good behavior your dog truly is. Book a call with us now and we can talk all about it.

 

With Love,

 

Tara.

 

 
 
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KATIE STEWART

Tried many other trainers & techniques

We came to Tara after using positive only training methods for a year. Unfortunately, we were still struggling with some basic commands like leash walking and focus around distractions. We spent many months researching all kinds of dog training- looking at scientific data and dog psychology reports. We felt positive training alone was not enough for our dog. We needed another way to communicate with him that he would understand. After spending 2,500 on positive enforcement training (6 trainers) and still not being able to walk him down the street we decided to give Tara a call. She was very professional and prompt in evaluating our situation and meeting with us. When she first met our dog she could tell he was trained but needed a little fine-tuning. Her methods are gentle and effective. She has many tools she uses from verbal training techniques to using different training tools. She was able to customize a program to fit our needs and now I can walk my dog down the street or better yet have him off leash and not have to worry about his safety or mine. He is a much happier dog who enjoys his freedom!! I understand many have opinions on balanced dog training, I also know most people dislike what they think they know versus what they actually know- my conclusion is this, dogs are animals. Period. We have to stop humanizing them- they do not talk to each other or give treats to each other. Watch a group of dogs interact- they communicate through touch, via mouth or paws- eye contact- barking. Ever seen a mother dog correct her pups? Growls and snaps- not treats. Allowing your dog to go untrained is more abusive than any method Tara uses. If your dog is well trained using positive only method great- but it’s not a one size fits all kind of world- some dogs require something more due to breed or personality. So if you are at the end of your rope- tried everything - give Tara a call- she is a miracle worker- loves dogs and truly a professional. - Katie S.

 

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TUES-FRI: 10am-6pm

SAT: 10am-3pm 

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