Fabulous Dog Trainer!
Louise is not only a fabulous Dog Trainer & Behavior Consultant but also a wonderful teacher of people. Trust that Louise can help you with any of your training or Behavior needs.
Florida, U.S.A. 2015
I've Been Taught So Much!
When attending classes at Happy dogs Estepona, I've found that happy dogs is exactly what you come away with, they are happy to arrive, happy to take part and so happy to learn and I couldn't ask for more! My dogs have never loved anything as much as they love these classes.When I attended my first course, Louise had her worked cut out with me! But she was so kind and didn't mind constantly having to repeat herself and not because of the dogs it was just for me! Having attended other training classes, that I had thought were ok, from my first day I thought I had gone from Primary school straight to university! I've been taught so much; I just can't believe how it's changed mine and my dogs’ lives.
18 Feb 2016
A Fabulous Teacher
About 4 years ago, I undertook a dog instructor’s course and met Louise and, although we have both worked with and for dogs since, it’s been in different directions. However, throughout this time, we have managed to help each other a lot and become good friends.
From our initially meeting, Louise went on in different ways and has gone on to successfully pass various courses and gained many more qualifications, as well as starting her own training courses. The first class I attended in Mijas, that Louise hosted, was a Trick class and more recently, I have attended a Manners class at Happy Dogs Estepona. I have witnessed the all-round investment in time, knowledge and skills that Louise has put in to become a fabulous teacher and that positive reinforcement really works!
I am the owner of a small dog charity, 4 Paws Adoptions, and I know that all the dogs I adopt have had Positive Reinforcement training and I am sure that has aided the successful adoption process for me. Some of the dogs even have a couple of tricks to impress their new families and I am certain that the dogs having good manners solidifies an adoption. A dog with good manners, that’s been trained positively, enhances a smooth relationship!
Also, Louise and Jambo (her Staffy Bull Terrier Champion Trick dog) have continually helped to raise funds for 4 Paws Adoptions both online and at various events we have hosted.
21 Feb, 2017.
4 Paws Adoptions, Fuengirola.
Positive and Driven!
Louise Stapleton is a very positive and driven dog trainer and it’s nice to see she loves all dogs, little of big, young or older. The dogs really like her and within a few minutes dogs are naturally coming to her. We are very happy to visit Louise regularly with our little dog because he is learning but also having a great time!
Inge Van Kemenade
A Kind Method of Training
Lottie loved Louise and the private lessons. Lottie is 8 months old and has gotten off to a great start. Found her treat which was surprisingly balls. A very kind method of training and it works. Will be joining the group classes for tricks and then agility. Now it is practice practice and more practice.
I couldn’t recommend enough the experience for both you and your dog. Patience, logical and easily explained, Louise makes you a better owner/trainer and more importantly Eddie came on leaps and bounds and our relationship and understanding has improved both our learning and training. Well done Louise and Eddie.
This has done wonders with our dog! I definitely recommend DogSmith of Estepona for anyone having a furry friend!
Very Happy Puppy
Just finished The Small Paw Etiquette Puppy Class. Thank you, Louise, for your patience and kind method of teaching. Delilah has settled well at home and is becoming a well behaved and very Happy puppy. I look forward to the next course.
San Pedro de Alcántara
An Amazing Trainer
Louise is an amazing trainer with a lot of knowledge that she shares. She works with positive rewards, love, treats and happiness. I recommend her courses to all type of dog owners.
Nueva Andalucía, Málaga. 2019.
I Highly Recommend!
Pablo & I just completed the Small Paws Etiquette Puppy Class and we both loved it! We love Louise’s kind and positive training methods and the two of us learned so much on the course. I highly recommend the Dogsmith and we were so impressed we are signing up for the next one. Thank you.
Benahavis, Málaga. 2019
I can highly recommend Louise and Janina’s classes. I took my dog through the Pet Dog Ambassador training and really liked the calm, positive, reward-based approach. I also took a Fun Scent Games class and my dog loved it, it was a fun way to mentally stimulate Buddy.
Thank you Louise and Janina.
San Pedro de Alcántara. 2019.
Louise is a fantastic trainer, brilliant with the dogs & the owners! Very patient & makes every class a great fun learning environment. Highly recommended.
San Pedro de Alcántara. 2019
Patient and Understanding
We took puppy classes with Louise for our first dog. He loved them and we learnt not only a few basics, but also the principle behind force free training and partnership with your dog. Now I’m back for help with a very nervous new rescue. Louise has been brilliant, very patient and understanding. After a private session I came away with a huge amount of follow up information, guidance and videos to help us on a journey to gentle socialisation. Highly recommended!
Helping me to get the upper hand on some behavioural issues with two rascals. Patient, professional and very clear education sessions that can be practiced … be prepared for lots of homework. Louise’s experience shines through. Highly recommend.
Delighted to Have Found You
Our first agility class was excellent. Louise is a very professional trainer which I appreciate so much. The other dogs and their owners are all extremely nice. I have been searching for many years to find dog classes in this area that are professional, safe and enjoyable and I am so delighted to have found you! Looking forward to our next class.
Thank you both!
We attended one of Louise's group workshops with our recent 4 legged addition to the family. I wasn't sure how it would work with multiple dogs in a group setting but Louise and Janina were calm and in control making it very comfortable and easy. They were both extremely patient with my daughter, taking the time to speak to her directly and make sure she understood as well.
We left with a lot of tools that we can continue to use at home to progress. Considering the amount of knowledge we received and one on one time, as well as expert answers to our questions I thought it was amazing value!! As new dog owners, I feel much better equipped to be a "good" dog owner. Thank you both for a fascinating morning!
San Pedro de Alcántara
DogSmith of Estepona are Incredible
DogSmith of Estepona are incredible, you can see they truly care about what they do and it shows in the results they have achieved with me and my puppy, very professional, friendly and patient with both of us... Louise is an amazing trainer and really knows her stuff!!!! Would recommend definitely.
Benahavís, Málaga. (February 2021)
Her Team is Wonderful Too.
Louise was recommended to me by a friend who’s opinion I value and she pointed me in the Dogsmith direction. How right she was! Louise is absolutely professional, loves her dogs (and they know it) and takes her job very seriously. I never heard her raise her voice and her pupils gushed to do her bidding. A very wise lady who performed her task with a minimum of fuss. If you want help in seriously training your dog then Louise is your Go-to lady. Her team is wonderful too.
Marbella, Málaga. (April 2022)
My dog Luna and I just finished our first course with Louise. Louise is fantastic, a real dog pro and a great instructor. Also, I really admire her patience as my dog often had a mind of her own and I often got the commands mixed up. Luna´s behaviour walking on the leash has improved 100% and she now, normally, listens very well when I call her. We still have to keep practicing every day but it is definitely worth it.
The training with Louise was so enjoyable for both of us and I definitely plan to do more sessions with her in the future. Thanks for everything, Louise. Will definitely recommend you to my other dog-loving friends.
Marbella, Málaga. (April 2023)
I Can and Do Highly Recommend!
Great session! I really enjoyed the private session I took with Louise at Happy Dogs Estepona, I have a very timid rescue dog called Lollie she's been with me a year now and is very fearful of many, many things. She really enjoyed the 'clicker' and scent games in our session and I have found that her recall has improved since continuing her clicker training after the session. Louise really went above and beyond anything I expected, she was so informative and took the time out of her busy schedule to send me an extensive list of helpful information that can help Lollie overcome her fears. I can and do highly recommend her to others. I wish I lived nearer to her as I would definitely attend more sessions with her. Thank you, Louise.
10 Dec 2016
Calm, Professional Training Technique
I took my eight-year-old dog to the Ambassador class with Louise and she absolutely loved it. She’s never had any kind of training before as we live in a rural area and she is always running free. Within one class she was walking nicely on a lead and generally having a fantastic time - especially with all the treats she ate. Louise has a calm, professional training technique and this is reflected in the progress the dogs make so quickly.
3 Jan 2017
I Would Recommend Any of The Classes!
I have completed several classes with Louise of Happy Dogs Estepona, all have been great fun for me but more importantly the dogs love it.
Louise has a great ability to teach, she has depth of knowledge not only about dog behavior but how to make the learning fun for the dogs and the owners.
The sessions are well organized, friendly and enjoyable. I would recommend any of the classes as they help you to understand your dog and gain useful techniques to help when out and about.
The classes that I have attended are: Fun tricks and Manners, Fun Scent Games and Pet Dog Ambassador.
28 Feb. 2017
I started as a client but became hooked on dog training and after several years of study, certifications, and practice, I am now an instructor at The DogSmith! My passion is teaching dogs of all breeds, sizes, and ages how to be happy in your family but my specialities are Fun Scent Games and Puppies! Our own dogs love to train both at home and with Louise. They are happier and more motivated to work! We will absolutely continue with group classes and can highly recommend also private classes. We love how well Louise works with different kind of dogs and are happy that she always has time for questions.
Looking Forward to the Next Course
It was a pleasure not just for me but I know Caesar looks forward to his manners class every Saturday. It has helped me to learn to teach Caesar in the correct way.I look forward to the next course. Thank you, Louise.
A Wealth of Knowledge
Louise offers really great training through a reward based programme. Our dog responded well to the positive reinforcement. Her love and passion for dogs is obvious. Louise, has a wealth of knowledge about dog behaviour and is able to differentiate the behaviour of various dogs in the group and knows how to help each owner in carrying out the training tasks. Her knowledge is also demonstrated in providing useful tips to enhance good behaviour in dogs. The class summaries together with the suggested homework are invaluable.
Mike and Mary Grech
A very positive experience for our little Ness and us. Louise was always available to answer questions and provide personalized advice. Thank you for everything.
Susan and Chip Ponthus Jackson
An Excellent Grounding
We have just completed our "Small Paw Etiquette Puppy Class" a 6 week course, which gave our 4 month old puppy "Joe" an excellent grounding. We too benefited from the course in development and training techniques, which we will continue with over the coming months. The course also provided good socialisation skills for a young pup. Louise clearly has a passion for dogs, she makes the classes fun, all the pups love her and her training skills can only lead to a happy, well behaved adult dog.
Very Professional Trainer!
We had a private session and took part of some of the puppy group classes – Louise is a great and very professional trainer! She gave us all the necessary steps to have a well-trained dog and really went the extra mile. It was obvious that she loves what she does and therefore does it with a lot of passion. Every class was followed up with an email summarising all the information needed to practice at home. The classes were a lot of fun and Quila, our puppy, loved Louise! Very recommendable for everyone looking for professional training!!!
Knowledgeable and Fun ApproachWe took two different sets of classes and Mati absolutely loved them! There could not be a more excited and eager dog every time the training started. Thank you, Louise, for your knowledgeable and fun approach – not only Mati is now well-mannered but he’s a star at agility!
Louise and Janina were wonderful helping us with our puppy. He adored them and worked really hard with them to learn all the basic manners a puppy needs to learn, as well as helping us learn the skills to continue training at home. Would 100% recommend the DogSmith to anybody who needs a helping hand to train their dogs.
Very professional and learned a lot.
Remarkable Level of Expertise
I am delighted with my Mastin puppy’s training.
The level of expertise is remarkable and has clearly been acquired through dedication and years of intensive experience and study. I am very impressed. Thank you Louise and Janina.
Nueva Andalucía. 2020
I Only Wish I’d Come to You Sooner! I recently attended a workshop with Louise and Janina, what an amazing and fun experience! My two dogs and I learned so much, and that we may need a little more training to eliminate all the bad habits we have formed over the years. With some further training, tailored to our needs, I am confident that my dogs and I will have a far more satisfying, rewarding and safe life together. Thank you Louise and Janina, I only wish I’d come to you sooner!
Estepona, Málaga. 2020
We Will Definitely be Going Back!
We attended the 6 week puppy classes and absolutely loved it! Louise was so helpful and patient, both with our very large puppy and us! We felt totally supported with any questions or concerns we had, and we were always able to reach out for help if any problems arose. Even after the 6 weeks of classes, we still feel supported with check up emails and tips to keep the training up. With so many options for classes, we will definitely be going back!
Benahavís, Málaga. (August 2020)
Couldn’t recommend this enough!!
Attending DogVentures at The DogSmith is one of the best things we could have done for our 7 months old American Stafford Loíe.
The socialization outings helped her make positive associations with her environment and because of that she’s growing into a really confident and social dog. The training sessions help us communicate better with Loíe, which makes a happy dog and happy owners!
We initially planned on attending training and socialization classes for six weeks, but after seeing the changes in Loíe and how much we keep learning with every session we are more than happy to continue! Every session is something different, from working on impulse control and confidence with the surface circus, to playing scent games and different training games for building new skills. Anything that comes up during the training sessions will be addressed, nothing is too much. Couldn’t recommend this enough!!
Sophie van Oostenbrugge
Nueva Andalucía, Málaga (March 2021)
I found Louise to be friendly, professional, and extremely knowledgeable. Our session with my dog, Minnie, was fun and informative and I have learned so much. Louise checks in to see how we are doing, and I feel in control again, I would highly recommend Louise for all your canine behavioural/training issues.
Ctra. de Istán, Málaga (August 2021)
You Won't Regret It!
Great professional, Louise made everything so easy with our new puppy. I highly recommend going to her- you won't regret it!
San Pedro de Alcántara, Málaga (June 2022)
Thank you! Thank you!
We had an AMAZING experience with Louise and Carol of DogSmith of Estepona! From the moment we contacted Louise, she was responsive, available, flexible, and always communicated quickly and with so much great information and help.
And our puppy, Tiara, was loved by her and Carol just as much as if she were their own. The progress they made with her training in the few days she was with them was phenomenal!
We cannot speak highly enough of the customer service, the amazing love and the amazing training our puppy received, as well as the kindness and attentiveness to help us continue her training at home. Thank you! Thank you! to both Louise and Carol for investing in the training of Tiara, and educating us as well as equipping us to have a closer connection with her, and to gain the skills to continue her training here at home.
Chipiona, Cádiz (December 2023)