ABOUT

WELCOME!

Welcome! We are so glad you found our dog training website. We’d like to take a moment to introduce ourselves and our dog training services to you. You’ll find that our services include not only puppy development for young pups, but customized training programs for dogs of any age to help enrich their life and build a better relationship with the whole family built on mutual trust and respect.

Kate and Mike moved to the Detroit area from Rochester, New York in 2009 to purchase another local dog business. One of the services that were offered at this company they purchased was obedience. The type of training and the tools that were used to communicate effectively with dogs were all new to Kate & Mike, but they soon learned they had the most amazing obedience trainers in the state of Michigan! At the time, all of the obedience training they did were private lessons in people’s homes.

“Now that we’ve opened Happy Tails Learning Center for Dogs, we are able to expand our services to allow people to come to us, as well as train in their homes. We now offer puppy preschool, one-on-one private lessons and resident training programs where people can leave their dogs with us for training and then we train the owners to maintain their brand new, well-behaved dog!”

While Happy Tails Learning Center opened in February 2012, the concepts of Happy Tails are not new to the team. The trainers have been successfully changing lives through obedience training since 2004.

Every year, more than 10 million dogs are lost or surrendered to animal shelters due to behavior problems. It is our mission at Happy Tails to give owners and their dogs all the tools necessary to have a happy, well-mannered dog, all the time… Guaranteed! We look forward to changing your life!

MEET OUR TEAM

Kate

Owner & Certified Obedience Trainer

Kate is the owner of Happy Tails Learning Center for Dogs.  She was born in Michigan and her family moved to Syracuse, New York when she was 8 years old.  In New York, she was the known dog-sitter in the neighborhood.  Little did she know that the rest of her life, she’d be taking care of dogs!

Chris

Certified Obedience Trainer

Chris has always had a lot of passions in his life but never really knew where he’d end up. One thing he’s always loved was animals.  Chris was the kid always bringing home stray dogs whenever he found them running loose.

AMANDA

CERTIFIED OBEDIENCE TRAINER

Amanda met Kate, the owner of Happy Tails, when she worked at a local doggy daycare center where Kate enrolled her dog in swim lessons.  Amanda was her instructor!  Kate LOVED how Amanda interacted with her dog and in 2015 hired Amanda as a Kennel Assistant at Happy Tails. 

LAUREN

CERTIFIED OBEDIENCE TRAINER

Lauren came to Happy Tails in 2015 with a large problem in a 16 lb package.  Riley, her newly rescued dog, came with reactivity towards anything that moved, and fear aggression issues.  She started with private lessons at Happy Tails and moved into a residency with Riley.

HEATHER

CERTIFIED OBEDIENCE TRAINER

Heather started at Happy Tails in March 2018 as a full-time Kennel Assistant. She instantly became an integral part of the team. Her previous experience with dogs includes volunteering in a rescue, fostering them in her home and then adopting as well.

BREAGH

CERTIFIED OBEDIENCE TRAINER

Breagh started at Happy Tails in January 2019 as a full-time trainer.  Breagh graduated from Michigan State in 2016 with a B.S. in Zoology and concentration in Zoo and Aquarium.

AMY

CERTIFIED OBEDIENCE TRAINER

Amy started at Happy Tails as a client in puppy preschool in 2017. Following that class she decided to take her love of dogs and interest in dog training and enroll at National K9 School for Dog Trainers. She graduated in May of 2017. She started as a trainer in January of 2019 and is happy to be a part of the Happy Tails Team! She brings cheerfulness, compassion, and empathy to everyone she interacts with.

AMANDA D.

CERTIFIED OBEDIENCE TRAINER

Amanda is a fun, friendly girl who grew up on a farm in Davisburg, MI. Having grown up with multiple animals and riding horses competitively, she has been in the animal world for the majority of her life; even working at the Hazel Park Thoroughbred Racetrack! She has been interested in, and working toward, becoming a dog trainer since her first job at a doggy daycare when she was 18.

Brenden

Assistant Trainer

KAREN

Client Service Coordinator & Office Manager

Karen was the very first person ever hired at Happy Tails in 2010!  She was hired as a Client Service Coordinator and then earned her position as our Office Manager. 

Terri

Client Service Coordinator

Terri Joined the Happy Tails team in 2014. She spent the previous seven years working with animals at Marysville Veterinary Clinic. She has had rescue dogs most of her life!

AMY

KENNEL SUPERVISOR

DANIELLE

Kennel Assistant

Caitlyn

Kennal Assistant

Michala

Kennal Assistant

KATE

KENNEL ASSISTANT

KRISTIN

KENNEL ASSISTANT

TAYLOR

KENNEL ASSISTANT

JASON

KENNEL ASSISTANT

OUR MISSION & TRAINING PHILOSOPHY

THE HAPPY TAILS SOUL PREMISE IS TO PROVIDE CUSTOMIZED TRAINING PROGRAMS THAT COMBINE UNPARALLELED SERVICE, KNOWLEDGE AND EDUCATION TO BUILD MUTUAL TRUST AND RESPECT BETWEEN OWNERS AND THEIR DOGS.

Our mission at Happy Tails is to help owners become strong leaders for their dogs. Our goal to to help people open the lines of communication between family members and their dogs so they can effectively communicate what is acceptable and unacceptable behavior. With the ability to communicate with your dog, you can manage and control them in any situation. Our training philosophy combines a balance of praise, motivation and fair & effective correction. This balanced scale of training adjusts throughout each individual program and is designed to build mutual trust and respect between you and your dog. We don’t use treats for training because we believe that a dog should work for YOU, your praise and your affection, not a piece of food. We are not against giving treats to dogs (we love to give our dogs treats), we just don’t use them to teach. We incorporate communication techniques that are most natural and effective to dogs so we are speaking their language.

Call 586.580.3684 to schedule your consultation or fill out the request form below

WE ARE OPEN FOR TRAINING!  WE ARE CURRENTLY OPERATING ON A WAITLIST FOR RESIDENT TRAINING PROGRAMS (next available opening is 12/28) SO IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN TRAINING, DON’T WAIT TO SCHEDULE YOUR CONSULTATION! 

WE ARE CURRENTLY OFFERING VIRTUAL CONSULTATIONS FOR FORMAL OBEDIENCE.  

OUR PUPPY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM OFFERS BOTH VIRTUAL AND IN-PERSON OPTIONS.

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