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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…

“When we asked Jo to call and look at Molly I was really worried that we would have huge problems socialising her and due to her strength we were naturally concerned this would lead to defensive/aggressive behaviour.  Having owned dogs for over 30 years this was the first time we had consulted a dog trainer and behaviour specialist but recognised we had to take steps as soon as possible to develop good behaviour in Molly.  Jo’s techniques have been key to improving her responses to situations and people she considered frightening and threatening.  Molly, I believe, distrusted humans and without Jo’s professional help we would have struggled.  Three months on Molly is one of the happiest dogs I have ever known.  She loves life, us and other dogs.  The training is ongoing.  Her knowledge of recall commands is excellent – however she still chooses to ignore me if the alternative option is to play with another dog or puppy I am working on this with Molly and we will get there she is still young.  Molly is much more confident with visitors to the house Jo’s tips were invaluable with this as was her advice as to how Molly looked at certain situations and how we should respond.   Molly is now fully house trained, again this has been quicker due to us following Jo’s techniques. I can confidently say training Molly has been easy, training me much more difficult.  I believe there is no such thing as a bad dog if trained properly early enough – Molly is testament to this.”

Judy and Bill Shannon

“Having brought our rescue dog home, a Beagle cross, it was evident that he needed training, not just the usual house training and ‘sit’ commands, but behavioural too. Whatever had happened to him in his past has shaped his behaviour and we wanted the best for him and for us, otherwise we probably would have found it hard to cope. Having looked at other dog training schools, where our dog would be one amongst many, and feeling this was not really appropriate, I found Jo’s website and knew that she was the trainer we and he needed. Jo was so knowledgeable, and so obviously interested in our dog and in us that we knew we had made the right choice. She has an individual approach to training dogs, which means that she adapts her techniques and skills to meet the dog’s needs. Her obvious passion and heart for dogs is so evident that her training is fun, informative and successful. She helped us turn our shy scared rescue dog, into a wonderful family friend. She goes beyond the command words and gets in deep in to the behavioural aspect of the dog and therefore his training needs. We cannot recommend Jo highly enough.”

Steve Buxton