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Joyful Dogs Professional dog behaviour and puppy training - it's a Joyful Thing! We'll help you train your dog: Recall (come when called); Loose lead walking; Socialisation, Separation anxiety; Stop Barking; Stop Jumping Up; Resource Guarding; Aggression.

Book now! Dog skills for humans! Helping you understand your dog's behaviour better so you can enjoy the best possible relationship together.

Book now! Dog skills for humans! Helping you understand your dog's behaviour better so you can enjoy the best possible relationship together.

Operating as usual

10/08/2022

I have a 15 month old toddler and he is a gorgeous little boy who is extremely loving, kind and funny. However……….

Sometime he bites
Sometime he hits
Sometimes he doesn’t come to me when I ask him to
If restrained on his backpack he tried to run and pulls on the rein
He plays with stones
He rips up paper
And he does more behaviours that could be classed as “naughty”.

Health visitors, friends and family all tell me it’s normal behaviour for a toddler and that he’s teething, learning and exploring his environment.

The people who tell me it’s normal behaviour for a 15 month old child will be the same people who complain that their 14 week old puppy is biting them, pulling on the lead, running away when off the lead and much more. Why is it acceptable for a child to perform these “naughty” behaviours but unacceptable for a puppy??

Please remember puppies are babies. They are teething, they are learning, they are exploring their environment and they need as much understanding, time and patience as you would give to raising a human baby.

08/08/2022

Today is International Cat Day so here is a video of Mochi showing off her new trick. High fives to that!

04/08/2022

We are so pleased to be working in conjunction with Muddy Buddies - Cotswold Dog Care. They came to us for help with one of their charges, Teddie.
After Katie's Solo Training Walks, he is now a dream in a small pack!

If your dog needs some extra help, contact here
https://joyfuldogs.co.uk/contact/

www.joyfuldogs.co.uk

01/08/2022

Dogs are like water. They take the easiest route, do the thing which works for them.
If barking guarantees attention, they will continue.
If running off gives them an adrenaline rush, they will do it.

It is up to us to teach a more desirable alternative. Just think even when YOU are not in active training mode, they are. They are constantly learning.

If you would like a better insight into the workings of your dog's mind, give us a shout.

www.joyfuldogs.co.uk

01/08/2022

During puppyhood and adolescence our dog’s brains are still developing. It can be a struggle getting through these times but don’t forget it’s a struggle for your dog too.

Not only are they navigating the same developmental and hormonal changes we go through during childhood and teens. But they also have to adjust to living with a new species and what’s socially acceptable to us.

And at least their phases aren’t as long as ours, so hang in there!

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#trickwoofscomic #dogtraining #adolecentdog #puppy #dogtrainingtips #dogsofinstagram #dogowners #doglove #dogtrainerslife #brainunderconstruction

We are very proud to become an official sponsor of the Yellow Dog UK campaign. Watch this space for more helpful informa...
01/08/2022
Puppy & Dog Training Cheltenham - Dog Behaviourist Gloucestershire

We are very proud to become an official sponsor of the Yellow Dog UK campaign.
Watch this space for more helpful information!

Dog behaviour & puppy training in Cheltenham. Gloucestershire & Charlton Kings. We help dog owners to train their dogs & puppies in a fun, effective way.

Should your child walk your dog alone? I know that children love to get involved with walking the dog and when your time...
31/07/2022

Should your child walk your dog alone? I know that children love to get involved with walking the dog and when your time is restricted, it's an easy option. However, even if you are confident in your child's abilities with your own dog, would they know what to do in a serious event?

Our puppy classes are focused on helping you become the best puppy guardian you can be. Yes we do some typical training ...
30/07/2022

Our puppy classes are focused on helping you become the best puppy guardian you can be. Yes we do some typical training such as 'down' and 'stay' but it is more about learning our dog's language and helping them fit in our weird human world!

There is nothing better we can do for our dogs than to educate ourselves.

It should become as normal as puppy classes, that when we get a dog, we learn their language and how to meet their needs.

And that’s what puppy classes should be about, owner education and helping you both find your feet together.

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#dogtraining #puppytraining #trickwoofscomic #dogbodylanguage #canineeducation #doglover #dogownerlife

We have launched our Solo Training Walks service run by our Katie. With an eye for scientific precision, she can help yo...
29/07/2022

We have launched our Solo Training Walks service run by our Katie. With an eye for scientific precision, she can help your dog function in our society. The perfect way to speed up your training progression.
#positivereinforcement #dogtraıner #cheltenham

#truestory
29/07/2022

#truestory

We're not (totally) heartless but what a relief! 🥲 🤭

#sorrynotsorry #dogsarefamily

28/07/2022

Are you accidentally feeding your dog a pretty much vegan diet? If there is meat in their food, which protein? Does it say Meat MEAL on the label? You could be paying a fortune for cheap crap. Check out our article to find out if your dog's food is helping or hindering...
Note - A LOT of behavioural problems are contributed to by a poor diet.
https://joyfuldogs.co.uk/your-dogs-food-the-ugly-truth/

Is your rescue dog throwing up challenges? We can help! #dogtraıner #positivereinforcement #cheltenham
27/07/2022

Is your rescue dog throwing up challenges? We can help! #dogtraıner #positivereinforcement #cheltenham

Timeline photos
27/07/2022

Timeline photos

You're looking for an easy way to settle your dog down!

🐶 You will love the simplicity of scatter feeding.
🐶 Foraging for food is a natural and relaxing behaviour.
🐶Scatter feeding will use up a lot of energy and encourage relaxation.
🐶Sniffing is tiring.
🐶For best results, scatter feed your dog regularly with a food they love.

Throw some tiny tasty treats (or their dinner if it's suitable) around your home or outside space and send your dog off to find them. You can also drop a few tiny treats on walks, if you need to distract your dog. It's much easier than trying to get their attention onto you.

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27/07/2022

This👇

I'm a proud snack leader

To all my fellow #snackleaders, owners trainers and behaviourists. I see you.

I love being a #cookiepusher I'm saying that it's literally the tip of the iceberg! I know what's going on underneath the water, I know what's going on in the background.

We do so much more than just toss food.

You are doing a great job keep it up.

People can and will say mean things. It can be demoralising and hard.
But don't let anyone else tell you other methods are better. This works. Science is on our side. We got you.

#snackleadernotpackleader #snackleader #cookiepushers #positivereinforcement #positivetraining #dogspeak #dogbehavior #dogbehaviour #trainwithoutpain #dogtraining #dog #dogs #dogtrainer #dogbehaviourist #behaviouralscience #behaviourproblems #dogbehaviourtraining #dogbehaviourmodification #stoptheshock
#nopinch
#nobreedneedsaheavyhand #noprong #sciencefacts

26/07/2022

Does it feel like your training has taken a backward step?
Does your pup run off without you?
Are you worried about losing her?
Does your pup pull like crazy on the lead?
Does it feel like you have lost your connection?

Well, I run a class for Teenagers who need a little more shaping and guidance. Specifically, we look at recall and loose lead walking, as I see these as the major challenges during this turbulent time.

Your pup is rushing with hormones, they have a secondary fear phase AND they are still very much learning about the world that society imposes on them.... we give humans at least 18 years of solid learning, yet put so much pressure on young dogs to behave in certain ways within a few short months. Young dogs often take a backward step when they get to this awkward life stage - don't worry, it is normal!

In this 4 week course, we empathise with our pups and guide them so they can navigate all of this as smoothly as possible. This is not a traditional obedience or agility type class. We strip everything right back and hone our basic skills to an elevated level, whatever that is for you and your dog. This course is about the connection between you and your dog - your connection is the backbone for what you would like to achieve with your dog.

I have recently spent two days with world renowned dog trainer Sarah Fisher.
I have honed my skills and enhance my knowledge with her guidance. She has opened my eyes further to the importance of choice for our dogs and how this can significantly improve our relationship and connection. I am excited to share this knowledge with you!

Starting 3rd September x 4 weeks at the RDA in Cheltenham Racecourse.
3:30-4:30
4:45-5:45
£99 – ONLY FOUR DOGS IN EACH CLASS

Please fill this form in https://joyfuldogs.co.uk/puppy-improvers-form/

The delightful Elaine has been working with us for a few months - starting off being supported as a new pup 'mum' in Hel...
26/07/2022

The delightful Elaine has been working with us for a few months - starting off being supported as a new pup 'mum' in Helen's classes and then one to one sessions with Joy helping to develop their connection even further. We are so chuffed with how much work Elaine puts in :)
www.joyfuldogs.co.uk #puppyclasses #dogtraining #freework

25/07/2022

********P U P P Y C L A S S E S *******
If you have a new pup or expecting one soon, get in touch ASAP so you don't miss out on our advice in that all important fear phase.

Our next term starts 12/13/14th August SIGN UP HERE https://joyfuldogs.co.uk/types-of-training/puppy-training/puppy-classes/
Fear not! If you need help before the next term, we can do one to one sessions for you....
SIGNUP here https://joyfuldogs.co.uk/types-of-training/puppy-training/11-puppy-training/
#puppy #puppyclass #puppytraining

Great infographic here by Lili Chin. If you are lucky enough to have a dog that is comfortable in the presence of other ...
25/07/2022

Great infographic here by Lili Chin. If you are lucky enough to have a dog that is comfortable in the presence of other dogs, that's great. However, some dogs need more space. This could be because they've recently been attacked, they are recovering from surgery or they just aren't very confident around other dogs.

Please think of the impact of your dog running up to a dog that's on a lead. You wouldn't like a person invading your space. Don't let your dog be a space invader.

If you do have a 'space invader' or you have a dog that needs some confidence building around dogs, we can help. Contact us today and one of the Joyful team will be in touch.

********P U P P Y C L A S S E S *******If you have a new pup or expecting one soon, get in touch ASAP so you don't miss ...
24/07/2022

********P U P P Y C L A S S E S *******
If you have a new pup or expecting one soon, get in touch ASAP so you don't miss out on our advice in that all important fear phase.

Our next term starts 12/13/14th August SIGN UP HERE https://joyfuldogs.co.uk/types-of-training/puppy-training/puppy-classes/
Fear not! If you need help before the next term, we can do one to one sessions for you....
SIGNUP here https://joyfuldogs.co.uk/types-of-training/puppy-training/11-puppy-training/
#puppy #puppyclass #puppytraining

Our fabulous client Moira is so committed to her pup - here's what she had to say about us! #dogtraıner #positivereinfor...
24/07/2022

Our fabulous client Moira is so committed to her pup - here's what she had to say about us!
#dogtraıner #positivereinforcement #cheltenham

This was designed with humans in mind but it is true for training dogs as well. The old training styles were to punish f...
24/07/2022

This was designed with humans in mind but it is true for training dogs as well. The old training styles were to punish for unwanted behaviour. Today, by looking at why our dogs behave the way they do, we can get results much quicker and our dogs are more confident and have a better relationship with us as a result.

Have a problem behaviour you need some help with? Get in touch! A member of the Joyful team would love to help you!

We are super chuffed with this review from Indy's lovely owners! Thank you!www.joyfuldogs.co.uk#ethicaldogtraining #posi...
23/07/2022

We are super chuffed with this review from Indy's lovely owners! Thank you!

www.joyfuldogs.co.uk
#ethicaldogtraining #positivereinforcment

The Joyful dogs team have recently had the privilege of doing a first aid training course with Rachel and her knowledge ...
23/07/2022

The Joyful dogs team have recently had the privilege of doing a first aid training course with Rachel and her knowledge was invaluable.
If you want to do a free paw and pad first aid course, follow the link.

It’s so important as a dog owner to have some understanding if not attend a full course in canine first aid and CPR! 🐶🙋🏻‍♀️ having this knowledge and practical skill could help, if not save your dogs life in the case of accidents!

The fabulous Rachel Bean RVN from Canine First Aid Workshops UK has so kindly provided me with a link to give you all for FREE! Yes FREE! To do her short course on ‘Canine First Aid - Paw & Pad injuries’ 🐶🩸🩹🩺 what a fabulous short course for you all to do to gain some extra knowledge and skill incase of a paw or pad emergency 🚨

Here’s the Link >> https://rachel-bean-s-school.teachable.com/p/canine-first-aid-paw-and-pad-injuries/?preview=logged_out&fbclid=IwAR15W4K7OLNSZ1Vm67FeQCBimHAPUwkGg47gJxB_11aV3BUM5SMCBCU2yEM

(If you have any troubles with the link, send me a message and I will pass it over to you 🐶🤓)

ENJOY! And let me know if any of you decide to do the little course 😍🙋🏻‍♀️🐶

www.rachelbean.co.uk 🐶🩺

22/07/2022

Does it feel like your training has taken a backward step?
Does your pup run off without you?
Are you worried about losing her?
Does your pup pull like crazy on the lead?
Does it feel like you have lost your connection?

Well, I run a class for Teenagers who need a little more shaping and guidance. Specifically, we look at recall and loose lead walking, as I see these as the major challenges during this turbulent time.

Your pup is rushing with hormones, they have a secondary fear phase AND they are still very much learning about the world that society imposes on them.... we give humans at least 18 years of solid learning, yet put so much pressure on young dogs to behave in certain ways within a few short months. Young dogs often take a backward step when they get to this awkward life stage - don't worry, it is normal!

In this 4 week course, we empathise with our pups and guide them so they can navigate all of this as smoothly as possible. This is not a traditional obedience or agility type class. We strip everything right back and hone our basic skills to an elevated level, whatever that is for you and your dog. This course is about the connection between you and your dog - your connection is the backbone for what you would like to achieve with your dog.

I have recently spent two days with world renowned dog trainer Sarah Fisher.
I have honed my skills and enhance my knowledge with her guidance. She has opened my eyes further to the importance of choice for our dogs and how this can significantly improve our relationship and connection. I am excited to share this knowledge with you!

Starting 3rd September x 4 weeks at the RDA in Cheltenham Racecourse.
3:30-4:30
4:45-5:45
£99 – ONLY FOUR DOGS IN EACH CLASS

Please fill this form in for more info https://joyfuldogs.co.uk/puppy-improvers-form/

Great article by Sally Gutteridge on canine resilience. If you find your dog can tolerate certain things at home and not...
22/07/2022
Canine Resilience - What Does It Mean And How Can You Create It?

Great article by Sally Gutteridge on canine resilience. If you find your dog can tolerate certain things at home and not anywhere else, give this article a read.

https://www.sallygutteridge.com/post/canine-resilience-what-does-it-mean-and-how-can-you-create-it

What is resilience and how does it apply to your dog? In shorthand, canine resilience means that a dog can cope. Emotional and psychological resilience for your dog is defined as the ability to remain flexible in emotional response or behaviour despite pressure from the environment, sometimes throug...

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Dogs dont come with instructions (sadly!) But Joyful Dogs will show you how to make training your dog or puppy fun! Joy will give you oodles of training games and techniques to help you enjoy learning with your dog and importantly, to get the results you want.

Joy Matthews is a positive reinforcement Dog Trainer and as a member of the Pet Professional Guild (PPG) she is committed to only using force-free training techniques. Joyful Dogs is fully ensured with Cliverton Insurance. References available on request.


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Dizzee very happy with his rosette. We’re really excited with his progress. A huge thank you to Helen for all the help and guidance over the past 6-weeks. Gareth, Tiffany Jane Bate and Dizzee
Dizzee practicing his settle at a lovely sunny Dunkerton’s Cider Mill. Joyful Dogs
Dizzee practicing his recall off lead. Lots of fun 🤩
Ziggy is our first dog and the puppy training classes with Helen as well as being brilliant and fun, gave us confidence in how to deal with most situations we have faced with positive reinforcement and encouragement. It was good to have a gentle introduction to social interactions between the pups. Ziggy started off nervous but ended up very happy to mix with the other puppies. Helen is a brilliant trainer - thank you! Jan & Mike Webb Ziggy cavapoo
Hello - we are due to start puppy classes on Sunday 24th October. We will unfortunately have to miss one of the classes in November so I wonder if there is anyone on the Saturday morning class in the same boat who we could swap with (just for that one week!) Thank you 😊
This is the result of Helen teaching loose lead to pups in her classes at Joyful Dogs. Sign your pup up! Next term starts 22nd/24th October... https://joyfuldogs.co.uk/types-of-training/puppy-training/puppy-classes/
I chose Joyful Dogs because my dog Flo had been looked after by Helen previously; so, Helen knew Flo’s background; also I knew Helen’s feel for and love of dogs. I was easily able to explain the challenging situation and to discuss Flo’s growing anxiety around other dogs. Helen recommended working with Katie in 1:1 sessions. The 1:1 sessions with Katie are working really well with Katie’s clear demonstrations of counter-conditioning ‘in action’ and clear explanations of what we were aiming for. The use of positive encouragement during managed sightings of other dogs was carefully explained and I gradually became more confident as I could see how Flo was learning to make good choices, with support from me and Katie. There has been a huge improvement in Flo’s behavior already, and more generally she has grown such a lot in terms of her confidence when out on walks. She is now keen to go for walks and her tail is up and wagging. Flo is confident now to be with other dogs on walks and more recently staying with lovely Helen and her dogs for a week – something I could not have imagined 2 or 3 months ago. I would strongly recommend working with Katie if you have an anxious dog, as she teaches you and gives you confidence as well as teaching your dog. I am going to continue with the training to reinforce all the good that has happened so far.
Having recently welcomed Bryn, a boxweiler pup, into my home I was keen to provide him with the best start, given the size he will become. I was pointed towards Joy by a fellow dog owner near me and couldn’t be more grateful for the recommendation. during just the first 121 session I felt confident that I would be able to “speak” Bryn. We had 4 sessions in total, ending with an off lead country walk and a ‘picnic’ with Bryn just pottering about. Joy shared many techniques, games and exercises to keep this ‘little’ bundle of physical and mental energy busy and helped me to understand what I can do to help him become a lovely canine companion. I recommend Joy without hesitation! Thank you, Joy, from Bryn and me! X
I have had Dannyelle as my dog trainer for the past month or so. She was very kind and patient and showed me how best to manage my border collie
We've teamed up with Joyful Dogs Training to give you 10% off a Bounders Photo Session while we're on tour in Cheltenham and Gloucester THIS WEEKEND!! Visit their FB page to find out how you can get your discount!! :D http://www.facebook.com/joyfuldogstraining
Joy I had to let you know how brilliantly our little rescue pup is doing with his “down” since you showed us how to do it yesterday! We are using a quiet voice the same way you do and he’s been practising 2 metres away from our cat and ignoring the cat in favour of his rewards. 💞I’m so pleased! Thank you! xx
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