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OFFICIAL CLUB ADVENTURE: Happier Handling Skills Practice

**This event has been cancelled and will be rescheduled in July**

For this Official Club Adventure, we are headed to the Northwood Athletic Fields in Northwood, NH for some fear free skills practice with Laura Gendron of Miss Behavior Training .

Going to the Vet can be a stressful experience for both dogs and their people. Often, it’s an environment that comes with a lot of emotional or traumatic history and is so out of context from the home environment that it becomes a whirlwind of triggers.

Laura is a certified, professional dog trainer who will teach participants happier handling skills, including predictor cues and cooperative care techniques, in an environment that is different from home, but allows your dog to feel a bit more comfortable with the introduction of some handling on-the-go.

During this event, you will have an opportunity to expand upon what was taught during the Happier Handling at Home Pop Up Talk.

Participants will move through different stations with their dog to practice skills that will eventually be needed during a vet visit. With Laura’s guidance, you will be able to practice the skills in an open and natural, outdoor environment where each handling skill will be followed up with an opportunity to decompress and explore.

During this hands-on activity, you will:

  • Learn trust and confidence building exercises to make handling your dog easier and less stressful;
  • Discover how to manage your dogs emotional and physical needs when it comes to routine tasks at the vet’s office;
  • Gain confidence by practicing handling tasks in an open and controlled environment;
  • Practice specific skills such as climbing on a platform, having a stranger nearby, moving into different restraint positions, targeting a novel item, and holding still for the count of three.

In between stations, your dog will be encouraged to sniff, explore, eat, play with toys and visit sensory pools for focused enrichment and relaxation. 

This event is a good one for reactive dogs. We will work on focused activities that teach confidence building and dogs will be spread out from other participants. If you have concerns or questions about if this event is right for your dog, please email for assistance.

COST: Please register for this event below. Limited to 20 people.

  • Golden Dog Members – $22.50/person (Your special pricing will be reflected in the CART.)
  • Non-Members – $37.50/person
  • Are you a Corporate Partner employee? Email for your special registration discount code.

Full refund issued if cancellation received 48 hours prior to event start time, otherwise no refund if canceled after. 

Laura, owner of Miss Behavior in Northwood, NH, founded her dog training business in 2008. She graduated from the University of NH with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and an Associate’s Degree in Animal Science with a concentration on Small Animal Care in 2007.

Laura is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Fear-Free Certified Trainer, and a Licensed Family Dog Mediator. She believes in positive, playful, and trust-based training and getting to know every dog-family team individually, often collaborating with a pet-care team. Having worked in a veterinary hospital for 10 years, Laura also has a strong passion for teaching pet parents and professionals how to use lower-stress techniques in handling and vet care.

As a mom of two children, one dog, and two birds, Laura feels strongly about helping dog parents learn how to raise their dogs much like mothering children, using play, good management, and predictable patterns.

Laura currently offers private virtual and in-home training and coaching, online courses, and a membership for dog parents working with their dogs at home.

To learn more, visit

The Northwood Athletic Fields are located at 818 1st NH Tpke in Northwood, NH.

Please review our Club Guidelines, sign our Liability Waivers & Release Forms, and read our covid guidelines on our Events & Activities page.

If weather or covid conditions make gathering and walking unsafe, the event will be cancelled and registered participants will receive a email cancellation notice. It will also be announced in the Event section of the Facebook Community Group and on this Calendar page.

If you have questions, text/call (603) 815-2453 or email


Jun 10 2023


2:30 pm - 4:30 pm




Northwood Athletic Fields
818 1st NH Tpke in Northwood, NH


Golden Dog Adventure Co.
Golden Dog Adventure Co.
(603) 815-2453
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