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In October 2014, Happy Training! LLC was featured on an episode of KTWU's Sunflower Journeys program. The whole episode is good, but the Happy Training! part starts at about 18:40 into the show...

 

 
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What We Do
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My dog IS my homework!Happy Training! LLC offers classes and private, in-home training for dog owners who want individualized, one-on-one help in training their dog. Our goal is to provide dog owners with help and information that

  • Employs very positive, motivational training techniques
  • Is professional in presentation and provides state-of-the-art training information
  • Is people- and dog-friendly
  • Helps students avoid behavior problems while developing good relationships with their dogs.

Following is a short description of the services we offer:

Private, in-home training. Many people prefer to work on the basics in the privacy of their homes, with instruction tailored to their dogs' specific issues. We come to your home for an initial 2-3 hour session, with follow-up sessions scheduled as needed. Please see the private in-home training page for more details.

Puppy classes. We're currently offering six-week puppy classes at Topeka Veterinary Hospital, SW 21st and Stutley Road in Topeka. The class is $120 per pup, and includes a copy of our comprehensive puppy manual, Happy Training for Happy Puppies (and Their People). For more information, please contact us at 785.271.7222, or by email at questions@happytraining.info. Class size is limited to four puppies, so call today!


 

" I loved this class so much I have handed out your contact info to all my neighbors with puppies. My puppy is so much happier and friendlier! Thank you for everything!!"

--Puppy class student


Seminars. We've presented dog training and behavior seminars, demonstrations, and other educational presentations in association with the Helping Hands Humane Society, Topeka-Shawnee County Public Library, and Topeka Parks & Recreation. We can supply speakers for your lunchtime club meeting or other event. If you have a topic you think would make a good seminar, please let us know. Here are the ones we've done most recently:

--“H.E.L.P! How to Educate those continuously Learning Puppies and pooches"

--"Avoiding Pet Peeves with Your Pooch: Setting Your Dog Up for Success"

--"Canine As a Second Language: Communicating with Your Dog"

--"Dogs Just Gotta Have Fun! Games, Tricks, and Training to Enrich Your Dog's Life"

--"Training a Really Reliable Recall”

--“Clicker Training: From Dolphins To Dogs”

--“Walking On a Loose Leash: Let the Heeling Begin!”

Here are some of the comments we've received from previous seminar participants:

"Fabulous!"

"Learned a lot, thank you!"

"I found today's session quite informative, and I'm looking forward to the next one."

"Excellent! Thank you for this great opportunity to learn how to be a better doggie 'parent.'"

"Nice job...very well organized, good visuals, nice doggie examples. Thank you very much."

About Us
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Perrin Riggs CPDT and Rick Riggs CPDT started Happy Training! dog training in 1996 to offer private in-home training, group classes, and public education seminars to dog owners in the Topeka area. We've taught classes for the Kansas Department of Corrections' Topeka Correctional Facility (in the early days of the Helping Hands Humane Society's Blue Ribbon Dog program), and for the Topeka Kennel Club. In addition, we've worked with more than 700 private clients in Topeka and northeast Kansas, providing in-home dog training and behavior counseling. Finally, for many years we've been active in competitive dog obedience and in Prairieland Visiting Animals Association, a local group involved with animal-assisted visitation activities in nursing homes, hospitals, and other area care facilities.

We are Certified Pet Dog Trainers (CPDT) through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. We both hold psychology degrees, and we regularly attend professional dog trainers' conferences and other professional-education activities to keep our skills sharp and our methods current.