Hi, I’m Jo.
I’m a passionate dog trainer and behaviourist who wants to help you find the fun and joy in being a dog parent. I’m here to help you understand your dog. I’ll guide you through laying solid foundations so that you and your dog can handle whatever life throws at you with confidence.
I also help dog trainers nail the foundations of puppy training, taking your knowledge beyond basic training onto behaviour so that you can help more puppies and owners with certainty.
Let me tell you a bit about my story and what you can expect if you choose to work with me.
How it all began
It all started many moons ago, when I began studying for my diploma in small animal care and spent a year working in kennels. That was the turning point that led me to where I am today.
Surrounded by dogs whose owners had reached breaking point, I became fascinated about dog behaviour and why these dogs ended up in rescue in the first place.
It was then that I knew that I wanted to transform the experience of pet parents, so they could avoid the tears and heartbreak of reaching the point of no return.
I am passionate about preventing problems before they occur. So we can keep as many dogs from ending up in rescue as possible, and so hopefully, you never feel that gutwrenching decision is the only choice you have.
I’m on a mission to banish the overwhelm and give compassionate and clear support to both dog parents and dog trainers, so that together, we can tackle problems before they snowball.
I want to help more puppies and rescue dogs from overseas and their humans to live a confident, fulfilling life together so that kennels no longer feel like the only answer when things become too tough.
🐾 Empathy 🐾 Kindness 🐾 Compassion 🐾 Positivity 🐾 Science-based 🐾
I am a kindhearted and understanding person. I know that you want the best for your dog, and the last thing you need standing in your way is worries about being met with judgment or a wagging finger.
Rest assured, you’re safe with me. I treat both humans and animals with compassion and kindness. My methods are founded in science but don’t let that scare you away. It just means that our work together is based on achieving results using positive methods that work!
It’ll be fun, I promise!
How I help puppy owners and rescue dogs from overseas
I personally work with you in your home and where you regularly walk your dog, enabling us to train together in real-life situations,
I work with puppy parents and foreign rescue adoptees to establish a deeper understanding of our canine companions and to deliver clarity. I work alongside you, creating a tailored training plan, that paves the way for a lifelong relationship founded on trust and understanding.
It can be intense and incredibly tough at times when you welcome a dog into your life. Everyone has tips and advice for you, and Google is a minefield of conflicting information.
You might feel regret, guilt, and utterly confused when things aren’t quite the way you expected them to be. Let me reassure you, that’s totally normal.
Imagine having just one person to turn to, with who you feel comfortable enough to be completely open about your feelings. Having someone you trust who understands the challenges you face is a huge weight off your shoulders.
I invite you to let it all spill out. And I will support you and your dog with kindness, compassion, and effective training methods that will make life much happier for you all.
How I help dog trainers?
I work with new dog trainers, dog walkers, and pet professionals who’d like to progress into puppy training with confidence.
You may have completed a course or two to get you started, and now you’d love a sounding board, to learn more about dog behaviour, and guidance on your new passion.
Burnout within the industry is a reality, but I can help you nail the foundations of your new endeavour so that you can help more puppies and owners with your own wellbeing still intact.
I guide you through setting up well-rounded puppy programmes that support pet parents with understanding. Your foundation training is enhanced by having a mentor beside you to help, guide and reassure.
Together we bring compassionate, positive training support to more puppy parents, helping more puppies and their owners to live in harmony with one another.
How do you know I am credible?
I first qualified as a Professional Dog Trainer and became a full member of the APDT UK in 2010, The APDT is a body established to assess dog trainers to ensure they practice with kind, fair, and effective training methods. I am now a APDT assessor, assessing new applicants for their membership.
But, there is a difference between a dog trainer and a dog behaviourist. A dog trainer is focused on teaching new behaviours like sit, down, or stay. A behaviourist studies further to understand what lies beneath a dog’s actions, preparing them to work with a dog to change behaviours.
So, I went on to acquire my certification as a COAPE Animal Behaviourist. And I continue to attend seminars and further training to ensure I am continually developing and enhancing my skills and knowledge.
I have over 18 years of experience working with dogs, cats, and their owners, of course!
I’m also a published author. When I became a mum to my son Logan, I saw a desperate need for accessible education for children to help them understand their childhood companions. I’ve now written two books WHAT DOGS LIKE and ASK THE DOG to help children (and parents) learn about dogs and how to interact with them in a safe and mutually respectful way. Available here.
I’ve also written for Dogs Today and Dogs monthly providing insight into training and behaviour cases such as Bear the rescue dog who was struggling with adapting to his new life, Bella the Frenchie who was terrified of nail trimming, and Archie the rescue dog who was frozen with fear.
You can take a peek at the tales of these wonderful dogs here.
I take pride in taking my expert knowledge and using it to make our training sessions together fun and educational, putting you as an owner and your pet’s needs first.
I’m here to help you develop the relationship you have with your dog and to help you understand why they do what they do.
South Ruislip, Ruislip, Hillingdon, Uxbridge, Ickenham, Hayes, Northolt, Ealing, Eastcote, Pinner, Harrow, Denham, Gerrards Cross, Chalfont St Peters, Northwood, Watford, Iver, Stoke Poges and more…
I may travel to any location within a 20-mile radius from South Ruislip to meet client needs. However, this may incur an additional fee to cover travel and extra travel time.