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dog training & socialisation

So, you've invested your hard-earned money in buying your dog, and you're now looking for help with his training.  Then doesn't it make sense to invest in the best possible training for him that you can?  Well, Joyful Paws provides exactly that ~ the very best, for both you and for your dog.

Training sessions are on a 1-2-1 basis commencing from the comfort of your own home, progressing to outdoor sessions as required/desired.  Unlike in group training classes, full attention will be entirely on you alone, and your dog will not be distracted unnecessarily. This gives you the opportunity to focus all of your energy on learning how to handle and train your dog, rather than worrying about what, or how, other dogs and their owners are doing.  If you own a nervous or reactive dog, you may well find that group sessions are counter-productive for both you and your dog.


Dogs may exhibit a variety of 'problem' behaviours during their lives, but these can be easily resolved with basic training.  These issues can include barking for attention, jumping up, pulling on the lead, not coming back when called, lack of toilet training, stealing items, or refusing to give up a toy (this list is not exhaustive!)


As dogs learn by association, it's often the case that we are inadvertently 'rewarding' them for inappropriate behaviours without even realising it, but even worse, it's more frequently the case that our dogs are training us !

Trail marks on a walk
Dog's paw print
Dog's paw print
Dog's paw print
Dog's paw print
Dog's paw print
Dog's paw print

want  your dog to listen to you?    joyful paWS WILL make it happen !

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Photo of German Shepherd Dog Delta at the beach

see results after just one session

Joyful Paws offers an holistic approach to training which takes into account how your dog lives and interacts with his humans at home on a daily basis in conjunction with teaching you about dog training, the type of exercise you provide, play, and diet.  The training techniques are motivational, force-free, and reward-based designed to stimulate your dog's brain, thus helping to reduce the levels of adrenalin in your dog so that they are calmer.

My skills enable you to gain the knowledge to train your dog yourself so that he will become responsive, well-socialised, and a pleasure to be around both for

you and for other people.  You will also learn how to work with him in 'real life' situations, for example, during walks and recalls around other dogs and people.  But never feel guilty that you are having to ask for help ~ remember, we all have to start somewhere, and that's where I come in.


You will learn to understand how the world appears to your dog from his perspective, as you will be taught how to read his body language and recognise how he communicates with other dogs and with humans when displaying clearly defined 'Calming Signals'.   


By teaching you how to 'Be More Dog', you will gain a relationship built on mutual trust and understanding so that you will be working as a team, giving you the opportunity to enjoy a happy and harmonious life together.


Sessions are tailored to a pace that suits you, and also cater to the individual needs of your dog; just like people, every dog has a different personality and learning capacity.  So there is absolutely no pressure!

train any dog - any age, any breed

If you have a puppy, it's best to begin their training and socialisation as soon as possible, but older dogs can also undergo training because unlike the adage "You can't train an old dog new tricks", well actually, yes you can!  Even dogs from rescue centres which may have experienced a troubled history are receptive to training with gentle rehabilitation, patience and understanding.

For those of you who want to socialise your dog with other dogs, I will initially work with you with the aide of my own dogs, whose temperaments I know and trust.  This will be done in a safe, controlled manner so that your dog will learn to interact in an appropriate way to gain confidence and  learn good manners.

Although regular weekly sessions are recommended, training with Joyful Paws is flexible and there is no requirement for you to book a 'set' number of appointments.  You will no doubt feel confident within a short period of time, but you can continue your training for as long as you feel that you need to.  And should the need arise at a later stage and you find that you need more help or you'd like a one-off refresher, you can simply come back to me for further training if you wish.

All breeds of all ages accepted, including Pit Bull types and other dogs which are on the Exemption Register.  I specialise in working with aggressive/reactive dogs, particularly dogs

rescued from overseas which may be shut down or anxious, e.g. Romanian rescues.


Clicker training also available.

To make a booking, call now on 07963 255365 or email

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Trail marks on a walk