Hello, I'm Terry Besler. I started Happy Tails Dog Training in 1980, and I have been teaching classes for over 30 years. I have competed in obedience, conformation, herding, and agility.

I have raised English and Irish Setters, Border Collies, and now enjoy breeding, training, and trialing with Papillons. My dogs and I have acquired trophies, championships, titles and have enjoyed the ride; but the relationship with my dogs is my most valuable accomplishment!
Training your dog can be one of your most satisfying endeavors. Learning how your dog learns, and how to teach him what you want is priceless.

The main focus on all my training is to teach the dog rather than correct the dog for something he hasn't learned yet. I use positive reinforcement training methods, often with both a clicker and food rewards.

Whether you just want a better-behaved, more relaxed furry friend at home, or if you want to learn to compete in agility, conformation, or any of the companion dog events—I would love to help you develop a great relationship with your dog through training!



Have a dog that needs some basic manners training, or have a new puppy that needs to get off to a good start? Ever thought of getting into the sport of dog agility or nose work? Join a class and come train with us!


All puppies and adult dogs must be current on the following vaccines—Rabies (age appropriate), Parvo/Distemper Combo and Bordatella (Kennel Cough). If you are a new student, please bring your vaccination/shot records with you the first night of class. Thank you for helping us keep the Training Center and your fellow students clean and safe!

Questions? Contact Us

2451 S Plaza Dr
Rapid City, SD


  • Facebook - White Circle