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To the friends and clients of Happy Training! LLC:

Until further notice, Happy Training! will not be accepting private clients or puppy class students.

We have enjoyed working with you and your dogs since 1996 (and earlier, since before the business was a business). We will keep you posted via social media of further developments. Thank you so much for the trust you and your canine friends have placed in us for the past quarter century.

Happy Training!

Rick Riggs CPDT-KA
Perrin Riggs CPDT-KA



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For your information, here are a few articles we have written over the years, along with some other information on issues we get asked about most frequently. This information is intended for the private, nonprofit use of our clients and the dog-owning public; the materials may not be reproduced, reposted, or redistributed in any way without the express written consent of the authors. These materials are for general information only. There is no substitute for working with a qualified, professional trainer or behaviorist, particularly if your dog has issues with aggression, excessive shyness, fear of children, hostility to strangers, or other inappropriate responses. The authors have made every effort to ensure that the training methods and strategies described herein are safe and effective. However, we have no control over the dog's background, temperament, past training, or handling, so your review and use of the documents on this site constitutes your acknowledgement that the authors and Happy Training! LLC are not responsible for accident or injury as a result of employing the methods described here.


Tails in Training articles (originally published in the Helping Hands Humane Society's newsletter):

Raising a Puppy

Dealing with Fears and Phobias

Dealing With Jumping

Improving the Stay

Other information:

Housetraining and Crate Training (PDF)

Service Animals and Emotional Support Animals: Where are they allowed and under what conditions? published by the ADA National Network(PDF)

A good article on the difference between service dogs and therapy dogs, and the legal and training requirements for each.