At Happy Dog Institute, we want you to feel successful, relieved and supported. We want you to develop lifelong skills that you can use over and over again for a whole host of behaviors and issues you encounter, both now and in the future. We want you to be able to take said skills home with you, and on the road, and on vacation and wherever life with your dog takes you.

To support this goal, we have a whole host of services to help you with your dog:

  • Do you need help with some pesky unwanted behaviors like jumping on people, pulling on the leash and coming when called (recall)?
  • Or is your dog exhibiting more complex behavior issues like fear, anxiety, aggression, barking constantly at other dogs or people, growling over food or toys, etc.?

Regardless, our team is here to help. Our goal is to give you real-life solutions and practical, common-sense tools. Here are some ideas to get you started:

Group Classes for Adult Dogs Over 9 Months

In-Person Orientation + Five Weeks of In-Person Classes + Starter Training Kit (NEW!)


Dogs over nine months old.
Puppies 16 weeks or younger should join our Puppy 1 or Puppy 2 classes, and if you have an adolescent dog between under nine months, you can join our Puppy 3 class.

Schedule varies, click here to view it.

Happy Dog Institute Headquarters
7924 Sweet Iron Ct SE, Suite 109, Olympia WA 98501

Does your dog jump on other people, bark for attention or get into things they’re not supposed to? Are they easily distracted? Do they have a hard time coming when called? Do you need better strategies to help communicate with your dog? Then this class is for you!

We’ll help you bring out the best in your dog by showing you how to use positive methods to teach them the basic manners and life skills every dog should have. Best of all, we’ll teach you HOW to train your dog so what you learn will transfer outside of the classroom!

What you’ll learn:

  • Tools to help your dog focus better in the face of distractions.
  • Strategies for getting rid of behaviors you don’t like (jumping on people, play biting, demand barking, running away, etc).
  • Help with training basic manners, including: sit, down, stay, go to your bed, jumping on people, recall, loose leash walking, leave it.
  • Help addressing real-world activities and events with your dog, including: meeting other people and dogs, settling at home, walking in the neighborhood, having guests over, going on an outing and kitchen and mealtime strategies.
  • You’ll leave this class knowing HOW to train your dog, not just WHAT to train your dog. We know we already said this but feel it’s worth repeating!

What you get:

  • Orientation videos to help you prepare for your first day of class
  • An in-person orientation followed by five weeks of in-person class sessions
  • Access to written materials in PDF format via our homework portal
  • A customized Happy Dog Institute clicker + wrist coil
  • A interactive food toy + filler
  • Starter treats

About Town: Four Weeks of Class
Open Enrollment


Graduates of Puppy 3 Class (for dogs between 5-9 months) or our Fun Foundation Class (for dogs over 9 months).

Schedule varies, click here to see it.

Olympia & Tumwater, Washington. Specific locations are TBA. Location examples include Marathon Park, Downtown Olympia’s Boardwalk, the PetWorks, Matchless Brewing, etc.

Do you want to have a dog you can successfully take everywhere? Feeling like you need some extra practice after Puppy 3 or Fun Foundation? Still needing additional help with loose leash walking, getting that reliable recall, and working around distractions? Want to keep up your momentum and try some real-world applications? This class will help you “proof” the skills you learned in previous classes in an open-enrollment field trip context. Join anytime when there is room in class, and take four consecutive field trip classes.

This four-week class will solidify the skills you learned in our Puppy 3 or Fun Foundation classes. You’ll work on the following skills (field trip locations will depend on the season): loose leash walking, stays, coming when called, meeting other people and dogs appropriately, relaxing in public spaces, handling distractions with ease, and more.

In this class, we will:

  • Learn about the rules of recall and other strategies for helping your dog come to you in the face of temptation
  • Practice working around numerous distractions (think: other dogs, yummy smells, food, etc.).
  • Boost your confidence – and your success rate – in getting your dog to respond to you
  • Help you learn to take your dog for a walk without them walking you
  • Discuss the ins and outs of using – of course! – reward-based training, including reward removal and environmental reinforcers.
  • You’ll also get written class materials in PDF format.

Packages for Adult Dogs Over 9 Months

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Dogs About Town Package | TUMWATER
Fun Foundation  (OR Puppy 3) + About Town Field Trip Class


Whether you’re at home, on a walk, at the park or at the vet, it feels great to have a happy, well-mannered pup who listens and responds to you. This package ensures that you and your canine companion will have the  important skills you can use no matter where you go.

If your dog is between 5-9 months, you will be able to use your Fun Foundation credit to sign up for Puppy 3 instead.

What’s included:

  • Fun Foundation Class: Learn how to teach your dog basic manners and build problem-solving skills.
  • About Town Class: Proof your skills in real-world contexts with our four-week intermediate manners class.
  • Homework portal & PDF materials for both classes
  • A customized Happy Dog Institute clicker + Starter Kit

Please note: once you purchase this package, you’ll have credits on your account to use for each class. You’ll get an email with details.

Agility Super Start Package:
Fun Foundation (OR Puppy 3) + Agility Fundamentals 1


If you’re hoping to get your adult dog into our Agility Program, save some money by purchasing the prerequisite – Fun Foundation – in conjunction with our Agility Fundamentals classes.

If you have a dog between 5-9 months, you will have the option of signing up for Puppy 3 instead of Fun Foundation when you use your package credits.

What’s included:

  • Fun Foundation: learn about positive reinforcement and clicker training to prepare for your Agility program. Also, develop the skills you’ll need to keep your dog engaged with you in a distracting environment.
  • Agility Fundamentals 1
  • Homework portals & PDF materials for both classes
  • A customized Happy Dog Institute clicker + Starter Kit

Please note: once you purchase this package, you’ll have credits on your account to use for each class. You’ll get an email with details.

“We now can go into stores without any issues. He LOVES Home Depot, mainly b/c everyone there gives him cookies. But he does so, so well, walking right with us and not pulling on his leash or jumping at everyone….Thank you, thank you for all of your help and tips and tricks!! I always recommend you to everyone I meet.”

— Shannon & Zeus