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I attended Puppy School taken by Karen Shell with my Border Collie puppy Misty.I found the whole experience to be extremely beneficial for both me and Misty.I have incorporated many of the tips Karen gave into Misty’s training and it has had a very positive effect on her behaviour.I would recommend Karen’s puppy school for anyone wanting to develop a happy and positive relationship with a young dog.

– Paddy, Franklin



When I first contacted Karen I was stressed out and frustrated by the behaviour of my newly adopted 9 month old dog and I was beginning to think that maybe I wasn’t the right person to give him a “forever home”. The techniques that Karen taught me allowed me to deal with the problem behaviours and turn things around. My dog and I are now living together happily, and I’m confident that I can deal with with any bad behaviour that arises in the future.

– M.L. Levin


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We enjoyed the puppy classes, especially being able to go with the family who own Marcello’s bro and sis – worked out really well. I got the most out of the principles you taught from the ‘dog listener’. We continue to use those basic ideas with good effect. Marcello is well socialized and gentle for such a big boy, and it was really helpful getting so much good advice early on!

– Kath Tousain


I found these puppy classes to be very informative and helpful, even for someone like me who is surrounded by dog lovers and knows a lot about dogs, I STILL learnt new things that I didn’t know before. The classes were very helpful for socialising a puppy that hasn’t had its full vaccinations, and gave my boy Turbo a good head start to solving his socialising problems, he is now a very social normal dog and I was grateful for the chance to start correcting this at an early age. I found Karen and the other staff to be very knowledgeable, and very open minded, and if I ever get another puppy, will definitely be attending again!!

– Libby Cameron & Turbo

I totally enjoyed the training session with you and as a result, from what I learned, I feel very empowered now and have been practicing all that you told me and already I can see a difference in Saffy.  One thing that has made a huge difference is that I am much calmer with her.  As you warned, she has had a few moments of defiance, which I have been Ok with because I understand. Consequently we are enjoying each other much more and she is much more attentive with me when we are hanging out together.                          – Jill Stallard