Dog parenting just got a little easier!

Whether you’re raising a new puppy, integrating a rescue or coping with long-term frustrations, living with a dog can be overwhelming.

The good news?

You don't need to be a dog trainer to have well-behaved dog; you just might need a little help.  

Since research shows dogs think and learn more like toddlers than other pets,  dogs taught with encouragement are happier, more responsive and trustworthy.  

If you're having a little trouble communicating with your dog or puppy, I can help.   I'm Sarah Hodgson, aka the Happy Dog Mom, a 30 year training veteran, certified IAABC associate applied behavior consultant and behavior consultant with books, videos and blogs to support modern science-based learning theory that dogs are similar to young kids. They just want to be a part of the family and have fun!

Whether lecturing, day training, or coaching, I direct behavior compassionately and reward success lavishly as I want my students — both two- and four-legged — to feel valued, confident, connected and smart!


"A must-read for families getting their first dog or puppy!  Lots of practical information on positive dog training!" --Temple Grandin

Tails are wagging with anticipation. Why? Because dogs (and the people who love them) are tired of the school of dominant, top-dog training. They are looking for a new kind of pack leader: someone funny, enthusiastic, intuitive, approachable, and, above all, effective. And they’ve found her. Sarah Hodgson rejects dominance-based training and gets astonishing results with a blend of wit, compassion, energy and proven skills. 

More books by Sarah!

Make a Pledge

Have you ever called your dog “baby?”   If so, you’re not alone—in fact you  are in the majority!  Recent polls show that 81% of the dog loving population considers their dogs family, caring and pampering them like children. And isn’t it about time? 

Join the growing community of dog lovers who view their dog as family!  Download and print out the Dog Lovers Promise and sign up below to receive the Modern Dog Parenting mini course as well as weekly inspirations, articles and blogs that will support you on your journey.