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  • We promote dog-human relationship building; not dominance theories. 
  • ​We provide positive feedback to animals; we don't rely on harsh punishment tactics.
  • We support and encourage kind leadership strategies.
  • We use safe and effective methods that anyone can implement.
  • We strive to establish a kind and reliable means of communication between owners and their dogs.

Our dog trainers are committed to patiently counseling owners through all of the natural challenges that come along with dog ownership. We always support our clients with empathy, understanding, and a strong desire to set owners up for lasting success with their dogs. 

Training both dog and owner


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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!

Learning Theory and the Positive Approach

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 gently interrupted in order to decrease their frequency of occurrence - you will learn more about these during our sessions together. That said, we will NOT regularly utilize shock collars, prong collars, choke chains, or other forms of physical corrective devices to discipline undesirable behaviors. We are committed to equipping owners with effective strategies that proactively teach dogs how to make desirable and mannerly choices.

Providing Colorado Dog Owners with Outstanding, Custom-Tailored Dog Training Services