Canine Communication

I believe dogs (working and pet) are a very important part of our families and that they deserve our respect. Thus we should give them the care and leadership they need, which in turn is mirrored by our expectation that they should live within the boundaries we have (I call this ‘manners’).

Either in a series of sessions or in private individual lessons I aim to demonstrate that we can communicate this in much the same way that we communicate with other people in our daily lives; primarily by reward based training and the control of resources and consequences of actions, for both the dog and yourself. We will also discover that it is acceptable to show displeasure at certain events, but in a non aggressive way. We will further find that we can encourage or suppress certain behaviours with both positive and negative reinforcement and thereby communicate with dogs in an affirmative way.

I have a lifetime’s experience of, and boundless enthusiasm for, having well behaved and well mannered dogs and have been working and training dogs, including rehabilitating rehomed dogs for 30 years. After growing up in a house that was passionate about working dogs I owned and trained my first gundog at the age of 12 and went on to successfully train and compete many gundogs continuously over the next 15 years. I have also taught both dogs and handlers at gundog training classes and I have hands on experience of hunting with Beagles and Bloodhounds. I have worked my own terriers and, professionally worked my own collies with sheep and had German Shepherds as house dogs.

*I am happy to give references of people who have attended the previous courses and are very please with the way they are able to think about how to communicate with their dogs.

Course fees are £40 per person/dog for attendance at your choice of 5 classes over 6 weeks (this gives you the opportunity to miss one session without losing any money). If you get to the end of your 5 weeks and want to attend further weeks from this course, the cost will £5 per person per attendance. I recommend that you only bring one dog to the sessions, but feel free to discuss with me.

Please arrive in good time to get yourself and your dog settled. I would advise that you exercise your dog for a minimum of 20 – 30 minutes prior to arrival at the session to allow them to relax.

We are have selection of venues throughout Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, so please contact for the nearest next course. feel free to recommend any venue that you think might be suitable

Private lessons are held either at the pet hotel or at a location of your choice, to help you overcome any problems you might have, or set you on the right path to having a better line of communication with your dog(s). These are £30 per hour plus any travelling.

A canine communication course will be starting 10.30am on 3rd August 2013, for 6 weeks. It will be held at Counteswells, where I am honoured to have been invited to use the ground by Laura Innes of Dogsbuddy (

Please let me know if you are interested but can't make the above times/days as I will put on other courses if there is enough demand

Please email me for an enrolment form and and if you have any questions.

***There will be a maximum of 6 - 8 dogs per class


* Thanks Jo, I receive lots of comments about how much calmer Boris is now, so I believe we have made definite progress. We still need to work on his initial excitement when meeting people, especially if they come to the house, but that is often influenced by how the people behave! hope everyone enjoys the next course, best wishes, Janet

Thanks Jo. We enjoyed last night and can really see where you are coming from. Ally

Hi Jo, We enjoyed last night’s session again, really impressed that we got Lola playing with a ball in a field full of sniffs with other dogs being walked around her. Again get what you are saying that we cannot maybe control her grumbles at other dogs sometimes but getting her focus away from the others and ignoring them good, think you have to give things a try in the safe environment you have created to get the positive results ( although she is a keeper rather than a retriever ) . She likes the interaction and the evening is good stimulation for her, she sleeps all the way home ! Alison

Hi Jo, She is being ever so good with me since your visit. Laura.

Hi Jo,
My friend who came to walk them with me today was amazed at the difference since she saw them three weeks ago. Needless to say there were some hiccups during the walk (going bananas over the scent of a rabbit or cat...), but they also managed the same 'tricks' out on the walk on several occasions.
Grommit is giving me much more eye contact than before and out walking is regularly stopping to look back and check where I am. He was never bad at this before but I think he is becoming much more attentive.
Yee haa.
Thanks for doing this, it is much better than any of the other 'professional' trainers I have had previously. If I don't get where I want to be it will be due to me not practising rather than your coaching and training.
Cheers Ali

Dear Jo,
Hayley and I really enjoyed our lesson today . Thank you so much for all your help with the dogs. The difference in the last three weeks has been absolutely unbelievable and the rate of progress beyond my expectations. I really appreciate your very practical advice and totally non judgmental manner. I feel much more confident in dealing with our dogs when out on walks and it's great to know that they can interact and play well with other dogs off the lead, and recall when necessary.
We took Pepper out to a very busy park with Hayley and her friend this afternoon and he was playing nicely with several other dogs. He seemed more relaxed and was squeaking less when dogs walked by. Fantastic!
We will see you at the canine communication course.
Thanks again,
Best wishes,




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