Welcome to Happy Hounds for Life! We are passionate about helping you give your puppy the best possible start in life and we want to help you train your puppy so that you can enjoy the long term rewards of having a relaxed, well mannered and responsive family pet. A much loved pet that the whole family can enjoy, that the children can walk and play with and a dog that loves to be part of family life.
Meet the team
I am Rachel, founder of Happy Hounds for Life. I qualified from Nottingham Trent University in 2006 with a BSc (hons) degree in Equine Sport Science. I have always had a passion for animals, dogs and horses in particular and how to train them to bring out the best in them. After university I was self employed for several years working with horses, especially those with behavioural problems and continued learning about all aspects of animal behaviour.
I put my passion to ride and work with horses on hold to have children and help my husband with the day to day running of our building company. Running (and renovating) a home, managing a business or two and raising our beautiful girls keeps me quite busy but I also manage to carve out time to write children’s stories and blog about parenting children with Type One Diabetes and also create the content and courses you find here today. Our eldest daughter Olivia was diagnosed with Type One at the age of 4, which has been life changing for us as a family and really given me the push to pursue the things I am passionate about to make the most of every opportunity and to encourage our children to do the same.
We have two amazing family dogs (Labrador Retrievers) and it has been my joy to train them and integrate them into our family over the last 7/8 years and to teach our girls how to look after them too. Through Happy Hounds for Life, I want to share my love of dogs with you and show you how they can be the best family pets.
Louise qualified in 1997 as a veterinary nurse and through running nurse clinics soon identified a huge need to help pet owners resolve basic and sometimes more complex canine behaviour problems. This desire inspired her to study applied animal behaviour at Southampton University, achieving a Certificate in Applies Animal Behaviour. This resulted in her becoming the “go to” person for all pet behaviour problems within the veterinary practice. She later took on the privileged role of Puppy Coordinator for Canine Partners, for 4 years, providing her with invaluable practical experience on how to train these amazing puppies to become a fully graduated canine partner for people with disabilities. This knowledge and experience enabled her to run her own puppy socialisation classes at the vets; Kennel Club Good Citizen training classes and be the official Hull training centre for Canine Partners.
After a Maternity break, Louise took on the role as HR manager for the veterinary practice and successfully completed the CIPD Level 5 Human Resource Qualification (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) and is now very proud to be in the position of Practice Director.
Her first passion is spending time with her two girls Hattie and Elsie, and when not working or being a mum, her new passion is the new little man in her life “Albert” (Bedlington-whippet puppy). Albert is the inspiration behind the Happy Hounds concept, providing Louise with the opportunity to apply her knowledge, passion and experience and to share this expertise with you too.
What is happy hounds for life?
Louise and I have been good friends for 7 years now and so have our children. We formed the Happy Hounds for Life Concept in 2018 as a way to share our love, passion and expertise in canine behaviour and we saw the arrival or Albert (Louise’s Bedlington X whippet puppy) as the perfect opportunity to document how to train your puppy from the very beginning. We have filmed him every step of the way in a fun, everyday family environment, captured all of his training as well as teaching the children how to be involved too. We have used these videos to create the fantastic courses you can enrol in today giving you real experience of what its like with a real puppy so you can have the same successes.
At Happy Hounds for Life we are so passionate about helping people find the right puppy for them and to know exactly how to go about training them from day 1. With the right guidance from the beginning, so many of the the frustrating behaviours seen in pets today can be prevented from happening. In turn this will hopefully result in fewer dogs ending up in rescue and rehoming centres and make more puppies Happy Hounds for Life!
We are so glad that you have found us and we really look forward sharing our courses with you and hearing your wonderful success stories.