• "Dudley is really enjoying the follow on classes, Laura is really helping him learn to be calm with other dogs." -Jillian

  • "Thank you so much for all your help and support with our crazy spaniels! The sniffer training is going well and we are going to continue the agility." -Fern

  • "Laura has shown Elsa nothing but patience and now she is able to concentrate a little better. I am pleased to say that there is a marked difference in her behaviour and her attitude." -Alex

  • "We cannot believe the transformation we saw in Frankie in just one session with Laura. Today we saw a happy dog, responding to recall and even coming to eat treats out of our hands; amazing progress!" -Cara

Welcome to Juvo

We have a range of services available which can be tailored to suit your needs. Please have a look through the website and get in touch to find out how we can help.

Juvo Animal Behaviour is owned and run by Laura Adkins. I am a qualified and experienced animal behaviourist and trainer with a Masters degree in Clinical Animal Behaviour, and an Honours degree in Animal Behaviour Science. I have been taught by the country’s leading veterinary behaviourists at the University of Lincoln, and have been working and volunteering with animals for the past 8 years within training classes, veterinary surgeries, rescue centres, and an assistance dog charity. I am fully insured and DBS certified.

Only kind, and understanding approaches are used at Juvo, and I believe that the key to helping your dog overcome a problem, or learn a new skill is to understand one another and build a trusting relationship.

Recent Activity

Behaviour Consultations

Private behaviour consultations are offered for any behaviours which are causing problems or concern. Examples of these behaviours can often include:

  • Fears, phobias, anxieties
  • Separation related problems
  • Destructive behaviours
  • Repetitive behaviours
  • Inappropriate house soiling
  • Uncontrollable barking
  • Chasing
  • Noise sensitivities
  • Aggressive behaviour towards people
  • Aggressive behaviour towards dogs and other animals
  • Problems relating to old age

Unfortunately, there is no 'one size fits all' method for working through these behaviours, and often attempts at quick fixes simply mask these behaviours and cause other problems to develop in the process. The original behaviours can then return later on and become more difficult to work through.

Behaviour consultations are designed to investigate the reasons behind the behaviour in order to develop a suitable plan tailored to help you and your dog work through it appropriately.

A consultation will include:

  1. A consultation at your home, usually lasting 2-3 hours
  2. Full assessment and prognosis
  3. A treatment plan tailored to your individual dog, and individual situation
  4. A summary sheet at the time of consultation with key points to address
  5. A full written report containing a step by step treatment plan

A history form and veterinary referral form will need to be completed and sent to me at least one week prior to your consultation.

Download the Canine History Form as a PDF or Word Document

Download the Veterinary Referral Form as a PDF or Word Document

  • Consultations cost £160*. An additional charge of £40* per hour will apply for consultations lasting more than 3 hours
  • Follow up visits can be arranged on an hourly basis for £40* to help you work through the treatment plan where needed

* Travel beyond 10 miles of North Hykeham will be charged at £0.45 per mile each way
* Payment must either be made by BACS prior to, or by cash at the time of the consultation

Telephone or Skype Consultations

In special circumstances a consultation may be arranged over the telephone or through Skype. If you live out of the area I may be able to travel to you if mileage costs are covered, or may be able to recommend a colleague that covers your location. If I am unaware of someone suitable, or if other reasons make it difficult to arrange a home visit I would be happy to arrange a phone or Skype consultation.

The process would be the same as a regular consultation and the same forms would need to be filled out, but I may request extra information if I am unable to observe for myself.

1-to-1 Training

Private training sessions or support visits can be arranged to suit your needs, and can cover topics such as:

  • Preparing for a new puppy or adult dog
  • Introducing a new dog to your existing pets
  • Understanding how your dog sees the world
  • Appropriate socialisation
  • Confidence building
  • Puppy toilet training
  • Training specific behaviours
  • Follow-on support after a consultation
  • Basic agility or scent work
  • Trick training just for fun
  • Jumping up, pulling on the lead, coming when called
  • Teaching general manners

Although I specialise in dog behaviour, my one-to-one sessions are available for any animals that you wish to train something new. I have experience in training a wide variety of animals including; horses, goats, chickens, meerkats, tortoises, cats, rabbits, rats, and even fish!

  • An initial one-to-one training session costs £60* for 1.5 hours
  • Additional one-to-one sessions will cost £40* per hour
  • Training packages:
    • £125* for 3 sessions (incl. initial session) if booked and paid for in full prior to or during the initial visit
    • £200* for 5 sessions (incl. initial session) if booked and paid for in full prior to or during the initial visit

* Travel beyond 10 miles of North Hykeham will be charged at £0.45 per mile each way
* Payment must either be made by BACS prior to, or by cash at the time of the one-to-one visit

* IMPORTANT NOTE - Please see the Behaviour Consultations page if your dog is presenting any of the behaviours listed there, as a full consultation will be needed to work through those problems *

Private Training Courses

Some dogs can struggle in a class environment, and it can be difficult to commit to a full course at a set time every week. If you would like the benefit of learning the content from my Life Skills puppy course, or Beginner adult course at your own pace, a set of private classes can be arranged at your home for one-to-one tuition.

Both courses consist of 1 theory session lasting 1.5 hours, and 4 practical sessions lasting 1 hour each. The courses cost £200* for the full 5 weeks, and sessions do not need to fall on consecutive weeks. We can arrange them to suit your availability.

Please get in touch for more information or if you would like to book.

Group Activities & Classes

We do not currently have dates lined up for these activities, but if you are interested in taking part in any of the activities below, please get in touch for more information or to be put on our waiting list. Alternatively, keep an eye on the website or like us on facebook to get updates on our activities.

Life Skills for Puppies Classes

For puppies aged 8 - 20 weeks old. Classes are based on the ‘Life Skills’ concepts outlined in the book ‘Life Skills for Puppies’ (purchased on Amazon).

Puppy Social Walks

These walks are for puppies who are attending approved classes to have the opportunity to meet other puppies in a safe and appropriate way, and practice their newly developing skills in the great outdoors with our support.

Life Skills for Beginners Classes

For any dogs from 5 months to senior age, who have not attended classes or training sessions before and would benefit from learning in a group environment. With similar concepts to our puppy classes, this course is tailored for older dogs.

‘Reactive’ Dog Classes

For dogs who can find walks difficult due to their feelings about other dogs or people. These classes are designed to teach you and your dog the skills to cope on walks, and change the way you both feel about seeing these ‘triggers’.


If you would prefer to join a current puppy or adult dog training class, please contact one of my colleagues below to find out about the classes they have available:

Private Training Courses

Some dogs can struggle in a class environment, and it can be difficult to commit to a full course at a set time every week.

If you would like the benefit of learning the content from my Life Skills Puppy or Beginner course at your own pace, a set of private classes can be arranged at your home for one-to-one tuition. Please see the 1-to-1 training page for details.

Education

From time to time we will be running talks and workshops aimed at teaching you to understand dog behaviour, and learn new ways to have fun with your own dog by teaching you both some new skills.

Tailored talks and workshops can be put together for specific animal related topics, or a specific audience. If you work with a school, group or club, or run a dog related business such as kennels, groomers, or a pet store, please get in touch to see what we can arrange for you.

I am fully insured, DBS certified, and am currently studying Level 1 British Sign Language.

Rescues

I strongly support the adoption of rescue dogs but I understand that it can be a bit daunting if you have never adopted one before, or if you have taken one on with existing problems.

Despite popular belief that buying a puppy is a ‘clean slate’, any dog can develop behaviour problems at any age, and any dog can be born with temperamental traits that can make the human world a little bit more challenging to navigate.

Although I encourage seeking help early on if a problem arises, it is never too late to try and offer your dog some help, and it is never too late to try something new and fun that you can do together just for pure enjoyment. Your dog may just surprise you!

Lincolnshire Rescue Kennels

As I directly help Lincolnshire Rescue Kennels when I can, I want to also support their dogs post-adoption.

To encourage seeking help early on and preventing problems from escalating further, any dogs adopted from LRK will be issued with a discount voucher for my services which will be valid for 3 months from the date of adoption (start date TBC).

Please note that my involvement with Lincolnshire Rescue Kennels does not involve their management or rehoming procedures. Please contact them directly if you would like any information about them or the dogs that they have available: lincsrescue.com