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Heidi & Rollo, aspiring CGC
Heidi & Bijou, CGC
Rollo, Demo Dog
Hello! Welcome to Happy Tails Dog School, the best Denver dog training you can find. I so thoroughly believe in what I do. For more than ten years I have worked to teach my clients to build positive, loving relationships with their dogs as they work in my dog obedience classes. We have such fun watching each dog catch on to my relationship-based positive training methods, and my clients are thrilled with the lasting results they get from a Happy Tails Dog School course.
I am a cross-over trainer. I trained my first dog, a beloved Rottweiler named Sophie, using traditional dog behavior training methods with a choke chain. Sophie was a magnificent dog, very intelligent, and these traditional methods worked well for her. I did the alpha roll and the scruff shake and a whole lot of collar pops, and yes, she learned. She was a model family member for years. But with my next dog, now retired class demo dog yellow Lab Bijou, I learned a positive reinforcement approach. I was amazed at how much more quickly Bijou learned, which is saying something because she is not as intelligent as Sophie was. When I look back and remember the things I did to Sophie, I am filled with guilt about the traditional methods I employed. With Bijou, using the positive approach meant light-hearted, fun training sessions filled with treats and instant, dramatic results. The contrast is stark -- positive reinforcement training is clearly a far-superior, kinder, and better way to train, hands down. When you know better, you do better. How I wish I could have a second chance to train Sophie. I would do it the right way, the positive way. By the way, Bijou earned her American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen title in 2007 at the age of four. I have now added Rollo the Rottweiler to the mix. He is in training to become Bijou's replacement as a demo dog for all my classes. He is a challenging dog and is teaching me so much, often the hard way, so that I can become a better resource for all of you.
In addition to training more than 1,000 owner-dog teams, I continually strive to update my education, regularly attending training and behavior seminars and classes whenever I can. I have been educated by some of the best dog trainers in Denver, Boulder, the U.S. and the world. I studied with local trainer Vicky Kirkland for six years, received a certificate in dog daycare management from Boulder trainer Nana Will, and absorbed all the pearls of wisdom I could collect in classes with Dr. Ian Dunbar, Dr. Patricia McConnell, Behaviorists and Trainers Pia Silvani and the amazing Suzanne Clothier. Other guiding forces for me include Karen Pryor, Turid Rugaas, and Jean Donaldson. I am also a full member of the APDT, the American Professional/Pet Dog Trainers Association.
I invite you to visit the References page to hear from other Happy Tails Dog School clients about their experiences with me as their Denver dog trainer. I also invite you to give me a call if you have any questions. I would love to fill you in more about my classes and what I do, so call me - 720-839-5145. You have many choices of dog training in Denver, but if you decide to go somewhere other than Happy Tails Dog School, please let it be with a positive reinforcement or relationship based trainer. There are a lot of great ones out there! Trust your gut and believe in the training you choose. Your dog is so lucky that you care enough to train him! Thank you for that.