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Be the change for your dog!

Do you find yourself panicking at the mere thought of taking your dog out? Is your anxiety getting in the way of you helping your dog make progress?

Learn practical techniques to help you become a more confident guardian for your dog, so you can help your dog grow in confidence as well.



Featured courses and services

Canine Confidence Club

Join the Canine Confidence Club, offering courses, lessons, coaching and support to help you build your confidence, y...

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TTouch Taster

Learn TTouch to calm your dog! Tellington TTouch Training or TTouch is a holistic training method that promotes calm...

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Build your Dog's Confidence with TTouch

Build your Dog's Confidence with TTouch! In an ideal world all our dogs would be confident: relaxed, taking thi...

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Your End of the Lead

Struggling with your dog's reactivity? Living with a dog is supposed to be relaxing and fun.  But when your dog...

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Who I am and how I can help

I'm Janet Finlay and I've Iived and worked with reactive and challenging dogs for more than 20 years. I know that frustration, the sense of guilt and failure, the feelings of hopelessness and isolation that you may be feeling right now. I've come home from walks in tears because people have yelled abuse at my dog kicking off. I've felt the disappointment of not being able to do "normal" things with my dog.

But I don't feel like that any more. Over the years I have learned how to help the reactive dogs that have come my way - and to do it without getting stressed out. I can teach you to do the same.

Now I see their reactive behaviour as just that - behaviour - a challenge to be met rather than a burden or a threat to my sanity!  In my courses and training in the Canine Confidence Academy, I combine TTouch, games and playfulness, reward-based training and NLP-based coaching techniques to take a holistic approach that focuses on both ends of the lead. I won't just show you how to train your dog - I'll show you how to change your thinking and how you respond to your dog. Following my programmes will help you and your dog become a confident partnership. 

"I love getting your emails"

My twice-weekly emails are different - my aim is to be genuinely helpful, inspirational, challenging. Yes I'll sometimes tell you about things I am doing that might help you - but mostly I just share ideas to help you and your dog. People tell me they love getting them!

Sign up for my weekly emails and get my 24-video Advent Calendar, It Starts with You, absolutely FREE!


What people say

Bernadette Kerbey
Workshop attendee

Janet Finlay is by far the best dog-related trainer I have had the pleasure of attending a course with, and rates among my top 5 trainers in anything.... I have already recommended this workshop because I want to see more people using genuinely positive methods, and broadening out the scope of what is available to dogs locally. I can also assure those friends who are interested ... that they will certainly be getting their money's worth and be operating with an outstanding trainer.

Ros Kinloch
Online course participant

"Janet Finlay's course has been one of the most valuable and enjoyable learning experiences I have had in my quest to progress positively with Sophie. We are now a calmer and more confident partnership, with better understanding and a shedload of strategies to employ. My end of the lead definitely now feels a far more comfortable place! Thank you so much, Janet.”

Tina Jennings
One-to-One client

"I have two mini schnauzers one of which is very anxious and reactive to most things outside, people, dogs, bikes etc. Walking had become a nightmare. I have used several dog trainers over the last few years and had almost given up. I heard about TTouch, bought the book and then discovered Janet. Janet has been fantastic and has given me the confidence to help my dog get over her issues. A combination of TTouch and training techniques has given me the confidence to see light at the end of the tunnel and the improvement in just two weeks has been amazing. Thank you so much Janet"

Karen Ebben
Online course participant

“Since doing this course I have seen Ebben grow into a fun loving dog who has learned to trust me to help her be able to make the right choices. Our relationship has really strengthened and we seem to enjoy ourselves on walks much more-we interact more and play games for the fun of it and not just as a distraction ... I feel I've already achieved my key goal - for Ebben to be happy and enjoy life because she is definitely much happier than when we started the course - wow!”

Latest posts

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