Evesham, Worcestershire, Worcestershire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, cotswolds
Force free positive reinforcement training behaviourist specialising in young dogs but have experience with all breeds and ages including rescue dogs.
We are the first time dog owners. Although we previously attended puppy classes with out 1 yo Boston terrier, we were struggling with recall and "selective " hearing . We were also not sure how to deal with an overexcited dog.Google directed me to Joy's web page and links to her videos. Lots of useful information, advice and examples. We had a very productive phone consultation - I felt I was listened to and reassured that our concerns could be "fixed". Joy identified our main problems, set the plan, advised what to buy ( in our case it was a training lead).We had three 1:1 sessions - two were held both indoors and outdoors in a safe enclosed area. I felt relaxed, my dog felt at ease- he maintained interest throughout the length of each session. Joy identified the toys and treats that Bertie was attracted to, got his attention, introduced games to "tire him out " mentally as well and physically. We had great sessions playing object "hide-&-seek" and hiding the treats indoors and outdoors. We learnt how to keep his attention away from other dogs and people ( particularly runners in our case). Our last session was held in Pittville park. If you asked me 3 months ago, I would have never believed that I could let him off the lead there! Joy showed us the ways dogs receive and process information. She pointed at the temptations they may have that force them to ignore the owners . Joy also taught us how to help the dog to make "the correct choice" and how to reward appropriately to maintain the interest.Obviously, there is a lot more work to do with our Bertie . It suddenly became fun and enjoyable for the whole family. Children are now playing "hiding games" instead of winding the dog up by running or jumping like mad. And our Bertie can't wait for his walks because it means his favourite treats and outdoor toys and freedom with rewards when called back are there. We will be back for more advice and fun sessions.I would definitely recommend Joy- passionate and knowledgeable about dogs. Achievable goals tailored for each dog and owner. Thank you Joy! More...
Recently started some work with my Labrador. We’ve assessed his needs and are working on them bit by bit. Look forward to learning more.
Made a massive difference with walking my pooch, now its a pleasure, thanks again x
We have not owned a dog before we brought Hazel home and we didn’t know what sort of training a pup needs.Reading through several sites and reviews, we decided to book the ‘Puppy Starters’ course with Joyful Dogs. The description of the course and what was to be expected was helpful and clear.Once we started the course, we quickly learned that the training was not just for the pup but for us as well.We learnt lots of techniques and exercises to keep Hazel focussed on us.At home we use the games we learned like ‘find it’ which Hazel loves!Since we began the training, Hazel is more focussed on us and is much easier to go for a walk.Using Joy’s recall practices and techniques, Hazel comes back to us when we call 90% of the time... success!As we have still got lots more to learn, we have booked the ‘Improvers’ training and are very much looking forward to it!The training, advice and tips we have been given are very good and we highly recommend Joyful Dogs to any owner. More...
We have just had such a great experience at puppy school. Joy was an excellent teacher and made us all feel very welcome with lots of positive encouragement and guidance. She was very patient and kind and we feel that it has really helped us to focus on the important skills of bringing up what we hope will be a happy and well behaved puppy! Fingers and toes crossed! More...
Joyful Dogs provided a fab service. I requested 1:1 training for my puppy and Joy was prompt, friendly, informative and totally knew her stuff! Thank you so much!
Joyful Dogs made an amazing difference on our dog and on us - very enlightening! Now we understand not only what to do but why it works which is invaluable. Joy puts here experience and training across in a friendly and supportive way - i thoroughly recommend her. More...