Happy Dog Institute creates happier dogs and happier people. Using 100% positive training methods and clicker training, we make life with your dog more enjoyable by solving behavior problems, socializing dogs, and teaching basic obedience and manners.

We want you to be successful while having a great time with your canine partner. That’s why we keep the number of students per class low, and offer one-on-one customized sessions.

Classes range from home obedience and manners to socialization, agility and behavior modification. Even if your dog has a particularly tough behavior issue, we can help! Our specialties include separation anxiety, fear and aggression behaviors.

Each lesson, class or training experience builds on the next for maximum learning, at any age. Through science-based training, support and a watchful eye, the trainers at Happy Dog Institute will help you decrease unwanted behaviors and increase the ones you love!

Feel free to contact us with any questions, or come by to observe a class. We are happy to discuss your training needs and customize a program for you.

Our Trainers

MS, CPDT-KA, CSAT | Behavior Consultant

Emma has a Masters in Animal Behavior & Welfare from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and is a Certified Pet Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA). She is also a Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer (CSAT).

Using reward-based, scientifically proven training and behavior modification methods, Emma pushes dogs to achieve and learn more. She is dedicated to turning around even the most challenging behavior problems, while helping you understand your dog’s behavior and become more confident in your training skills.

Emma lives in Olympia with her husband, her two sons, two dogs, a cat, four goats and an ever-changing number of chickens.

BA, CPDT-KA | Director of Training

Specializing in Agility and Advanced Manners training, Heather’s heart, love, and training focus is in showing others how to have fun with her dogs. She is a Certified Pet Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA), has studied Dog Behavior and Canine History, and has a degree in Dog Training & Business. After college, Heather trained assistance dogs for the hearing impaired.

In addition to dogs, Heather also coaches and trains people. She is committed to working with you and your dog to be successful in meeting your training goals.

Heather lives in Olympia with her partner Dave, and her three beloved dogs.

Together, Heather and Emma make a team of innovative and goal-orientated instructors. Positive outcomes, success and confidence are their priority. We’d love to hear from you!