We only use scientifically proven, reward based, force free methods when walking or caring for your pet. That basically means your pet will get rewarded for everything he or she does correctly when they are in our care. We do not ever punish bad behavior, but will do our best to positively show your pet a better way to do things. For example, a dog who is still learning to potty outside will get tons of treats and praise for doing its business outside, but will never be scolded by us if we have to clean an accident inside. Scolding a dog for accidents will teach the dog that it is bad to potty anywhere, which will sometimes cause them to hide to go potty. On the flip side, getting treats and praise for doing #1 and #2 outside makes it fun and lets the pup know exactly where you want "the job" to be done.
We offer "after hours" dog walking and pet sitting by trained people who will love your pet as much as you do. We give dog owners, who work nights, holidays, and/or abnormal schedules, the opportunity to have their pets cared for in the comfort of their own home and taken for fun, play-filled walks at times when pet care is normally unavailable.
Andi is a Certified Professional Pet Sitter through Pet Sitters International. After working nights for several years as a First Responder and parenting a dog who was super irritated with her schedule, Andi realized a need for dog care for people who work hours beyond the normal 9-5.
Before creating Happy Hound Playground, Andi trained as a Dog Training and Behavior Specialist Apprentice. Her dog, Gonzo, picked her to be his mom when his foster mom brought him to one of the classes Andi was helping with as an apprentice. Andi has done extensive work and training with Gonzo and his dog reactivity issues and has watched him go from extreme dog aggresssion, to actually being able to happily play with other dogs.
Andi also worked as a Certified Pet Care Technician at PetsHotel and volunteers with Golden Retriever Rescue of the Rockies in order to learn as much as possible about dog behavior, dog training, Pet First Aid and CPR, and pet care in general. She has some training in TTouch and has studied the works of Dr. Sophia Yin, Victoria Stillwell, Dr. Patricia McConnell, Turid Rugaas, and Grisha Stewart, to name a few.
Susan has a fascinating background in critters! She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Zoology and an Associate’s degree in Exotic Animal Training and Management. Her education served her well in her years at the Houston Zoo where she worked as both a Primate Keeper and Carnivore Keeper. Some of Susan’s zoo adventures include raising and caring for various types of monkeys and orangutans, as well as operant conditioning training of lions, cougars, leopards, caracal, and fossa. After training, walking, and caring for these big kitties for years, pet-sitting is a breeze for Susan.
Many shelter and rescue dogs have benefited from Susan’s ability to train them. She helped several dogs get “furever” homes by being more adoptable after she taught them the basic tools needed to become someone’s beloved family member. Susan has also trained pygmy goats and red-tailed hawks for educational shows.
Susan has a history of pet-sitting not only dogs and cats, but many exotic animals such as pigs, reptiles, ducks, chickens, turtles, guinea pigs, and rabbits. If you have an exotic pet, Susan is the one you want caring for him or her! And with a background as a Vet Nurse and Vet Assistant, Susan is wonderful at administering medications or subcutaneous fluids.
Susan’s current day job is in Animal Law Enforcement and she says her biggest hurdle in that profession is keeping herself from adopting all the orphaned critters she encounters. She has already adopted quite a few and is the proud parent of 3 dogs and one Maine Coon kitty.
Kassidy recently came to us from Maryland, where she worked as a dog walker and pet sitter for A Critter’s Groom and Board. Kassidy is Pet CPR and First Aid certified, has completed Knowing Dogs 101, Noble Beast's Prickly Pooch classes, and is continually training in pet behavior and pet care.
We have found Kassidy to be an absolute natural with our pet clients and they flock to and adore her immediately! (Even the ones who supposedly don’t like new humans.)
Kassidy’s own critter, Jake, is a Pembrooke Welsh Corgi, who is her little hiking companion. Jake accompanies Kassidy on all kinds of mountain and water adventures in their spare time and is quite the avid climber.
Erin originally came from Georgia, and moved to Denver in 2010. She attends MSU for her bachelors in Environmental Science, while also working as a home health aide.
Erin is certified in both People and Pet CPR and First Aid. She completed Knowing Dogs 101 and Noble Beast's Prickly Pooch classes and is continuing her training in pet behavior, and pet care.
Erin has owned many dogs, cats, fish, and even one turtle since she was little. She started pet sitting for her neighbors when she turned 13. She grew up learning how to care for and handle farm animals, and still works on her grandparent’s farm in Southern Colorado. Erin loves giving rescue dogs a good home, and likes to help wandering or stray pets in the streets. Erin has love for all critters, and is striving to own her own homestead.
My name is Sydney, born and raised in Colorado. I have always had a passion for animals, especially dogs. I currently own two of my own, and they both have come a long way with one on one training. Both were abused rescues with different cases. The male was aggressive towards all men, he would growl and lunge at any man who walked in the door. The female was aggressive towards any new company coming into the house. Neither one of them bit anyone but would show teeth, growl, and stomp their feet. With the help of tons of love, affection and reassurance that no one was going to hurt them anymore, they both became trusting towards people. Both needed slow interaction with people at first, having people either sit down before they were introduced or come in with treats helped them see that people who were invited in were not a threat. Both of them had so much love to offer but were not given the chance. As a pet owner it feels amazing to build a connection with "aggressive" dogs. Not only does your companion have so much trust in you but it also gives the feeling of satisfaction that you rescued an animal they said wouldn't be a good addition to your family. To those who do have aggressive dogs, it's not easy but with time, love and patience they will be forever grateful for their new homes.
I recently moved to Colorado from sunny South Florida, and am so excited to get involved with this community. Growing up in the Palm Beach Gardens area of FL, I was surrounded by nature and I tirelessly involved myself in local conservation efforts. Animals mean the world to me, and my passion for helping and caring for these beautiful creatures resonates in all of my endeavors.
I began pet sitting at an early age for neighbors, family and close friends and effortlessly created lasting relationships with my clients and their furry companions.
While in Florida, I volunteered for the Florida Wildlife Conservation, as well as, Furry Friends, a local adoption clinic, where I relocated dogs & cats into new, loving homes. During 2017, I volunteered and assisted with marine wildlife releases as well as beach debris cleanups. All of these experiences have shaped me into the knowledgeable, caring, and loving pet sitter that I am today.
After moving to Colorado, I became Pet CPR and First Aid Certified and trained in Knowing Dogs 101, Ian Dunbar’s Dog Behavior course, and Noble Beast’s Prickly Pooch classes.
In my spare time I am an avid photographer and enjoy taking pictures of my cat Biggie Smalls and other animals. Nothing pleases me more than getting some striking shots of wildlife, local animals, or a happy dog on a walk.