• "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

Note to clients: December 2018

I am now on maternity leave until at least spring/ summer 2019. I will not be running any classes, seeing private clients, or checking messages until I return.

I will respond to messages when I return, but if you need help before I am able to get back you, please contact one of my colleagues:

The University of Lincoln Animal Behaviour Clinic (Behaviour Consultations & Puppy Classes) 01522 835475, animalbehaviour@lincoln.ac.uk, www.lincolnabc.co.uk

Emily Birch at Canine Consultancy (Behaviour Consultations) 07817 786379, emilybirchcc@hotmail.com, www.canineconsultancy.org

Alison Winters at Pet Potential (Private Training & Group Classes) 02087 980907, alison@petpotential.co.uk, www.petpotential.co.uk

Hannah Thompson at Woof Dog Training (Private Training & Group Classes) 07986 434223, woof.lincolndogservices@gmail.com

Many thanks, Laura

Juvo Animal Behaviour offers private behaviour consultations, 1-to-1 training sessions, group classes and activities to suit your needs. While one service may work for some dogs, another may be more suitable for yours, so please get in touch to find out how I can help.

Only kind, reward based, force-free 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.

Juvo 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 10 years within training classes, veterinary surgeries, rescue centres, and an assistance dog charity.

I am fully insured, DBS certified, and am working towards my Level 2 in British Sign Language.

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 an online theory session, followed by 4 practical sessions lasting 1 hour each. The courses cost £165* for the full course, 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

Canine Hoopers Beginner Classes

Run by an Accredited Canine Hoopers UK Instructor.

Canine hoopers, is a low impact, fun sport for dogs of all shapes and sizes. It is similar to agility in some ways, but does not include jumps or tight angles, so it can be suitable for dogs of all ages from young puppies up to their senior years.

The equipment involves floor level hoops to pass through, straight 80cm wide tunnels, and barrels to go around.

Generally it involves off lead work, but the initial techniques can be built up on lead with a harness if you dog is not able to run off lead just yet. The pace of progression can be adapted for your dog if it has special requirements, but to run a course of obstacles, your dog will need to be off lead. We can arrange for the rest of the group to be out of the way when it is your dog's turn if needed.

Handlers have the option of running with their dogs if they prefer a more active approach, or they can work on distance handling so that the dog can run ahead and the handler can stay in one place. This makes the sport suitable for handlers with lower activity levels or mobility restrictions.

Here is a YouTube video to demonstrate:

2018 dates currently full, please get in touch to be added to the 2019 waiting list.


‘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

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

Course starting Sunday 4th November - 2 places left : 

Sunday 4th November 10.30am - 12noon (introductory workshop - no dogs)
Sunday 11th November 10.30 - 11.30am
Sunday 18th November 1 - 2pm
Sunday 25th November 10.30 - 11.30am
Sunday 2nd December 10.30 - 11.30am
Saturday 9th December 10.30 - 11.30am

Please note that the class time alters one week due to the availability of the venue.

If you cannot make these dates, please get in touch as I am looking into extra courses, and can offer private help.  

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 £80 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



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.

Along with basic cues and manners, you will teach your puppy important skills such as self control, coming when called, walking nicely on a loose lead, and appropriate social interactions.

The first week is owners only, and takes the form of a workshop to teach you how your puppy learns and sees the world. It will run between 10.15 - 11.45am the first week, but the following 6 weeks will last one hour.

COURSES CURRENTLY FULL - Please get in touch to be added to the late 2019 waiting list, or to arrange private sessions.


Reactive Dog Group

Any past or current clients working on 'reactivity' are welcome to join us for our monthly group sessions, and joing the online support group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/243912979693847/about/

The venue is always outdoors and allows the space to carefully manage everyone and allow for using other dogs at a distance to practice with distractions.

If you are interested in coming along, please let me know so I have an idea of numbers, and can plan the session accordingly.

The aim is to offer you an opportunity once a month to have a catch up and continue to work on any training with my support.

It is £10 per dog.

Please get in touch for dates, or check the Facebook page for regular updates.


Life Skills for Beginners

This beginners course is suitable for any dog aged 5 months to senior age, who has not attended classes or training sessions before and would benefit from learning in a group environment.

These kind, reward based classes are tailored to each individual group, so along with basic training, manners, and expanding on things they already know in a different and more challenging environment, we will be adding in some brand new skills taking into account what everyone would like to achieve with the course.

Dogs attending these classes must be comfortable around other dogs. If your dog would not be comfortable in this environment but would still benefit from the content of the course, please get in touch to find out other ways I can help.

Rescue dogs are very welcome to join these classes, and children are also encouraged to come along and get involved provided they can be sensible around other people's dogs.


COURSES CURRENTLY FULL - Please get in touch to be added to the late 2019 waiting list, or to book private sessions.

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.


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 2 British Sign Language.


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.

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