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 February 2024

    • Mantrailing UK Instructor 2020

    • Lantra Conservation Detection Dog Handler Course 2023


    • 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.

  • Ellie Barton
    Ellie Barton Canine Adventure Leader & Assistant Manager

    My name is Ellie and I’ve loved animals for as long as I can remember! I’ve been working for Cumbria Canine Services for around 18 months and I mainly go out on adventures.  I’ve recently taken on the role of Assistant Manager, which involves managing the day to day running of the adventures, including helping the other staff, and organising the rotas which I love, as I get to put all the dogs with their best friends for their walks!

    I cover the whole of the area, and I usually meet every single dog on our lists!

    • Canine First Aid Course February 2024
  • Jane Anderson
    Jane Anderson Canine Adventure Leader

    My name is Jane, I’ve been working for Cumbria Canine Services since June 2023.  Before this I ran my own dog walking business and I’ve had dogs for as long as I can remember.  Currently I share my life with Walter and Saffi, french bulldogs.

    Walter has been the dog to teach me a lot, we have gone through reactivity periods which led me down the route of learning as much as I can about behaviour and training so I can help him to be more comfortable.

    I take walter to classes every week at The K9 Hub, and we have also tried scentwork and mantrailing.  I also attend any external courses that are at the Hub to soak up any knowledge that I can.

    I love meeting all the dogs that come out on adventures with us, and observing them in their friendship groups.  This is not just a job for me, its a way of life 🙂

    • Canine First Aid February 2024
    • Scentwork Observation with Kryus Detection Dogs