Problem Solving with Practical Solutions!

What are they saying? Photo by DManheim - all rights reserved.

"Redesign the environment so that problem behaviors are irrelevant, inefficient, ineffective, and new skills are learned."  - Dr. Susan Friedman

Family pet or family outcast?

  • Chewing?
  • House soiling?
  • Vocalization?
  • Puppy Mouthing/Nipping?
  • Dog to dog problems?
  • Home-alone issues?
  • Inappropriate greetings?

Happy Tails Family Dog Training is committed to helping you find  solutions to problems in order to keep your pet in your home!


We'll first schedule an interview to gather information and the history of the problem behaviors.  Then we'll discuss the prognosis and what a training program might look like.  Depending on the information you provide, we may suggest a veterinary exam to rule out anything medical that might be causing the problem behavior.  Once your dog has a clean bill of health we'll go over strategies for managing your dog and begin to outline training plans. 


Happy Tails employs the use of desensitization, counter conditioning, and response-prevention techniques when working with dogs that bark, growl, lunge at or hide from people, dogs, or objects in the environment.  Setting up structured training exercises in otherwise stressful environments often helps to change the way dogs feel and therefore behave.

  • Understand the concept of arousal thresholds so that your dog can make good behavior choices.
  • Work within a controlled environment (set-ups) and receive step-by-step instruction.
  • Practice in real-life settings on walks in and around your neighborhood.

Behavior modification requires committment (time, lessons, practice) and success is dependent on the individual dog and client participation. There are no guarantees in dog training and/or behavior modification.  Happy Tails Family Dog Training will strive to provide you with the most up-to-date training protocols and will give you the skills to be able to continue training your dog long after you complete your lessons. 


Happy Tails works with fearful behavior on a case-by-case basis. When there is a bite-to-human history or a high probability of a bite, you may be referred to a Veterinary Behaviorist or Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist.


Fees for Services

Inital 2-hour consult $225

Single 1-hour lessons $115 

5-lesson packages $495 (paid in advance - no refunds)

Travel fee $10/per lesson (more than 25 miles from home office)