We care about you and your pet.
In an unregulated industry, anyone can call themselves a trainer without having any formal education or certification. Therefore, you shouldn’t trust just anyone.
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We want to provide you and your pet with the most up-to-date, scientifically proven, force-free training methods. That is why we chose to become certified through The Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training & Behavior thus becoming a Certified Training Partner. The Karen Pryor Academy is highly regarded in the training industry. It is a rigorous certification program based on scientifically proven, positive training techniques. KPA requires members to pledge to use force-free methods and maintain continuing education.
As our name says, we want you to have a Happy Home with your dog. We accomplish this through force free, scientifically proven methods that are safe for all members of the family. Positive training allows you to build a bond with your dog. We want your dog to trust you and want to be with you.
We will use:
- Food rewards
- Environmental rewards
We don’t want your dog to be afraid of or intimidated by you thus we don’t use punishment or dominance to train. They are not necessary. Why?
- They are outdated methods that science has shown can create unwanted behavior issues or make current ones worse especially aggression.
- Science also tells us that pain and fear inhibit learning.
- It also breaks the bond you have with your dog and causes distrust.
We won’t use:
- Pinch, choke, shock, or citronella collars
- Leash correction- popping the leash
- Water spray bottles
- Alpha rolls i.e. rolling your dog on its back
- Scary noises- penny cans, throwing chains, air horns
- Intimidation- staring, growling, weird noises to scare your dog
- No pinching, kicking, poking, smacking of your dog
Most owners have tried at least one method in the past and that’s ok. We will show you why you don’t need to use them.
See what the American Veterinary Society of Animal behavior says about dominance & punishment.
Happy Homes is a Proud member of Project trade, an international advocacy program that promotes the use of force-free pet training equipment by asking pet guardians to swap choke, prong and shock collars (and any other devices that are designed to change behavior through pain or fear).
How Would You Like to Trade Your Old Dog Training Equipment for Great Discounts?
We want to swap great discounts on our most popular services FOR your choke, prong or shock collars or any other qualifying pet gear. By participating in “Project tRade” you can earn up to 10% off our most popular services simply by giving us old pet gear* you have laying around. It couldn’t be easier!
What is “Project tRade”?
Project tRade is the Pet Professional Guild's (PPG) international advocacy program that promotes the use of force-free pet training equipment by asking pet guardians to swap choke, prong and shock collars (and any other devices that are designed to change behavior through pain or fear). Because we want all pets and their guardians to experience the huge advantages and long-lasting effectiveness of force-free training and pet care, we will give you great discounts on our most popular, effective, fun and pain-free training and pet care services in exchange for your old gear.
Effective, humane animal training and pet care methods are the foundation of any animal’s healthy socialization and training and help prevent behavior problems. Since a wide variety of equipment and tools are commonly used when training pets, the pet-owning public needs to be aware of the potential problems and dangers some equipment may pose. Specifically, the use of collars and leads that are intended to apply constriction, pressure, pain or force around a dog’s neck (such as ‘choke chains’ and ‘prong collars’) should be avoided. Distinguished veterinarians and behaviorists worldwide are joining the discussion and calling for the elimination of such devices from the training efforts of both pet owners and professionals.
What Do the Experts Say?
Respected veterinarian and thyroid expert, Dr. Jean Dodds, recommends against choke or prong collars “as they can easily injure the delicate butterfly-shaped thyroid gland thatsits just below the larynx and in front of the trachea. These collars can also injure the salivary glands and salivary lymph nodes on the side of the face underneath both ears.”
Bestselling author and canine behaviorist, Jean Donaldson, says: "These devices (choke and prong collars), when they work, do so to the degree that they hurt. With the advent of modern methods and tools they are irrelevant.”
According to veterinarian and veterinary behaviorist Dr. Soraya V. Juarbe-Diaz: "Using punishment to stop behaviors is not new. Notice I say ‘stop’ rather than ‘teach’ -- I can stop any behavior, but I am more interested in teaching my students, animal or human, to choose the behavior I want them to perform because they can trust me, because I do not hurt them and they are safe with me, and because the outcome is something they enjoy.”
PPG thus encourages all pet owners and pet professionals to embrace modern, scientifically based, training techniques and tools, especially the latest generation of no-pull harnesses which are free of the risks posed by traditional collars and offer far more benefits. So swap your gear and help create a kinder world for you and your pet!
To learn more just visit PetProfessionalGuild.com.
*qualifying pet gear = prong collars, shock collars, pinch collars, choke chains, citronella collars and the like.
- Choke collars 10%
- Prong collars 10%
- Shock collars 10%
- Scat Mats 5%
- Bark Collars 5%
- Boundary Fencing 10%