Send the right signals, get the right results.
Our staff is well trained and educated in dog related fields (psychology, animal behavior, behavior modification, etc). The best way to teach a dog is to properly train the person who will be teaching them. We are proud of the fact that our turnover is very low and you will have the opportunity to get to know the staff well. Some of our staff have been at DGH several years and have watched our dogs grow up. We strive for positive long term relationships with both our dogs and clients.
A little about the two-legged creatures at DGH:
Megan Joy (MJ) Henricks
For the past five years MJ has managed Dog Gone Happy with a sturdy hand maintaining the quality of care and service DGH regulars have come to expect. After the business was sold in 2009, MJ stepped in as manager and has only improved the value that DGH brings to clients, human and canine alike.
After finishing her Bachelors in Psychology, MJ was looking for a summer job before attending graduate school and going on to primate training. She fell so in love with DGH that she decided to stay and continues her education with dogs. Even after 7+ years of employment at DGH she still learns something new about animal behavior every day and does a lot more smiling and laughing than she would in a classroom. More and more MJ finds her job to be discerning what a dog wants and finding a safe way to give it to them.
She reports "I am so grateful for the mutual love and respect that has developed between myself and our dogs. I am so blessed that so many wonderful people share their extraordinary dogs with me". MJ is also blessed to often hang out with DGH beasties outside of Dog Gone Happy with her house sitting and dog walking business. See her house sitting page for details.
MJ is Red Cross Canine First Aid certified.
Dog Gone Happy has been fortunate enough to have hired Meredith and to have kept her for over four years now! Meredith assists MJ with the facility maintenance and has been trained to provide backup when MJ is on vacation. Meredith’s studies center on obtaining her Master’s of Science in Companion Animal Behavior Counseling. She states that she is "grateful to be able to work at such a well run daycare." When Meredith finishes her education she will be fully qualified to work with dogs, cats and horses on behavioral issues. Meredith states with certainty that watching and interacting with the dogs at DGH has taught her a great deal about situations that inform her degree. She is doing her thesis with information she has gathered from DGH.
Dog Gone Happy utilizes the tenants of the Third Way of Training and Meredith especially appreciates that fact and the resulting safe and comfortable environment for all the dogs and staff. She says it is wonderful to see dogs grow and learn in the process
Alyssa is the new, newest member of Dog Gone Happy. She brings with her a Bachelors of Science in Psychology, as well as volunteer experience from animal shelters. She had planed to go into Counseling, but her love for dogs and interest in theprinciples of behavioral learning lead her to Dog Gone Happy. She plans to continue her education in animal behaviorism. Alyssa has fallen in love with each and every dog she has met at Dog Gone Happy! She loves to come to work and learn from her new doggy friends. She is so excited to be apart of the team!
Alyssa brings with her a Bachelors of Science in Psychology, as well as volunteer experience from animal shelters. She had planed to go into Counseling, but her love for dogs and interest in the principles of behavioral learning lead her to Dog Gone Happy. She plans to continue her education in animal behaviorism. Alyssa has fallen in love with each and every dog she has met at Dog Gone Happy! She loves to come to work and learn from her new doggy friends. She is so excited to be apart of the team!
Gabe is Dog Gone Happy's newest and most enthusiastic employee. He came to Dog Gone Happy with 5 years of experience in positive reinforcement dog training. He's not only a staff member, he is also a client! His Border Collies Isis and Legs Diamond attend daycare several days a week. When the three of them are not at daycare, you can find them trick training or playing disc/frisbee or some other fun dog sport at neighborhood parks or 1000 acres. Your dog is welcome to join them at daycare or on any one of their many adventures! In addition to daycare, Gabe offers In home dog/house sitting, dog walks/check-ins, and just about anything else to keep dogs mentally stimulated and physically sound! This guy just can't get enough dog!!!