The short answer is, it depends on your preferences. I'd love to talk to you about your situation and needs. I'd also like the opportunity to explain/show you how my training works and how I'm able to guarantee results. If you're committed to training your dog, I want to be able to help you regardless of your budget. We also offer installments and financing on our larger programs. I guarantee that if you do training with me, are committed to your homework, and do not see any results, I'll provide more training at no extra cost, or refund the full amount. To hear more about our training programs, click here and enter your info to see program and pricing info instantly.
How does the sign-up process work?
Your first step would be to get in touch with us here or give us a call.Once we have a chance to talk, we can find out what type of training is best for you. Once you've committed to a program I'll send you a link to enroll which you can do all from one page! You'll register and pay for your training, and then I will get in touch with you to book all the lessons within your training program.
What happens if I don't see results from training? Is there a guarantee?
Realistically, I cannot guarantee that your dog (as the animal they are) will listen 100% at all times after training. There are too many factors out of my control. This includes owner consistency, environmental factors and much more.
However, during training, we make HUGE turn-arounds on dogs and client's lives here at Happy Hound and I will be here for your dog's lifetime to help you with any "speed bumps" you may encounter with your dog in the future. All I ask is that you choose a program that is realistic to your dog's needs. If I can't help you improve your dog's behavior in that amount of time, I'll provide you extended training at no extra charge, or I'll refund you the full amount.
Do you use pinch collars or e-collars?
In short, yes, but not in the ways you might think:
Most of the time when people think about these types of training tools, they think about their parent's or grandparent's type of dog training, a time when training was more heavy-handed and much of a dog's obedience was taught without positive associations.
At Happy Hound your dog WILL NOT be trained with fear or intimidation, but with kindness, expert techniques and a focus on the relationship between dog and handler/owner. The philosophies of modern day dog training have evolved tremendously in the past few decades and the old "yank and crank" style training is becoming an outdated thing of the past. So while some modern dog trainers still use these tools, they're are likely not using them in ways you may think.
To learn more about exactly how we use these tools see our about us page here.
How do lessons work?
We will set up lessons at my facility at a time that works for you. We'll meet once, every 2 weeks for the duration of our 60-day program. The lessons are about 1-1.5hrs. I'll be training you on what techniques to use to get your dog to be the most social and obedient version of themselves that they can be, step-by-step. As your dog progresses in training we will travel outside the facility to more distracting places such as the streets of Downtown Pensacola, hardware stores and nearby parks. We also hold dog adventure days for all our clients 1-2 times per month (on Saturdays). This is a group event where we travel around the local area doing new and exciting things with our dogs. Sometimes we have a dog-friendly dinner, go hiking in the woods, or visit a local sightseeing area to practice our training skills and socialization.
Do you ever come to the client's home?
On rare occasions, I understand that the best training space for your dog may be at home. If we decide that is the case, another trainer may be better suited to you and I'm happy to provide references to such trainers. However, getting your dog outside their (and your) comfort zone may be exactly what they need to learn how to mind their manners, even back at home. Bringing your dog to a training facility gets both you and your dog in the right mindset for training, and allows us options that may not be available when working in your home such as access to other dogs for socialization, access to more training equipment, easy opportunities to practice around distractions due to the hustle and bustle of the plaza we're located in, etc. I highly encourage you to try coming to our facility first, you may be surprised at the good behavior your dog is capable of when you have the right coach and location!
Do you offer evening or weekend lessons?
Our weekday hours at the facility are Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 6pm. We also offer Saturday lessons from 9am-2pm. We're closed on Sundays and Mondays.