About Happy Acres

Happy Acres sits just outside of Des Moines, just west of US-169, in beautiful and scenic Madison County.

Meet the Happy Acres Humans

Tawnya Lichtenwalter owns Happy Acres Dog Training with her husband, Bob, and two labs, Bella and Ray. They moved from Washington State to Iowa to make Tawnya’s dream of a custom designed training facility a reality. After more than 20 years of hands-on dog training and competing, Tawnya loves training dogs of all breeds and ages. Currently, Bella and Ray are working on Competition Obedience and K9 NoseWork (see our class descriptions for more detail).

Tawnya embraces force-free training methods because they are a kinder and more effective way to achieve results, teach obedience, and help your dog learn behaviors. Rather than traditional training, force-free training methods encourage your dog to offer behaviors without fear of retribution. Training helps develop your dog’s innate abilities and learn more about his personality and talents. If you want to understand your dog better and have a better relationship, Tawnya can help you learn how!

Bob Lichtenwalter is Official Puppy Snuggler.

Happy Acres sits just outside of Des Moines, just west of US-169, in beautiful and scenic Madison County. Come check us out!

We would love to meet you.

1526 Hogback Bridge Road
Winterset, Iowa 50072