Do you dread taking your dog for walks or out in public? Maybe they bark their heads off when they see another dog, or the minute you walk out the door they are doing back flips on the leash and dragging you along behind them. Perhaps you are worried about what would happen if they encountered a distraction and you’re at your wits end. We’re here for you!

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

With these 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.

Please note that we do not use force or aversion methods, and – while very effective with diligent practice and homework completion – our work together will not be a quick or overnight fix. Please carefully read through our website before committing to a program with us.

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Chaotic Canine: Embracing Big Feelings in Dogs | In-Person Orientation + Six Weeks of Class

$375

WHO
Reactive, barky, over-aroused dogs over six months old. Read the entire description below if this sounds like your dog, but taking a class is worrisome to you. We get it!

Younger dogs should join our Puppy Primer or Puppy Life Skills Class.

WHEN
Sunday afternoons. Click here to see the schedule.

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

WHAT
This compassionate class equips pet owners with effective techniques to handle intense emotions like anxiety, excitement, and fear in their dogs, promoting a balanced emotional state and a harmonious household. Discover strategies to navigate unique challenges and foster a calmer atmosphere.

This class is a precursor to our Focus & Control for Teens or Foundation Skills for Adults class, specifically geared for these excitable dogs, and distracted dogs. We will focus on skills to help these dogs be successful by channeling this energy for good with impulse games, building focus, and confidence. This class is designed to promote confidence, teamwork and problem solving skills to help you and you be more successful out and about with your pup, and have a stronger bond to move forward.

**Does taking your reactive dog to a group class with other dogs sound terrifying or overwhelming to you? Not to worry, you’re not alone! That’s why we’ve designed this program as a small, semi-private class with four dogs and two instructors. What’s more, your dogs will have a lot of foundation work and will work at their own pace so when it’s time to see another dog, they’ll be ready. We use cars, barriers, visual blocks and distance to ensure they are successful and not explosive. We want everybody to feel comfortable and successful in this class!**

OTHER DETAILS
This first class will be HUMANS ONLY and 45 minutes long, so please leave your dog at home.  You will bring your dogs to the remaining six classes (one 45 minute session followed five 60 minute sessions). These classes will include implementing some simple skills and rotating the dogs into the building so they have a short time to acclimate to the space without others present.

This 7-week class has a fixed start and end date.  In this class, we will build upon the skills learned the prior week.  There may be occasional skip week(s) due to holidays, or special events – outlined in the schedule.

Dogs with severe generalized anxiety, fear of humans and/or a bite history are not appropriate for this this program. If your dog fits the bill, check out our Fear, Aggression & Anxiety package. This is also not a good fit for dogs who have issues with livestock or those who need help working through separation anxiety issues.

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Chaotic Canine One-on-One Private Package | Initial Consultation + Four Hours of Private Sessions in 30-Minute Increments

$645

WHO
Dogs over six months old who with humans who prefer a private setting to a group class.

WHEN
Schedule varies, contact us for details.

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

WHAT
This package is the private version of our Chaotic Canine class, if a class sounds too overwhelming or the schedule doesn’t work for you, or if you just want some one-on-one support. The support and goals we’ll work on will be roughly based on the class Chaotic Canine curriculum and customized to your goals. See the class description to the left for more details on goals.

Please note that this program will include some field trip sessions, most likely, since you won’t be working in a group setting.

OTHER DETAILS
Dogs with severe generalized anxiety, fear of humans and/or a bite history are not appropriate for this this program. If your dog fits the bill, check out our Fear, Aggression & Anxiety package. This is also not a good fit for dogs who have issues with livestock or those who need help working through separation anxiety issues.