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Ouch! My Puppy’s Biting Me

There are usually 2 reasons why puppies get ‘a bit bitey’: Over Touching Over Playing Over Touching Humans LOVE stroking dogs, especially puppies; they look

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Stop Jumping Up!

If your dog is an ‘eager greeter’ and jumps all over people, here are some tactics to help Fido learn to keep paws firmly on

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Loose Lead Walking

How do you get your dog to walk nicely on lead, without pulling? Honest answer: It takes practise; like any skill.  And, lead walking can



“My dog Doogie was a real pain to walk on-lead, constantly zipping from one side to the other and pulling!  Joy started by training me that patience and persistence were required and Doogie started to improve quite quickly. Doogie now regularly falls into step with me on our walks, the improvement makes lead walking much more enjoyable. Would not hesitate to recommend Joy - she really understood us both!”

Caroline Osborne


"I would thoroughly recommend Joy - she achieves results by being calm, firm but kind and patient.  I was having problems with my Labrador, Rigsby who is constantly jumping up.  Joy taught me to understand things from his point of view; to persuade and reward rather than impose my will and punish. This makes for a better relationship and Rigsby is steadily improving."

Jane Rowe


“Joy provided really excellent care for our dog, Monty.  She worked with him from when he was just 3months old.  Joy has been a huge help, giving Monty lovely training walks and games to keep him fully entertained!”

Emma Lindley


“Joy is the Mary Poppins of the dog world!  Our dog, Milo came with many behavioural problems: incessant barking, unwillingness to go for walks, jumping on furniture and people, nervousness etc.  After just one training walk, Joy had Milo’s full attention and Milo was smitten!  Joy gave me techniques to help calm Milo down and improve his focus, she also brought fun into learning!  I understand him a lot more thanks to Joy.”

Sarah Hardstaff


“Thor goes insane with joy (pun intended) every time the intercom makes a beep and Joy arrives for training walks”

Erika and Victor


“Joy was friendly, reliable, helpful, thoughtful, energetic and thoroughly brilliant with our puppy.   I would trust her 100% with any age of dog, she has a unique ability with dogs and they seem to immediately be calm and content in her company.”

Madeleine Floyd


“Lenny was looked after incredibly well, socialised with other dogs, played games with and taught one or two new tricks too! I had total confidence that Lenny would be safe and loved while in Joy's care.  I would recommend Joy without any hesitation.”

Jilly Bentley