About Happy Paws Humane Pet Training
Happy Paws is a collaborative project of the Chesapeake Humane Society, Norfolk SPCA and Virginia Beach SPCA that provides education and training to strengthen the bond between companion animals and their families. Our collective vision is for all pets in Hampton Roads to live in loving forever homes. Happy Paws is made possible courtesy of a generous grant from the Alfred L. Nicholson Fund of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation.
Happy Paws’ training philosophy is the product of years of training and research. We believe that every pet is an individual member of a family and deserves to be treated humanely and with respect. Our training methods center on a reward-based method system that builds a positive relationship between you and your pet.
This relationship is achieved by teaching our animals what is expected of them in any given situation, rather than using force and excessive corrections. At Happy Paws, we take a holistic approach that is firmly rooted in scientific learning theory.
Our primary approach is to positively reinforce all of your pet’s behaviors that we want to happen again. Also, we believe that training should be fun for both you and your pet.