Workshops/Seminars 2020-02-04T19:35:05+00:00

Fundamentals Workshops

The Dog Trouble Fundamentals Workshop is a practical course aimed at teaching dog owners how to implement basic training and leadership with their dog  to address and/or prevent basic behaviour issues from arising. The course is limited to a maximum of 4 owners and their dogs to enable owners to work with Jo on a 1:1 basis in addition to benefiting from group work.

Fundamentals Workshops are held monthly on Sundays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on the following 2020 dates:

March 8th, April 19th, May 10th, 31st, June 21st, July 12th, August 2nd, 23rd, September 13th, October 4th, 25th, November 15th, December 6th.


The Fundamentals course includes:

  • Understanding how dogs communicate and operate in ‘Survival’ mode
  • Assessing the energy and drive in your dog and how to manage these drives in resolving behaviour issues
  • How to walk your dog calmly on leash with other dogs
  • Identifying and addressing ‘Imbalance’ in your dog- the importance of Nutrition, Health and Environmental factors.
  • How to manage Dog reactive behaviour
  • Recall work

The course includes light lunch.  Each student will receive a free copy of Jo’s Dog Basics Booklet.



To Book:


Dog Walker Workshop

The next workshop will be on Sunday, June 28th 2020, 1.00-4.00pm at Dog Trouble

Do you offer a dog walking service or home boarding, or are you planning to start a dog walking or home boarding business?
If so, this workshop is for you. It will teach you how to deliver a safe and effective service to clients by demonstrating leadership and control whilst being confident when walking groups of dogs in public.


  • Dog body language and communication
  • Understanding Common Behaviour Issues
  • Managing risk when walking packs of dogs in public areas
  • Managing and dealing with confrontation between dogs
  • Leading your walk with a pack of dogs
  • Maintaining balance within a pack



To Book

Download and complete application form Dog Walker Workshop 2019  and return to us at Dog Trouble


Here is a link to a lovely testimonial from a dog walker who attended a previous workshop – we are glad you found it useful!

Junior Pack Leader Workshops

A two-day dog behaviour workshop from 10:00 to 15:00 during school holiday time for young people aged between 6-12 years old.  A fun but informative practical workshop educating young people about basic dog behaviour and how to behave around and care for dogs in a safe, balanced way. Perfect for kids that love dogs!

Dates of 2019 Workshops are:

Month FromTo
MayTuesday, 28thWednesday, 29th
JulyTuesday, 30thWednesday, 31st
AugustTuesday, 27thWednesday, 28th
OctoberTuesday, 29thWednesday, 30th


Age 6-12 years. Workshop times are 10.30-3.30pm.  Each young person must attend each day and bring a packed lunch. Young People will get to work with their own dog or care for a balanced dog from the Dog Trouble Pack for two days!  They will experience the daily routine of the Dog Trouble Pack involving how to walk a dog by their side, how to play with them safely, how to keep a dog healthy and how to understand a dog’s body language.  Fun activities they will teach their dog will include dog agility, swimming and search and find games. Click here to view photos!  Drinks are provided.  Each young person will receive a T-Shirt and certificate.


Course costs: £95 for 2 day course per child including VAT

To book:

Download and complete the following Consent form for photographic images and Parent Permission slip and return to Dog Trouble 

Learning to Lead Workshop

Learning to Lead is a 2-day Workshop, designed for a maximum of 6 women, in developing the ability to be calm and assertive, both in relation to your dog and in your everyday life. The workshop focuses on the importance of leadership through working with dogs.

Fundamentals Workshops


This is a practical and theoretical workshop where students can bring their own dog or work with a dog from the Dog Trouble pack. You will learn the importance of maintaining balance through mind-body-spirit activities that you can implement in your daily life and how positive changes in your energy can improve your relationship with your dog. Local dog-friendly accommodation options will be provided to registered attendees that require. The Workshop includes tea and coffee throughout the day and a delicious two-course lunch on both days. Accommodation for dogs is available on request.



To Book:

Use the Registration Form below to reserve your place. For any questions about this workshop contact

Dates of Workshop To be advised

Canine First Aid

Canine First Aid Class

The Canine First Aid Company always makes sure that the course is held in a relaxed environment so that the customer feels comfortable. The courses are always fun, enjoyable and very informative so you have all the information and skills needed to save a dogs life! There are lots of practical hands on participation so that you know how to perform all the vital elements to save a mans.. and woman’s best friend!

Date to be advised


This course offers two types of certification – Successful Completion £55 and a formal Accreditation £85. The accredited certification is for those who work or want to work in the dog business. The initial course is the same – but those who wish to do the Accreditation will be required to complete a quiz at the end of the initial course. The course starts at 10:00 and is approximately 3 1/2 hours to 4 hours long. Tea and coffee will be provided.

There is no difference in course content, however, if you have a business the Accreditation is formally recognised which has proven very positive for  those with dog businesses and their clients.

Students receive Certificates and hand-outs, shock blankets, face shields, and access to a free Canine First Aid App.  Human and Canine First Aid Kits will also be available for purchase as well as lifesaving ice packs for heatstroke.

Topics covered include:

•  Your role as a canine first aider and the aims of canine first aid
•  Hygiene
•  First Aid kit
•  Health & Safety
•  Dog fights
•  Muzzles
•  First actions on scene
•  ABCs
•  Responses ABC
•  First responses
•  Finding a pulse
•  CPR and rescue breaths
•  Know your own dog
•  Recovery Position
•  Serious Bleeding
•  Bites – dog, adder
•  Stick injuries
•  Choking
•  Shock
•  Dogs in hot cars
•  Heat stroke
•  Poisons – incl.  Alabama Rot, Hogweed, bread mould
•  Burns
•  Drowning – wet and dry
•  Stomach Torsion


£55 for Successful Completion and £85 for Accreditation

To book:


Canine Massage

Canine Massage Class

This half-day workshop is intended to introduce you and your dog to the benefits of canine massage, perfect for those dog owners who have no massage experience. Learn a little about what is under your dog’s skin and how canine massage can influence this. Increase your awareness by understanding how pain can impact your dog, both mentally and physically and what you can do to avoid/reduce it. The workshop will contain both theory and practical instruction and you will go home with several massage techniques and simple stretches that you can practice on your own dog. Handouts will be supplied, but please bring a notepad and pen with you if you would like to take further notes.

Please bring your dog’s bed and/or blankets with you. Please advise the host if your dog needs extra space away from other dogs. We will do our best to ensure that the room layout is organised to accommodate everyone.

Date to be advised


The Workshop runs from 10:00 to 2:00pm and includes tea, coffee and biscuits. Please advise the host if you require non-dairy milk. Attendees must complete a Veterinary Consent Form prior to the Workshop.


The cost is £50.00 Handler+dog, £40.00 Handler-only – early bird discounts apply.

To book:

Contact to reserve a place.

Mentor Programme

For those individuals wanting to shadow Jo Cottrell in her work rehabilitating dogs and educating people in dog behaviour.  This is a fantastic opportunity for individuals to participate in one-one, intense, practical work with dogs with behaviour issues.  You will learn the stages of dog rehabilitation from assessment through to practical rehabilitation of a dog and can be designed specifically for you over a duration of your choice eg 1 day, 1 week.

The programme topics include:

  • Dog body language and communication
  • Understanding Common Behaviour Issues
  • Energy
  • Drives
  • Health & Nutrition and Alternative therapies.
  • Establishing Leadership
  • Socialisation with dogs/people

To Book:

Please contact us today to discuss your requirements and costs.

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