Dog Trainer Jody McQuiston. Cumbria Canine Services


Here at Cumbria Canine Services we place your dog at the centre of everything we do.

Whether its dog training, dog walking, home visits or pet sitting, we work with the owners to tailor an individual package that will suit each dog.

Our ethos when we train with dogs is based around consistency, kindness and relationship building. We believe the most important thing is to get to know you and your dog and find out what is most rewarding for your dog. Then we use this information to achieve your goals and objectives.

We use positive reinforcement; which means that we look for, encourage and reward the behaviours that we do want, and teach our dogs acceptable alternatives to the behaviours that we don’t want.

Meet the Team

  • Jody (LPDTI)
    Jody (LPDTI) Owner & Trainer

    Having previously managed a rescue kennel, I have extensive experience working with rescue dogs with behavioural problems ranging from aggression issues to separation anxiety right through to basic life skills such as recall, walking nicely on lead and food manners. I have fostered numerous rescue dogs and have experience in introducing new pets into a household, and matching families to new dogs.

    In 2013 I achieved my intermediate qualification with Pet Dog Training Instructors and in 2014 achieved my Instructor level award with them. During this time, I taught at Purple Paws Dog Training, taking on the intermediate class.

    In July 2020, I qualified as a Mantrailing UK Instructor.

    I have three dogs myself, Sox, Buffy and Eddie, who are all Jack Russell cross breeds and provide constant opportunities to practice training and keep me on my toes!

    In a previous life, I worked as a teacher from 2007-2014 for Cumbria Music Service, working with both adults and children. I am also a Sports Diver and member of Solway Sub Aqua Club, and if I’m not with my dogs, I can usually be found doing some sort of musical pursuit – or possibly on a scuba trip!


    • Level 3 Kennel management with the Animal Care College
    • Level 3 Small Animal Hydrotherapist
    • PDTI Instructors Award with Merit
    • First Aid Certification September 2019

    • Mantrailing UK Instructor 2020


    • Interactive Play Workshop – Craig Ogilvie February 2020
    • Your End of the Lead – Janet Finlay October 2019
    • Scentwork solutions for common canine behaviour challenges – Morag Heirs April 2019
    •Reactivity: A two-way street – Janet Finlay April 2019
    •Cognitive skills and function – Kay Attwood April 2019
    •Targeted Approach Protocol – Lynda Taylor April 2019
    • An Introduction to Tellington T-Touch Janet Finlay Sept 2018
    • How to change predatory chase behaviour in dogs – David Ryan May 2016
    • Teamwork Seminar: Building Cooperation with Your Dog On and Off Leash – Grisha Stewart May 2016
    • Handling Reactive Dogs – Brenda Aloff April 2016
    • Training Reactive Dogs – Brenda Aloff April 2016

    I am currently studying for an Advanced Diploma in Canine Behaviour Management Course with Compass Education.

  • Miranda
    Miranda Dog Walker

    I have had a love of animals for as long as I can remember, and I currently share my home with three cats, although I have been around dogs for my entire life.  My love of dogs and the outdoors led me to volunteer at a rescue centre, before being offered this amazing opportunity to join Cumbria Canine Services as a dog walker.

    So far I am loving the job, and feel that I learn something new every day.

    Professional Development

    Canine First Aid (Dec 2020)

    Interactive Play workshop with Craig Ogilvie (Feb 2020)

    Canine First Aid with Rachel Bean (Sept 2019)

    Currently studying

    Feline Behaviour and Psychology Diploma



  • Lorna
    Lorna Admin & Canine Adventure Leader

    Two things my friends know about me is how much I love dogs (in fact, all animals in general) and how much I love the outdoors.  The fact that I can combine both these passions in one job has been an exciting opportunity for me this year.

    I have two dogs of my own – one being a rescue dog who comes with her own challenges.  I’m extremely patient with animals and I love talking to the dogs when we are out walking together.  I always come loaded with treats, fun and lots of praise which helps me build friendships with new dogs quickly.

    In my previous career as a photographer, I’ve captured many different dogs and other animals.  I enjoy meeting so many different breeds and experiencing the different personalities that come with them.

    Professional Development

    Good Puppy online course (April 2020)

    Canine First Aid (Dec 2020)




  • Lauren
    Lauren Canine Adventure Leader

    Hi I’m Lauren,

    I am never happier than when I’m with dogs! I am proud to be profoundly deaf and have benefitted from a Hearing Dog for the Deaf since the age of 9, and currently my Hearing Dog is called Doug.  He has helped me massively and made me a much more confident person. He’s my best friend!

    I studied Animal Care at Askham Bryan College for three years and have always wanted to work with animals.

    This is my perfect job, dogs and the beautiful Lake District, come rain or shine the dogs will have a great time with me!

    Professional Development

    Canine First Aid (Dec 2020)

  • Robyn

    Hi I’m Robyn,
    I’m a huge lover of all animals but especially dogs. I have been around animals for my whole life and have adopted rabbits and guinea pigs that were unwanted pets in the past.
    I have previous experience working in a kennel environment, and also in a stables, and I have also volunteered with some animal charities.
    I share my life with Sonny my rescue Patterdale terrier, and Roxie, my Jack Russell x Chihuahua who is my best friend and the love of my life.
    I spend my spare time enjoying the outdoors, hiking and exploring nature.

    Professional Development
    Canine First Aid (Dec 2020)