About me


Welcome to Happy Dog Happy Owner

Are you looking for a dog trainer to help you learn your dog’s language?

Would you like to understand him better and learn to read in order to build a trusting and emotional relationship with your dog on an equal footing?

Do you want to better perceive his needs and wish for an intimate relation-ship in which you can work together with fun and joy?

You will find this with me:

  • An empathetic and friendly way of dealing with people and dogs.
  • Individual solution-oriented training Help with behavioral problems such as anxiety and aggressive behavior.
  • Reward-based training that always has the needs of your four-legged friend in mind.

Dogs and cats have always been part of my family, no matter where we lived because of work, whether in South Korea, Pakistan, Zimbabwe, Uganda or South Africa.

In Zimbabwe I joined the Gundog Club Mashonaland and did a lot of dummy work with my 2 Labbys.  As a non-hunter, I have successfully led both in numerous field trials, which took place there in winter on the farms.

In Pretoria I worked with the African Veterinary Association in mobile clinics in the townships. There we vaccinated and sterilized numerous dogs and cats every week and cared for sick and malnourished animals. In addition, I gained impressive experience working in an animal shelter in Johannesburg.

In 2011 I decided to train as a dog trainer and behavior consultant at COAPE (Centre of Applied Pet Ethology) and fnished my diploma in March 2014. From then I have been providing professional behavioral counseling to dog owners and opened my doggy ​​​​daycare center -and kennel Happy Dog Happy Owner in January 2015.

After moving from South Africa to Oelde in 2018 and successfully passing the certificate of expertise in accordance with Section 11 of the Animal Welfare Act, I am passionate about accompanying human-dog teams again. As a member of the TopTrainer community at the Scheuerhof Animal Academy, I take part in weekly Zoom meetings, attend regular seminars and take part in annual specialist events in order to always stay up to date. I have now specialized specifically in the topic of dog encounters – one of the biggest challenges for many dog ​​owners.”

My goal is to show people how they can communicate and live non-violently in a respectful and loving relationship with their dogs.

Jock, my 13 year old Parson Russell Terrier from South Africa, is now enjoying a German Terrier life and is still a true inspiration to me and my work.

Barbara with Jock