Dog psychology is simple... "Dogs Do What Works". In a dog's mind, behaviors that "work" result in any type of reward. So, dogs are not trying to be bad by getting in the trash, they have simply learned that getting in the trash can be very rewarding, therefore dumpster diving WORKS! Make sense?

As owners, we can get caught up in the frustration of our dog's behavior and forget that there might be a method to their madness. At Happy Hounds, our goal is to not only train dogs, but to also help owners understand why their dogs behave the way they do. This knowledge allows humans to encourage behaviors they want and rid of behaviors they don't want... an approach that proves successful 100% of the time!

Training Both Dog and Owner

Happy Hounds Dog Training uses the 'four quadrant' approach to dog training. This includes positive reinforcement, negative reinforcement, positive punishment and negative punishment. We believe that positive reinforcement is the most effective and most humane approach to dog training, therefore this is the method used most frequently. Through positive reinforcement, dogs learn that good behavior results in a positive consequence or reward. Common rewards include food, treats, toys, praise, and playtime.

There are some undesirable behaviors that can be interrupted in order to decrease their frequency of occurrence - you will learn more about this during our sessions together. That said, we will NOT regularly utilize shock collars, prong collars, choke chains, or other forms of harsh corrective devices. We intend to keep your dogs tail wagging throughout each session!

Learning Theory and the Positive Approach

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