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Meet the Team

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Jo Cottrell

Business Owner and Dog Behaviourist

Jo is exceptional in the way she connects with a dog, focusing on healing their Mind, Body and Spirit. Jo’s extensive knowledge of dog health, nutrition and behaviour enables her to treat a dog as a whole, ensuring the root cause of their behaviour is addressed to ensure long term balance as opposed to a ‘quick fix!’. 
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Jo Wood 

 Personal Assistant to Jo Cottrell

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Rachel Clewer

Office Manager

Rachel joined the Team in April 2024. She has worked in admin and childcare for many years. Rachel has one of Jo's Zante rescues, so has been  coming to Dog Trouble for the past four years.
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Katie Norris

Assistant Dog Behaviourist / Centre Assistant

Katie started with Dog Trouble in September 2022. She holds a CPD accredited Dog 1st aid and emergency canine care certificate.  Katie helps rehabilitate dogs with Jo and has a very natural calm energy enabling her to work particularly with dogs with trust issues.

'When I’m not spending time with dogs I’m with my pet ducks. Being outside is what makes me happy and of course spending time with animals. I have recently moved into my own house. I have also recently adopted one of the rescue dogs, Maggie. I also enjoy exploring like climbing Snowdon and the Peak District!'
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Leah Hopkins

 Centre Manager

Leah started with Dog Trouble in April 2022 and holds a Level 3 extended diploma in Animal management which was passed with distinction. Also holds a CPD accredited Dog 1st aid and emergency canine care certificate.

Leah is exceptionally organised and has grown to learn how to manage a team. Her greatest joy at work is seeing dogs with trust issues 'unlock' and start to become more confident, balanced dogs.    
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Gaia Chawdhary

Part-time Centre Assistant

Gaia joined the Dog Trouble Team after meeting Jo in a behaviour consultation with her dog.  Jo was impressed with Gaia's natural ability with her dog and her calm energy so offered for her to come and learn with the team, on a voluntary basis initially.  After 4 months we offered Gaia a part time position.



Dude was rescued from a slaughter house by 'Lost Souls' horse rescue.  He was in a terrible state and they nursed him back to good health and started to build his trust around humans. I had a donkey called Rosie and a Shetland pony called Angus when I was a child on our farm, so for years I've been wanting to rescue and rehabilitate some to help me rehabilitate dogs that are frightened or aggressive towards large animals.  Dude is a real character and he loves his farm walks with the dogs often running after them and then having a good roll in the dust!


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Chance was rescued by 'Lost Souls' horse rescue after being dumped at a very young age.  He was very underweight and had not been cared for at all.  I saw Chance when I went to visit Dude and his beautiful blue eyes just drew me in!  He was so trusting of humans and I actually chose him as a companion for Dude because he had the most amazing 'energy', so calm and gentle which would be ideal for teaching dogs to trust.  He walks and now trots really well on lead around the farm.  He loves being groomed and wherever there is grass he will be, so sometimes I have to go looking for him around the farm!

Jog, Dixie, Delila, Dotty, Daisy

Pygmy Goats

The Pygmy goat gang are fantastic in helping to rehabilitate dogs.  They are cheeky and very brave! They love to run and climb on everything and they love to eat the hedge and most recently my fruit trees! Jog is the 'Man of the house' and the girls were adopted from Odds Farm in 2020.


A selection of breeds!

The chickens were bought not only to join the farm animal team to help rehabilitate dogs with a high Prey Drive but we also sell the eggs they lay to help raise money for The Dog Trouble Foundation!
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