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About us

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Hello, my name is Sheila Jack A.D.C.B.M, and I am the owner of Happy Hounds, Newton Abbot. I am a fully qualified and experienced dog trainer and behaviourist having gained a distinction in an advanced diploma in canine behaviour management. I am also a UK Tracking Dog association assessor.

I grew up with dogs and have owned, trained and competed my own dogs for the last thirty years, enjoying working trials, tracking, and obedience with them. Twenty five years ago I realised a life long dream of working with dogs full time and I set up Happy Hounds.

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I have gained many hours of experience, caring for a variety of different breeds. This has given me the opportunity to listen to clients' problems and offer help and advice where it's needed. 

I have studied Canine Psychology, Behaviour and Training and am a Certified Canine Behaviourist.  I have also trained with one of the worlds leading dog trainers, John Rogerson, in a five day training, instructing and Handling course. Additionally, I have attended 'The Dog Partnership Course' in Italy with Angela Stockdale who is renound for her fantastic work with bull breeds.  I I also regularly attend seminars which keep me up-to-date with topics involved with training and behaviour.

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I am also a certified canine first responder.

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I have competed in working trials with Brooke up to TD Open as well as having 2 qualified UK tracking dog's (3x Level 3 tracks completed). Both of my dogs have started Rally Obedience this year, having both achieved their level 5 excellent title.


Rachel has completed an honours degree at Plymouth University where she studied Animal Science (Behaviour and Welfare). She is also a certified canine first responder and has completed a 5 day Training, Instructing and Handling course with John Rogerson. She is also a UK Tracking Dog association assessor.

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Additionally, she achieved an A grade on completion of her work for Canine Health Concern. She has completed another of John Rogerson's courses; this time a 20 day course for dog trainers and behaviourists in India. These courses have involved practical, hands on experience with one of the top trainer's/behaviourist's.

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She has an Advanced Diploma in Canine Behaviour Management gaining a distinction - a fully accredited course.

She owns Bella, Reef, Mae, and Teegan.

Rachel competes regularly in KC agility, as well as dog showing at champ level , and has recently joining the UK tracking association, currently working on her third level 3 track with Teegan. She has also competed in Rally Obedience, achieving level 4 excellent title with Teegan this year and level 3 excellent with Mae.

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