Located in Rudy, Arkansas
Serving Fort Smith, Van Buren, and surrounding areas


Dawn Sims, Certified Professional Dog Trainer

Member APDT, IAABC, and PPG

Dawn Sims is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer. She is a graduate of Animal Behavior College and held the CPDT-KA certification for nearly a decade. She is a professional member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT), the Pet Professionals Guild, and a member of 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 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 number of rescue organizations.

I’m a bit of a science geek, so if you don’t want to hear the nitty-gritty about why we do what we do you’ll probably have to let me know, because I’m likely to explain it all to you.  I love talking about it.”



  • Happy Hound Pet Services was established in 2007 in Eden, North Carolina.
  • Lectured at Virginia Maryland Veterinary Institute
  • Consulted for Carolina Basset Hound Rescue in Charleston, SC, Triangle Beagle Rescue in Raleigh, NC, and Hope Humane Society in Fort Smith, AR.
  • In 2014, we moved to Rudy, Arkansas where our training center is currently located.

Trainer education

  • Bachelors Degree from Marlboro College, Marlboro, Vermont (now a division of Emerson University)
  • Graduate of Animal Behavior College, Valencia, CA
  • Graduate of Sunset International Bible Institute, Lubbock, TX


  • Puppy Training
  • Surviving Adolescence
  • Adult Dog Basic Training
  • Rescue Dog Manners
  • Preparation for Canine Good Citizen
  • Preparation for Therapy Dog test
  • Beginning scent work
  • Behavior consulting for anxiety and other behavioral disorders.


  • IAABC (International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants)
  • APDT (Association of Professional Dog Trainers)
  • PPG (Pet Professionals Guild)