Media Appearances

Media Appearances

This page links to my media appearances, including interviews, TV appearances, and article contributions. If you are a member of the media and like to contact me to request an interview or book me for an appearance, please use our contact form and put ‘Media Inquiry’ in the subject line. An overview of my qualifications can be found here: Ralf’s Credentials and Certifications.

Print Media Appearances

Punishment, Puppies, and Science (Sept 12, 2022)

Punishment, Puppies, and Science: Bringing Dog Training to Heel

This article turned out less slanted than I expected. Freelance writer Ula Chrobak interviewed me for about one hour, and my positions, opinions, and quotes were captured correctly. However, I have two points of criticism. First, while I use e-collars when appropriate, the article gives the impression it is a major aspect of my training, which it isn’t. Second, she favors one side of the argument over the other and labeled an inconvenient study contradicting her viewpoint as ‘controversial’. Obviously, something doesn’t become controversial just because someone doesn’t like the uncontested data. My article Positive Dog Training, contains details on the actual science of dog training.

Read: Punishment, Puppies, and Science: Bringing Dog Training to Heel

How to Handle Separation Anxiety (Jul 22, 2022)

Your dog doesn’t want you going to work or on vacation. How to handle separation anxiety

LA Times staff writer Karen Garcia interviewed me for this article. Overall this is a good article. However, there are some points I disagree with. First, drugs from veterinary behaviorists for separation anxiety tend not to accomplish much and cost a lot; correct training is far more successful. Second, veterinarians and their organizations should refrain from recommending boilerplate dog training approaches. All dogs are different, and veterinarians have no understanding of dog training. It’s not what they studied. Hence, stick to your field of expertise.

Read: Your dog doesn’t want you going to work or on vacation. How to handle separation anxiety.

TV Media Appearances

Fox 11 (Nov 27, 2019)

Fox 11 (November 26, 2019)

This TV appearance was in my capacity as canine training director for a non-profit organization providing veterans with emotional support dogs—my affiliation with this organization ended in December 2021.

Watch: TV Appearance on Fox Los Angeles

ABC News Bay Area (Jun 1, 2019)

ABC News Bay Area (June 1, 2019)

This TV appearance was in my capacity as canine training director for a non-profit organization providing veterans with emotional support dogs—my affiliation with this organization ended in December 2021.

Watch: TV Appearance on YouTube

Services and Area

We are located in Southern California and train dogs nationwide. Happy Dog Training currently offers local dog training services in the following counties. Riverside County, Orange County, San Bernardino County, Los Angeles County, and San Diego County. In addition, we offer our board-and-train program nationwide and all virtual training services worldwide.

Do you want your new puppy trained right from the start? Are you looking for help for your fearful dog? Do you need to resolve a severe aggression problem? You came to the right place! We are experienced, professional dog trainers. Ralf has trained over 1500 dogs in over 18 years, and Sarah has trained over 1200 dogs in over 11 years. Consequently, we can help you with any dog training goal.

What We Offer

For many of our clients, we train their dogs from puppyhood, getting them off to a great start. However, we also have extensive experience training rescue dogs from all imaginable backgrounds and circumstances. Our Board-and-Train program is our most popular.

We can help you, regardless of your dog's challenges or training goals. Being a professional dog trainer means having experience, knowledge, and skill. Further, we developed a highly effective training program to specifically help fearful dogs gain more confidence and become the best possible version of themselves. Building Confidence is our second most popular training program.

Last but not least, we are experts in dealing with all types of aggression in dogs and are often the trainers of last resort after many other programs have failed. Most of our aggressive dog clients previously spent significant money on half-baked solutions without much improvement. This is different from us. We will give you an honest assessment of what goals are realistic for your dog. We will tell you what can be resolved reliably and what likely needs to be managed before we start.

Our flagship product is our board and train program. But our virtual dog training and coaching services have become quite popular over the last couple of years. Our setup enables us to deliver online dog training services from our indoor and outdoor training areas. This allows us to help clients worldwide.

Other Resources

Also, check out our Free Dog Training tips on Separation Anxiety in Dogs, Potty Training aka Housebreaking, and Leash Handling for expert solutions to common challenges.

Additional Services: Presentations and Q&As on Dogs | Professional Service Dog Training

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About Ralf and Sarah

Happy Dog Training is the pet dog training business of Ralf Weber and Sarah Gill. We are certified professional dog trainers in Southern California. We are specialized in advanced obedience training, all forms or behavioral challenges and service dog training. For behavioral training, we are known for our work with aggressive and fearful dogs. Our service dogs, through Total K9 Focus, have a nationwide reputation for their reliability, longevity and performance.


Certified Professional Dog Trainer Ralf Weber is lead pet dog trainer of Happy Dog Training. Ralf is a long-time dog owner of German Shepherds. During his career, Ralf has worked with over a 1500 dogs of many different breeds. Moreover, Ralf has a thorough understanding of all aspects of canine training. This includes evolutionary psychology, ethology, and, most importantly, learning science. Ralf is specialized in resolving dog behavior challenges—especially fear and aggression. Apart from this, Ralf trains dogs in basic and advanced obedience, service dog tasks, and GRC Dog Sports. Ralf is further certified in a broad range of other canine training areas. Last but not least, Ralf is the author of the behavioral book If Your Dog Could Talk: Understand Your Dog Like Never Before.

Ralf loves helping people have a better relationship with their dogs. He is a certified professional dog trainer in the Training without Conflict™ methodology by Ivan Balabanov (TWC CPDT). Ralf is also a member of the International Association of Canine Professionals and also holds their basic and advanced dog trainer certifications (IACP CDT, CDTA). In addition, Ralf is an AKC-approved evaluator for the AKC Puppy Star, CGC, and Advanced CGC programs and is also certified in canine first aid by the Red Cross.

Sarah Gill, Certified Professional Master Trainer

Sarah Gill, is a professional service dog trainer and handler. Sarah entered the world of professional service dog training after a car accident. As a result, she had to use a wheelchair for almost two years, trying to maneuver in a house not designed for it. No one expected Sarah would walk again. This opened her eyes and became a driving force behind pushing herself to defy the odds. When she regained some stability, Sarah attended a dog training school and learned how to train service dogs. Sarah completed her Master Trainer Certification and gained further experience by training new trainers. However, the school wasn’t accommodating to those with physical difficulties and PTSD. Hence, Sarah moved home to Dallas. In 2019, Sarah teamed up with Ralf and moved to California.

Sarah started this journey because she had a trained dog to mitigate her disabilities. But Sarah needed additional tasking for a new diagnosis. The only option she could find was getting a second dog for the new diagnosis. She knew there had to be a different way to address this. Sarah's passion is changing the ways of the service dog training industry.