Happy Wags, LLC is owned and operated by me, Catherine Alkons. I have been a dog lover my entire life and it made perfect sense to build a career working with dogs and other animals.
I currently live in Reading, PA and I am originally from northern PA. I have two dogs, Winston and Eva. Winston is an australian cattle dog mix who we rescued in 2011. He is a registered CGC (canine good citizen) and therapy dog. He enjoys volunteering at local hospitals where he visits children and brightens their day. Eva was rescued January 2015 and has made a wonderful addition to our pack. She is a jack russel mix.
I also live with my wonderful husband, Alex and our children Logan and Emily. We also have two cats: Ester and Leela.
I graduated from Millersville University, PA with a BS in Biology. Before I began my dog training career, I first began persuing dolphin training through extensive internships in the Florida Keys and Clearwater, FL. I learned many vital training methods and saw how well animals thrived and learned when given the right environment and taught using positive methods. I then studied with the Animal Behavior College to further my education with dog behavior and positive training methods. ABC is approved by the Bureau for Private Post secondary and Vocational Education and is an internationally recognized school.
I was hired by PETCO in 2012 where I was a dog trainer and animal specialist for over two years. I helped 300+ owners and their dogs reach a higher level of training through group and private classes. I then began my business and continue to expand my knowlege with the latest positive training methods and tools through self education and seminars.
In my time as an animal lover, trainer, and caretaker I have had experience with dogs, cats, several different species of fish (both salt and fresh), anemones, coral, various types of birds, snakes, turtles, lizards, otters, horses, llamas, and last but not least dolphins!
I would love to hear from you to see how I can make your life easier. Please take some time to check out the pet sitting and dog training packages that I offer.