Empathic Dog Training | Hearts & Hounds

My dog Bruno is now so much more focused on our relationship. It's mutual.




We brought our puppy Boson to Alison’s classes (Puppy Preschool and Kindergarten), and loved every second of it. Boson went from a scared-cat hiding and shaking under our chair the first class, to a confident and happy puppy with excellent social skills within the first few classes.  Alison is wonderfully experienced with puppies (and I’m sure older dogs too) of all sizes and breeds. I absolutely recommend her puppy classes to any new owner of a young puppy. Wonderful learning experience for humans and canines alike!”


Alison’s Life Skills classes are a must for any pup! I’ve seen how our pup has improved with certain issues we started with. I’ve also learned a whole lot about how to continue training our pup even outside of official training lessons. Would definitely recommend.”


My fiancée and I worked with Alison when we adopted our puppy, Tony. Tony is a rescue who came with a few quirks. Working with Alison was so incredibly helpful for his development. She gave us the confidence and resources we needed as first time dog parents. Tony has come so far since first starting training - we cannot recommend her more. We plan to continue working with her as Tony grows older. Thank you Alison!”

—IAN Y. & ANA W.

Roxy and I were struggling. Her enthusiastic leash-pulling and reactivity made our daily walks difficult for us both.  A recommendation led us to Alison, and our lives have completely changed.  Alison's approach is consistent, positive and gentle to Roxy and equally so to me. Appropriate cues, positive reinforcement, and the right equipment have totally changed the way we walk each day.  Alison’s tailored approach has been the right fit for us both!”


We had such a wonderful experience with Alison! Both Charlie and I learned so much from our Puppy Start Right One-on-One weekly training sessions. Charlie has made fantastic improvements and we are very proud of her progress. Thank you Alison for all of your positivity, support and guidance!”


I am very grateful to have found Alison as she has helped me put the final touches on the training of my 2 year old Golden Retriever, Lily.  I learned to stop her incessant on-leash pulling in the first session I attended—with a powerful dog who is incredibly strong when focussed; that has been a game changer.”


Alison has a keen sense of what is required to successfully train our dog,  Sugo. She is extremely knowledgeable and genuinely cares about his well-being. She is very patient and approachable when it comes to sharing her extensive wisdom on the needs of both dog and owner.”


I was referred to Alison when my dog Whiskey was just 2 months old and I never looked back to search for another trainer.  Whiskey is quite nervous, shy and gets distracted very easily but Alison gave me tools, skills and confidence to support him. Alison's 1:1 sessions as well as “Out & About” classes were amazing. Both Whiskey and I look forward to more.”


Alison is fantastic. She worked with us since Brodie was a wee pup, and her patience and kind determination helped us immensely. Her “Out and About” classes were especially useful, setting Brodie up for good behaviour out in the real world. Her methods are 100% positive and always encouraging. Brodie absolutely adored her, and I deeply appreciated her rock of support. Sadly we've recently moved back to Scotland and I haven’t yet managed to persuade Alison to hold weekly classes here too – I'm working on it!”


Alison’s approach to dog training is so gentle and positive and the results we have seen with our Golden Retriever have been like magic. With Alison’s patience and skill, we watched our girl become a more confident and happy dog.  Her classes taught us how best to work with our dog using only positive reinforcement. (Alison only used positive reinforcement with us too, as we learned!)”



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