Welcome to Happy Social Dog

We offer Dog Training and Socialization Programs. Located in beautiful Bend, Oregon, the outdoors is our playground.

We build balanced and confident dogs using dog psychology. Dogs learn differently than humans but just like humans, every dog is unique. They communicate through body language and behaviors. Understanding your dog, how it learns, and how it speaks to you through its behaviors will strengthen your bond and will help you to have the relationship both you and your dog deserve.


Happy Social Dog is licensed and insured.

Meet the Team


April Sullivan

Owner / Trainer


April Sullivan is originally from Durham, NC and a graduate from NC Wesleyan College with a degree in Business Administration. She has 24 years experience in telecommunications, working for MCI (now Verizon) and wrapped up a 17 year career for AT&T in 2017. April's passion for dogs led her to rescue & shelter volunteer work in NC. Upon moving to Bend, OR in 2016 she discovered it was difficult to find the level of dog care she expected so she decided to start her own part time dog business. In May & September of 2018 she trained with Cesar Millan (The Dog Whisperer) at his Dog Psychology Center in CA. Since then she has made dogs her full focus and new career.


September 2018- Training Cesar's Way
Fundamentals of Dog Behavior and Training II
Dog Psychology Center- Santa Clarita, CA

May 2018- Training Cesar's Way
Fundamentals of Dog Behavior and Training I
Dog Psychology Center- Santa Clarita, CA

July 2018 - Puppy Culture (online video training)

February 2018 - Shadowed under Hannah Clark, owner of SoFetch K9 Adventures - Raleigh/Durham area, NC.  (SoFetch K9 Adventures is a very successful dog adventure program that offers a pack walk including explore and play time at many different locations thru-out the Triangle area) 

Nov 2017- Dog Emotion and Cognition (via Duke University)
Certification authority: Coursera
License number: GM3XM7RKT27A

Nov 2017- Dog CPR, First Aid + Safety for Pet pros
Certification Authority: Udemy
Certificate Number: UC-FBXYSXH5

- Associate Member of International Association of Canine Professionals (IACP) July 2018

Volunteer Experience:

Carolina Boxer Rescue; foster and transportation of dogs; serving The Carolinas (2009-2011)

Saving Grace Animals for Adoption; Shift Lead / Mentor / Health & Safety Committee; Raleigh NC (2013-2015)

Wake County Animal Shelter; Dog Walker, Raleigh NC (2015)

Humane Society of Central Oregon; Dog Walker/ Orange Canine Companion, Bend, OR (2017-on)



Scott Sullivan

Pack Walks / Boarding


Scott Sullivan is originally from Newfoundland, Canada and a graduate of Acadia University, located in Nova Scotia. He holds a degree in Business Administration and most of his professional background revolves around medical software. He's been around dogs from an early age, with miniature schnauzers as his family choice of breed. For existing clients who utilize our boarding service, Scott is involved in drop off and pick ups. Scott likes exercise so if your dog likes to run he can provide that opportunity while your dog boards with us. Scott works from home full time for a medical software company based in Raleigh, NC. He regularly participates in all pack walks & hikes.