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What is Puppy Coach?

Jo created her online video course and book, Puppy Coach, in 2017 as a detailed educational tool to help owners with all areas of the first year of dog ownership. Grounded in her extensive knowledge as a veterinary nurse and dog behaviourist, the bespoke series of 30 puppy training videos and accompanying book is designed to give owners all the tools they need to raise a calm, well-adjusted and happy dog that is integrated successfully into home life, from the comfort of their own home. After several years of success, in 2023 Jo decided to make the online course a completely free resource for current and future dog owners to build a balanced and connected relationship with their puppy.

All new dog owners have the desire and motivation to raise a well-behaved puppy and guide them to becoming an adult dog they can be proud of. Despite this, problems often arise and it is not always easy to find the right help. Puppy Coach has been designed with education in mind, covering detail on all the important areas of puppy development. You will get to follow the exciting journey of Hogan, an attentive, high energy working Labrador and how Jo prepares him for adulthood.

Topics covered include

Preparing for your puppy

Addressing problem behaviours

Crate training and 'down time'

Toilet training

Feeding and nutrition

Walking on the lead

Recall

Obedience training

Dog first aid

Interacting with family

Interacting with dogs

...and much more!

Topics covered include

Preparing for your puppy

Addressing problem behaviours

Crate training and 'down time'

Toilet training

Feeding and nutrition

Walking on the lead

Recall

Obedience training

Dog first aid

Interacting with family

Interacting with dogs

...and much more!

Jo created her online video course and book, Puppy Coach, in 2017 as a detailed educational tool to help owners with all areas of the first year of dog ownership. Grounded in her extensive knowledge as a veterinary nurse and dog behaviourist, the bespoke series of 30 puppy training videos and accompanying book is designed to give owners all the tools they need to raise a calm, well-adjusted and happy dog that is integrated successfully into home life, from the comfort of their own home. After several years of success, in 2023 Jo decided to make the online course a completely free resource for current and future dog owners to build a balanced and connected relationship with their puppy.

All new dog owners have the desire and motivation to raise a well-behaved puppy and guide them to becoming an adult dog they can be proud of. Despite this, problems often arise and it is not always easy to find the right help. Puppy Coach has been designed with education in mind, covering detail on all the important areas of puppy development. You will get to follow the exciting journey of Hogan, an attentive, high energy working Labrador and how Jo prepares him for adulthood.

Explore the full course

Lesson 2

Introduction to Jo

Lesson 3

Preparing for your puppy

Lesson 4

Collecting your puppy

Lesson 5

Building a relationship with your puppy

Lesson 6

Working trials - introducing a dog to sport

Lesson 7

Recognising leadership skills through puppy development

Lesson 8

Crate or 'down-time' training

Lesson 9

Puppy toilet training

Lesson 10

Puppy feeding and nutrition

Lesson 11

Puppy obedience training

Lesson 12

Teaching your puppy self control and establishing a routine

Lesson 13

Human-led play

Lesson 14

Puppy play

Lesson 15

Lead association and what to do if your puppy will not walk on a lead

Lesson 16

Keeping your puppy focused on you
Dealing with problem behaviours

Lesson 17

Puppy recall

Lesson 18

Poor behaviour from other approaching dogs

Lesson 19

Puppy discipline and control

Lesson 20

Skills for creating an owner-led relationship with your puppy outdoors

Lesson 21

Interacting with siblings and other dogs

Lesson 22

Socialisation: Children and your puppy

Lesson 23

Socialisation: Visiting the breeder

Lesson 24

Socialisation: Interacting with horses

Lesson 25

Observing a live puppy consult (Part 1)

Lesson 26

Observing a live puppy consult (Part 2)

Lesson 27

Positively associating home appliances

Lesson 28

Addressing training and social skills in busy public places

Lesson 29

Puppy first aid

Lesson 30

Introduction to adolescence and final guidance

Discover the Puppy Coach book

The Puppy Coach complete guide and be used on it’s own or alongside the online course, giving you all the information you need to raise your puppy right at your fingertips

FAQ's

Don’t panic, the Puppy Coach series has been designed with busy family life in mind, you can take the learning journey at your own pace. There is no pressure to watch or read within a certain period of time, once you have signed up and chosen your package the films are yours to view and all literature is yours to keep.

Even if you are planning ahead and haven’t actually taken delivery of your new arrival you can still sign up early and make sure you’re prepared, then watch them again in line with your puppy’s development from when they arrive in your home. The website is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and Jo will liaise with you directly to book any Skype calls or email conversations.

The answer to this is totally at your discretion. While the Puppy Coach advice brings a whole new way of gaining knowledge about dog behaviour and learning how best to integrate your puppy into family life, it is no replacement for structured one to one time with your puppy in a controlled environment. I would particularly recommend this if you are in an area that doesn’t allow for good social exposure to other dogs or a safe means of teaching recall.

Puppy Coach Lesson 5: Building a relationship with your puppy provides detailed advice on finding a good puppy training class. That said you can rest assured that signing up to the Puppy Coach packages will provide you with a thorough and detailed level of education and set you up to become a knowledgeable, confident and capable dog owner. You may well decide to fine tune your obedience work or take up a dog sport as you have done so well. Working trials is a great all-round dog sport and an overview of this is provided in Puppy Coach Lesson 6: Working Trials Introducing a Dog Sport.

Jo works on an open and comprehensive set of canine behaviour skills to provide the very best techniques of managing a new puppy and efficiently guiding them into a domestic lifestyle. This is dependent on the personality and character of the puppy, their ability to learn, breed pre-disposition and early social learning.

While it is impossible to cover all eventualities via a set of videos, the techniques shown will definitely aid better management and control and provide a concise and effective means of training your new puppy and have been tried and tested on Jo’s cases and her own dogs over a number of years.

She has utilised all her experience and knowledge to ensure methods are positive, agreeable to both dog and owner and effective.
To ensure an efficient program her advice is based heavily on rewards in the form of praise, toys, treats and freedom. Any controls required to manage poor behaviour are applied using a lead for physical management and recognition of the dogs ability to cope, staying within it and removing if things escalate.
This management process requires a visual perception to really be understood so the film footage is invaluable, however you can be confident that all handling is non-invasive, kind and fair and any direction given is applied with the correct communication and with clarity for the puppy to understand. More about this is discussed in Lesson 19: Discipline and Control

Dog behaviour as a professional title provides an umbrella for an extremely diverse level of knowledge, academia and experience. Much of the advice available is based on the opinions of others and either accepted by many or few depending on its viability.

A lot of work with dogs is variable, no dog is the same, nor are two human’s the same. We all have our own experiences and I am proud to say I have always taken on board another individuals advice and considered it before agreeing or disagreeing. Much of my learning has occurred from absorbing a number of opinions and then forming my own based on my experiences.

I cannot guarantee the advice you receive here from me throughout the series will not conflict with something else you have heard, I expect that it will on some level. I can only assure you that I approach every situation with my clients and their puppy’s best interest in mind and deliver the very best advice based on what has worked for me during my years of working with dogs in all sort of capacities. I have a realistic, straight forward and easy to apply strategy when working with clients and their puppies.

I aim to get the very best from them without creating confusion and I am successful with all individuals from our older generation down to the youngest member of the family, each and every one of you can and will be successful with the Puppy Coach advice.

Testimonials

Laura & Indie

We had some behavioural issues with our puppy and found Jo, not only is she a lovely lady but really knows her stuff. She took us back to basics in training our puppy and helped us set boundaries in our very hectic household. We now have a calmer, happier puppy and are loving every minute. Jo is the first person I will call if we have any other doggie problems! Thanks Jo!

The Godsaves & Darcy

A big thank you to Jo for her knowledge, expertise and patience. We are first time dog owners and it doesn’t matter how much you read, nothing prepares you better than an expert and that’s where Jo came in. Jo offered us a pre-puppy afternoon which was invaluable. Jo took into account our lifestyle, home layout and told us what to expect. This proved vital as everything Jo said happened and armed us with the skills to tackle the first few nights and beyond. The PuppyCoach.com videos were excellent as we were able to see Jo’s advice practically. We can honestly say that without Jo’s guidance and expertise Darcy would not be the dog she is today. We would confidently recommend Jo to anybody purchasing a new puppy or anyone experiencing problems with their dog. Thanks Jo from the Godsaves (and of course little Darcy)!

Kerri & Willis

When we made the decision to get our new Rottweiler puppy Willis, we knew we would be in need of some guidance along the way. Having had Rottweilers in the past, we had an idea of the basics but our puppy experiences seemed so long ago! Our journey and understanding through the settling in period, training sessions and general day to day dealings with Willis were made so enjoyable and straight forward down to the help and support of Jo at Puppy Coach. Her extensive knowledge, enthusiasm and passion shined through every session we had with her and we would certainly recommend her to anyone who is considering bringing a new puppy home. Thank you Jo for all your help in building such strong foundations for Willis leading him into adulthood, we couldn’t of done it without you!​

Jenny & Sheba

Jo has worked with our dogs for over 10 years. Jake, our Belgian Shepherd rescue dog came to us with lots of problems and soon developed attachment issues when we went out and was aggressive with other dogs. Jo worked patiently with him, bringing her own dog Merlin to walk with Jake and get him used to a calmer dog. He became devoted to our older German Shepherd Grace and when she died Jake was a lost soul. We decided to get a German Shepherd bitch pup a few months later (Sheba) who Jo trained from 7 weeks old. Jake accepted her really well and they are now inseparable. Sheba is very obedient and balanced and a wonderful family dog, which I put totally down to Jo’s hard work introducing her to other dogs and knowing her boundaries. Jo really loves dogs and the dogs respond to that and will do anything for her.

Krissy & Lula

I wanted to ensure that my first doggie was going to be given the best start and I wanted to have an initial meeting with Jo about what was best, was the dog right for us and what to really expect? We had Lula on a weeks trial and Jo came to visit us on the last day, and I am so glad she did as I was leaning towards not keeping her. Jo put my mind at rest about all my insecurities regarding the responsibility of owning a new pup, and then a fully grown Bull Mastiff! Jo have given us invaluable help and direction with our new member of the family, and I have had a few sessions with Jo in regards to many aspects of training our puppy and I will continue to do so. My daughter and I went to Jo’s seminar and it was fantastic, just instilled again all the do’s and don’t with our canine friend. I’ve read other testimonials on Jo’s site and I can hand on heart say that Jo’s work with you as owners and with the dogs is amazing. I will continue to recommend Jo, and use Jo’s services. Lula being a Bull Mastiff can be quite stubborn and hard work, but Jo has gone through potential issues before they have arisen so we know how to deal with them, if they do.

Luciana and Maximus

What an amazing difference a morning of behaviour consultation makes! Our over boisterous 17 month old doberman maximus turned in to a calm well behaved boy in a matter of hours! Honestly we can’t thank you enough Jo, you came in and effortlessly changed all of the negatives we had into positive behaviour. The best thing for me is actually being able to enjoy taking maximus on walks without being dragged down the road, or having him react to things around us (runners, motorbikes, dogs etc). Other people’s attitudes towards him are so much better as well, as they can now see I am in control of him and I can be proud of the way he conducts himself. Maximus is also so much less demanding in the house and has readily accepted his new role in our family and all of the changes we have made. I would definitely recommend your services to anyone who has training or behaviour issues with their dog/dogs.

Laura & Indie

We had some behavioural issues with our puppy and found Jo, not only is she a lovely lady but really knows her stuff. She took us back to basics in training our puppy and helped us set boundaries in our very hectic household. We now have a calmer, happier puppy and are loving every minute. Jo is the first person I will call if we have any other doggie problems! Thanks Jo!

The Godsaves & Darcy

A big thank you to Jo for her knowledge, expertise and patience. We are first time dog owners and it doesn’t matter how much you read, nothing prepares you better than an expert and that’s where Jo came in. Jo offered us a pre-puppy afternoon which was invaluable. Jo took into account our lifestyle, home layout and told us what to expect. This proved vital as everything Jo said happened and armed us with the skills to tackle the first few nights and beyond. The Puppy Coach videos were excellent as we were able to see Jo’s advice practically. We can honestly say that without Jo’s guidance and expertise Darcy would not be the dog she is today. We would confidently recommend Jo to anybody purchasing a new puppy or anyone experiencing problems with their dog. Thanks Jo from the Godsaves (and of course little Darcy)!

Kerri & Willis

When we made the decision to get our new Rottweiler puppy Willis, we knew we would be in need of some guidance along the way. Having had Rottweilers in the past, we had an idea of the basics but our puppy experiences seemed so long ago! Our journey and understanding through the settling in period, training sessions and general day to day dealings with Willis were made so enjoyable and straight forward down to the help and support of Jo at Puppy Coach. Her extensive knowledge, enthusiasm and passion shined through every session we had with her and we would certainly recommend her to anyone who is considering bringing a new puppy home. Thank you Jo for all your help in building such strong foundations for Willis leading him into adulthood, we couldn’t of done it without you!​

Jenny & Sheba

Jo has worked with our dogs for over 10 years. Jake, our Belgian Shepherd rescue dog came to us with lots of problems and soon developed attachment issues when we went out and was aggressive with other dogs. Jo worked patiently with him, bringing her own dog Merlin to walk with Jake and get him used to a calmer dog. He became devoted to our older German Shepherd Grace and when she died Jake was a lost soul. We decided to get a German Shepherd bitch pup a few months later (Sheba) who Jo trained from 7 weeks old. Jake accepted her really well and they are now inseparable. Sheba is very obedient and balanced and a wonderful family dog, which I put totally down to Jo’s hard work introducing her to other dogs and knowing her boundaries. Jo really loves dogs and the dogs respond to that and will do anything for her.

Krissy & Lula

I wanted to ensure that my first doggie was going to be given the best start and I wanted to have an initial meeting with Jo about what was best, was the dog right for us and what to really expect? We had Lula on a weeks trial and Jo came to visit us on the last day, and I am so glad she did as I was leaning towards not keeping her. Jo put my mind at rest about all my insecurities regarding the responsibility of owning a new pup, and then a fully grown Bull Mastiff! Jo have given us invaluable help and direction with our new member of the family, and I have had a few sessions with Jo in regards to many aspects of training our puppy and I will continue to do so. My daughter and I went to Jo’s seminar and it was fantastic, just instilled again all the do’s and don’t with our canine friend. I’ve read other testimonials on Jo’s site and I can hand on heart say that Jo’s work with you as owners and with the dogs is amazing. I will continue to recommend Jo, and use Jo’s services. Lula being a Bull Mastiff can be quite stubborn and hard work, but Jo has gone through potential issues before they have arisen so we know how to deal with them, if they do.

Luciana & Maximus

What an amazing difference a morning of behaviour consultation makes! Our over boisterous 17 month old doberman maximus turned in to a calm well behaved boy in a matter of hours! Honestly we can’t thank you enough Jo, you came in and effortlessly changed all of the negatives we had into positive behaviour. The best thing for me is actually being able to enjoy taking maximus on walks without being dragged down the road, or having him react to things around us (runners, motorbikes, dogs etc). Other people’s attitudes towards him are so much better as well, as they can now see I am in control of him and I can be proud of the way he conducts himself. Maximus is also so much less demanding in the house and has readily accepted his new role in our family and all of the changes we have made. I would definitely recommend your services to anyone who has training or behaviour issues with their dog/dogs.

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