FAQ

Make sure all of your questions are answered before or after you come to Happy Acres!

THE BASICS

If you have a puppy start with a puppy class. Our Puppy Manners class offer safe socialization opportunities with other puppies. Otherwise if your dog is six months or older, they can join our Manners 1 class.

Our classes differ based on the number of weeks you attend class.  You can find all of the prices listed here. Unless otherwise noted, classes are $140 for 7 weekly sessions.

All class are 45 to 50 minutes long. We meet weekly for 4, 7 or 10 weeks depending the class you signed up for.

No, the cost holds your spot for all classes. If you can not attend several classes you may want to wait until you can be in attendance for all or most of the classes.

No, not at this time.

Prior to the first class yes. If after the first class has passed then no.

I only offer board and train, not simply boarding itself. You can review the options here.

At this time, I do not offer this service.

You can enroll in a class by going here and filling out your information.

This could be my problem or it could be that the class is full and has been removed from the site.

Either way I will look into this for you. Please contact us here.

DOG BEHAVIOR

Yes! There are several mental and physical games we offer, such as Nose Work or Parkour to help owners and dogs combine their energy levels. Please review those options here.

No, you need to work with a behavior consultant. As much as I would love to have you in class, we need to make sure you are safe, your dog is safe, and the other dogs are safe. Here are two recommendations I frequently make.

Dana Fedman, CPDT-KA, ACDBC — Pupstart: 515-277-8779
Clint Knox — Knox Canine Training: 515-771-4660 or email at knoxcanine@gmail.com

No, I work with all breeds, ages, and personalities! As long as they are not aggressive and you can keep them under control, I’d love to create an environment where we can create success for them.

BOARD AND TRAIN

It depends on what you, the owner does after the dog comes home. Board and Train is like a weight loss program, if you go back to your old habits of eating the weight will come back, the same applies for the dog training. If you stop training your dog, he or she will go back to their old habits.  

*Results will vary based on the dogs age, what their history is and the time and energy their owners are willing to invest to continue their pup’s success.

Basic obedience behaviors such as sit, down, come and walk on a loose leash.

No, because potty training is a matter of maturity for puppies. I do put the pups on a structured schedule for going outside based on their age. You as the owner will have to maintain that time schedule for continued success. There is an additional $35 charge per night for pups that come without potty training.

No, the dogs are worked 3 times a day and walked 6 times a day. In reality, each interaction I have with them is a training opportunity for the dog.

DOG ADVICE + COMMON QUESTIONS

I recommend it for all ages of dogs.  For young puppies that are working on potty training or for older dogs that just need a safe space to retreat to if needed. Crate training is something that you and your dog will use throughout your dog’s entire life whether it is for safety in your car or for an overnight vet visit it is important for your dogs to feel comfortable in a crate.

First, find a veterinarian that you trust.  Having a good relationship with your vet is very important to you and your pup’s success.

Then…. go shopping!

Here is a list of my favorite supplies:

  1. Puppy Food (Bone-a-Patreat is a good place to get puppy food)
  2. Kongs 
  3. Benebones
  4. Bullysticks 
  5. West Paw Toys 
  6. Puppy Pen (48 inch) 
  7. Puppy Pads 
  8. Puppy Pellets
  9. Potty Box 
  10. Kennel 
  11. Lots of Toys — Bone-a-Aatreat also has a lot of toys to choose from.
  12. Freedom No Pull Harness and Leash – Tawnya has these! 
  13. A regular collar with a tag that includes your pup’s name and your phone number.
  14. Treats – You can get these from Bone-a-patreat or here      
  15. Beds & Blankets (until they are older don’t spend to much money on the dog bed so it isn’t a big deal if the dog has an accident or tears up the bed/blankets)
  16. Nail Clippers 
  17. Brush
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