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Boot Camp


"We rescued Sam but Jo Cottrell definitely ‘rescued us’!"

- Wendy & Ahmed

"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!"

- Janine

"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."

- Linda

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

Boot Camp is for those dogs that require a more intensive residential programme, away from their home environment, in order to learn how to be a dog again and become balanced.

Dogs exhibiting dog aggression issues really benefit from this programme as they are integrated with a pack of balanced sociable dogs.

Dogs exhibiting the following behaviour will be considered for Boot Camp:

  • Aggressive towards dogs

  • Aggressive towards humans

  • Out of control on a walk

  • Not responding to commands

  • Destructive in the home

  • Extreme fear/anxiety


Prior to being accepted into Boot Camp, a 1:1 dog behaviour consultation with Jo Cottrell is required to ascertain the dogs behaviour and discuss the length of time required in Boot Camp.


At the end of the stay Jo Cottrell will work with owners to re-introduce their dog back into their home, showing owners the basic structure and techniques that will enable them to maintain balance between them and their dog.

Daily sessions for Boot Camp dogs may include cycling, swimming, agility and breed specific activities.

Please Note:

Clients will be given an approximate length of time that it will take for their dog to be rehabilitated.  However, please be advised that this is solely dependent on the dog themselves, it may be shorter or longer than anticipated but clients will be notified of this if applicable.

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