We are Happy Days Dog and Puppy Training, and these are just a few characteristics that describe us. We know each animal is different, and we will work with yours to give them the specific guidance they need. Whether you’re thinking about getting a dog, have a new pet, or already own a dog with behavioural problems, We are here to help.
I am Jarred Hodgson, owner and trainer at Happy Days Dog and Puppy Training. I was born in South Africa and moved over to the UK in 2016. I have grown up with dogs and absolutely love having them in my life. I started training dogs professionally in 2018. The use of positive reinforcement training is what I am all about, it is such an awesome way to bond with dogs and get them to enjoy being with you!
I love to see happy owners with happy dogs and that is why we started Happy Days! A well behaved dog and a happy owner is what I strive for and it shows! We are one of the best dog training businesses in Cardiff.
I am currently in South Africa doing work with my dog Sam, a Belgian Malinois. I am extremely passionate about conservation and helping wildlife and so we are training to track poachers in the African bush. Along with other fun work like truffle hunting and training other pups we are making good changes to the way people treat and think of dogs in South Africa.
Our Puppy training involves intimate understanding of your animal’s natural and individual history. Your pet has plenty of potential to learn and understand commands, and our techniques will lay the foundation for further training to build upon. We combine your needs and wants with the natural attributes of your pet. Basic puppy training includes, but is not restricted to: sit, stay, down, eye contact, recall, walking nicely on a leash, stopping jumping and biting, and good behaviour around food.
This training focuses on dogs who are older than 6 months. They should know some basic commands like sit, stay and lay down as the intermediate training will be a more advanced training focusing on commands at a distances and dog self-control. These are very important for your dog as it starts getting older and more confident. Responding to recall when there are distractions around is a major part of this and an area where many people battle.
If your animal needs help with a specific physical or behavioural issues, Behaviour Consulting with Happy Days Dog and Puppy Training may be a great option for you. Sessions can be done in the comfort of your own home, with personalized plans to fit your pet’s needs and your lifestyle.
Training the likes of agility, and flyball, dog sports are becoming ever more popular in the UK. I work closely with each one of my clients and their animals to implement my training techniques to get the best out of their dogs. I know you have a busy schedule, so I will customize a plan that suits your lifestyle. This is best for working dog breeds with endless amounts of energy.
Helping you train and correct issues in your home.
Training assessment and guidance
This training consultation will be conducted by the trainer with the dog and the owner. This type of training is specifically for dogs that need to be assessed on their behaviours and their owners given guidance on how to address issues. We will give a written report after the assessment with recommendations and guidance for further training.
This is an initial visit and assessment with the view to further training with us. We will assess your dog and duscuss with you what is the best training for you both moving forward. We consider the dogs temprament as well as your availability for training.
One to One 6 week course
Perfect for you and your dog or puppy if you are more comfortable at home or have certain training focuses. This course will focus on all the basic training that a dog should have. We will focus on things like sit, stay, down, walking nicely on leash, recall and more. In addition to this we will be able to focus on specific areas that the dog may be battling with.
This is our premium package and offers you and your family exceptional service. We will meet where you and your family feel comfortable whether it is at your home or local park. Meeting times can be arranged around your busy schedule at any time that suites you. This package will focus on all obedience training like sit, stay, down, recall, lead walking, wait, heel, and some more advanced training for the clever pups, as well as addressing anything that you might want your dog to know or learn.
Come and join us for some fun in the sun! We meet up for a fun socialisation group play in a local park. Our trainer will be there to hand out some free advise and monitor the dogs interactions.
Group classes include puppy classes, intermediate classes and dog sports. We are creating a long a happy life together with your dog. The more you can do for your dog, the more it will do for you.
Enrichment game classes
This class will show you exciting and stimulating ways to keep your dog entertained and challenged, this can be games played on walk, at home on a rainy day or whenever you feel like your puppy is getting bored.
Crazy to calm
This class will demonstrate to you how to calm your dog down as quickly as possible, how to address unruly behaviour and reward good behaviour.
This class is a self-explanatory class. Addresses jumping issues with dogs.
A class based on how to stop your dog barking unnecessarily, rewarding good barking and reducing bad barking.
This class will focus and getting your dog walking nicely on lead by your side without pulling.
Perfecting Sit and Stay
Self-explanatory, get your dog to sit and stay perfectly whenever you want.
Joey was signed for the 6-week puppy training as the whole family was doing their best to get him used to his new home. Thanks to Happy Days Dog Training Joey has learnt some basic commands that makes such a difference to our lives. Thanks to Jarred’ s advise I feel a lot more comfortable walking Joey and not feel afraid of perhaps been attacked by bigger dogs. My 2 boys played an active role during the training and therefore Joey also responds to commands from them. Onwards and upwards for my family as we feel a lot more settled and at ease after Joeys training. I highly recommend Happy Days Dog Training.
We booked a 6-week training course with Happy Days Dog Training and couldn’t be happier with the service we received. The classes were scheduled around our work commitments which was hugely appreciated. Our-10-week old puppy has learnt basic commands, and appropriate behaviour while walking on a lead and is growing into a well behaved pup at 16 weeks. I highly recommend basic training with Happy Days, especially if you have a young puppy!
Truly outstanding. Cannot recommend Happy Days Dog Training highly enough! Jarred, our trainer, has an excellent understanding of dogs and from the very first session our dog was learning important skills, he also taught us as owners (also very important) how to train ourselves when dealing with dogs and potential issues at home such as begging at the table, toilet training, etc… Please use his great service, as he obviously love dogs and care for their welfare 10/10.
I only had one and a half hrs training over 2 days with Mya a border collie. She was 3-4 months old. I had leash training mainly to stop her pulling and because she was rearing up at traffic. After such a short time she walks alongside me with no pulling and traffic is no longer a problem. She is now five and a half months and is such a good dog. I would highly recommend happy days dog training. He really knows his stuff and nothing is too much trouble whatever problems you may have with your dog.
Jarred was really helpful, he was super friendly and nothing was too much trouble. He was excellent with our minaiture poodle Bear, who’s now a fully qualified pupper!!! Couldn’t recommend him enough.
Jarred was great with our 8 week old puppy! As soon as we got our pup we arranged for Jarred from Happy Days training to come over. The 1 to 1 training was great for our pup and us. We learnt what to do when he was biting to encourage him to stop, and by the final week he was sitting on command, laying down and beginning to learn stay (now he has mastered it and he’s only 4 months old!). Would highly recommend!
Absolutely amazing dog trainer. Brilliant with teaching us as well as training Quill. Quill has just completed his 6 week puppy training course and has come on leaps and bounds. All basic commands have been covered and Quill has grasped all of them with ease. Recall has also come on very well along with walking on his lead. Would highly recommend and we will be returning for more agility training with Quill in the spring. Thanks so much Jarred You have been fab!
Jarred was great with our cockapoo Dexter. Really helpful being able to base the sessions at home so he could see the environment and issues we were having. Really helpful and answered our kids questions and was happy to engage them in training tips such as paw shaking and roll over. We got lots through it, even if some was just confirmation that what we had been doing was correct. Puppies are tough work but with Jarreds help I think we’ll come out the other side with a dog (and owners) well trained. Just be ready to go through treats !!!
Jarred is fantastic at what he does and has brought our little beagle on brilliant. Dexter showed improvement with every session and puppy classes have definitely paid off. Jarred is very knowledgeable and very flexible which was great with our very busy family life. Can not recommend Happy Days Puppy Training enough.