The Happy Dog Inn is managed and operated by only two qualified people. Therefore, we personally get to know every owner and pet.
Owner and Operator of Happy Dog Inn brings more than 35 years experience with dogs. He began his professional career as a USAF Police Dog Handler in 1976. In 1982 he founded Canine Behavior Consultants in Barrington, IL to assist people with Dog Behavior problems. Part of his training included a pack behavior study and wolf study. Tom spent a week at The San Francisco SPCA to observe their Animal Behavior program. In 1992 Tom and Canine Behavior Consultants moved to Scottsdale. Tom is a court approved expert on Dog Behavior in Scottsdale, Phoenix and the Maricopa County court systems. He also taught Continuing Education classes for the Arizona Veterinary Medical Association. In speaking with many clients through the years Tom learned of the need for a high quality Boarding facility. In 2002 The Happy Dog Inn opened for business. Tom and his wife Ilana have an Australian Shepherd named Ruby, a Terrier mix named Lewis and a Miniature Schnauzer named Frank.
Maria has been a longtime Animal Lover who began her career in 2001 in San Jose, CA. Maria has been a volunteer at The Humane Society of Silicon Valley and a Dog Trainer/Behaviorist for The Lucky Dog in the San Francisco bay area. She has also worked at Veterinary Hospitals and Pet Stores. Maria has a Chow mix, named Oso, who she adopted from one of the organizations the Happy Dog Inn assists.