If your dog has you at the end of your tether, I can help you to...

Listen to your dog<br> - and to yourself!

Listen to your dog
- and to yourself!

Recognising early signs of stress in your dog and in yourself, as well as the limiting beliefs that hold you back, is key to making progress. I will teach you what to look for and how to change it.

Increase confidence in yourself<br>and your dog

Increase confidence in yourself
and your dog

When your dog barks and lunges at other dogs or people it is stressful for you both. I understand how difficult it can be to live with reactivity - and I will teach both of you be calmer and more confident!

Teach the behaviours<br>you want to see

Teach the behaviours
you want to see

I will teach you how to improve your dog's physical and emotional balance, and manage your environment, so that you can successfully teach the behaviours you want to see.

Deepen your connection<br>with your dog

Deepen your connection
with your dog

I use TTouch and positive reinforcement training to help you build a strong relationship with your dog. The more your dog engages with you, the better you can handle challenges together.

Who I am & 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. 


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What my clients say

“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.”

~ Bernadette Kerbey, Workshops and Online Courses

“"Your End of the Lead" is very well thought out and structured, and the weekly course material is highly informative, thought provoking, practical, stimulating and relevant. The mixed delivery of video and reading works well and caters for different learning styles. The daily activities are clear, achievable and time realistic, and give opportunities to try out the techniques covered .... 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.”

~ Ros Kinloch and Sophie, Workshop and Online Courses

“To say I found the morning interesting and beneficial would be an understatement and that afternoon, when I took Whisper to work, she was flat out, fully relaxed on the floor and asleep, which was so unbelievable the vet asked if she was ill! I told her no and what we had done, but she couldn’t believe it and took her temp and did an exam then still couldn’t believe it. Very funny I have to say but a joy to see Whisper so relaxed for the first time. She went to her potential new home on the Saturday and is still there.”

~ Karon Tiffany, One-to-One, Workshop and Online Course

“We had a one-to-one session with a behaviourist a couple of years ago and I remember her saying Archie probably would never change his reactive behaviour, but I knew deep down there must be a way to help him. With a lot of googling and signing up to various email lists, thank goodness we found your course Janet, because we wouldn't be where we are now without your help, support and understanding. The bond we have now is what I've always wished for and I really can't put into words what it means to me that Archie now puts his trust in me...it's priceless. So a big thank you Janet from Archie & me.”

~ Claire Sainsbury and Archie, Online Course

“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!”

~ Karen Davies and Ebben, Online Course