About Us

What It Means To Train Happy

We believe in a positive reinforcement training approach that emphasizes using dogs' motivators to create enthusiasm for learning. Our goal is to create happy, healthy, and well-behaved dogs using a fun and compassionate approach to dog training. Our Happy Dogs trainers are committed to staying up-to-date on the latest research in canine behavior and training techniques so that can trust that our team will be guiding you and your dog with evidence-based methods.

What It Means To Train Happy

We believe in a positive reinforcement training approach that emphasizes using dogs' motivators to create enthusiasm for learning. Our goal is to create happy, healthy, and well-behaved dogs using a fun and compassionate approach to dog training. Our Happy Dogs trainers are committed to staying up-to-date on the latest research in canine behavior and training techniques so that can trust that our team will be guiding you and your dog with evidence-based methods.

Where We Train

In Home Training

Happy Dogs offers in-home training as well as on-site training at local parks and public spaces to clients located in Denver, CO.

The areas covered include Denver, Downtown, Cap Hill, Rino, Cherry Creek, Lakewood, Littleton, Highlands, Wash Park, Castle Pines, Morrison, Castle Rock, Arvada, and surrounding.

 

Private training and in-home lessons begin with a phone consultation to assess your needs and establish training goals.

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In Home Training

Happy Dogs offers in-home training as well as on-site training at local parks and public spaces to clients located in Denver, CO.

The areas covered include Denver, Downtown, Cap Hill, Rino, Cherry Creek, Lakewood, Littleton, Highlands, Wash Park, Castle Pines, Morrison, Castle Rock, Arvada, and surrounding.

 

Private training and in-home lessons begin with a phone consultation to assess your needs and establish training goals.

Our Story

Piper M Novick, the founder, and owner of Happy Dogs Training, embarked on her journey in dog training in 2009 when she discovered dog agility with her sheltie, Happy.  This sport ignited Piper's passion for dog training as she enjoyed the challenges and teamwork required. In her early teens Piper shadowed under trainers and worked other jobs, including pet sitting and dog walking, all while building her training business. And she focused on advancing her education in the industry to offer her own clients comprehensive and evidence-based training programs.

In 2019, Piper rebranded as Happy Dogs Training LLC. The name was chosen to pay tribute to the dog that started it all, and to reflect Piper's commitment to training with positive reinforcement and non-coercive methods.

Since then, countless wagging tails and smiling owners have helped us reach where we are today. The passion and enthusiasm for dog training that sparked Piper’s ambition still fuels her every day to help owners create a happy and healthy life for their dogs. This mission is shared by all trainers on the Happy Dogs’ staff who strive to help owners understand and communicate effectively with their dogs.

Happy Dogs is a women-led, small business determined to improve the lives of dogs and owners in a big way.

Meet The Training Team

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Piper M Novick, CPDT-KA, ABCDT

She/Her

Owner & Head Trainer

Happy Dogs Training's founder, Piper M Novick, is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and Animal Behavior College graduate. Piper has trained professionally most of her life, her career in dog training began with dog sports. As a successful agility competitor, having trained and titled five of her own dogs, and competing at the top national and international tournaments, Piper brings a unique skill set to her dog training programs for the everyday dog.

Piper is passionate about educating owners and training dogs using a force-free and compassionate approach in every case. Her love for dog training shows through her dedication to her clients, and their dogs. She challenges herself to always be learning more about behavior, dog training, business ownership to develop her career and improve her clients’ experience.

Over the years, Piper's primary focus has shifted from training basic life skills and agility to working with behavior issues such as aggression, multi-dog conflict, resource guarding, or reactivity. Her work in behavior consulting has stressed the importance of preventive dog training, and she encourages dog owners to invest in a good foundation and train before issues arise. She keeps this at the forefront while creating Happy Dogs programs because she believes that dog training is much more than just teaching obedience.


Certifications:

  • CPDT-KA Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed
  • ABCDT Animal Behavior College Certified Trainer
  • AKC Canine Good Citizen and Star Puppy Evaluator
  • Pet CPR and first aid Certified


Professional Associations:

  • APDT Professional Member
  • Pet Professional Guild Member
  • CATCH Academy Mentor Trainer


Dog Training Experience:

  • 10+ years working professionally
  • 12+ years of competitive Agility experience


Specializations:

  • Behavior Modification: Arousal issues, Reactive behavior: Barking, lunging, and growling, Fence reactivity/Barrier frustration, Resource Guarding, Fearful dog, Anxiety and Phobias, Household conflicts w/ multiple pets,  Integration of new animals, Relationship issues, Human and Animal aggression
  • Behavior evaluations
  • Off-leash walking and hiking skills, strong recalls
  • Dogs and Kids, Dog and baby, and preparing your dog for a baby
  • Apartment dog skills/city living
  • Trick training & specialized skill/task training
  • AKC Canine Good Citizen + Advanced and Urban, and AKC Trick Dog
  • Agility: International coursework, Preparation for large tournaments, Skill building, Strong verbal cues, ring stress, arousal issues in ring or trial environment, raising a sport puppy, new handlers/introduction to sport, Junior Handlers


Agility Accomplishments:

  • Junior European Open AKC/USA Team Member -2017
  • European Open AKC/USA Team Member – 2016
  • UKI National Championship Games Finalist – 2015
  • Junior National Champion AKC - 2013
  • Masters titles earned on dogs competing in AKC and UKI 


About Piper:

Outside of training, competing, and entrepreneurship, Piper is passionate about living a purposeful life. She follows a plant-based diet and enjoys traveling in a camper van with her dogs. Health and fitness are at the forefront of her life, as she has been a long-time cross-fitter and Olympic lifter, in addition, she is an avid rock climber and hiker. Piper spends her time in Colorado with her three dogs, Dash, Gracie, and Kale. Her full-time focus is supporting the Happy Dogs team in both North Carolina and Colorado, who all share a common goal of creating happier lives for dogs and their owners.

Piper accepts behavior cases in both North Carolina and Colorado, supporting her clients virtually and in person. While she primarily coaches agility at Happy Dogs Colorado, she also conducts seminars and classes during her work visits to North Carolina, sharing her passion for the sport with the community that started it all.
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Kathleen Oswald

She/Her

Director of Agility Training

Whether your dog is still mastering the sit-stay or your team is preparing to compete on the big stage, I’m here to help you reach your training goals and beyond.

With over twenty years competing in agility, I’ve trained and handled a variety of breeds, from a Lhasa Apso to a Doberman Pinscher. With three of my dogs, I’ve had the opportunity to compete overseas eleven times at international agility competitions. Currently, I compete with my Border Collie, Sheltie, and Malinois, with a young border collie coming up.

As an agility coach and dog trainer, I prioritize setting you and your dog up for success. When we work together, you can be sure the training session is designed to prioritize your dog’s needs and safety while training skills to accomplish your goals.

I have a Master of Science in Exercise Science and have presented my research on human-animal sports at international sports conferences. I bring my knowledge of motor learning, motivation, effective teamwork, and more to my role as an agility coach to help you get the most out of every training session. My approach to training dogs and handlers to excel in agility is to utilize deliberate play, positive reinforcement, and other evidence-based strategies for better learning outcomes and an improved experience when playing the game of agility.


Certifications:

  • UKI Certified Agility Judge 


Dog Training Experience:

  • 20+ years of training experience
  • 20+ years of competitive Agility experience


Specializations:

  • Agility: International coursework, Preparation for large tournaments, Skill building, Strong verbal cues, ring stress, arousal issues in ring or trial environment, raising a sport puppy, new handlers/introduction to sport, Junior Handlers
  • Off-leash walking and hiking skills, strong recalls
  • Trick training & specialized skill/task training


Agility Accomplishments:

  • Five-time AKC/USA World Team Member
  • Three-time Agility World Championship Medalist
  • Multi-time Individual and Team Finalist at the European Open
  • 12-time National Finalist in AKC, USDAA, UKI, and the Purina Incredible Dog Challenge
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Benah Stiewing, CPDT-KA

She/Her

Office Admin & Virtual Trainer

Benah discovered her passion for agility in 2012 and has been actively training and competing ever since. As she delved deeper into the sport, she developed a fascination with the intricacies of canine behavior and communication, with a particular emphasis on relationship building and reward-based training methods.

Through her studies with leading trainers from around the world, Benah gained valuable insight and experience, and began taking on clients in 2015. By helping her clients understand their dogs' needs and communicate more effectively with them, Benah has been able to create stronger bonds and happier relationships between dogs and their owners.

With her expertise in canine communication, Benah has successfully competed in multiple dog sports, achieving titles in agility, dock diving, trick dog, and disc. Her primary focus, however, remains agility, where she has competed at the national level.

Benah is dedicated to helping her clients experience the joy and fulfillment of a deeper connection with their dogs. She finds great satisfaction in watching teams develop more effective methods of communication and achieve new levels of engagement and fun. Benah lives in Chatham, NY, with her Border Collies and cat.


Certifications:

  • CPDT-KA - Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed


Dog Training Experience:

  • 10+ years of hands on dog training experience
  • 7+ years working professionally as a dog trainer
  • 10+ years of competitive experience in Agility


Specializations:

  • Puppy training, raising a well rounded companion
  • Leash walking + advanced Heelwork for obedience or rally
  • Shy or fearful dogs + confidence building
  • Basic manners and obedience 
  • Behavior Modification: Reactivity + multi-dog conflict
  • Herding breeds
  • Managing multi-dog households
  • Muzzle training
  • Recall training + off leash hiking
  • Snake avoidance
  • Trick training & specialized skill/task training
  • Agility: Foundations, Beginner coursework, Learning the basics, Skill building, Masters handling, advanced coursework, Strong verbal cues, raising a sport puppy, new handlers/introduction to sport


Agility:

  • Masters titles in USDAA, UKI, and AKC
  • 10+ years of competitive experience
  • National level competitive experience


Other:

  • Titles in AKC Trick Dog
  • Titles in NADD Dock Diving

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Melanie Harris

She/Her

Agility Instructor

Melanie started her agility career when she moved to Colorado in 2010. The story begins with her 9-year-old Labrador Mix Satine and her Boxer Ace. Ace was scared of the world and she wanted something that could help build his confidence. Agility brought out a whole different side to him as he grew more and more confident and learned to have fun. He even competed in a few local agility trials. It was those humble beginnings that have now become an obsession. 
 
She now competes with her her Labrador/Husky Mix, Kailani, and her Border Collie/Whippet Mix, BeMo. Melanie also has a retired boxer named Morgie that went on to win 9 championships in multiple venues. Kailani is on her 11th championship and has gone on to compete on the national stage in a variety of venues including the AKC National Finals. She also trained and took her parent's Australian Shepherd to a 2nd place podium win at NADAC Champs. That is where Melanie's specialty comes in-she has a deep appreciation and understanding of what it takes to be successful in different agility venues such as UKI, USDAA, AKC, NADAC, and ASCA. She works with building a very well-balanced dog that can handle the more technical maneuvers as well as the distance challenges. 
 
Melanie has seen what a huge difference training agility with a positive approach can do for her dogs and can't wait to help others create that same game for their beloved dogs. Melanie lives in Aurora, Colorado with her wonderful husband and three dogs.

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