Virtual Dog Training

Virtual Coaching

Virtual dog training lessons with Ralf are available by the hour or as part of training packages. You can discuss any dog training topics you are interested in. Lessons are usually conducted via Zoom, allowing video demonstrations and reviews. Lessons are held by phone when appropriate for the topic.

Dog Training Credentials

Why book your virtual dog training lessons with Ralf? Ralf is a Training without Conflict™ Certified Professional Dog Trainer (TWC CPDT) with a multitude of dog training certifications and a broad spectrum of canine knowledge. His main focus areas include fear, aggression, problem-solving, obedience, service dog training, health, nutrition, and GRC Dog Sports. Ralf is the owner and head behaviorist of Happy Dog Training. He has coached and trained several dog trainers over the years. Further, Ralf is an AKC-approved evaluator for the AKC Puppy Star, CGC, and Advanced CGC programs. Ralf is also certified in canine first aid by the Red Cross and the author of the behavioral book: If Your Dog Could Talk: Understand Your Dog Like Never Before. Ralf will be able to help you with any dog challenges you may seek help for. You will benefit from his vast experience during your virtual dog training sessions.

Experience Matters!

Ralf has extensive experience working with dogs of all breeds—common and rare. People know Ralf for German Shepherds, but his work with obedience and behavioral cases includes many others, including pretty much all bully breeds you have heard of. Before any specialty, Ralf is, first and foremost, a professional dog trainer. Ralf has trained over 1500 dogs in over 18 years. Especially his experience of working with fearful and aggressive dogs is well-known in the industry, and he has often been the trainer of last resort. Many dogs are only alive today due to Ralf’s efforts. This experience matters when offering virtual dog training lessons. In addition, Ralf has helped resolve hundreds of other behavioral problems over the years. There is no substitute for knowledge and experience. It particularly makes a big difference with virtual dog training lessons.

Ralf is familiar with all ways of training dogs you have heard of and is fluent in all methodologies. He understands all training tools on the market and what they should and shouldn’t be used for. Ralf mostly works with play these days but has long worked with food and understands all aspects of training dogs with food, toys, or leashes and collars. In addition to dog training areas, which most people are familiar with, Ralf used to run advanced dog socializations for timid and aggressive dogs (this was the Doggy Social Club). Further, Ralf learned how to train cancer detection dogs and ran group classes in-person and virtually that actually produced results. Ralf, with his partner Sarah, now also trains highly reliable service dogs.

Virtual Dog Training Options

1-Hour Session: $250; any topic.

How to Get Started

To book a virtual dog training lesson, you must pay in full at the time of booking. We accept cash, check, credit card, or PayPal payments. Contact us today to get started!

If you are ready to book, please use this button. You can pay online, see our calendar and pick a day/time convenient to you. We will send you a Zoom link.

Book a Virtual Dog Training Lesson

If you would like to speak with us first, use the button below to schedule a free phone consultation.

Virtual coaching sessions with Ralf are available by the hour or as part of consulting packages. You can discuss any and all dog training, or business-related topics you are interested in. Sessions are usually conducted via Zoom, which allows for video demonstrations and reviews or by phone if appropriate for the topic.

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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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Finally, once you're ready to move forward, please use our dog training contact form to schedule a free phone consultation or book a paid, in-person consultation.

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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.