Meet Our Team



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.

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



Pro Dog Trainer/ Boarding School Specialist

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

During my elistment in the Navy, I trained our mascot-dog on the boat during my enlistment. I loved teaching him tricks and commands. It really helped boost my squadron's morale. 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 organizations and spent a couple years working for a franchised dog training company, but prefer the small business feel of Happy Hound.

During boarding school your dog will be in a comfortable home with me and my family instead of a loud, crowded boarding kennel. While your dog's stay 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!

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

Our "Real-World" Training Methods:

The secret to good dog training is: We don't just need to train our dogs. We need to train ourselves.

People have gotten the term "discipline" all wrong these days. They assume that discipline means to allow someone to make mistakes, and then punish them for it. That' couldn't be further from the truth.

  • Discipline is setting your alarm early to go to the gym every morning, even when staying in bed is more comfortable.

  • Discipline is continuing to practice playing on your guitar, even when your fingers get sore.

  • Discipline is the practice of doing small acts every day to be a better person for yourself and those around you.

If a dog owner can discipline themselves to be the leader their dog needs, they will rarely need to punish their dog, because it is often our behavior that molds our dog's behavior.

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,






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.



We're located in East Milton and welcome customers all over the Gulf Coast to visit and train at our facility.


Training Appointment Hours:


TUES-FRI: 11am-4pm

SAT: 9am-12pm 


Find us:


6586 Caroline St.

Milton FL 32570

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