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May 1, 2014

Dog Training

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Sit Good Dog

Happy Hound Dog Resorts believes that every dog should know their 1) NAME and 2) should be able to understand the 6 basic commands between the master and the dog. Sit, Stay, Wait, Off, Come and the reward command “Good Boy/Girl”. These are the dog training commands we use on the dog daycare floor with dogs to get them to understand that there is a request for a command then followed with Positive Reinforcement with the “Good Boy/Girl”. 

Dog Training during Daycare

While our dog handlers may not train the classic methods, we can certainly work with your dog to help make sure they understand the basic commands discussed above. We want dogs that are going to be good family pets on the floor with us, so we want to make sure they can understand their Name, its sad that some dogs don’t even respond to their name, and then these basic commands. We can be an extension of your training for your dog at our facility. Over time, we have seen amazing results with working with dogs at our facility.

More details on Dog Training Commands

Sit  –  This is one of the easiest dog obedience commands to teach, so it’s a good one to start with. A dog sitting and resting and watching their master is one that will be ready to perform another command.

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Pulling the owner – not a good dog

Stay – Before attempting this one, make sure your dog is an expert at the “Sit” command. As your dog will need to be relaxed and know that they can sit and be safe.

Wait – No one wants to be run over while walking up a flight of stairs, so you can use this command to educate your dog on understanding your voice and that you want them to wait, behind you as you move up and down stairs.

Leave it/Off – This can help keep your dog safe when his curiosity gets the better of him. If he smells something intriguing but possibly dangerous on the ground! The goal is to teach your pup that he gets something even better for ignoring the other item. Dogs like to rush the fences at Happy Hound Dog Resorts, so we use this command to reinforce that the dogs need to leave the fence area.

Come  –  This command can help keep a dog out of trouble. Bring him back to you if you lose grip on the leash or accidentally leave the front door open. This command works well if your dog suddenly sees a neighbor cat, squirrel or the Floridian favorite, lizard.

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Owner has the attention of the dog


A couple extra we throw in to see if they know more dog training commands

Down –  This can be one of the more difficult commands in dog obedience training. Why? Because the position is a submissive posture.

You can mix this up by offering a combination of “All the way Down” or “Name – Down”, working on 2 issues at one time.

Go to a Point – We want dogs to know they can go to a special part of the floor that is their “safe” area. We educate them on the “point”, then if

they need a “timeout” on the floor, we tell them to “go to a point”, (their point) and stay until we ask them to come back.

Dog Training Prices

Dog Training lessons start are $50 per hour. If nothing else, you want to teach your dog some of the basic commands. 


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8 thoughts on “Dog Training

  • Good Afternoon,

    While I was at PetSupermarket today, one of the associates mentioned that Happy Hounds has dog training. I wanted to inquire if y’all also do puppy training? We recently got a sweet, adorable golden doodle puppy, and I would like to get some training for him. He is just over 9 weeks old, and I am not sure at what age training is

    I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you so very much for your help!

    Julia Patterson

    • Julia,
      Good morning, at Happy Hound Dog Resorts, we offer basic training. Sit, stay, wait, off, come and leave-it. If you would like more than this, we have recommendations at our store in the form of business cards for other trainers.

      Thank you,

  • Can you please provide more information regarding the five training lessons. Do you have a set schedule/calendar of availability? Is the owner present for the training? How long is a session? Thanks!

  • Hello,

    My family and I would like more information on training our 11-month-old German Shepard (Cooper). He was an abandoned puppy that we made a part of our family a few months ago. He is very loving and gives lots of kisses to our guests. However, he jumps on our guests to kiss them, he chews on anything he can get his paws on when we leave the house, he pulls us on the leash, and he playfully bites (non-aggressive).

    Can you help us? We are looking for affordable options to help Cooper.


    • Robin – Thanks for asking. This is common for puppies. Training is a great way to build a life long relationship with your pup. I have forwarded your request to both Tara and Angela our dog trainers and asked them to reach out to you. No one can “fix” this behavior with one or two lessons, but these ladies can help you with some sessions and training that will help you.

      Thank you for thinking of us here in Jacksonville FL

  • Jack and Mona’s Happy Hound Friends

    Sad to say we had to euthanasia Mona Lisa yesterday. Her hind legs just gave out and was not able to walk, etc. Many thanks for all the good times Mona had at the West side location.

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