We are not currently offering Separation Anxiety services. To work with another fantastic CSAT (Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer), follow this link follow this link. We wish you the best of luck!

Help for your dog’s behavior problem is just a click away. We have a whole team ready to help you solve problems and get you some much-needed relief. After all, we’re in the business of creating happier dogs and happier humans.

When you work with us, you’ll have over 30 years of combined experience behind you. We’ve developed behavior modification programs based on what we’ve learned works best and is most effective over the years.

We’re help you tackle virtually any issue. See below for our programs that we designed especially for optimum success and support.

Private Training & Dog Behavior Problems

During these private, one-on-one training programs, you’ll get practical solutions that get real results, in addition to peace-of-mind, sanity and a big sigh of relief. We use science- and reward-based methods to solve behavior problems, and we’ve got the credentials and experience to back it up.

We offer in-person behavior consulting (you come to us) and virtual consulting. While certain behavior issues need to be addressed in-person in order to be effectively resolved, most can (and some should!) be addressed in any other format. The bulk of our programs are structured as a “hybrid” format, with a combination of virtual support and in-person training work. Click here to learn about the benefits of virtual training, and refer to each program below for details.

BEHAVIOR & TRAINING PACKAGES

Fear, Aggression & Anxiety Program | Initial Consultation + Four to Seven Hours of Support

$595 to $945

If you’re struggling with your dog’s fearful or aggressive behavior, you’ve come to the right place. We specialize in aggression and anxiety behaviors, and we’re here to help you and your dog live together more harmoniously. Sometimes, dogs just need a good boost of confidence or are starting to exhibit anxious, aggressive or fearful behaviors to certain triggers. Others, it’s progressed to the point  where you can’t take your dog anywhere because they bark at everything. Or maybe they spend the whole time shaking in their boots, or bark their head off and have a hard time settling when guests come over? (God forbid they use the bathroom and then come back out!).

That’s where we come in. With a combination of weekly support sessions and hands-on training demos and support, we’ve put together this program to take the guesswork out of it all. While it’s impossible to create a “one size fits all” program, we find that this range of support allows us to really make some positive progress towards change, increase your sanity and create that happier dog we’re looking for!

What you get:

  • An initial 60 minute consultation get you help ASAP
  • 4-7 hours of additional hours of support  for the duration of your package, depending on your dog’s needs, triggers, and our recommendation
  • A hybrid format of virtual support and in-person sessions to maximize your support hours and your success
  • In most cases, we’ll work the dog for you at the beginning of your program until you’re feeling ready to take over
  • Step-by-step homework and video review, as necessary
  • A training plan that makes sense, is humane and effective, fits with your lifestyle and that you’ll feel comfortable and confident doing (our job is to decrease your stress, not throw you into the lion’s den!)
  • Written materials in PDF format for easy printing and tracking

Training Format: 

This program is typically a combination of virtual sessions and in-person training. Nervous about virtual training? Click here to learn more. Here’s an overview of our training format for this program:

Initial Consultation. We’ll hold our initial consultation, which is 60-75 minutes, via Zoom to get you started ASAP. During this time, we’ll make a training plan, and do a background assessment, and plan the rest of our training structure.

You’ll also get written materials to review before our next session, and a recording of our session for your records.

Session #2. For our second session, we’ll meet in person to get to know your dog a little better and assess how they react to new situations and stimuli.

Core Training Sessions & Weekly Check-Ins. From there, we’ll work with you and your dog in a way that provides optimal success and progress. This usually means that we will work with your dog for the bulk of each session and narrate what we’re doing, and then hand over the leash so you can practice and feel confident.

We’ll want to meet with you in some way, shape or form once per week for the duration of your program. Sometimes it makes more sense to meet twice per week, depending on scheduling and other factors. We’ll solidify a schedule at our first session.

We’ll also space things out towards the end of the program to maximize our time together.

 

*Deposits are nonrefundable. In rare cases where we decide the program isn’t a good fit for your dog, we’ll either recommend another service and apply your payment towards that, or refund your deposit minus the $150 initial consultation fee at our discretion.

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Calm, Controlled Dog Program

$595

WHAT
So many dogs struggle with being barky, overwhelmed, nervous and “reactive” towards other dogs when on a leash. So, we made a class just for them (and for you)! You’re not alone. We’ve developed this comprehensive program to get you the most effective help with this common issue.

Combining strategies we’ve honed over more than a decade of training, we use conditioning, management, training games and strategies to help your dog calm down and relax. We’ll use a combination of private sessions and group classes – both with and without your dog – throughout this program.  We’ll help them learn to “turn it off” and relax, and to channel that behavior into things more helpful and productive. And, let’s face it – less likely to drive you crazy! It’s a win-win.

WHO
Dogs who are a good fit for this program
are ones that are anxious, uncomfortable, shut down, easily distracted, easily aroused, impulse-control-lacking, 0ver-excited and/or over-stimulated.

Dogs who are NOT a good fit for this program are ones that are significantly fearful of people or generally really anxious. It’s also not a good fit for dogs who are fighting with other dogs off-leash or in the household, or dogs who have a bite history. Contact us if you’re not sure this is the right program for you.

WHAT
1. An Initial consultation, 60 minutes (usually via Zoom)
2. Three 30 minute in-person private sessions to work on foundational skills with your dog
3. Two 30 minute in-person group sessions for pattern game and behavior building with our dogs (you won’t bring yours to these sessions)
4. Five 30 minute in-person group sessions with your dog
You’ll also get online content and a group support forum in conjunction with class.

WHEN & WHERE
Tuesday mornings and Wednesday evenings in Tumwater, Washington.

Separation Anxiety Support Program | Initial Consultation & Assessment + Weekly Group Meetings & Homework Review + Facebook Support Group (PRE-APPROVAL IS REQUIRED FOR THIS PACKAGE)

$300 initial payment for first month
$150 per month after that

We’ve developed this new program to try and reach more people whose dogs are suffering from Separation Anxiety. Our goal is to make it more affordable, with the goal that you can ultimately work on your own once you’ve had a few months under your belt.

What is Separation Anxiety, you ask? It’s when a dog is fearful of being left alone, and it causes extreme distress in some dogs. It can result in behaviors like excessive barking or howling, destructiveness, self-harm, pacing, excessive drooling or panting, and inappropriate elimination. Not only is the condition stressful for the dog, it’s stressful for their humans as well. If your pup has separation anxiety and you’re feeling at the end of your rope, take a deep breath. We can help you with separation anxiety training!

Emma Holly, one of Happy Dog Institute’s founders, is a Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer (CSAT). She was trained by the best: Malena DeMartini, the world’s foremost authority on treating and resolving Separation Anxiety via her Separation Anxiety Certification Program. Plus, Emma has a whole team of CSAT colleagues behind her who meet twice a week to discuss current cases and problem solve. When you work with Emma, you don’t have just one support group – you also have a trainer with a support group!

What you get:

  • A initial 60 minute consultation get you help ASAP
  • A separation anxiety assessment and custom-written homework based on that
  • A 60 minute weekly Zoom meeting with fellow clients in your program
  • A convenient virtual-only structure that allows us to see our progress in realtime
  • A shared homework document that allows us to track progress as you move through the program

Training Format: 

This program is exclusively virtual, utilizing Zoom and other components. We also rely on technology for video review and watching dogs during absences. Nervous about virtual training? Click here to learn more. Here’s an overview of our training format for this program:

Initial Consultation. We’ll hold our initial consultation, which is 60-75 minutes, via Zoom to get you started ASAP. During this time, we’ll make a training plan, and do a background assessment, and plan the rest of our training structure. We’ll also do a separation anxiety assessment at this point, and Emma will write you you first homework assignment before you join the weekly group Zoom meetings.

Weekly Meetings. We’ll meet for 60 minutes each week to discuss successes, potential setbacks and homework from the previous week. We’ll also use this as a time to review our training plan and address any questions that come up. It will be a great time to share any recorded video to assess body language and anxiety clients wish to share.

Facebook Group. If you’re on Facebook, you’ll be able to join a support group that you can check-in with during the week with questions, concerns and to celebrate successes.

Time Commitment. We ask that you make an initial four-week commitment to the program, but we prefer that you stay for longer. Separation Anxiety work can be very rewarding, but it’s also slow and steady work. We ask that you only commit to the program if you are willing to give it 1,000%. Expect to spend 20-30 minutes on your homework 5-6 days per week (5 days is the minimum, 6 is the maximum). You’ll also need to spend additional time writing and reviewing your homework daily, and meeting with your support group each week.

Billing. The initial consultation and setup fee, plus the first month’s program fee, is due right away to get you in our schedule. After that, the program is auto-billed monthly as a subscription service.

Kick Starter Package | Initial Consultation + Custom Support Amount

From $360

If you’re not sure what package to choose, or none of the ones we have resonate with you or sound like they quite fit, this is the package we’ll recommend starting with. The amount of support included in this package varies based on what we’d recommend. Topics can include:

  • Unwanted pesky behavior in the household
  • Help with one or two basic manners
  • House training support
  • Overcoming some confidence issues for dogs under five months old
  • Improving your dog’s recall (Fido, come!)
  • Planning to incorporate a new dog or puppy into the household
  • And more!

If this package sounds like it’s up your alley, contact us to discuss it.

What you get:

  • An initial 60 minute consultation get you help ASAP
  • A customized amount of support  for the duration of your package based on your needs and your budget
  • A hybrid format of virtual support and in-person sessions (depending on the topic) to maximize your support hours and your success
  • Step-by-step homework and video review, as necessary
  • A training plan that makes sense, is humane and effective and fits with your lifestyle
  • Written materials in PDF format for easy printing and tracking

Training Format: 

This program is typically a combination of virtual sessions and in-person training. Nervous about virtual training? Click here to learn more. Here’s an overview of our training format for this program:

Initial Consultation. We’ll hold our initial consultation, which is 60 minutes, via Zoom to get you started ASAP. During this time, we’ll make a training plan, and do a background assessment, and plan the rest of our training structure. You’ll also get written materials to review before our next session, and a recording of our session for your records.

Your Remaining Hours: Core Training Sessions & Follow-ups. From there, we’ll work with you a in a way that provides optimal success and progress. We will often split your time into smaller intervals so maximize the support you get, depending on how things are progressing.