Why Choose Happy Paws For Dog Training?

Unlike a lot of dog trainers and dog obedience training companies, Happy Paws offers the supplemental services you need from dog walking to pet sitting and everything in between. Our Pet PALs are part of your team and will communicate with you and the lead trainer to make sure they are interacting with your dog(s) in a way that is consistent with the training areas you are focusing on.

In Home Dog Training

Our primary goal is to enhance your relationship with your dog by teaching you the tools you need to succeed. Our certified professional dog training occurs in your home. We work with you and your dog(s) on the behaviors you want to address.

Dog training in your home gives you:

  • Personalized one-on-one attention
  • Training where you need it most: in the real world situations where your dog misbehaves
  • Flexible scheduling with daytime, evening, and weekend appointments available.
  • Training plans customized to meet your family’s needs

In-home dog training is particularly beneficial for:

  • Teaching front door maniacs to sit politely to greet visitors
  • Stopping counter surfing, toy stealing, and destructive chewing
  • Teaching high energy dogs to walk politely on-leash in your neighborhood
  • Families with young children who are overwhelmed by the dog

In-Home Day Training

Come Home To a Well-Trained Dog!

Our in-home day training program provides the fastest most convenient path available to a polite well-trained dog. We come to your home to work on dog obedience training, even while you’re at work. Our trainers’ expertise allows to us teach your dog in 3 weeks what more traditional obedience classes cover in 3 months.

Come home to a dog who:

  • Sits and stays politely at the door until released whether you’re coming home from work, paying for pizza delivery, or bringing in groceries
  • Sits politely to greet people without jumping, nipping or other obnoxious behaviors
  • No longer counter surfs or chews up anything but dog toys
  • Walks politely by your side on leash without pulling
  • Lays on his matt or dog bed while you eat dinner or have guests who don’t enjoy dogs
  • Happily sits still for grooming and vet care
  • Reliably responds to commands like sit, down, stay, come, and leave-it.

Day training can also be ideal for addressing serious dog behavior problems like aggression, separation anxiety, and shyness.

How does it work?

We start with an initial in-home consultation to evaluate your dog’s behavior, determine your priorities, and design a custom training plan to meet your needs. We then come to your house a total of 4 times a week. Three of those lessons are to train your dog, but in the fourth lesson we teach you how to maintain the training we’ve done. Training periods vary depending on your dog’s personality and your training goals.

Why is it so fast?

Day training works so quickly because both you and your dog get to learn with a partner who knows what she’s doing. When a novice owner and an untrained dog work together, they tend to confuse each other. In day training, your dog gets to learn from an expert trainer, who can guide him past any mistakes so that he learns very quickly. When it’s your turn to learn the exercises, you get the benefit of working with a dog who already knows what to do. It makes learning faster, easier, and more fun for both of you.
Call today to schedule a preliminary consult. You’ll be amazed by how quickly we can transform your dog’s behavior – all while you’re at work.

Our Process

Solving serious behavior problems like aggression, separation anxiety, and fearfulness requires developing a custom training plan tailored not just to your dog’s problems, but also to your family’s needs. We perform a thorough evaluation of each dog in his home environment and design a plan that works for everyone involved. When you schedule a consult, you can expect:

Step 1) We send you a detailed behavior history form and ask you to complete and return it to us before your appointment.

Step 2) We come to your home or wherever the problem occurs for approximately 90 minutes. We review the dog’s history and perform a systematic evaluation of his behavior. Once we have evaluated your dog we will sit down and explain to you the nature and severity of the problem, the amount of improvement you can expect from behavior modification, and an estimate of the amount of work required to solve the problem. If your dog’s behavior poses a danger to him or to others, we’ll discuss the precautions necessary to keep everyone safe. We will then teach you the first set of training exercises.

Step 3) Within a few days of your appointment, we will send you a detailed custom professional dog training plan laying out precisely how we recommend addressing your dog’s behavior. It includes an explanation of the nature of your dog’s problems, step-by-step training instructions, supplementary handouts on training exercises, a detailed safety plan (if applicable), and your options for follow-up training.

Step 4) We send a written report to your veterinarian, who may follow-up with you if she suspects that medical factors play a role in the behavior problem. If you were not referred to us by your veterinarian, we strongly recommend contacting her about your issue in addition to scheduling a consult with us.

Step 5) We keep in close touch via phone and email to assist you in implementing the training plan.



Meet our Dog Trainers!

Jeff Silverman, CDBC


As the Chairman of the Board of the world’s largest association of animal behavior professionals, the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, Jeff plays a leading role in the dog training profession. He is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant who specializes in aggression, separation anxiety, and behavior issues in shelter and rescue dogs. He has also served on the certification review committee of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants.  You can read Jeff’s work at Dr. Ian Dunbar’s website Dog Star Daily, where he is part of small group of regular contributors that includes Dr Dunbar, Dr. Nicholas Dodman, Roger Abrantes, and other leading dog behavior experts.  He has also been published in the Chronicle of the Dog and profiled in the St. Louis Post Dispatch.  Jeff has lectured to local veterinary associations and a variety of animal welfare organizations and has been featured on WMUB ‘s free advice program.


Jeff’s volunteer work with shelter dogs led him to a career in animal behavior.  After years of volunteering, fostering shy dogs, and studying animal behavior as a hobby, he began teaching classes with an AKC obedience club in 1996.  In 1998, he started his own business in St. Louis, MO specializing in behavior consultations for shy and aggressive dogs as well as consulting for animal shelters on issues like behavioral enrichment programs, behavior help lines, temperament testing, obedience class curriculum, and development of volunteer and staff training programs.  In 2004 Jeff moved to Ohio and has been training in the Cincinnati area ever since.


Hannah Burke, CPDT-KA


Hannah is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers who graduated with a degree in Zoology from The Ohio State University. She honed her training skills working with a variety of animals at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, The Cincinnati Zoo, and the Newport Aquarium.


Growing up with dogs and horses inspired Hannah to pursue a career working with animals, and – despite having worked with a variety of exotic species – she has a special passion for helping dogs and their owners better understand each other. She particularly enjoys working with children and inspiring a love of dogs and training for all ages. Hannah’s hobbies include training her two retrievers for dog sports like agility and dock diving and being a foster mom for local animal rescue groups.