I was amazed at the professionalism and ease that made me feel comfortable and able to achieve my goals. I am now confident and relaxed taking my boy out for walks and meeting other dogs without incidents of growling or attacking other dogs. Sam also comes back when I call him now! Thank you so much Jo and your Team!
Fletch is our 4 year old border collie, we came to Jo to help us with Fletch’s reactiveness to other dogs and noise sensitivity, It made dog walks miserable for both of us, I was constantly doubling back or hiding round trees to avoid other dogs, in case that was one he might not like. Fletch wasn’t able to run about with our other dog and enjoy good sniffs and the wind in his tail. My husband and I also were playing an often-difficult game of logistics if I had to travel for work as we couldn’t take him to a day care or leave him in a kennel, and we also cancelled several holidays as he couldn’t be left with anyone
I was amazed at the speed at which things changed in Fletch’s behavior after visiting Jo, she helped advise me how to take charge of the situation and how far a bit of assertiveness when dealing with Fletch’s behavior can go. We didn’t need weeks of session as I had expected to, in the first session, Fletch was happy to walk with the pack and Jo had me drop the lead while he socialized and by the second session I even got to watch him play for the first time in a friendly way, not letting his herding instinct take over.
It has changed our life, our walks are really enjoyable, on the most part Fletch meets other dogs with a waggie tail, and enjoys a fuss from their owner and I have the tools and confidence to try new places, the icing on the cake is the immense peace of mind that I can drop him off for day care or boarding and that the wonderful team continue the good habits that we have learned.
I can’t thank Jo enough for how she has helped us.
We would like to thank Jo for all her advice in helping Lola to become a more balanced dog. Lola has always been a sensitive dog, but Jo has given us tips on how to handle certain situations and how to give Lola more confidence…. and also us! We still practice these at home with her and when out for walks. We will continue to use the Day Boarding and Pack Walks at Dog Trouble as we feel Lola benefits from this in many ways. Jo was great to work with and her friendly personality made the session’s really enjoyable, thank you Jo!
Jo was recommended to me by a fellow dog walker who told me she’d really be able to sort out my little dog’s issues. Having been at a number of puppy classes where the trainers made me feel like I didn’t have a very nice puppy!!
I found Jo’s manner very refreshing as she has a genuine compassion for not only the dog but it’s human too. Poppy was not a crazy horrible dog to her, straight away she made me feel better that I had a lovely little dog that was just a bit insecure.
Our training began and Jo helped me through my human issues of being scared Poppy was going to bite every dog and human walking past. She built my confidence and in turn Poppy’s confident right back up.
Her methods were sensible and her calm energy has given me back my loving, fun, (still slightly crazy) little dog.. who brings me so much happiness every day and joy. Especially when I’m now able to walk her off the lead and watch her run and play with most other dogs!!
I am happy to recommend Dog Trouble. Our sessions with Jo mean that for the first time since she was about 6 months old we are able to let our dog off the lead and know she remains under our control and will come back when called.
We have a lively Springer/ Cocker spaniel cross who at home is adorable but off lead was manic in her desire to hunt. She would take off like a rocket, run off way out of sight and earshot leaving us wondering how we would get her back. She is not food motivated when out on a walk and wouldn’t come back for a juicy steak, warm chicken fresh from the oven or anything else. She isn’t interested in chasing a ball or toys either. We had previously tried a recall program by a gun dog trainer for dogs with problem recall, proofing the recall with massive food rewards and building it up but this soon failed walking anywhere more interesting than a boring field.
I really didn’t want to have to use a remote collar but we were desperate when we approached Dog Trouble. Having had to rescue her several times as she had got herself trapped in brambles we were now having to keep her on a lead and she is a dog that likes a lot of exercise and constantly wants to run. Jo had us try the collar on ourselves first to see how it actually felt; more of a tingle than a shock, and explained that we would be working at the lowest possible level and would need to be trained in its proper use. I am so glad we did because I can now enjoy walking her in woodland or anywhere else and rarely need to use the collar at all. She now responds usually to my voice alone and yesterday I was so pleased when she took off in full flight after a deer but still turned back and returned to me when called without me having to use the remote collar. I wish we had gone to Dog Trouble much sooner.
So I take both dogs, Neeson and The Wolf, out around the Memorial Park. There we bump into a couple of fellow dog walkers with their little dog. Now… they know The Wolf as “Horrible Henry” due to his rather anxious behaviour when previously crossing their path and his previous attempts to get at their dog and ‘rip its throat out’.
However a few months ago I had assured them that The Wolf would become a “changed man” as he was having behavioural lessons with Dog Trouble in Wokingham and that one day in the near future he may come along, say “Good day ladies”, wish them well and perhaps even doff his hat in their direction. Well he didn’t quite do that today but he behaved himself perfectly, approached their dog respectfully, had a couple of sniffs of their dog and then went on his way.
My fellow dog walkers were absolutely amazed with the change in his behaviour. They couldn’t believe how he responded to my every command, how well he looked, how well he was walking, how he was off the lead, etc, etc. They decided they’d drop the “Horrible” part of his name. I have to admit that I was feeling extremely chuffed and really proud of Henry who has shrugged off his wolf’s coat and really turned a corner when it’s come to socialising with other dogs and his recall.
The Dog Walker Workshop was very helpful. I’m looking into setting up a dog walking service and I found the combination of practical examples of dog-walking issues, including handling dog aggression, and the information that Jo provided on understanding dog behaviour was just right. It was also good to have the opportunity to see some of the vehicles that are used by dog-walkers. I would definitely recommend this workshop.
We bought Daisy at the age of 11 months. Unfortunately we soon found out that she hadn’t been socialized and didn’t even know what it was like to live in a house or meet other human beings. She was an extremely anxious and nervous dog who was stress incontinent whenever someone went near her or she was taken into situations she wasn’t comfortable with. When we first took her for walks she would get into a terrible panic at the noise of a gate being opened.
After a lot of searching on the internet for help Jo’s name came up. After a consultation with Jo we booked eight sessions with her.
We’ve had Daisy for 11 months now and although she isn’t perfect, she is a joy to have. She’s a happy and playful dog. We can now go for walks where we can finally let her off lead and she’ll happily play with other dogs whereas she was frightened of them before. She’s still very wary of people but getting there slowly but surely.
Our meetings with Jo always instilled confidence and have left us with a lifelong lesson on how to move forward. Dog Trouble is now Daisy’s second home as we always board her there when we are away knowing she’ll be happy and looked after. Can’t thank Jo and her team enough.
Dave went into training as he was reactive on the lead. Although Dave is still not 100% he has got better and is improving every day. Part of the package we had included training us as owners and with the help and advice we were given we are now more relaxed when walking which is helping Dave to improve.
Thank you Dog Trouble for your help and advice and for reassuring us that we were not bad owners.
I was at my wits end understanding why one of my young dogs was ‘so aggressive’ in certain situations and knowing how best to manage him. In fact, walks became so stressful that I hated taking them out each day and would reward myself if all three of us got home unscathed. I just could not understand what I was doing wrong.
Finding Jo Cottrell and Dog Trouble was our lifeline. She immediately reassured me that the dog in question was defensive, not aggressive and that he was doing his best to protect his brother and myself from any situation that HE thought was potentially threatening. He reacted to ‘unbalanced energy’.
One introductory session with Jo followed by four one to one sessions saw a huge improvement in how I managed him. By our fourth session we were able to walk, off lead, amongst children, alongside football players and with cyclists and joggers – all the kind of things he saw as being ‘unbalanced energy’!
In a nutshell, Jo saved the three of us and life is now normal again since I have learnt how to manage situations and he has learnt to trust that I am the leader and can do the protection job adequately!
We are so grateful to Jo and Nathan at Dog Trouble for all the help they gave us with Oscar our Jack Russell puppy. We were at our wits end trying to get him to understand that we were in charge not him. We had an eight week course at home, out walking and at the centre where everyone was so
lovely. We were taught how to handle Oscar and the right way to do things. He is a different dog now, such a pleasure to take out on walks and is behaving a lot better at home. He still has a bit more to learn but we will get there as we now have the tools to do it and help at the end of the phone.
Thank you so much Jo for all you have done, I know Oscar is a much happier dog and enjoying life a lot better which is what we all wanted to achieve.
Linda and Keith
Otis is a large dog and was over protective of me and showed aggression to other dogs and people on an unpredictable basis. Walking was a nightmare and had become a chore. We had tried other behaviorist but had not made much progress and had wished we had known about Jo first. Jo assessed the cause and devised a plan to correct. Walking is now a pleasure and we are able to let him off lead when over the common which did not seem possible 6 months ago. He mixes well with other dogs although on rare occasions he still shows aggression but this has as much to do with the other dogs approach. Jo also helped with a recall and confidence issue with our other dog Lola, this is also now not an issue. Thanks Joe do not know what we would have done without you as this was his last chance.
Charlie was a rescue dog and after 6 weeks we were struggling with his strong will and destructiveness. We found Dog Trouble’s website and rang for help. They spent time with us discussing our issues with Charlie. Then set up a training plan to resolve our problems. They Educated and Trained us as well as Charlie making sure the issues were covered. We had 6 sessions and Charlie is now a different dog. He is more relaxed can be let of lead and comes back when called is not trashing the house or destroying his toys. We would recommend them to anyone with a problem dog.
I came to Jo after trying two other dog behaviorists that did not really help me at all and were unrealistic about what would be possible or I would have time to do every day.
I liked Jo’s and her staff’s attitude and approach to dogs, for me it just fitted better and more importantly actually helped.
Without doubt my dog has improved greatly and also Jo has given me much more confidence in myself in public with him, I am no longer scared to walk him with other dogs around.
On a personal note I enjoyed my individual sessions which makes a big difference, Jo is a likeable and pleasant tutor!
Thank you Jo for helping to turn everything around for us. I was at the end of my tether and the dogs (especially Kya!) were seriously trying mine and Dave’s patience. It was putting strain on own relationship as well because we never had a moment together without distractions, and Kya’s food aggression and the way she was guarding bones/toys was becoming quite scary.
Coming to Dog Trouble was the final chance for us to turn things around and I didn’t believe it could be done, but Jo you have worked miracles. You’ve taught both the dogs and ourselves so much and I can’t thank you enough.
I think it’s important to mention that E-Collars were something I was always skeptical about and deemed to be cruel, but a key thing for me was learning how these can be used safely and respectfully, and they work wonders when you have big dogs like ours who are difficult to calm down if they become agitated around other dogs, try to do a runner when off of the lead or jump over the fence into our neighbours garden which are just a few of the things I was constantly having to deal with!
Another big battle I feel I have won is being able to walk both the dogs on my own. Having two Rottweilers to contend with on a walk, between the pulling on the lead and silly outbursts at other dogs, petrified me. Jo helped us both to understand that this was down to us needing to take back control, avoid getting nervous ourselves and the dogs own insecurities and when I did my first walk all on my own I felt really liberated and pleased with both the dogs and myself for persevering!
Thank you to Jo and the team as well for looking after our pups whilst we were on holiday – we could rest assured that they were in good hands which helped us to relax and enjoy our time away. ? Even from this they have come home in great spirits and seem to be getting on much better with each other, and are more respectful of us as well. So not only did you take care of them for us, we have noticed even more positive changes in their behavior.
Throughout the whole experience we couldn’t have asked for more. You have helped to piece our family back together. xx
Billy came in with numerous issues surrounding obedience. He is clever and quickly learnt how to get attention by being naughty. People would shout and chase him which didn’t work. He learnt some bad habits such as chasing cars, taking objects from peoples’ bags, he lost his recall and I lost control of him at agility. As a consequence I lost my confidence and trust in him, he no longer was allowed off lead except in very safe areas as this would lead to panic if he spotted a car.
I approached Dog Trouble primarily because Billy was in danger and I wanted to give him his freedom back at the same time as respect for me. Also I wanted to be able to enjoy activities with my dog instead of getting frustrated. With the aid of the dog collar Billy has now learnt to show respect, he knows that unwanted behaviour can lead to repercussions. I think there is still quite a way to go with him but there is most definitely progress. I can now ask him to wait if he sees a vehicle and can also recall him without having to press the remote control. More importantly we can now walk with confidence.
I haven’t dropped Fred in for a while as whenever my mum can’t have him, my boyfriend takes Fred out in his work van which Fred loves.
We have a local dog friendly pub in Twyford and he roams around in there off the lead. People have even commented on what a well behaved dog he is – I think having a new Alpha male in the house has definitely helped! Hope to see you soon.
As I sat drying my hair this morning, Bo had popped upstairs and was lying upside down with her legs in the air, hoping for a quick blow dry herself I assume – and I was marvelling at the fact, that there was a lovely, gentle and loving dog lying upside down next to me – a year on from her being a dog I was fraught with and she was just coming to boarding school!! She’s such a lovely dog to have around now, really quite biddable, loves to come back to recall, and mostly likes other dogs (with a few exceptions of course). Even our new neighbour’s Dalmation who is quite an alpha female… they actually don’t have a cross word with each other and just run together! Lily is of course still in charge and did have a determined, not going to come back session in the fields this afternoon, but she is just a bit of a card and makes us laugh.
So, I was just reflecting that Gary and I were very lucky to have Bo trained by you, Jo, and for us to be trained too as we have a happy dog household!
Louise & Gary
We rescued Sam but Jo Cottrell definitely ‘rescued us’!
Never having owned a dog and acknowledging Sam’s cross-breed characteristics, we knew we needed to get this new relationship on the right path from the start. Fate stepped in and we heard about Dog Trouble. Jo has been our guide and mentor on our journey to give Sam a home enabling him, and us, to have a calm and well-balanced life together. Her understanding of dog psychology is second to none and we have gladly taken on board both mentally and physically her approach and training methods. You may think walking a dog is easy but I didn’t know there was a right and wrong way but I do now! We did our ‘homework’ and continue to practice everything we have learnt, which is, that it is the consistency of the human on the end of the lead that gives our beloved pet a happy, fun and well-balanced life!
I truly believe that if every prospective new dog owner would give themselves (and their dog) the gift of some time with a dog behaviourist, then it should be Jo Cottrell, she knows her stuff. We would certainly have got it very wrong without her invaluable help. THANKS JO xx
Wendy & Ahmed
Jo and Dog Trouble came highly recommended to us last year when our ongoing problems with our Irish Wolfhound took us to crisis point and we were considering having to re-home him. From the outset Jo was reassuring and patient but also firm and clear in her instruction. We were left in no doubt that she knew exactly what she was doing in her ability in handling dogs. It has been an absolute pleasure to work with Jo and her team, the understanding and knowledge we have gained has been invaluable. We would recommend Jo and Dog Trouble to anyone who wants to get the best relationship with their dog as we have learnt so much about our dog, dogs in general and other dog owners. We always felt Jo was contactable and willing to help outside of the training sessions and the ability to join her and others on the monthly Pack Walks is a real bonus. Jo has given us so much confidence and guidance but most of all she has given us our dog back!
I have been delighted with the results of my private consultations with Jo. My male dog now walks nicely by my side and Jo taught me how to walk both my dogs so we now all enjoy going out and I can finally let them off the lead! It’s the way I envisaged walking the dogs and Jo helped that become a reality. I am forever grateful to her.
Since I had my first meeting with Jo and put into practice her advice and training I feel Zac and myself have come on leaps and bounds. Jo has made a huge difference to my life with Zac, I cannot thank her enough. My niece could not believe the change in Zac and how well he was behaving. Thankyou Jo, I would recommend you to everyone.
Before even meeting Blue she had ‘hit the nail on the head’ with what we were up against with his natural instincts! Jo took the time to get to understand our family’s lifestyle and desired outcomes with Blue. I cannot thank Jo enough, who was eternally calm and patient with both me, Blue, and my children alike and I have no hesitation in recommending Jo and Dog Trouble to any dog owner.
Within 5 minutes of everyone arriving on the first morning of the Junior Pack Leader course there were 6 children and 11 dogs but peace and tranquility reigned….astonishing! Our children have learned a huge amount about keeping our dogs happy and content and how to stay safe around dogs, they loved every minute of it and have already asked when they can go back on a ‘Dog course’ with Jo!
My 6 yr old rescue Labrador Bo has an obsession with squeaky toys. If she happened to find a discarded one whilst out walking she became totally fixated and oblivious to everything and everyone. I contacted Jo who came, carried out an assessment and recommended a Dog Trace collar. After 2 more sessions with Jo and following her instructions I now have a dog who is happy, balanced, well behaved and who returns to me when called.
“Jo I can’t thank you enough for your support and advice, you’re one in a million”.
Maureen, East Wittering
Sam is our rescue Cockerpoo who had 2 homes before he came to us. When we took him on, we knew that there were issues to be addressed and we worked hard to sort these out over a period of 3 ½ years. Unfortunately we weren’t able to sort out Sam’s fear aggression and realized that we needed professional help. At that time, we were seriously discussing whether we would be able to keep Sam as he was becoming more unpredictable and had bitten a number of people.
Initially Sam spent 10 days with Jo in ‘Boot Camp’ and since then Jo has helped us to modify the way that we and other people who come into contact with Sam interact with him. It is great to know that Jo is always at the end of the phone to give us advice if we need it going forward. It is also reassuring to know that we have someone who knows and understands the issues that we have with Sam to leave him with when we go away.
My border collie was fear aggressive and walks had become a bit of a nightmare. After only 4 sessions with Jo, Cracker was walking happily alongside other dogs. Jo has given me so much more confidence and Cracker and I are now really enjoying our walks together.
“Jo is very calm and patient I can not recommend her highly enough.”
Our dogs had severe issues with confidence, independence, recall and were overall just not working together. We were unable to walk our dogs together without a fight breaking up. Jo has changed our family life in so many ways, and she has helped us find just why animal ownership is such a joy. We can now take our boys to the park and woods and watch all three get into trouble together!
“We love our little family and have Jo to thank for where we are today.”
My little Yorkie Stewie was a nervous dog from the day I got him. He was really sweet and very protective of me but he started attacking any dog he came across on our walks. He was also frightened of other people. I knew I had to do something while he was still young (2 years old). I tried a training class but it was absolutely awful for both of us – the trainer kept yelling ‘keep your dog away from Stewie’. I realized that he needed something more so I started doing some research on the internet and I saw ‘Dog Trouble’. I have been a big fan of “The Dog Whisperer” and his methods and I was so pleased to see that Jo uses the same principles to ‘train’ the dogs. I didn’t need Stewie trained but I needed him to not try to kill every dog he saw and to enjoy his walks and even the greatest goal be able to be off the lead on walks sometimes.
Jo first set my mind at rest that Stewie was not an aggressive dog – just lacking in confidence. After a consultation and some ‘owner-training’ we decided that Stewie would benefit from staying at Dog Trouble for a couple of weeks. After three weeks Stewie was a changed dog. Running with the ‘pack’, lots of exercise gentle training and meeting lots of people had increased his confidence and helped him know how to greet other dogs and people properly. He is a joy on the lead – doesn’t pull or lunge any more but just trots along beautifully next to me.
When I had to go overseas recently I brought Stewie back to Dog Trouble to board. He loves it there!
Owner of “Stewie”