Training any animal can be a daunting task, and dogs are no exception. After all, they don’t speak our language. However, it’s something that needs to be one of the top priorities for pet owners, right up there with health and nutrition. An untrained animal never truly learns boundaries and will struggle its entire life to sort things out between right and wrong. That lingering uncertainty and frustration takes its toll on everyone involved.

Bolt and Bullet

If any dog training process had to be described in a single word, “communication” is the one that truly fits the bill. No matter what’s being taught, you can’t expect to make a lot of progress if you and your dog aren’t on the same page. The human may be the one dishing out commands, but there’s feedback coming back up the leash in response to each and every little aspect of a session. It’s very much a two way street. Learning to read that feedback and then using it to shape your training techniques is the secret to success.

Luckily, training and communication skills aren’t something you need to be born with – they can be learned! Working with a professional, you can easily come to understand the methods and techniques that will work best for you and your pup. Once those basic skills are established, there’s no limit to how much you can achieve.

Mabel and Stormy paying attention

Group classes held at Happy Dogs are provided by Bonnie Krupa, of Advanced Canine Techniques.  For a complete listing of Bonnie’s classes, including registering for classes, please click here.

You can also follow Bonnie on Facebook at Advanced Canine Techniques Facebook

To find out more information or to sign up for classes, please contact Bonnie at (317) 281-6124.


Whether you train your dogs yourself in a group class or you opt to have a professional train the behaviors for you, the benefits are countless. Dogs that undergo regular training tend to have more confidence, be better family members, and demonstrate fewer destructive behaviors when unattended. Training is also a wonderful tool to build trust and a positive bond between you and your dogs.