We called Happy Hound a couple months after we got our German Shepherd puppy. He was 2 months when we first got him. We were not able to take him to socialize with others dogs/people for a additional month because not completing his puppy shots. We kept him at home and tried to “train” him and eventually were able to take him out and further “train” him. Read books, searched the web, watched instructional videos, youtube, everything. You name it we tried. At about 5 months we had it… This puppy was not behaving, aggressive, mouthy, among many other challenges including barking at everyone and everything. At times it felt like it was a chore to do anything with puppy instead of enjoying the time together. We had it, especially with a baby on the way. We knew this couldn’t continue for the puppy’s safety (we don’t want him to be put down in the future due to aggression) and our sanity.
This is where Happy Hound stepped in. I drive by Happy Hound everyday and never realized what we could do. I told my wife about them. My wife researched everything about them and was happy to send our puppy to them. We both spoke with the owner and was very happy about they way she explained the entire process. She put my wife at ease and what used to be seen as “cruel and evil torture device” to my wife is now seen and realized for what it is, a tool that works without pain to our puppy.
We later met the trainer Emily and she evaluated our puppy. She told us what to expect and had a great personality that made us believe she was the right trainer for our puppy. Our puppy is like our child, and those that own dogs knows this feeling. We decided to do the 2 week program where they keep the puppy for 2 weeks, 24/7 and the one main trainer does most/all the training with assistance from the few other trainers they have on hand if needed. There’s a lifetime guarantee and if we ever needed help in the future they would send someone to our house or any location we needed like the dog park. We knew this is what he needed and with our tedious work schedule we couldn’t accomplish what she did in 2 months time.
Fast forward 2 weeks and we picked up our puppy. Emily spoke with us for 2 hours and everything they worked on. She then proceeded to take us out and show us all the techniques to use with our puppy. It was amazing! He was like a new puppy. We couldn’t believe it, no more pulling, aggressive barking, and a bag of new “tricks”. He underwent a complete change, we wouldn’t believe it was the same puppy if it wasn’t for his distinctive markings that we’re familiar with. Emily made sure we were comfortable with everything we went over before she let us leave. She even invited us to their weekly Sunday training classes for free. Our puppy loves her, not fear her like some might think if they “abandoned” their dog to some random trainer for who knows what they might do to your dog when you’re not there. A week afterwards we received a email follow-up from her just to check in on the status. She truly loves what she does and is very knowledgeable. Now being around our puppy is fun and no longer a chore. We no longer dread taking him outside. I’m even able to fix things around the house without worrying that he’ll get in trouble. He sits and stays on one spot on command until I’m done and tell him it’s okay.
To be clear, Happy Hound will assist in training your dog for you. No one can ever fully 100% train your dog for you. Your dog needs to learn to listen to you, not only the trainer. What Emily did is hyper jump start his training, gave us a solid foundation to build more training onto. We were given the tools and knowledge necessary, along with the support now and into the indefinite future. Emily took our puppy 95% of the way and it’s our part to follow through with the 5%. If we run into any roadblocks during our 5%, we have the peace of mind knowing that Emily is there to help us through it (especially at 0 cost).
We were so impressed with Emily’s service that we now send our puppy to daycare every now and then so he can play with other dogs there while we are at work. What further impressed us is that Emily saw him there on his first day and sent us a email about how he was doing.