The Happy Family Dog!

Got kids AND a dog? You need Happy Family Dog Training!

We can help turn your dream picture of the perfect family dog into a reality.

We have ALL the tools and support you need to make it happen!

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You’ve made the decision to adopt a puppy or new dog, chosen a breed and welcomed the fluffy little bundle of joy into your home! It’s such an exciting time! You look forward to lovely long walks together, dog friendly holidays and cosy cuddles up at the end of a full day together. You want a Happy Family Dog!

But you weren’t prepared for how much hard work she is! The first 6 months is non-stop and can be really difficult! This can be a really trying time and you may find yourself with new challenges to work on, especially if you have rescued an older dog or puppy whose previous owners haven’t put in the hard work of training!

Needle teeth biting at hands and clothes; Chewing at furniture and household fittings; Toileting all over the house; Scaring the children and visitors to the house by jumping all over them; Phew – I could go on!

Children can quickly become disappointed that their cute furry friend isn’t a cuddly toy and can actually hurt – let us reduce any conflict and make sure that we help them develop a wonderful lifelong friendship with their new little pal. It is essential that children learn respect, and the correct and safe way to behave around all dogs in order for your pup to develop into the perfect family pet. We need to ensure the whole family has a positive experience with puppy, and vice versa!

We have everything you need in our programme for your Happy Family Dog!

We’ll provide:


  • Master ONE totally achievable training skill every week
  • Put your new skills to use in YOUR home – where you need it most!
  • Involve your WHOLE family in the training – YES! Kids too.
  • Play training games that make learning FUN!


  • The parents’ program has all the most important skills for raising kids and a dog together
  • The kids’ program is a “Special Agent Centre” where they’ll have so much fun they won’t even know they’re learning!


  • Stay on track with a recap of your session
  • Watch videos that coach you through the skills you’ve learned
  • Feel confident that you’re on the right path!

So whether you want to get ahead of the game or you’re struggling to keep your head above water, our training programme has EVERYTHING you need to look like a PRO in your new role, and actually ENJOY doing it!

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But don’t just take our word for it! Read these case studies and references from some of our Contented Canines and their happy owners!

I first met Trixie as a small and very cute puppy! Her owner Zoe was fully prepared for the work that was involved with a working Border Collie pup and contacted me to arrange some home training very early on. As a mum with young children it was important that Trixie learnt all of the basics of good doggy manners, and how to be a Happy Family Dog!


I had lessons at home with Nicola from Trixie being about 10 weeks old. Even though I had had dogs before, it was brilliant to have Nicola involved from the beginning, in those very important weeks of toilet training, routine and socialisation. Trixie is a Border Collie, and even in those early days, when she wasn’t able to go on walks, very much needed mentally stimulating. At the end of each session, Nicola would give me our ‘homework’ to practice for the next lesson. It was brilliant to be focused from the start, and I’ve reaped the rewards since. I also had with Trixie many collie type traits, she wanted to chase cars, bikes, balls, basically anything that moves. Nicola showed me different strategies to try and techniques to work on. It took some time, but she will now run through fields of sheep off lead, watch the cricket off lead, and ignore cyclists and cars. She’s just 12 months. I can honestly credit how amazing she is to those earlier home sessions, and subsequent group training sessions with Nicola and Contented Canines.

Zoe with Trixie

Hennessey is a stunning Red Setter pup. As a mum with four young children her owner Natalie got in touch before she brought Hennessey home to put in place some home training sessions to work with the whole family. Hennessey is a big bouncy puppy who fitted in perfectly to this busy family home and is a very Happy Family Dog!


Having 4 children, a rescue cat with issues and a clear brief of how we wanted our dog to behave we contacted Nicola. She was a superstar and instrumental in teaching not only our dog but our family as a whole! The children looked forward to our sessions and Nicola would set them tasks to practice with the dog ready to showcase in our next session. She gave us ideas and thoughts and most definitely they worked in practice. She truly is a dog whisperer!

Her love of all animals is apparent and at the heart of all she does. Sensible dog ownership is a huge commitment, Nicola and her team ensure the process is made as easy as possible giving strategies and tactics that help families in their quest to enjoy fully their Doggy addition! We wholeheartedly recommend her and believe a necessity that pays for itself with the skills she will teach.

The Hazelhurst Family with Hennessey

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