My name is Louise and I am a qualified, reward based dog trainer offering highly recommended dog training services including extremely popular in-home training across Mid & West Essex and East Hertfordshire as well as online training nationwide.


Looking for the best puppy training?

Teach your puppy to be well behaved by working on behaviours such as:

  • Mouthing and chewing
  • Jumping up
  • Pulling on the lead
  • Coming when called

Set your puppy up to be the relaxed, well-behaved companion you’ve always wanted and book your in-person or online private training sessions which are tailored to you and your puppy’s needs.

Due to maternity leave, in-person and online training will be available from July 2022


Have you:

  • Finished private puppy training?
  • Completed puppy classes elsewhere?
  • Want to take the next step in your training journey?
  • Got an adult dog and looking for training?

I have a range of dog training workshops where you can 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
  • Has fun learning new tricks
  • Learns new skills such as scentwork and hoopers

Keep an eye out for a range of workshops from Q3 2022…


Does your dog:

  • Pull on the lead?
  • Not come when called?
  • Jump up?
  • Bark excessively?

Then private training is for you.

Tailored, bespoke sessions for you and your dog mean you get the best possible results.

Due to maternity leave, private sessions are available from July 2022.

Do your work commitments mean that organising an in-home session is tricky?

Do you live outside of Mid & West Essex or East Hertfordshire?

No problem, we can arrange an online consultation instead.



Do you:

  • Live too far away for in-person training?
  • Want to enjoy classes from the comfort of your own home?
  • Have a dog that struggles in a group class environment?
  • Want to try lots of different classes taught by Happiest Hounds in collaboration with expert trainers at Developing Dogs?

Join our wide range of live and fully interactive online classes.

All which can be carried out in your living room or garden from Parkour to Gundog skills, Hoopers, Creative Activity Games, Talking Dogs Scentwork, Brain Games and many more!

Due to maternity leave, these classes will be available again mid-2022.



Teach your dog to be a scent detector dog!  Talking Dogs Scentwork classes and workshops tap into your dog’s natural ability to detect particular scents with their amazing sense of smell.

Join live and fully interactive online Talking Dogs Scentwork classes.

Intro and practise sessions held via live, online classes. There are different themes each week to challenge your dog’s detector skills.

Alternatively, join in-person workshops and start with Scent 1 to begin your scentwork journey.

After Scent 1, you can then progress through to Scent 2 and 3 to build your skills as a team.

Scentwork is lots of fun and very mentally tiring and satisfying for your dog too!



Hoopers is an awesome sport, similar to agility but with no landing impact or weaving.  Hoopers is great for dogs of all shapes and sizes!

I teach live and fully interactive Online Hoopers classes. I also have FREE beginner Hoopers videos on my YouTube channel, ‘Happiest Hounds Dog Training’.

Advanced Online Hoopers Classes are held weekly.  You can join in from your own garden!

Beginner and Advanced Hoopers In-Person Workshops are available from July 2022.  These are held at Developing Dogs in Ely and The Adventure Bark, Much Hadham.

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 —