• "Dudley is really enjoying the follow on classes, Laura is really helping him learn to be calm with other dogs." -Jillian

  • "Thank you so much for all your help and support with our crazy spaniels! The sniffer training is going well and we are going to continue the agility." -Fern

  • "Laura has shown Elsa nothing but patience and now she is able to concentrate a little better. I am pleased to say that there is a marked difference in her behaviour and her attitude." -Alex

  • "We cannot believe the transformation we saw in Frankie in just one session with Laura. Today we saw a happy dog, responding to recall and even coming to eat treats out of our hands; amazing progress!" -Cara

Welcome to Juvo

Juvo Animal Behaviour is owned and run by Laura Adkins in Lincolnshire. I am a qualified and experienced clinical animal behaviourist and trainer with a Masters degree in Clinical Animal Behaviour, and an Honours degree in Animal Behaviour Science. I have been taught by the country’s leading veterinary behaviourists at the University of Lincoln, and have been working and volunteering with animals for the past 8 years within training classes, veterinary surgeries, rescue centres, and an assistance dog charity. I am fully insured and DBS certified.

Only kind, and understanding approaches are used at Juvo, and I believe that the key to helping your dog overcome a problem, or learn a new skill is to understand one another and build a trusting relationship.

I have a range of services available which can be tailored to suit your needs. Please have a look through the website and get in touch to find out how I can help.

Recent Activity

Behaviour Consultations

Private behaviour consultations are offered for any behaviours which are causing problems or concern. Examples of these behaviours can often include:

  • Fears, phobias, anxieties
  • Separation related problems
  • Destructive behaviours
  • Repetitive behaviours
  • Inappropriate house soiling
  • Uncontrollable barking
  • Chasing
  • Noise sensitivities
  • Aggressive behaviour towards people
  • Aggressive behaviour towards dogs and other animals
  • Problems relating to old age

Unfortunately, there is no 'one size fits all' method for working through these behaviours, and often attempts at quick fixes simply mask these behaviours and cause other problems to develop in the process. The original behaviours can then return later on and become more difficult to work through.

Behaviour consultations are designed to investigate the reasons behind the behaviour in order to develop a suitable plan tailored to help you and your dog work through it appropriately.

A consultation will include:

  1. A consultation at your home, usually lasting 2-3 hours
  2. Full assessment and prognosis
  3. A treatment plan tailored to your individual dog, and individual situation
  4. A summary sheet at the time of consultation with key points to address
  5. A full written report containing a step by step treatment plan

A history form and veterinary referral form will need to be completed and sent to me at least one week prior to your consultation.

Download the Canine History Form as a PDF or Word Document

Download the Veterinary Referral Form as a PDF or Word Document

  • Consultations cost £160*. An additional charge of £40* per hour will apply for consultations lasting more than 3 hours
  • Follow up visits can be arranged on an hourly basis for £40* to help you work through the treatment plan where needed

* Travel beyond 10 miles of North Hykeham will be charged at £0.45 per mile each way
* Payment must either be made by BACS prior to, or by cash at the time of the consultation

Telephone or Skype Consultations

In special circumstances a consultation may be arranged over the telephone or through Skype. If you live out of the area I may be able to travel to you if mileage costs are covered, or may be able to recommend a colleague that covers your location. If I am unaware of someone suitable, or if other reasons make it difficult to arrange a home visit I would be happy to arrange a phone or Skype consultation.

The process would be the same as a regular consultation and the same forms would need to be filled out, but I may request extra information if I am unable to observe for myself.

1-to-1 Training

Private training sessions or support visits can be arranged to suit your needs, and can cover topics such as:

  • Preparing for a new puppy or adult dog
  • Introducing a new dog to your existing pets
  • Understanding how your dog sees the world
  • Appropriate socialisation
  • Confidence building
  • Puppy toilet training
  • Training specific behaviours
  • Follow-on support after a consultation
  • Basic agility or scent work
  • Trick training just for fun
  • Jumping up, pulling on the lead, coming when called
  • Teaching general manners

Although I specialise in dog behaviour, my one-to-one sessions are available for any animals that you wish to train something new. I have experience in training a wide variety of animals, and can apply my training methods to a number of different species.

  • An initial one-to-one training session costs £60* for 1.5 hours
  • Additional one-to-one sessions will cost £40* per hour
  • Training packages:
    • £130* for 3 sessions (incl. initial session) if booked and paid for in full prior to or during the initial visit
    • £200* for 5 sessions (incl. initial session) if booked and paid for in full prior to or during the initial visit

* Travel beyond 10 miles of North Hykeham will be charged at £0.45 per mile each way
* Payment must either be made by BACS prior to, or by cash at the time of the one-to-one visit

* IMPORTANT NOTE - Please see the Behaviour Consultations page if your dog is presenting any of the behaviours listed there, as a full consultation will be needed to work through those problems *

Private Training Courses

Some dogs can struggle in a class environment, and it can be difficult to commit to a full course at a set time every week. If you would like the benefit of learning the content from any of the courses at Juvo at your own pace, a set of private classes can be arranged at your home for one-to-one tuition.

The Life Skills courses consist of 1 theory session lasting 1.5 hours, and 4 practical sessions lasting 1 hour each. The courses cost £200* for the full 5 weeks, and sessions do not need to fall on consecutive weeks. We can arrange them to suit your availability.

Please get in touch for more information or if you would like to book.

Group Activities & Classes

‘Reactive’ Dog Classes

These classes are for dogs who can find walks difficult due to their feelings about other dogs - Your dog may bark, growl, lunge, or pull when it sees another dog, which can make walking difficult for both of you.

Over the 6 week course you and your dog will learn skills to improve your walks, and change the way you both feel about seeing these ‘triggers’. You will also get to know other dog owners who are facing similar problems and be able to discuss them with an understanding group of people and support one another.

Through the course you will:

  • Learn how to avoid difficult situations
  • Learn how to manage unexpected encounters
  • Be able to recognise early signs that your dog is becoming uncomfortable
  • Learn techniques to help your dog stay calm around other dogs
  • Strengthen your relationship with each other

Classes are held outside to allow a lot of space between the dogs and keep them below threshold (you will learn about this on the course). The venue is:

South Hykeham Memorial Hall
Boundary Lane
South Hykeham
Lincoln
LN6 9NQ

The classes are limited to only 4 dogs to allow for individual attention and progress.

To book, please read and complete the booking form below and return it to: info@juvo-ab.co.uk Once I have read through the form and feel that the classes would be suitable for your dog, I will reserve your place and send payment details to you. The course costs £90 per dog, and places are only confirmed once full payment has been made.

Download the Reactive Dog Class Booking Form as a PDF or Word Document

 

Course starting Saturday 26th August: (FULLY BOOKED) 

Saturday 26th August 4 - 5pm (1st week owners only)
Saturday 2nd September 2 - 3pm
Saturday 9th September 2 - 3pm
Saturday 16th September 2 - 3pm
(no class 23rd September)
Saturday 30th September 4 - 5pm
Saturday 7th October 2 - 3pm

 

Next available course starting Sunday 8th October: 

Sunday 8th October 2 - 3pm (1st week owners only)
Sunday 15th October 2 - 3pm
Sunday 22nd October 2 - 3pm
Sunday 29th October 2 - 3pm
Sunday 5th November 2 - 3pm
Sunday 12th November 2 - 3pm

 

Follow-on Classes

These follow-on classes are run by us and Hannah Thompson of ‘Woof!’.

They are for puppies or adult dogs who have attended classes with Juvo, Woof!, The University of Lincoln, Pet Potential or Vets4Pets Lincoln South, and aim to give these dogs the opportunity to develop their existing skills and create some brand new ones!

With basic agility, fun scent work, and trick training, these classes will teach you even more about how your dog learns and give you the opportunity to try lots of new things together and have lots of fun.

The course consists of 5 classes which will be held on a Wednesday evening at Canwick Village Hall, Montagu Road, Canwick, Lincoln, LN4 2RW

The course costs £75, and the next course will run between 7.30pm – 8.30pm on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 20th September
  • Wednesday 27th September
  • Wednesday 4th October
  • Wednesday 11th October
  • Wednesday 18th October

To book, please request a booking form.

Places will only be confirmed once the booking forms and full payment have been received. Places are on a first come first served basis, so contact us soon to avoid disappointment.

 

More classes will be staring over the next few months. Keep an eye on the website, or like us on facebook to get instant updates on our activities.

Life Skills for Puppies Classes

For puppies aged 8 - 20 weeks old. Classes are based on the ‘Life Skills’ concepts outlined in the book ‘Life Skills for Puppies’ (purchased on Amazon).

The course lasts for 7 weeks including an initial behaviour and learning workshop. Throughout the course you will not only learn to teach your puppy important behaviours and cues, but will develop a greater understanding of your puppy and how they see the world around them while having lots of fun.

Puppy Social Walks

These walks are for puppies who are attending approved classes to have the opportunity to meet other puppies in a safe and appropriate way. They will also be able to practice their newly developing skills in the great outdoors with support.

Life Skills for Beginners Classes

For any dogs from 5 months to senior age, who have not attended classes or training sessions before and would benefit from learning in a group environment. With similar concepts to our puppy classes, this course is tailored for older dogs.

Private Training Courses

Some dogs can struggle in a class environment, and it can be difficult to commit to a full course at a set time every week.

If you would like the benefit of learning the content from these courses at your own pace, a set of private classes can be arranged at your home for one-to-one tuition. Please see the 1-to-1 training page for details.

Education

From time to time we will be running talks and workshops aimed at teaching you to understand dog behaviour, and learn new ways to have fun with your own dog by teaching you both some new skills.

Tailored talks and workshops can also be put together for specific animal related topics, or a specific audience.

If you work with a school, group or club, or run a dog related business such as kennels, groomers, or a pet store, please get in touch to see what we can arrange for you.

I am fully insured, DBS certified, and am currently studying Level 1 British Sign Language.

Rescues

I strongly support the adoption of rescue dogs but I understand that it can be a bit daunting if you have never adopted one before, or if you have taken one on with existing problems.

Despite popular belief that buying a puppy is a ‘clean slate’, any dog can develop behaviour problems at any age, and any dog can be born with temperamental traits that can make the human world a little bit more challenging to navigate.

Although I encourage seeking help early on if a problem arises, it is never too late to try and offer your dog some help, and it is never too late to try something new and fun that you can do together just for pure enjoyment. Your dog may just surprise you!

Please get in touch to see how I can help.

Lincolnshire Rescue Kennels

As I directly help Lincolnshire Rescue Kennels when I can, I want to also support their dogs post-adoption.

To encourage seeking help early on and preventing problems from escalating further, any dogs adopted from LRK will be issued with a discount voucher for my services which will be valid for 3 months from the date of adoption.

Please note that my involvement with Lincolnshire Rescue Kennels does not involve their management or rehoming procedures. Please contact them directly if you would like any information about them or the dogs that they have available: lincsrescue.com