My name is Louise and I am a qualified reward based dog trainer offering highly recommended classes in Bramfield (near Hertford), Harlow, Hunsdon (near Ware) and Watton-at-Stone. I also offer extremely popular in-home training across West Essex and East Hertfordshire.

Why choose Happiest Hounds?  I am the ONLY instructor teaching classes and private training sessions so you know you’re getting quality instruction and a consistent approach at every session.   


Teach your puppy to be well behaved by stopping and preventing behaviours such as:

  • Mouthing and chewing
  • Jumping up
  • Pulling on the lead
  • Not coming when called

Just 4 puppies per class.  Set your puppy up to be the relaxed, well-behaved companion you’ve always wanted and book your space in one of the range of puppy classes available.


Is your dog over 6 months old?  Join in one of my range of adult dog classes (including Hoopers agility) and look forward to a dog who:

  • Comes when called – even when there are distractions like other dogs!
  • Walks nicely on the lead and listens to you
  • Enjoys a low impact agility sport (Hoopers)
  • Learns to be calm and settle anywhere

Heard of clicker training?  Wanted to try it but not sure what to do?  I have classes for you!


Classes not convenient?  Want to get better, faster results?

Train in the real life context of your own home and benefit from the convenience of having me come to your home.  Book your coaching package now.

From puppies to adult dogs, there is an in-home package to suit you.

Don’t want to commit to a training package?  No problem!  One off sessions are also available.


Is your dog running off instead of coming when called?  Find yourself chasing after your dog when he runs off to say hello to another dog in the park?

Book a one off session or a discounted bespoke package where I can coach you to teach your dog to love running back to you when called.


Is your dog taking YOU for a walk instead of the other way around?  Fed up with an aching shoulder from your dog constantly pulling?

Would you like a dog who walks nicely beside you on the lead?

A tailored loose lead walking package is for you.  Or book a one off session to get you started on the right track.


Want to teach your dog cool tricks like how to skateboard, find your keys, pack their toys away, close doors for you, and a vast array of other amazing tricks? Check out the Meet My Dogs page to see a range of trick demonstrations.  Go ahead and book a Fun (& useful!) Tricks Package (or one off session) tailored to your requirements.

Meet Louise Bater

Lou Bater, BSc (hons), APDT, UK (01275), ABTC Registered, is an experienced reward based dog trainer who was part of the dog training team on BBC2’s prime time TV show, Me and My Dog: The Ultimate Contest. Louise has enjoyed competing in an array of dog sports including Agility, Flyball and Canicross with her own dogs.

“Can’t speak highly enough of Louise.”

“Having our first puppy, we wanted to make sure we had the best possible training for him and that is what we’ve got.

It’s really enabled us to understand life from our puppy’s perspective. Everyone should do this course!

She knows just how to get the best from your dog and her tailored approach gets great results.

We love the style of training Happiest Hounds provides – it’s so much more than ‘sit’ ‘stand’ ‘stay’ – we’ve learnt to understand and respect each other and that is priceless. Thank you!”

— Amy & Dexter —