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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 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. Eighteen 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 a qualified UK tracking dog (3x Level 3 tracks completed). Both of my dogs have recently started Rally Obedience.


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. 

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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.

Rachel does most of the dog walking, having started with me 13 years ago so she has plenty of experience dealing with a wide range of dogs as well as having her own insurance.

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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 just started competing in Rally Obedience.

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