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Our Training Principles

Dogs Paws in human hands

Our Ethos

Joyful Dogs are firm believers that positive reinforcement gets results. That is, we do not punish or use aversives (such as Ecollars) on your dog.  Instead, we’ll show you how to teach your dog to choose the correct behaviour in a given situation, as well as how to prevent your dog practising undesirable behaviour.  


Kathy Sdao (dog training guru) cites a lovely example: “Each morning my friend lays out two outfits on her daughters bed, then asks her daughter which outfit she’d like to wear to Nursery that day.  The daughter chooses between acceptable options rather than unacceptable ones.”  It’s the same with your dog.

Our Commitment

Training your dog can feel a lonely place sometimes but we are here to support you every step of the way.


We do not offer quick fixes or ill-informed promises. We take time to listen to your concerns and observe your dog’s behaviour so we can come up with a plan to make your relationship a harmonious one.  


Clear communication, consistency and repetition are important.

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