We believe in R+ training methods!
Tawnya embraces Positive Reinforcement training because it is effective and it helps your dog learn new behaviors with confidence. Additionally, they learn to trust you as their owner. Rather than traditional training, force-free training methods encourage your dog to offer behaviors without fear of retribution.
Each of our courses use positive reinforcement to encourage the development of desirable skills. We use these methods so that you and your dog have fun learning, because they are kinder, and because they are actually much more effective in teaching positive behaviors and discouraging undesirable behaviors than punitive training methods.
NoseWork gives the dogs an opportunity to use their innate sniffing abilities! This is a fun sport that ANY dog can do. There are two introductory classes, Introduction to NoseWork and Introduction to Odor, both six weeks in length. Both are required before moving on to the Advanced NoseWork class.
Just like the human version of parkour, your dog will work on ways to conquer obstacles too. We will have lots of fun by using nature’s obstacles and everyday objects to learn to climb, balance, and jump. Some basic obedience knowledge is required. With a little adaptation and imagination, all breeds and ages can do this. *In-person class offered yearly in the summer
Puppy & Adult Trans4mation
Let us help you teach your pup great manners all in the comfort of your own home! These online courses use positive reinforcement to encourage the development of desirable skills.
Want a 1:1 experience with training? We offer a minimum of four private lessons (in-person or on Zoom) to work with you on basic obedience training, puppy socialization, K9 NoseWork or helping you start a career in Rally or competitive obedience.
Don't know where to start? Start with a 30 minute, one-time consultation. This is not a training session, it is an opportunity to look at your pup and assess the training needs of your pup. Recommendations will be given for best next step classes and goals.
I’ve been taking my dog to Happy Acres for nosework training for about 3.5 years. I love the small class size. Tawnya works with each of us on our specific goals, whether that is for trials or just to have fun with our dogs. She adjusts classes and comes up with new ideas to make sure each dog is successful. My dog loves coming to class and as soon as we turn onto the road for Happy Acres he gets excited.
Lori K. and Guinness