About Us

est. 2013

Located in the heart of the Grand Central District in St. Petersburg Florida, Sit Happens is dedicated to providing exceptional training and education for dogs and their humans. Training and behavior modification plans are tailored specifically for the unique desires and needs of the client, and satisfaction is guaranteed.

Professional experience and formal education enable us to create faster, gentler, and more reliable solutions for you and your best friend. Through our positive approach, we bring peace of mind to our clients as we eliminate the embarrassment, stress and frustration of ineffective communication. 

At Sit Happens, we train for the dog-friendly lifestyle.  

"Be the kind of person your dog thinks you are."


Don Hoover is an accredited trainer with over 10 years of professional experience.  He is certified with the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers, The American Kennel Club's Canine Good Citizenship Program, The International College of Canine Studies, and is a professional member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers.  Don graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship. He is especially enthusiastic about developing behavior modification plans for rescued  dogs who are afflicted by their troubled pasts.  

Aubrey Ashley started as a student here at Sit Happens with one of her dogs, Mochi. She fell in love with training and dogs so much that she decided to make it her career. Aubrey is now working as the Team Lead at J. Tails Barkyard, as well as apprenticing the owner of Sit Happens, Don Hoover. 



The CCPDT’s certification program was the first national certification for dog trainers. Until the creation of the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers in 2001, there was no nationally available certification process for dog trainers.  CCPDT has expanded to offer knowledge and skills based examinations covering animal training and behavior. All certificants must earn continuing education units to maintain their designations. They must also adhere to a strict Code of Ethics in their practices.

The Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) is a professional organization of individual trainers who are committed to becoming better trainers through education.

Started in 1989, the CGC Program is designed to reward dogs who have good manners at home and in the community. The Canine Good Citizen Program is a two-part program that stresses responsible pet ownership for owners and basic good manners for dogs. All dogs who pass the 10-step CGC test may receive a certificate from the American Kennel Club. The Canine Good Citizen Program lays the foundation for other AKC activities such as obedience, agility, tracking, and performance events.


Completion of "Curing Canine Anxiety"

Completion of "Curing Canine Anxiety"


Jeffrey is an eight year old Hairless Chinese Crested.  He is our sophisticated dogfessional who takes his job very seriously.  His interests include his career, swimming, hiking, squirrels, playing with his brother Henry (aka Chicken Boi) and sister Kitty,  fetching his ball, playing "find it", his grandma and cookies.  He was adopted by Don in 2009, and has lived most of his life working as a professional demonstration dog.  Our logo is designed after a photo of Jeffrey.  

Henry (AKA Chicken Boi) is a three year old Hairy Hairless Chinese Crested.  He is our social butterfly who loves to socialize with every dog he meets.  Henry was rescued from an abusive home, and has been working on getting over his many fears since his adoption into the Sit Happens pack (hence his nickname).  His interests include his big brother Jeffrey and sister Kitty, partying with other dogs, belly rubs, chew bones, going to work with his dad, edgy hairstyles, Mariah Carey and singing beautiful songs.