Please note that, due to our instructors’ sheer volume of exposure during classes, close proximity and variable health status, we are still requiring masking in our classes. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding!

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Success at the Vet! Workshop Series

We are so excited about our new “Success at the Vet!” Workshop Series! It’s designed to help dogs (and you!) have the best possible experience during vet appointments, grooming and other husbandry tasks.

We all know the saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”, which is so true in this context. However, there’s also the saying “hindsight is 20/20”! Which saying resonates the most for you here?

Whichever camp you fall in – whether your dog is having a really hard time handling vet visits or common grooming tasks, or you’re looking to prevent issues from cropping up by starting off on the right foot, these workshops are for you!

Nailed It! Nail Trimming Workshop – Bring Home a Scratch Board!
Two Hours

$95 for Gold* Level (see chart above for virtual option pricing and select your level when you register)

*Working dog slots (Gold level) are for human- and dog-friendly dogs who can tolerate handling by strangers. They should have no bite history. If your dog struggles with any of these things (which is common and why we are offering this workshop!), please choose the Silver or Bronze option and attend virtually. If you have questions about which option to choose, don’t hesitate to contact us.

WHO
You and your dog! As long as your dog will do okay in a classroom setting, you’re welcome to join. If they are not a good fit for a classroom, then check out our Silver & Bronze options!

WHEN
Saturday, December 17th, 2022 from 1-3pm. Click here for the schedule and to register.

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

WHAT
In this workshop, you’ll have the opportunity to work on nail trimming and desensitization with clippers or a dremmel – and go home with your very own scratch board! There will also be lots of opportunity for Q&A and everybody will get some brain/working breaks throughout the session.

Be prepared to bring a hungry dog, LOTS of high-value treats and other gear. Please note that we do not allow pronged collars or choke chains in our classes.

PREREQUISITE
None

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Success at the Vet Part 1: Preparing for Your Vet Visit Workshop | HUMANS ONLY
Two Hours

$95 for Gold* Level (see chart above for virtual option pricing and select your level when you register)

*Note: The “Gold Level” working slot for this workshop that is HUMANS ONLY. Leave the workshop with a plan to make your vet visits less stressful, then attend Part 2 with your dog to further your skills.

WHO
You, without your pup in tow so we can make a vet visit plan!

WHEN
Saturday, January 14th, 2023 from 1-3pm. Click here for the schedule and to register.

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

WHAT
In this workshop, you’ll learn how to reduce stress and set your dog up to have a positive experience at the veterinary office, or other places where handling and examinations are required. We will cover reducing stress, practicing beforehand, bite prevention, handling strategies and more! You’ll go home with written materials and an action plan. If your dog needs support using a muzzle, we’ll help with that process as well.

There will also be lots of opportunity for Q&A and everybody will get some brain/working breaks throughout the session.

Be prepared to bring a hungry dog, LOTS of high-value treats and other gear. Please note that we do not allow pronged collars or choke chains in our classes. If attending live, your dog will have lots of “down time” for this workshop as we are doing a lot of planning, so be prepared to keep them busy. Bringing a human buddy with you to help is a good idea!

What you get:

  • Learn about body langauge, stressors and how to reduce them during your veterinary visits
  • Learn about common pitfalls when attending veterinary appointments and how to avoid them
  • Leave the workshop with an action plan to make future visits more successful and less stressful
  • Get live feedback and support from a practicing veterinarian AND a behavior consultant during this workshop!
  • Practice some common husbandry, veterinary tasks and handling practices that can greatly reduce the stress for your dog at their future appointment
  • Plan to attend our “Skills You Didn’t Know You Needed” after this workshop for a full comprehensive implementation of your plan and skills

PREREQUISITE
None

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Success at the Vet Part 2: Skills You Didn’t Know You Needed Workshop
Two Hours

$95 for Gold* Level (see chart above for virtual option pricing and select your level when you register)

*Working dog slots (Gold level) are for human- and dog-friendly dogs who can tolerate handling by strangers. They should have no bite history. If your dog struggles with any of these things (which is common and why we are offering this workshop!), please choose the Silver or Bronze option and attend virtually. If you have questions about which option to choose, don’t hesitate to contact us.

WHO
You and your dog! As long as your dog will do okay in a classroom setting, you’re welcome to join. If they are not a good fit for a classroom, then check out our Silver & Bronze options!

WHEN
Saturday, February 11th, 2023 from 1-3pm. Click here for the schedule and to register.

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

WHAT
This workshop is about thoughtfully crafting games to help build trust with necessary aspects of restraining our dogs. Whether it’s tethering for safety, picking our dogs up, or adding pressure so we can get basic grooming needs met, there are just some situations we find we need to restrain our dogs for.

We will cover topics such as proper body restraint for blood draws, paw holding for nail trims, and muzzle foundations to help keep everyone safe, also understanding when to push and when to step back.

There will also be lots of opportunity for Q&A and everybody will get some brain/working breaks throughout the session.

Be prepared to bring a hungry dog, LOTS of high-value treats and other gear. Please note that we do not allow pronged collars or choke chains in our classes.

PREREQUISITE
None, but we recommend attending our Preparing for Your Vet Visit Workshop first!

Other Fun Workshops

Throughout the year, we’ll be offering some workshops to help you brush up on skills, have fun or try out a new activity. We will keep this page updated as much as possible, and hope you’ll join us either in-person or virtually!

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Get Down! Tools for Polite Greetings Workshop
Two Hours

$95 for Gold Level (see chart above for virtual option pricing and select your level when you register)

WHO
You and your dog! As long as your dog will do okay in a classroom setting, you’re welcome to join. If they are not a good fit for a classroom, then check out our Silver & Bronze options!

WHEN
Saturday, November 12th, 2022 from 1-3pm. Click here for the schedule and to register.

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

WHAT
Need help teaching your dog how to greet people in a more human-appropriate way? Come practice some skills at our workshop in preparation for having guests over this holiday season! We’ll work on how to teach your dog polite greetings, how to redirect them, manage them when they’re over-stimulated – you name it! There will also be lots of opportunity for Q&A and everybody will get some brain/working breaks throughout the session.

Be prepared to bring a hungry dog, LOTS of high-value treats and other gear. Please note that we do not allow pronged collars or choke chains in our classes.

PREREQUISITE
None

Tricks for Treats Workshop, 1.5 Hours
Beginning & Advanced
Earn an optional AKC Novice Trick Dog™ Title
$85

WHO
You! As long as your dog will do okay in a classroom setting, you’re welcome to join.
The prerequisite for the Advanced Tricks for Treats workshop is our Beginning Tricks for Treats Workshop

WHEN
Varies – click here for the schedule and to register.

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

WHAT
Have some fun with Heather and Paul of Happy Dog Institute, and (optionally) earn your AKC Novice Trick Dog™ Title in the process!

You’ll work through tricks like Fetch It, Find It, Get in a Box, Sit in a Box, hand signals, platform work, Paws Up and more. If you are working towards the Do More With Your Dog!™ (DMWYD) certification, you’ll need to videotape your dog’s tricks during this workshop, and bring a helper to do the recording.

**If you’ve already taken the first Tricks for Treats Workshop, then go ahead and enroll in our Advanced Tricks for Treats Workshop!

Canine Good Citizen™ (CGC) Testing Day
$35

WHO
If you’ve been preparing for your CGC Title, then come on down! You’ll need to be registered with the AKC to complete this and make sure you’ve done plenty of practice before going through the testing process.

WHEN
As needed, appointment required. Contact us for details!

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

WHAT
We are offering a day of AKC Canine Good Citizen™ (CGC) Testing! AKC’s CGC program is a ten-skill training program that’s open to all dogs–purebred and mixed breed. CGC focuses on teaching the basics of good manners and obedience, instilling the values of responsible ownership, and strengthening the bond between you and your dog at home and out in the community. Please note that you will need to register with the AKC.

The workshop will include a 15 minute test. Please be prepared to show up five minutes early to prepare.