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About Us

The only way to great work, is to love what you do – Steve Jobs

Rebecca was born in Howell, Michigan, and grew up on a livestock farm with 4 siblings and many loving creatures.

Growing up she played rugby and enjoyed showing livestock in 4H, but her passion was for dog training. 

She has traveled the world while serving her country and learned from great leaders and organizations.

She is inspired by happy, healthy dogs living alongside their human counterpart and loves being able to impact people’s lives through dog training. 

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“Dogs make the day better.”

Rebecca – Founder/Trainer

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Meli grew up in Miami, FL. 

She made the things she loved a priority in her life and followed it down the rabbit hole. She’s passionate about sharing anything that improved her life with others… like dog training!

Exploring a beautiful outdoor setting with her dog Rebel, doing anything fitness, dancing, beach sports, and ultimate frisbee are a few things Meli enjoys doing in her free time. 

She loves how dogs cultivate a sense of presence and play in a world that can sometimes feel too busy to have space for either. 

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Melissa – Co-Owner/Trainer

Lauren grew up in Lakeland, FL.

She is an FSU Graduate.

Lauren has experience training many exotic animals such as Siberian Lynx, Eurasian Eagle Owls, Lemurs, Capuchins, Chimpanzees, Rhinos, Elephants, and of course… Dogs. 

Her favorite thing to do is to enjoy the peaceful sunrise at the barn with her horse and dog. 

She loves how dogs are always so happy to see you and the companionship they bring. 

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“You will always have a friend if you have a dog”

Lauren – Training Director

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Lucas was born in Albany, Georgia, and has lived all over the US from California to the USVI. 

Before graduating from FIU in 2018, he was in the USMC, attended boat captain school, obtained his dive instructor certification, lived in the Virgin Islands, and sailed the Bahamas… twice. 

He loves to go on adventures like kayaking the entire Florida Keys from Key Largo to Key West in 9 days or hiking glacier crevices in Iceland. 

His favorite thing about dogs is their dependability and commitment to make us happy. 

Lucas – Operations Director

With over 3 years of dog training experience and a background in behavior analysis from the University of Florida, Sam is dedicated to helping people develop deeper bonds with their furry friends.

His passion for understanding animal behavior has led him to work with various species, including shelter dogs and those with special needs. Currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Animal Shelter Medicine and Management, Sam is committed to making a positive difference in the lives of both animals and their owners.

When he’s not training, you can find him exploring new trails with his rescue dog, Django, by his side. As a Fear Free certified trainer working towards CCPDT Certification, Sam strives to create a positive and enriching experience for both you and your dog.

“Dedicate yourself to what gives your life true meaning and purpose; make a positive difference in someone’s life.”
― Roy T. Bennett

Sam - Professional Dog Trainer

Meet Alana, the Administrative Coordinator at the heart of our Guest Services team. With her meticulous attention to detail and unwavering commitment to client satisfaction, Alana ensures that your training journey is seamless and enjoyable from start to finish.

Alana’s deep love for dogs and genuine passion for connecting with their owners shine through in her warm, personable approach. She understands the incredible bond between humans and their furry companions, and she is dedicated to helping you and your dog enjoy your lives together.

When she’s not keeping our day-to-day operations running smoothly, Alana enjoys spending her Sundays in her cozy sunroom, immersed in a captivating book while watching her two beloved pups, Winston and Pascal, play joyfully with her daughter in the yard. As a woman of many talents, Alana also finds joy in exploring her creative side through crocheting, painting, baking, and singing.

Winston and Pascal, Alana’s adorable canine companions, are more than just pets; they are her honorary office assistants, always ready to offer a friendly wag or a comforting cuddle. Their presence is a constant reminder of the special place dogs hold in Alana’s heart and the hearts of all those she serves.

With Alana as your guide and support throughout your training experience, you can rest assured that every detail will be handled with care, compassion, and a genuine commitment to your success. Her warm smile and infectious love for dogs will make you feel right at home, and her dedication to your journey will inspire you every step of the way.

Alana – Administrative Coordinator

Meet Taylor, our dedicated team member who goes above and beyond to ensure that our customers have the best possible experience while purchasing their training and boarding packages. With a lifelong love for dogs, Taylor is deeply committed to helping create happy, fulfilling lives for both canines and their human companions.

When he’s not assisting our customers, you’ll often find Taylor outdoors, soaking up the sun and embracing his love for fishing. Whether he’s out on a boat, navigating the waters in a kayak, or strolling along the dog beach with his loyal pups by his side, Taylor is always eager to cast a line and reel in the catch of the day. He’s also an avid pickleball player and thrives on friendly competition.

Taylor’s three beloved dogs—Reggie, Louie, and DJ—are his constant companions and trusted sidekicks. They love lending a helping paw to their dad as he works tirelessly to support our customers and delight in hearing about all the adorable puppies and dedicated pet parents that Happy With Dogs serves every day.

With Taylor as your guide, you can trust that your experience with Happy With Dogs will be exceptional. His genuine love for dogs, combined with his unwavering commitment to customer satisfaction, ensures that you and your furry friend will receive the highest level of care and attention throughout your journey with us.

Taylor - Sales Coordinator