River McDonald BSc MSc
Dog Behaviour Consultant
My goal is to build a happy conﬁdent relationship between you and your pet and therefore I use only kind, reward-based methods based upon up-to-date research and best practice. My approach is ﬁrmly centred on you and what you hope to gain from working with me, whilst paying close attention to your pet’s history and individual needs, to build a behaviour plan that is achievable for you both.
I have a broad range of experience handling and working with dogs, from strays and street dogs in Asia to assistance dogs here in Scotland. With a background spanning education, enforcement and the charity sector I hope to bring a range of skills to your unique situation and collaborate to help you get the best from your dog. I am particularly interested in working with aggressive dogs and rescues with complex behavioural needs.
Deborah Jarrett MSc
Dog & Puppy Trainer
Behaviour problems are often a result of well-meaning owners who have not used the best techniques for training their dogs. My approach as a trainer is to equip animals and their owners with the skills they need to make good choices. I am passionate about sharing my knowledge and I use only positive reward based methods allowing you and your dog to thrive together.
With over 10 years experience working with dogs and cats in animal shelters, as a pet sitter, and as a veterinary assistant, I have given a TED style talk in Recife, Brazil on Assessing the Welfare of Street Dogs and Cats, and presented my dissertation research on assessing the welfare of shelter animals at the World Veterinary Congress (WVC) in Incheon, Korea. I hope you will join me soon for classes and seminars and expand your knowledge of canine behaviour.
Communication & Events Coordinator
David works "behind the scenes" at Edinburgh Dog Behaviour, helping to organise our events and workshops, and ensuring that all owners and their dogs receive the support and advice they need, when they need it. While River and Deborah ensure the happiest of relationships between you and your pet, David is here to ensure your relationship with Edinburgh Dog Behaviour is as valuable to you as it is to us.