Private Dog Training
Happy Paws Unleashed is here to help with professional dog training consultations, long-term training packages, shot-term training, and distance-based learning options. Consultations can be conducted in person or online, and are 2-hours in length. Our staff trainer will work with you to develop a comprehensive training plan in real time; practice, coaching, demonstrations, and your customized training plan are all included. It is strongly encouraged that all members of your household be part of the training process.
Training packages are tailored to the challenges you are facing with your dog, as well as their temperament. Training packages include your preliminary consultation with our staff trainer as well as multiple one-on-one training sessions.
Short-term, single-issue, and distance-based learning are by-the-hour services, and will require an in-person consultation prior to beginning training.
One-on-one training walks with our staff trainer allow your dog to work on trouble spots, keep loose leash skills high or work on new skills in a real-world setting. Owners are welcome to observe and/or join the walk. A quick recap of your dog’s progress or trouble areas is reviewed in person or via email/text at the conclusion of each walk.
About Our Trainer
Denise Garner, our On-Staff Trainer, is a Maine native. Born in Brunswick, Denise grew up in Topsham and graduated from Mt Ararat High School in 1992, after which she attended SUNY Oswego for a Biology/Psychology double major. Upon matriculation, Denise began working professionally in the Information Technology (IT) field just outside of Washington, D.C.
During her successful tenure at AOL, Inc. she volunteered for the Humane Society of the United States in Washington, DC. When the dot com bubble burst, Denise left the IT field and traveled, eventually finding herself in San Francisco where she continued volunteering, but this time for the San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SF/SPCA). By 2008 Denise had graduated from the prestigious SF/SPCA Academy for Dog Trainers under the direct tutelage of Jean Donaldson (“The Culture Clash”) and Janis Bradley (“Dogs Bite: But Balloons and Slippers are More Dangerous”). She received her Certificate in Training and Counseling (CTC) and has been working with shelters, grassroots dog businesses and private clients from California to Maine ever since! Denise specializes in anxiety and fear-based behaviors in dogs as well as canine communication (dog-dog and dog-human). Denise is currently working on Themes in Dog-Dog Aggression, Shy Dogs, Fluid Social Structures in Dog Groups, Puppy Development & Social Cues, Play & Learning, Endocrinology & Neurochemistry in Dogs, Touch Therapy for Dogs, and the dynamic impact of positive reinforcement training.
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