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CELINE 07821 975187

About Me

HAPPY HOUNDS DOG TRAINING provides training based around positive reinforcement and fun making for a happy and healthy relationship for you and your dog.

At Happy Hounds i believe that Dog Training should be fun for dog and owner alike, working together to build a trusting and happy relationship.

I run rescue/difficult dog classes, puppy classes and obedience classes at different levels.

When the opportunity arises in the Spring, Summer and Autumn (weather permitting) I do half day lessons and walking outside at different locations. All the classes are combined into a one long lesson, a great opportunity to socialise and get your dog used to responding to commands with lots of distractions!

My History

I count myself very lucky to have been working with dogs since 1997! I was bought up around animals and from a young age knew I wanted to work with them.

I have always been passionate about animals but especially dogs, at the moment my family consists of 2 Lurchers and we live on a narrow boat together.

Snippy & Ruby & Bitz have now sadly left me......

Run free Snippy

2008 to 2015

You were a special dog and my best friend, I rescued you at a young age and you helped so many dogs to overcome their fears with your beautiful nature....I miss you every day

xxxx Cancer took you too early


Mine from 2005 till 2017

You came to me as a very scared and neglected girl aged 5, and you left me as a very gentle old lady at 17 years old....we had many happy years together....I miss you so much xxxx

After the loss of 2 of my beautiful dogs in the less than 8 months, I made the decision to rescue another dog....I believe she was meant to be mine, she popped up as needing a home on the day Ruby died, she looks like Snippy but is a girl like Flea!


After all the tears, she has made me smile again, and my 2 boys adore her!

This is my family now! Flea, Bitz and the Moose.


On the 21st October 2017 you had to leave me, your kidneys had given up and you were put to sleep in my arms on the boat, goodbye my giant gentle beast. You never left my side in life and I know you will always be by my side. You made it to 12 years old which for a 50kg dog was a damn good age. You were my protector and guardian, and I miss you so much. You came to me a terrified pup who had known nothing but the inside of a shed and you became the most wonderful friend xxxx

In 1997 I attended Plumpton Agricultural College to study for a National Diploma in Animal Care, passing with a Distinction and being awarded a cup for being the student with the highest grades.

During this course I worked for 1 year in Wildlife Rescue and a further year was spent at Raystede Animal Rescue Centre in East Sussex. 

In both of these roles i was involved with a wide range of large and small animals but canine care and training became my passion after working closely with the rescued dogs.

When I moved to Bristol I began work at Heavens Gate Animal Rescue Centre where once again i cared for a great diversity of animals but I spent as much time as possible with the rescue dogs. I was always drawn to the most difficult dogs which were frequently considered unsuitable for rehoming and with whom people were reluctant to work.

After working with one particularly difficult dog called Custard (pictured left - a much missed loyal friend and a guardian) the manager awarded me a certificate of outstanding dedication for training the rescue dogs.I adopted Custard and after a lot of work and lots of training, he became the most loyal loving and well behaved dog I could have ever wished for.

I then spent the next 8 years working as a Dog Warden which entailed working with a lot of dogs (and people!) that i did not know and needed to assess pretty quickly in order to stay safe. I was very passionate about this job and focused on the education and training of dogs and owners alike! My primary aims were to make people aware of the laws and their responsibilities relating to dog ownership. My purpose always being to make happy dogs and happy owners.

This is when i rescued my second dog Biskit the Greyhound (pictured left - there is a big hole in my heart since he died - he made me laugh every day!)

Whilst employed as a Dog Warden i enrolled at the Animal Care College, studying Intermediate Canine Psychology passing at Distinction level.

Later when i felt a change of direction was needed, I worked as a Veterinary Nurse at Brimsham & Winterbourne Veterinary Clinics, gaining further valuable knowledge of animal health and treatment. I left this job as i was offered a job at Teckels.

I spent 9 months working at Teckels Animal Sanctuary as a kennel assistant, working with boarding dogs and the rehoming dogs, helping to train and socialise the dogs. Unfortunately the distance to travel every day was too far to Teckels so i left this job.

I also spent several years working alongside another dog trainer at Castle Court Dog Training Club which was a Kennel Club class........before setting up my own classes. I have been running my own classes since March 2012. 

My classes are not Kennel club classes because I do not agree with some of the standards of dog breeding set by them, these are my personal feelings.

In December 2017 I attended a wolf and dog behaviour day course which was incredibly interesting and an amazing hands on experience with wolves, one of the highlights of my life was to be so close and touch wolves!

On the 13 December 2018 I attended a CPD dog First Aid emergency canine care course to refresh my skills. At all of my venues I have emergency First Aid kits!

In June 2019 i completed a canine body language course run the by The Dog Training College. I also completed a reactive dog course in 2020

Please come along and see what I have to offer you and your dog.

If you require any more information please use the contact form or give me a ring me.

Celine 0782 1975187

For individual class locations and details please see the class pages.

Serving an area covering Thornbury, Bradley Stoke, Almondsbury, Winterbourne (South Gloucestershire) and Berkeley, Dursley, Slimbridge & Cam (Gloucestershire), also North Bristol and all areas in between.

Also classes in Arlingham Gloucestershire. Serving Frampton on Severn, Stonehouse, Whitminster, Slimbridge, Hardwicke, Quedgeley, Cam, Dursley, Stroud and Gloucester.

The secure enclosed dog walking fields are near Stonehouse, Stroud, Cam, Dursley and Gloucester