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The people behind Sit Happens Dog Training

Frank Silva

Owner / Dog Trainer

Owner / Dog Trainer Roseville, CA.

In my 25 years in Corporate America, Integrity, respect, empathy, loyalty, and trust have become the moral values I feel are most important to success in life. I’ve always had an affinity for dogs and the main reason is that those same values I embrace every day are instinctive and natural for canines. I decided to look into how I can incorporate my business experience with my love for dogs.

I trained under David Stellato, a state-renowned and highly recommended dog trainer and behaviorist in FL, known for his ability to bring people and their furry companions closer together through his premier training system. He taught me that real results come from not just training a dog, but to develop a true healthy relationship and understanding between the dog and their human. Dogs are all just as unique as their owners and therefore the training should involve both parties.

I’ve adopted many dogs from shelters over the years and with that have had to learn to overcome the multiple behavioral challenges that can possibly come with shelter dogs. By applying what I have learned to each individual dog I’ve brought into my family, I have developed a unique understanding and skill set that I would love to share with my fellow dog lovers. The result of my mentorship with David was opening Sit Happens here in the Placer county area. My goal is to help people and their canines companions in the greater Sacramento and Placer County areas have the best relationship they can have. No matter what their challenges, canines always want to please and seek approval from us, and we as their owners want to be proud of them.


Chris Gobeli

Dog Trainer

“Be the most interesting human your dog has ever met.”

Chris Gobeli is a highly recommended dog trainer and behaviorist, known for getting results and helping people build a better relationship with their pets. He helps clients communicate with their dogs through clear and structured training and play.

Chris Utilizes his background in military and corporate training to guide his clients and their furry friends. Through his experiences in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom he has learned that any training must be adaptable and specific to the situation and environment at hand. He firmly believes that “The Secret to Success is Constancy to Purpose” and instructs his clients to be consistent and have an achievable goal with their pups.

Chris helps clients accomplish results in a timely manner and teaches them how to incorporate training into their everyday lives. The system we teach allows each and every client to maintain a happy dog, with off-leash control under the severest of distractions. Chris coach’s people to understand their dogs’ natural instincts and shows them how to use it to maintain better balance in their home.

When it comes to training, Chris believes in this motto: “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” He pushes his clients to get out of their comfort zone and LEARN to communicate with their dogs by rolling up their sleeves and getting to work.

Spend some time with Chris and he will show you how to “Live Beyond the leash!”.



Dog Trainer

Madison is enthusiastic and results driven trainer. She is always up for a challenge and works hard for her clients to help them achieve all their training goals. She joined Sit Happens in 2021 and is looking forward to bringing a fresh drive for success to the team. Madison has been a lifelong animal lover who understands the balance between wanting an obedient dog and a best friend.

Madison has experience training most breeds, sizes, ages, and temperaments of dogs. She is not one to shy away from a challenge! She has experience training dogs in a facility, board and training, individual lessons, and group classes. Madison wanted to become a dog trainer because of all the dogs who are rehomed, put in shelters, or euthanized due to poor behavior. She believes with the right training and consistency any dog can live happily as part of a family. For Madison every dog requires something special and she really individualizes her training for each client's and dog's needs. The best advice she has for anyone looking to start training is to remember to have fun! If you're having fun your dog will too!



Thank you Sit Happens! Our two female English Bulldogs, Luna and Nikki, started to become aggressive towards one another. We could not go in the back yard or hang out in our home without bloody fights. We were at the point of having to rehome one of them and making a choice was unbearable. Frank was a true professional. He was honest and direct with us. We learned that if the dogs had a chance, we'd have to put the time and effort into the training. We did just that. We embraced every bit of guidance, mentoring, and dog knowledge that Frank offered. He took a very difficult situation and I can now say that we have a civil pack. Frank's passion for the dogs is unmatched, and his ability to motivate and empower the dog owner's was immense. We started out scared, upset, and feeling helpless. We now are confident pack leaders with healthy and happy relationships with each of our dogs. Thank you Frank and Sit Happens. You were a game changer and now we can also call you our friend. Nikki and Luna LOVE Frank!

Erin Granucci

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Great training!! Frank was awesome and very personable. He got our rambunctious German Shepherd to behave. We gained a lifelong friend in the process too. Thanks a lot Frank

Nikko Mendoza

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Highly recommend Sit Happens for dog training needs. Frank is easy to work with and a great trainer!

Anne Green

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Frank is awesome! Such an easy process with Frank, he truly is a dog whisperer. He truly loves what he does & is one of the best. So glad we chose him & his team.

Leanna Briggs

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Frank saved me and my dog, Kona. I called him not knowing if I could keep my 7 month old puppy because she was so hard to manage. Frank came in and helped teach both of us how to work together. Walking and recall were our biggest goals to achieve by the end the training. With Franks teaching and my investment in being consistent with Kona I have a very different dog now. Frank is a great trainer and will make a difference in you and your dogs lives. He also works really well and is an advocate for Bully, Pittie and any mixed breeds dogs too. He is all around Amazing!

Charisse Popejoy

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We reached out to Frank at Sit Happens to assist us with our 5 ½ yr. lab rescue, Bubba. Bubba was easily and over stimulated by EVERYTHING. Going on a simple walk was like having a bumble bee on the end of the lead (a very strong bumble bee!). We humans did not know how to communicate with Bubba. We signed up for a 5 week class with Sit Happens. We highly recommend working with Frank at Sit Happens. His passion for dogs and upbeat/positive nature made our lessons engaging and enjoyable. He has a tremendous depth of knowledge and extensive experience in a wide range of training techniques and behavioral situations. Homework for the pet parents is a must, but don’t let that scare you. The more you invest into your own training, the more it will benefit you and your pet a hundred fold. Frank seamlessly taught not only Bubba but us as well. The skills that we learned and continue to apply are invaluable. It was such a pleasure to work with him. Frank you are a dog/person trainer ‘Rock Star’! Thank you for your guidance and sharing your gift.

Donna Lewis

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Charley was the most precious Goldendoodle puppy you could ask for. Little did we know that he would soon become like a two year old toddler. Being seniors and never owning a puppy was a very new experience. At our first meeting with Frank he found me on the verge of tears and ready to give him away. Franks “TRAINING US”, has led my husband and I to enjoying the fun filled puppy we now have. Charley is still very much a puppy but an adorable well behaved member of our family. Some things still need to be worked on but Frank has taught us to be consistent as well as be the alpha in our family. Two thumbs up for Frank.

Mike and Kathie Levine

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Let me say first that I have the sweetest, laziest, and most stubborn pitty of all time. While, she is adorable she is a combination of attributes that make her hard to train. This is coupled with the fact that I am the biggest push over dog mom and I am also hard to train, ha! Needless to say, my dog runs my life. We needed to make some changes, we needed to be able to go on walks again, and most importantly we need to establish boundaries. I had called several trainers in the area that simply didn’t train pit-bulls, even if I swore she was a great dog. Not Frank, he was ready to train regardless of the breed. Allie, my dog, and I got lucky as pitts are one of Franks favorite breeds. This was a breath of fresh air, but it got better once I saw him in action with Allie. He is able to command her attention all while getting her tail wagging. This was a long way to say that, Sit Happens is amazing. They have helped me build a better relationship with my dog.

Malyssa Gunderson

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Frank and his assistant Aundria are amazing! Talking to her on the phone was so easy! She knows exactly what she’s taking about and was really reassuring that I could get the help I needed for my Bella. Once Frank showed up, Bella usually isn’t too friendly but it’s like he’s the dog whisperer. He approached her and it’s like she knew he was okay. He was able to explain everything he would be doing with us and her to make sure we could properly get her trained. We are half way there and already see the Progress with her. Thank you both so much!

Tirsa Villanueva

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Great experience with Sit Happens. My dog struggled listening to instruction from me and playing with other dogs. I hated having people visit my house because I was embarrassed how he’d act. He’s now my best friend and couldn’t be happier with Frank’s training. Best trainer ever!

Andrel Sapp

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Sit Happens has absolutely helped make my relationship stronger with my dog. Frank was very professional, and motivating towards myself and my dog. I now have a wonderful companion that I do not need to worry about getting out of control.

Jason Hauan

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My dog is very stuburn and he has responded very well to this training.

Rich Najar

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Left a 5 star review on Google.

Georgia Rose

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When I first contacted Sit Happens I was almost 100% sure my dog was beyond any help. After a few sessions with Frank I was proven extremely wrong. Between his professionalism and his clear passion to train, my dog was more than ready to learn. I never thought I’d see the day I could command my dog and he’d listen the first time. I’ve recommended this service to everyone I know!

Cayla Kennedy

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Wonderful experience with Sit Happens. Frank has absolutely helped make my relationship stronger with my dog. We rescued a 3 year old pit mix with some inherent disciplinary issues. Having young kids, I wasn't comfortable leaving him alone. Working with Frank helped me understand our new family member and build trust with our kids. He was very professional, and motivating towards myself and my dog. I now have a wonderful companion that I do not need to worry about getting out of control due to this great training program.

Alex Phung

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