Man with his Dog


Even if you think you've tried everything.

I've been there!

That's why I created my Reliable Dog in 60 days program.


Before becoming a dog trainer, I struggled with my own dog. I had "tried everything". I was seeing minimal results and getting quite frustrated. Does this sound like you?

  • I'm embarrassed, frustrated and sometimes even scared about my dog's behavior.

  • My dog only listens when he "feels like it" or when I have treats.

  • My dog would ignore me if something more interesting was going on.


  • I've looked for advice on the internet, but it's all so confusing!

  • The methods I'm trying at home just aren't working, no matter how consistent I try to be.

  • And worst of all, I'm having to adjust everyday life to manage my dog's negative behavior...


  • If this sounds like you, you're not alone! The good news is, I've helped thousands of dog owners just like you. I can teach you the secrets to resolving behavioral issues and raising a well-behaved dog.

After my struggle with Brutus. I became a dog trainer and I learned that most of the bad things our dogs do are usually symptoms of a bigger problem.

Bad behavior is just a "symptom" of...

A lack of training and impulse control:


Excited dogs don't make good choices. In order to teach your dog impulse control, they need more than "basic" commands. When you tell your dog to come, they need to learn to "drop everything" and come back to you immediately. When you tell your dog to "stay" they need to learn that they must stay no matter the distraction. If you're struggling to control your dog, you don't need "basic obedience". You need advanced obedience that's reliable around distractions.

Sensitivity to distractions/triggers:


Does your dog act like a kid at Disneyland when they get around distractions? Or maybe your dog thinks the world is a scary place and wants to hide when a leaf blows by? What if your dog had the self-control to go anywhere with you and it wouldn't be a chore to include them? What would your life look like then? What would guests coming to your home look like, visiting a restaurant or going on vacation? What if your dog could go from being worked up by everything to being completely unphased by distractions? This is something we help our clients with every day and quite successfully.

The internet confusing dog owners:


There's a ton of conflicting dog training information out there today. Many dog owners feel "stuck" and aren't able to determine fact from fiction. One source says "Distract him with a treat!" and the other says "You have to show him you're the Alpha."... and none of it works! Right? Well, the good news is, with our balanced approach, you can teach your dog how to be cool and collected even around triggers and distractions. Enter your info in any box on this page and we'll show you!

We know you love your dog. 

After meeting them, I'm sure we'll love them too. 

But let's be honest...

Sometimes his behavior stinks! Or even worse, it's having a negative impact on both of your lives!

Let us help you and your dog live better, together!

In just 60 days, your dog will learn:

Good State of


Having a dog that knows a lot of commands is nice, but we also want your dog to be well-rounded mentally.

This means not having excessive amounts of fear or anxiety or living life without any sense of impulse control.

Your dog should be able to exist with dogs and other people calmly and not feel stressed about everyday events.



There's a lot of behaviors that involve good manners.

This includes not jumping up on guests, settling down on their bed when asked to, not barking frantically out the window every time the wind blows.

No stealing food, chewing, getting into the trash, stealing things to play "keep away", and knowing when it's time to play and when it's time to relax.



Calm leash walking without pulling you over when they see a squirrel.

Sitting and waiting calmly behind you when entering or exiting doors.

The ability to calmly lay on the floor when you're at the vet's office, a cafe or sitting on a park bench, even while other dogs are acting crazy and not listening to their owners.



Keep your front door open as you carry in groceries without worrying your dog will sneak out and run off.

Go to the park to throw the ball while your dog ignores other dogs and people and doesn't leave your side without permission.

Take your dog hiking or camping without restricting them with a leash!



Owned an out-of-control GSD.

My German Shepherd was full of energy and bad manners. Now he's a dream dog and he goes everywhere with our family. I hardly need to put a leash on him anymore! He's just stays by my side focused on me. I get compliments on his good behavior all the time! (Yes, that is actually Buddy kayaking with his dog in the photo!)

Girl with her Dog

Are you ready to have a Reliable Dog?

Fill out the box to find out how we can make it possible!

To date, we've helped over 2,000 dogs and families with this program.


Our Reliable Dog in 60 Days program includes:

  • Our unique 60-day actionable plan that teaches you how to get advanced obedience in your dog from start to finish.

  • A professional trainer that will coach you face-to-face through the 60-day plan either through private lessons or our boarding school option.

  • REAL, no-nonsense techniques for stopping bad behavior in it's tracks.

  • "Blended" online AND in-person training for you and your dog so you're always making progress and you never feel "stuck".

  • Daily virtual access to your dog trainer via the Marco Polo app.

  • Drop-in classes to keep your dog socialized and well-mannered even after training.

This is only for people who are willing to invest time and money to have a dog that is reliable for life!

There is nothing basic about this program. If that's what you're looking for, we're not for you.

This program is for you if:

You'd like to:

  • Take your dog hiking off-leash in the woods or at the beach and let them do what dogs do... have fun!

  • Let your dog walk with you to the mailbox every morning without worry that he'll take off.

  • Enjoy company in your home where your dog doesn't jump and greets guests calmly.

  • Look forward to taking a long peaceful walk with your dog every day instead of it being a chore.

  • Feel so confident in your bond with your dog that you know they will listen to you no matter the situation.

  • Have a dog that impresses your family and friends with their good behavior.

  • Spend 60 days with your dog learning how to be a TEAM, so you can both live a fuller life together!

This program is NOT for you if:

  • You're just looking for something "cheap and basic".  That's not what we're known for.

  • You don't want a transformation that will make you happier and give your dog more freedom.

  • You don't mind that your dog doesn't listen, pulls on the leash, chews things up or does other naughty things.

  • You aren't willing to make changes that will drastically improve your bond with your dog.

  • You aren't interested in having a well-trained companion for the next 10-15 years.

Hyper GSD testimonial
Hyper GSD testimonial
4 dogs off leash and under control!
4 dogs off leash and under control!
Pensacola FL | client testimonial | Happy Hound Dog Training


Owned an anxious pit-mix

"Tara is an amazing dog trainer. She took my year old rescue from a dog with no manners and no obedience to a dog that gets compliments about his behavior. When I first got him he had food aggression issues, now he waits patiently in a sitting position looking at me until I give the command “okay eat!” I can also reach down and grab his food while he is in the middle of eating and he has no reaction. He had no leash manners and now I’ve gotten to the point where I can walk off leash with him with confidence...squirrels/cats no the rare occurrence he does get excited and start moving to chase one simple call of his name and he stops dead in his tracks! He now sits and stays! For a dog that never received socialization when he was younger Tara’s Saturday classes have helped him ten-fold! It is a great way to socialize, learn new techniques, and tricks my only regret is not being able to go to more! I would go nowhere else but Tara! It’s great getting compliments from people about his manners and behavior! Thanks Tara!"- Greg D.



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.

Reasons you're still struggling with your dog's behavior.

You look for


Your dog is doing something embarrassing, frustrating or dangerous. You search for solutions.

Try advice that doesn't work

You scour the internet for tips or take your dog to a class. You put in the work, day after day, week after week.

Struggle & get frustrated

You're applying all the advice but it's not working! You're getting discouraged and probably frustrated too!


You love your dog and you believe deep down in your soul that this issue can be fixed. So, you search for more advice.

Does this look familiar?



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

  • Facebook - White Circle
  • Instagram
  • YouTube - White Circle
Phone Icon