MEET OUR STAFF
I started Happy Tails Dog Training in 1980, and I have been teaching classes for over 40 years. I have competed in obedience, conformation, herding, agility and nosework.
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!
Young Puppy Pre-School
I have been an animal lover since birth! Dog and horse crazy. I became interested in dog training while in High School, attending the local Kennel Club’s annual dog show and obedience trial. It wasn’t until one summer break in college that I took our family Labrador cross, Hudson, through an obedience training class. I was hooked! I continued taking classes at Happy Tails and training Hudson to eventually show her in obedience, agility and rally obedience. During that time, I fell in love with another breed – the Spinone Italiano. I’ve had the privilege of owning 5 of them and in addition to obedience, we’ve ventured into the conformation ring and bird field.
I started assisting a good friend and fantastic trainer with Puppy Kindergarten classes at Happy Tails over 15 years ago. When she moved away, I took over and other than a couple breaks to have my kids, I’ve been teaching the puppy classes since then. I always say, puppy class is the best of both worlds – I get to play with puppies every week, but I don’t have to potty train them!
In addition to my husband and our 2 boys that keep me busy, I have 3 Spinoni, 2 barn cats and a few chickens. I am a Registered Veterinary Technician at a local vet clinic and have additional training in Canine Massage.
CGC, Rally and Advanced Obedience
Bio and picture coming soon!
Brenda Belmonte CPDT-KA
Brenda Belmonte has been a lifelong dog fanatic. Her first experience with dog training was training her dog to participate in her high school theatre performance of “Pippen.” It was then she knew dog training was always going to be a part of her life.
Fast forward four decades, Brenda is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) that has taught a variety of disciplines, from puppies to adults. Her passion is working with adolescent dogs, dog reactivity, and aggression. She is a professional member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, and a supporting member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, and a professional member of the Pet Professional Guild.
Brenda has titled dogs in conformation, obedience, rally, barn hunt, and agility. She is currently competing in agility with her Pug, Lena, and has recently added Kanan, a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever to her family. She is the owner of Two Paws Up Dog Training, LLC in Lead, SD, and is thrilled to be a guest instructor at Happy Tails Dog Training