I am a qualified reward based dog trainer offering highly recommended classes in Bramfield (near Hertford) and Harlow.  I also offer extremely popular in-home training across West Essex and East Hertfordshire.


Liz & Millie

In-home puppy course

Being a first time dog owner of a very lively cockapoo, Millie, I was anxious to sign up for puppy classes and am so pleased I chose Happiest Hounds. Louise is amazing, she has such a rapport with all the dogs and by some miracle Millie and I were soon able to get to grips with the invaluable training tips. I also had 5 one-to-one sessions with Louise which were invaluable. Millie is now 9 months, and I constantly use many of the techniques taught by Louise and she is becoming a lovely little dog. I have just signed up for the next level of classes and am looking forward to learning more to help me with Millie as she matures. I have met other dog owners on my walks, many of whom have used Louise and, like me, can’t praise her highly enough.

Liz and Millie testimonial

Mariette & Vixen

Adult dog training classes

Louise is quite simply the very best dog trainer I’ve ever encountered. From puppy to advanced training with her is so much fun. I was also lucky enough to get my start in agility with her and when my doggy starts winding down we will take up hoopers with her. 100% recommended.

Mariette and Vixen testimonial

Sarah & Ernie

Hoopers classes

Ernie and I love Louise! She knows exactly how to help each individual dog and owner and how to make training fun. I would recommend happiest hounds all day long! 😊

Sarah and Ernie testimonial

Tracy & Tugga

Private Life Skills Course, St. Albans

Didn’t know where to start with a rescue dog and never owning one before – Louise gave the dog and the owners confidence to deal with issues we had recall, his own confidence. She was amazing. Thoroughly recommend Happiest Hounds Dog Training.

Tracy & Tugga

Laura & Missy

Harlow Foundation, Intermediate, Progression and Advanced Courses

If your looking for fun, friendly, effective classes look no further! Lou is amazing, extremely patient and makes the classes so enjoyable for you and your furry companion. Waggy tails and smiling faces all round, 5 stars from us

Les & Goldie

Private 1:1 session and Harlow Foundation & Advanced Courses

Happiest hounds training for us was so positive and rewarding. Excellent deliverence by Lou and brilliant interaction for ourselves and our doggie. would highly recommend.


Emma & Buster

Bramfield Puppy Life Skills Course and Harlow Foundation, Intermediate, Progression & Advanced Courses

Thanks so much Louise for a fabulous intermediate training course – Buster loved it!

Lucy, Dale and Bruce

Bramfield Puppy Life Skills Course and Hunsdon Life Skills Follow On Course

Thanks for the course Louise. Bruce learnt so much (as did we!)

Nikki & Twinkle

Harlow Foundation & Advanced Courses

So chuffed with my little Twinkle, how well she’s done in these classes, thank you Louise Bater xx

Kathryn & Toby

Harlow Foundation Course

Thank you Louise!
Toby has done so well in your class and I am really chuffed!!
Have a lovely Christmas!!

Karen & Bugsy

Harlow Foundation & Advanced Courses

Just want to say thank you from me and Bugsy! Had a great time and learned a lot from the course. Louise is great at teaching both dog an owner how to do things in a fun and relaxed atmosphere!
She adds little touches that make it all extra special!
Look forward to the next course!! X

Bugsy TEstimonial

Janine and Ivy

Bramfield Activities Classes & Harlow Foundation Course

Since I started reward-based training with Happiest Hounds, the difference with my 8 month old cocker spaniel has been incredible. She was quite good at recall – until she suddenly got ‘in the zone’ and bolted off in the direction of the road after a low-swooping bird! Now, I use treats as a reward for regularly coming back to me; I particularly use this at times on the walk when I know there is a road at the other side of the field, and want to keep her focus on me and not on any unwanted distractions. I should say that she still has plenty of freedom and also that I use part of her breakfast for rewards, so that she doesn’t put on weight. My dog is so utterly motivated by food that she enjoys working for her treats, and she loves being stimulated with all the other training games and tricks that we have been learning. I am really happy that I made the decision to start reward-based training, and Louise is so enthusiastic and knowledgeable that it makes the lessons fun and rewarding for my dog and myself.


Sarah and Walt

Hunsdon Puppy Life Skills Course

Your training has been exceptional. Well planned, perfectly paced, thoughtful, encouraging, skillful….you successfully negotiated 4 puppies, 4 owners (probably more difficult than the puppies!) And a couple of children. I learned a lot from the training.  A special thank you for bringing the mats for Walt too.


Amy and Dexter

Private Puppy Life Skills Course, Watton-at-Stone and Harlow Foundation and Intermediate Courses as well as Hunsdon Life Skills Follow On Course

Can’t speak highly enough of Louise and Happiest Hounds. Having our first puppy, we wanted to make sure we had the best possible training for him and that is what we’ve got.

The Puppy Life Skills course was so effective and helped our nervous little pup become a confident, well behaved boy. It also taught us as new puppy parents so much valuable knowledge; it’s really enabled us to understand life from our puppy’s perspective. Everyone should do this course!

Louise delivers training in an interesting, enthusiastic way that we really love. I’m not sure who enjoys it more – us or our pup! The small classes are the perfect environment to allow your dog to flourish. She knows just how to get the best from your dog and her tailored approach gets great results. Dogs love her!

We love the style of training Happiest Hounds provides – it really let’s your dog’s personality shine. I know the relationship we have with our dog is so much closer due the training we’ve done with Happiest Hounds. It’s so much more than ‘sit’ ‘stand’ ‘stay’ – we’ve learnt to understand and respect each other and that is priceless. Thank you!

Venetia and Frankie

Bramfield Puppy Life Skills Course, Harlow Foundation & Advanced Courses

Frankie and I joined Happiest Hounds for puppy training, and enjoyed the classes so much that we never left! In the last year we have learnt so much – Louise helps you develop really useful skills which are totally relevant in everyday life with your dog. My hope for Frankie was for him to grow into a polite, well behaved dog, and Louise’s training methods have certainly played a major part in helping me understand how to achieve this. Her classes are small, friendly and professional; packed with fresh ideas and tips, we always have great fun too. Thank you, Louise!


Lesley and Goldie

Private 1:1 session and Harlow Foundation & Advanced Courses

Happiest Hounds was a wonderful course for both owner and dog alike. Great fun, very interactive and the small class with a maximum of 6 dogs gave us individual, tailored advice.   We went from a nervous rescue dog to one with growing confidence, even doing the last day off-lead and totally focused on me.  Louise is very knowledgeable and professional

Mike and Timba

Harlow Foundation & Advanced Courses

I had an amazing time training with Louise at Happiest Hounds. It was great to work outside in a real life environment with real life distractions. Timba’s focus on me increased dramatically with him wanting to focus on me rather than sniff around and look at the birds which for a Springer Spaniel was amazing! I really enjoyed the class, I have trained many dogs in the past yet I still learnt some new tricks. I’m looking forward to the advanced classes.


Sam and Bertie

Harlow Foundation Course

Louise from Happiest Hounds provides all the dog training you need with a friendly outgoing personality. She has worked wonders with ‘Bertie’ showing me what an intelligent dog he really is. The small classes are brilliant and you get lots of one to training. All for a good price too. I really recommend the classes

Janet, Keith, and Joe and Ted

Harlow Foundation & Advanced Courses and Private Courses for Fun Training

Saturday mornings are the most exciting in our household, Joe and Ted cannot contain their enthusiasm.
Joe is a very young 8year old who is getting a real boost from reinforcing some things he learnt several years ago, especially as treats are involved.  I have noticed that at home his interest in playing and focusing on me has developed and he is really enjoying life. His new tricks are also being shown off on his PAT dogs visits.
Ted is a very mischievous young dog, we are finding the reward approach really suits him, also because of the variety on the course he is never bored or restless waiting for his turn which often happens at the more traditional dog training classes. He is also more focused at his agility class.

Ted and Joe

Greg and Fidget

Harlow Foundation Course

Our course with Louise gave Fidget and I a big start in the use of reward based training.  The location is perfect – lots of real life distractions to be coped with during the session, which makes park life much easier to handle on morning walks…..The homework is great fun – the balls in the muffin tray game is a particular favourite. Thanks to Louise from Fidget and me!!


Linda and Millie

Private 1:1 Training Sessions and Harlow Foundation & Advanced Courses

Having been to both the 1:1 and the group sessions Louise makes the activities great fun but is very professional. She has empathy with both the dog and his/her owner responding to our various individual needs. We have learnt so much from someone whose love and enthusiasm for working with dogs and their owners is boundless. A great positive trainer whose sessions we both loved and learnt from. Thanks Louise

Laura and Reggie

Private 1:1 training sessions and Hunsdon Puppy Life Skills Course

Louise has visited myself and Reggie on a one to one basis and we have also attended the puppy classes. Louise has been absolutely fantastic with my little pup and also his neurotic owner! Her methods have made a huge difference in Reggie’s behaviour and she is always on hand with advice and support. I cannot recommend her enough!!


Gemma Mogridge

Hoopers workshop

Great teacher, focuses on each dog as an individual. Thank you.

Lisa Chapman

Host for Talking Dogs Scentwork Workshop in Surrey

Louise is an excellent trainer and very personable. She makes you feel like she has time for you and always answers your questions with consideration. Her methods are kind and fun.

Julia & Chester

In-home puppy course

We loved our private lessons. Learned so much. As anxious first time parents Louise was so encouraging and patient! Excellent time keeping. A real delight and pleasure to spend time with Louise. Thank you so much. Julia Nick Hannah and Chester the cockerpoo xxxx

Paul Lasky

Assistant dog trainer

I have assisted many dog trainers as part of my journey to being a dog trainer myself. Louise is one of the most forward thinking, positive and client focussed I have been lucky enough to work with. Having trained under some of the best on the planet herself she is a standout option if you are lucky enough to be near her.

Alice & Toby

Scentwork classes

Me & my working cocker attend Louise’s scent work class & we have so much fun! We have learnt so much & each lesson is different! The classes are small & always very supportive! Louise is so upbeat & fun, yet full of knowledge! I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her to anyone! We had so much fun we have booked on to another of her courses!!

Meet Lou Bater

Lou Bater, BSc (hons), APDT, UK (01275), ABTC Registered is an experienced reward based dog trainer and has enjoyed competing in an array of dog sports including Agility, Flyball and Canicross with her own dogs

“Just want to say thank you from me and Bugsy! Had a great time and learned a lot from the course. Louise is great at teaching both dog an owner how to do things in a fun and relaxed atmosphere!
She adds little touches that make it all extra special!
Look forward to the next course!! X”

— Karen & Bugsy —