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Dawn Gardner is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer.  She was certified through the CCPDT for nearly a decade.  She is a professional member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT), and the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants.

“I have been training dogs since 1997, promoting force-free, science based training methods, instructing group classes and providing private in-home dog training. I have worked extensively with dogs with behavioral issues, including those suffering from anxiety, aggression and other stress related disorders. I have dedicated much of my free time to rehabilitating and re-homing shelter dogs with a variety of rescue organizations.

As part of my passion for advocating science based dog training methods, I have had the privilege to lecture at Virginia Tech’s School of Veterinary Medicine and at area events near my current home in Arkansas.

In 2014 I returned to Arkansas after 12 years in rural North Carolina, where Happy Hound Pet Services began in 2007. I live in Rudy, Arkansas, with my nine dogs and occasional foster dogs. 


Puppy training
Basic Obedience training
Canine Good Citizen Preparation (testing done in NWA)
Therapy Dog training 
Beginning scent work
Behavioral consulting and modification