Educational walks take place in Dundee, Scotland providing a unique opportunity for experience based learning

Do you only go out when you know there will be fewer people around?

Do you worry about meeting other dogs while out on a walk?

Do you worry about meeting strangers while out on walks?

How confident are you that your dog will come back if you call them?

Jess with her dogs
Levels of competence

What is an Educational Walk

It is really hard for a human guardian to get dog handling experience in a real life environment. To get the best out of the relationship, ypu need to look at more than dog behaviour. You also need to develop your core skills.

We can look at four stages of developing these skills:

  • Unconscious Incompetence : You don’t know what you don’t know. You know you need help but you don’t know exactly what with
  • Conscious Incompetence : After joining a couple of walks you will begin to understand some of the basics around dog behaviour, and how you can use that to improve your walks with your dog. Now you know what you don’t know!
  • Conscious Competence : Over time you will become comfortable with techniques such as recall, dealing with reactive dogs, and dealing with hazzards such as deer, cyclists and even other dog owners! At this level you understand your dog far better and can respond appropriately.
  • Unconscious Competence : This is the mastery level. It can also be called instinct. You will observe that Jess instincively knows what is going on with a dog – even when the owner often has no idea. It is unlikely that you will achieve the Mastery level during the walks as that takes years of experience with many dogs. But we can all enjoy watching Jess work!

Educational walks are far more than just a walk with other dogs and owners

A unique opportunity

Both you and your dog will learn on these walks. Jess brings a large group of dogs that form the core pack, providing consistency on each walk. This pack are made up her home bred, several generations, trained, highly socially experienced dogs plus fosters and dogs in for assessment.

Much more effective than any communication we humans have available to us.

These dogs help your dog speak dog

You will learn skills like a dependable recall, dealing with reactive dogs, and how to deal with other dogs and their guardians.

Some clients have been attending the walks for a while. These are our ‘Super Clients’ and they assisit new guardians by sharing personal experience.

Apart from the ability to learn from other dogs and guardians, these walks are priced in an affordable way so you can attend regularly and will see significant progress by repetition and application.

These dog walks are not suitable for all owners / dogs so please get in touch to see if it’s the best solution for you

Each thing you learn you will get a chance to try out in a real, live setting

Supporting owners as well as dogs

It takes a lot to ask for help. It can also be quite scary and overwhelming to take your dog to a class , where you are worried about being judged for your dog’s behaviour by other owners and by a person who is an expert on dogs.

That’s why Dawn Walton joins our walks. Dawn (MSc.Psych, DipCHyp, MNLP, MBPsS) is a private therapist. She joins the walks to help new owners with techniques and approaches to deal with their anxiety.

Our goal is to make sure you and your dog get the best out of the walk, and to do that both of you need be relaxed enough to learn.

We also know that exercise is good for your mental health, and Dawn will be there to walk and talk with you in a confidence, so you can talk to her about anything that is going on in your life.

Dawn doesn’t have a dog, so she is exclusively there to focus on the owners.

Jess Probst, B.Sc. CFBA, Expert Witness for Dog behavioural issues