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.
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.
Hello! My name is Rebekah and I’ve grown up with all different kinds of animals my whole life. I am originally from Maryland where I grew up with a black lab (Calvin), a lizard gecko (Flashy), a guinea pig (Lenny) and spent a few weekends out of the year at my uncle’s farm taking care of his horses.
I am trained in Positive Reinforcement, Pet CPR and First Aid, and have experienced years of puppy raising to older dog care. I have been there for the teething, the puppy training classes, the cuddles, the accidents in the house, the thousands of tennis balls thrown, all the chew toys, the dog beaches, the face-lickings, a couple torn dog ACLs, the vet visits, wrapping meds in cheese, getting sprayed by the post bath shake, and more.
I volunteered for Last Chance Animal Rescue for a couple years at their adoption events helping rescued dogs from high-kill animal shelters find a loving home. My family ended up adopting one of the rottweiler pups and named him Mason. It took our 9- year-old yellow lab (Riley) at the time a little while to figure out Mason was home for good, but they are the best of friends now.
Since moving to Colorado, I have fallen in love with running and hiking in the mountains. But I definitely miss my dogs who stayed back in Maryland! I currently live with a cuddly cat (Symba) and hope to get a dog of my own soon. I am very excited to be working for Happy Hound Playground and helping you take care of your furry family!
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 Laurel. I relocated to the Denver area to live in my base for flight attending. I grew up in Stockbridge Massachusetts where my grandparents owned a farm. I have always loved animals. I have two cats that I rescued as newborns. Before happy hound, most of my dog experience was with the family dogs of people I nannied for. I love happy hound because they give all dogs a chance and owners an opportunity to have a consistent caregiver.
Hi, my name is Adam and I'm a Colorado native. I am Pet CPR certified and will be your animal's best friend. I have always had a passion for animals and love working with them. I've owned dogs and cats growing up and have always treated them like family members. My sister and I have worked with people aggressive dogs growing up and have been working with them daily to overcome their challenges. Being able to give them a loving home is extremely rewarding. I also enjoy helping stray animals find their way home.
I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to work with such amazing animals. I have learned so much being a part of the team. Not only have I learned techniques of positive reinforcement to help with training at home but I have learned how to care for many other animals in the process. Thank you for trusting me to take care of your furry animals.
Jasmyn has lived in Colorado her entire life. She grew up surrounded by animals - mostly dogs of different sizes and temperaments, but also cats, fish and hamsters - and feels right at home with just about any critter. She has a varied background prior to Happy Hound Playground, but was inspired to make the leap into pet sitting and animal care by her lifelong love for animals, and her dog, Bowie.
Jasmyn is certified in Pet CPR and has completed trainings with Fetch Find and Pro-Trainings, and plans to continue her education in animal care.
Sarah will be a wonderful friend to your pet! She is certified in first aid and CPR for both people and animals. She has completed Noble Beast Prickly Pooch training classes for reactive dogs. Sarah works mainly in North West Denver and Arvada.
Sarah has a varied work background before she came to work at Happy Hound Playground. The constant in her life has been the presence of animals, mainly dogs.
She raised four puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind through Paws-4-Sight 4-H club. One of the dogs, Porter, was placed as a seeing-eye-dog, and he successfully led his person for eight years. Sarah was a foster parent for a local animal rescue organization and opened her home to many dogs in need.
Sarah has parented various animals including a miniature poodle, chickens, parakeets, and fish. Like many Coloradoans, Sarah enjoys being outdoors in this beautiful state, running, walking, and hiking with her husband, three sons, and her quirky dog, Lily.
Hello there, my name is Megan. I've been with Happy Hound for about a year now, and it really is just the best job. I love to build trust and relationships with both my clients and their fur babies. I have always loved animals growing up, so what I do comes very naturally to me. I love and take care of our client's pets like they're my own and I am so very happy to be able to do so. The relationships that I've built while working for this company have been extremely rewarding and mean the world to me! I love to work and love taking on new clients, so be assured whatever it is you need for your household, I will be there to depend on for as long as you need. We all hope to welcome everyone who wishes to join our Happy Hound family with open arms.
Hi there my name is Jessica, I go by Jess. But whatever is clever! Born and raised in aurora Colorado. Growing up I had all big dogs 1 cat and I then grew to have a huge passion for dogs and of course ALL animals. Especially after graduating high school 6 months early in 2016 my first steady job was a doggy daycare which I was at for 3 Years and I then eventually wanted to explore some more and become a dog walker/pet sitter and maybe even a trainer and once I found happy hound playground I was set! I have met the best clients and best cutest furry friends of all the lands!! I couldn’t ask for better. I currently have one dog named “Graffiti” an Australian cattle beagle mix. I adopted him in the 2018. He is my absolute best friend in the entire world. I also have Toby, my moms black cat. They play and chase each other around daily. Toby gets away once in awhile when my mom lets him out the house. And he’s free! Graffiti is a bit reactive as well. But we have worked everyday on that and I couldn’t be more proud of him of how his progress has been going. Also Being in the prickly pooch courses with noble beast helped him and I a bunch! He’s no longer leash reactive and he loves everyone! People look at me crazy when they hear his name but I love art and I’m very artistic as well. I paint in my free time and have been drawing since I was little little And when you look at Graffiti it’s the perfect name for him. He is my world. I’m CPR certified and will love and take care of your pets like they’re my own! I can’t wait to meet more furry friends around town and build a relationship with each and every one of them. ️