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imageJoanne is Dog Trainer APDT UK and Certified COAPE Animal Behaviourist DipCABT (QCF Level 4) who uses modern, positive, science based training methods and she does not use or condone any aversive techniques, which include the use of choke chains, any other devices or handling methods that cause discomfort or distress in cats and dogs. She takes pride in making her training sessions fun and educational putting you as an owner and your pets needs first. She is here to help you develop the relationship you have with your canine and feline companions and help you understand why they do what they do. Read More…

We have used Jo twice. Once for puppy training (very nervous dog- and we were first time dog owners, keen to get it right) and again when our dog was two and getting very anxious (and therefore aggressive) because we were doing house renovations and the place was full of builders etc.

Both times Jo was brilliant. She is very calm and has a good mix of science, empathy and common sense. That is a remarkably difficult combination to find. Before Jo we found a veterinary assistant who spouted ‘science’ to us with no empathy whatsoever (it made us nervous wrecks-it was our first dog and she made us think we had a basket case), and a trainer who was more reassuring but we felt he was all old wives tales and so we didn’t actually learn how to deal with our dog and any future difficult situations.
Jo was able to explain the science, reassure us that our puppy would be alright (he was), teach us how to teach him and help us understand him.

A few months into the house renovations and our dog was acting strangely again- ‘fly-catching’ and getting a little bit aggressive with workmen who came too close and tried to pat him. The vet suggested we try a dog psychologist. I contacted Jo and we had about three sessions. She was able to who put things into perspective, help me understand what was going on in his little dog mind and therefore how to deal with the situation.

So no more ‘fly-catching’. He is, admittedly, still a dog who is a little wary when strangers get too close to him and can be a little over exuberant in his barking when anyone comes to the door, but that’s just him. It’s no biggie, and he’s so much better than he was. We feel calm and in control and are able to love him to bits and not worry about him the way we used to.

A happy ending . I would have no hesitation in recommending Jo whether you puppy is new and you need to learn the ropes, or he/she has issues.

Bernice Dunsmuir

Black labrador x poodle sitting on brown wooden floor

“Jo is just ‘Amazing’… We are sad to think that our sessions have come to an end but are now looking forward to carrying on developing the skills we learned in order to bring up our adorable puppy. We have gained a vast amount of knowledge about doggy behaviour and their likes and dislikes. It wasn’t just myself and my husband that was learning, Jo also taught the children how to not only love your puppy, but how to be safe around your puppy too. Jo has an amazing talent and is a lovely person to deal with, she was always very positive, natural and was always at the end of the phone if we needed her. I would recommend her to anyone… Thank you Jo. xxxx”

Helen Dowling