Dog Training Review by Molly and Simon T.

Merlin was Afraid of the Pool

Testimonial by Molly and Simon T for Merlin

Merlin, a border-collie, loves to swim. He was born and raised in Seattle. Merlin grew up chasing frisbees and balls in Lake Washington. He could play in the water for hours and never get tired. We moved from Seattle to California and were excited that we moved into a house with a pool. We thought that Merlin could continue spending hours in the water with his toys.

To our shock, our water-loving dog was terrified of the pool. Merlin would not go near the pool. He circled widely around the pool when in the backyard and hid in the bushes at the first sight of us in our swimsuits. We asked Ralf to help us with this issue. Ralf modeled for us how to slowly and consistently expose Merlin to the pool. As opposed to carrying him into the pool, which we were doing. We spent the first week just walking Merlin calmly and assertively around the pool, reinforcing that the pool was not scary. Over time, we slowly started walking Merlin into the pool. After two weeks, Merlin was successfully swimming in the pool with reckless abandon.

Ralf demonstrated a mastery of dog psychology and taught us specific techniques to address various dog behavior problems. And we learned how we humans contribute to the problem. We feel such gratitude for Ralf and his support. We recommend anyone to contact Ralf if they are experiencing any type of issue with their dog with the highest regard. Thank you, Ralf!

 —  Molly and Simon T.

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.

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.

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.

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