HappyTails University

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Welcome to HappyTails University!

At HappyTails we believe that positive, reward-based training techniques are vital for the development of a loving, trusting bond with your pup that will last a lifetime! Whether you are a new dog owner or a trainer yourself, our courses will help you gain a better understanding of how your dog perceives our world and how best to communicate with your pup. What's more, you will acquire solid training techniques that are FUN, EFFECTIVE, AND EASY TO INCORPORATE into your daily lives.

Our Chief Canine Training Officer, Alison Schaefer, has trained thousands of humans and their dogs throughout the USA over the last decade, and earned the respect and admiration of her customers and colleagues alike!

Ultimately, our cherished goal is set you and your pup up for SUCCESS and a lifetime filled with very HappyTails! Let's begin your wagtastic training adventure right now! Happy Training!

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Dog Training Fundamentals 101


Are you curious about how to get your dog to focus more on you around distractions? Or how to even teach them different behaviors? Training is all about building a relationship with your dog and that should be FUN for both of you! In this course, you will practice different training techniques including luring, capturing, and shaping. Along with learning how to mark behaviors and use a clicker to speed up your training process. You’ll build a positive communication system with your dog using visual and verbal cues. Additionally, you will learn how to teach your pup to perform key foundational behaviors including Focus, Sit, Down, and Wait. Happy Training!


As a bonus, you will receive a free bag of our delicious Jazzy Jerky treats, a clicker, and a HappyTails bandana (currently available in the USA only.)

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Dog Training Fundamentals 201


Are you ready to take the bond with your dog to the next level? In this course, we will tackle some of the most important but often challenging behaviors to teach including loose leash walking, coming when called, stay, and leave it. You’ll learn how to mark behaviors and practice reward-based training techniques including luring, capturing, and shaping to teach your dog visual and verbal cues. Step by step, you will build up these behaviors adding in duration, distance, and distractions. This course is perfect for building more confidence in both you and your dog. Happy Training!


As a bonus, you will receive a free bag of our delicious Jazzy Jerky treats, a clicker, and a HappyTails bandana (currently available in the USA only.)

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Alison Schaefer, Certified Dog Trainer

Alison Schaefer, CPDT-KA, ABCDT is a professional dog trainer certified through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) and Animal Behavior College (ABC). She graduated with a BA in Integrative Biology from The State University of New York College at Buffalo and served as a Dog Trainer Mentor for Animal Behavior College. Alison is an AKC Canine Good Citizen & Trick Dog Evaluator and a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT). Alison offers in-person dog training through her business Progress 4 Paws. Specializing in connecting dogs and people and creating a positive and lasting relationship, by utilizing the most effective science and reward-based training solutions.

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Alison is the BEST DOG TRAINER
in the USA!

Alison Schaefer came into my life when my new pups, Ace & Rylee, were growing out of puppyhood and moving into their teen years. From the moment I met Alison, I knew she was head and shoulders above the rest. She brings her unique combination of positivity, structure, and patience to every moment of training and relationship building. I was so impressed with Alison that when I launched HappyTails Canine Wellness, I reached out to her and asked her to be our Chief Canine Training Officer. We are now building an entire program around Alison's positive, reward-based training techniques called HappyTails University, and will be offering classes in over 15 countries this summer, including the USA!

~ Athena Boulgarides
The Founder & President of the HappyTails Canine Wellness


Alison is truly one of a kind!

"Alison is truly one of a kind! She is the best dog trainer I’ve ever known. She is extremely passionate and knowledgeable, and truly understands how to motivate dogs and modify behavior through patience, consistency, thoughtfulness, and respect. My large puppy was stubborn, independent, and a very selective listener. At 85 pounds, he was destroying the house and pulling on the leash, making walks miserable. Nearly at my wit’s end, Alison’s positive, experienced and supportive approach taught me how to transform my destructive puppy into a much happier dog. Alison’s upbeat approach to training, coupled with tried and true techniques proved that positive reinforcement and activities where my dog was learning in a fun and engaging manner, were extremely effective. I just can’t say “thank you” enough!"

~ Robin

I can't recommend Alison enough!

"We are so lucky we found Alison! My boyfriend and I adopted a German Shepherd, Missie, who had been through a lot of trauma and abuse. Because of this, she was a very anxious dog. When we got her, she was on tranquilizer at night so she didn’t harm herself. Once Missie got comfortable with us she started being reactive to dogs. Thankfully we found Alison! Allison taught us ways we can be better for Missie and how to handle and control her anxiety. We were able to do group classes with other dogs and even have Alison bring Missie to her house to socialize with her dogs. Missie now is a confident happy dog, yes she still has anxiety, but we are able to control it and work with it. I can not recommend Alison enough. Not only do we love her, but Missie does too! One of Missie’s favorite things was her weekly walks with Alison."

~ Lea

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