Dog Training Review by Ellie D.

Star Learned to Walk on the Leash

Testimonial by Ellie D for Starr

I attended one of Ralf’s Dog Walking 101 classes. My 18-month-old female Pit Bull is obedience trained but still has a problem wanting to walk a little bit ahead of me. As soon as Ralf took the leash, she walked perfectly! He demonstrated to me the right way to hold the leash and the right way to correct it. Ralf also explained dog psychology in a way that made sense and was easy to understand. He respects the dogs and their owners.

I took my Pitty for a walk this morning … OMG! It was magic. I kept her leash much shorter, and not to say I didn’t have to correct her, but so much less, and she responded immediately. I quit being so paranoid about the fact that she wasn’t exactly where she was supposed to be according to AKC standards for obedience shows and allowed her front legs (shoulder) to be even with my legs with her head a little in front of me. Some professionals say that is a no-no. Well, it worked fine, and I was very happy with it. Sometimes she would even drop back a little on her own, which Ralf told me she would eventually do. I sure didn’t expect it less than 24 hours later!

People Noticed the Change

Sometimes, when we walk, a few people will comment on how pretty she is. This morning a man on a bicycle said, “She is a very pretty dog.” Another man walking said, “What a nice dog.” Another man on a bicycle looked back at us and said, “She is very smooth.”. I didn’t catch the rest of it cause, looking back at us, he went a little to the left and almost into the path of a bus! I had to yell at him to watch out. The whole point of this is my one lesson with Ralf last nite was amazing and made my walk with my Pitty today the BEST I have ever had with her.

I intend to go further with my dog’s training, and when she and I are ready for that, I will be calling Ralf to get started. Thank you, Ralf !!!

 —  Ellie D.

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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