At Mindfulness4dogs all our trainers pride themselves on providing the best possible service for you and your dog. We love our style of training and helping our clients become “bowlingual” but most of all we love hearing what you have to say about the results.

Darran and Papia are amazing! They went above and beyond to understand all aspects of our life – family dynamic, lifestyle, house layout etc – to ensure they are gave recommendations and advice that suit us and little Alfie to a tee.
An example was suggesting our 5 year old read to our puppy to encourage calm interactions that didn’t result in high energy play. We had a zoom coaching session to get us started and have since used the online training program to continue our education. The online puppy school is excellent and steps you through the programme in easy to follow modules with excellent resources.
Carly and Dave Roberts

I have worked with Tonka  over a six month period to help my young dog Joy become less reactive and more confident in the world.  Tonka is professional yet warm, with a great deal of knowledge about dog behaviour. She is always punctual, communicative and well prepared for sessions. I was impressed by the calm and patience manner with which she worked with my dog; never forcing her to do anything. Tonka would very often follow up sessions with an email pertaining to subjects we had discussed,  providing useful links. Joy is now a lot more confident and I have learned skills to keep building it. I highly recommend Tonka and Mindfulness4Dogs as the genuine article.
Jo Robinson

We took in an 18 month old leonberger, without much knowledge of his past. A leonberger being rehomed, you know there will be some challenges! Initially we were wanting help with loose lead walking as our efforts were getting us nowhere! Darran came recommended through the Leonberger club, and I particularly liked his positive reinforcement training approach. Darran’s vast knowledge of dog behaviour was evident in the first few minutes of our first assessment, and it was clear we needed help with more than just loose lead walking! We looked forward to our sessions and the connection that grew with our dog using techniques that he responded well to. We have a much calmer dog now, and some great tools to help manage potentially stressful situations.

Liz Williams

We are so impressed and thankful for the professional and insightful help Darran has given us with our dog’s on lead reactivity which started following a few bad experiences he had while on lead. Darran has given both him and us the tools and understanding needed to allow our boy to once again relax on lead and to see another dog in this setting and not feel fearful. He has always been a social and happy dog in every other way and so to have him feeling the same while on lead is a massive relief (and to not feel the need to turn and walk the other way when seeing another dog on the street to avoid the barking embarrassment!). We have really re claimed our life back and now enjoy a daily and stress free walk around the block without any worry. Thanks again Darran and we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this service!

Caitlin May

For anyone looking to improve their dogs behavior, then Darran is definitely the man to see. This guy is amazing. His understanding of dogs and his mindfulness approach to training definitely works. Darran is a pleasure to work with and he calmly teaches you how to build communication and a stronger relationship with your dog. Our daughters dogs name is Mr Leo, a 4 yr old Labrador. He is an awesome dog and we have all made so much progress since our sessions with Darran and continue on the work ahead. We would and have highly recommended him.
Michelle Gerrit

Marley is now a completely different dog since her sessions with Darran she is confident and friendly with other dogs , doesn’t pull on our walks and can do so many new tricks now , we have a much better understanding of Marley , 100% would recommend ☺️

Jess Kane

We’ve had a great six-lesson training course with Darran with our dog Ava whose main problems are excitement leading to aggression with other dogs, and possessiveness. She’s come quite a long way and now we know how to approach the long road of training ahead. If you want to understand what’s going on in your dog’s head Darran is the person to ask; it’s like an episode of a David Attenborough documentary.

Gina Whyte

I highly recommend Mindfulness4dogs, especially if you’re looking for a trainer who is very knowledgeable on dog behaviour and has a force-free, positive reinforcement based approach to training. Both my dog and I got lots out of our training with Darran. I really liked his calm, positive energy and my dog’s behaviour has significantly improved over the sessions we have had. She continues to improve with each day.

Brianna Tucker

Darran is an amazing trainer i highly recommended him! we have a Siberian Husky x Border Collie Blue Merle. basically he is a handful. We decided to try and train him ourselves but he soon became too much to handle and all that we tried failed. In one session Darren calmed him down completely! His method of training is the best I’ve seen and you won’t be disappointed!!!

Holly Beswick

Would absolutely recommend Darren. He made me feel like anything is possible with my very high energy, over simulated Border Collie, Reggie. The techniques Darren taught me have shown great progress so far and can see the partnership between myself and Reggie has become stronger! I can’t wait to keep training and see Reggie blossom using these techniques!
Sami August

Darran is amazing at what he does. My puppy Lexi has attended both Puppy class and Bronze level training with him now and I couldn’t be happier with the course content and how it is taught. He is very sweet with the animals and I am am very glad to know him as a person! 😊 Thank you for everything Darran and both Lexi and I cannot wait to attend agility with you.

Jessica Howes

Highly recommend Mindfulness4Dogs. Darran has provided knowledge and techniques to help manage my very anxious dog Tex – ranging right through from stress relief via massage and recognising body language cues, to simple training commands on and off the lead. He really shows a great calmness towards and understanding of [wo]man’s best friend.

Sarah Bettley

We could not recommend Darran enough! He has changed Mack’s and our lives! He has unleashed the most lovely, beautiful boy we knew was in there!!!

Nat Parsons

My sister and I took our Labrador to see Darran for 2x 1-1 lessons to help with lead walking and nervousness towards dogs. Rosie was immediately at ease with Darran which is very unusual for her! Darran’s positive techniques and his calm manner instantly worked with Rosie. He explained his techniques and reasoning for them really clearly which made it easy for us to understand and replicate at home. We saw Rosie come along in leaps and bounds after just one lesson and we already feel much more confident when out with her. Can’t wait for our 2nd lesson. Would highly recommend Mindfulness4Dogs! Thanks Darran. Kate and Lucy

Kate Featherston

We did a package with Darran and loved the way he worked with our dog’s behavioral issues. Lua is a naturally scared dog and barks at other dogs when she sees them. We have learnt a number of techniques to help us calm our dog and make her feel comfortable around other pupps. Darren helped us understand how Lua’s mind work and how to appropriately react when she is under stress. We would definitely recommend Darran to anybody who needs assistance in making their puppy happy.

Maya Del Aire

We brought a new pup into our home and our 9 year old dog was not happy, so much so we thought we would have to re-home the pup. Darran helped us understand the dynamics between the two and worked with us to settle the situation. We honestly wouldn’t have got there without his help.

Kristine McLean

We adopted a rescue GSD, aged 5yo. Her history was a bit of a mystery and as she became comfortable in her new home she became more erratic on walks especially to bicycles and small dogs – never people. Darran taught us calming techniques and ways to familiarise her with these ‘surprises’ on her walks. We now have a quieter dog, a calmer dog. Still protective of her garden but much easier to walk. She’s been to kennels with larger dogs and had a blast (& behaved). Cheers and thanks Darran. Stu and Bela

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