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Passion to help others

I founded Josee’s Happy Hounds in 2014 to provide dog training services in Edinburgh. My main mission has always been to help owners improve their relationship with their dog. As a mum of three young kids, with an energetic dog and a business to run, I fully understand how busy life can get! I also know how the stress of managing a dog with behavioural problems, on top of everything else, can lead us to breaking point. I have always used methods that involve the most up to date, science based techniques that heavily rely on the use of reinforcers (whatever the dog loves best) as a way of changing behaviour. My main passion is working with the owners to find a training solution that improves their quality of life and can realistically fit into their daily routine.


Qualifications and experience

I have a Postgraduate Certificate in International Animal Welfare, Ethics and Law and a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Animal Behaviour.  I have attended seminars and workshops by some of the worlds best animal trainers and behaviourists, like Ken Ramirez and Susan Friedman. I strongly believe there is never a point where we should stop training our dogs or ourselves, so I am constantly adding to my knowledge and experience. I am in the process of applying for my provisional membership for the Association of Pet Behaviour Councillors (APBC) and I am an associate member of the Professional Association of Canine Trainers (PACT).

Caitlin, Chris and Larkin

Josee’s help and advice has hands down been the best and most impactful part of helping us, as first time owners, build a bond and working rhythm with our 6 month old pup. Her approach is direct and clear but filled with empathy and flexibility – a combination that is difficult to find when it comes to dog training. She really understands what works for dogs and what works for humans, so you can see the progress being made while balancing the needs of real life. Working with Josee we’ve seen huge improvements in our pup’s level of calm, ability to entertain himself and recall when out in the parks. We’ve also picked up useful tools like “look at me”, “drop” and some basic impulse control. Even more than that, we’ve gained a piece of mind and confidence that we’re doing the right things to keep moving in the right direction. I am starting to see the wonderful adult dog and lifelong companion we will have. We plan to continue working with Josee  and I can’t wait to see how we all grow.

Caitlin, Chris and Larkin