Our Services

Group Training Classes
Group Training Classes
We run various training courses for small groups of dogs at different ages and different levels of learning

One to One Training
Our one to one training sessions are tailored to suit your specific requirements

Puppy Packages
Puppy Packages
We offer a variety of training packages specifically for new puppy owners

We offer a number of subject-specific workshops to help you fine tune different training skills


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Many new dog owners are uncertain as to whether they should be using a collar or a harness for their dog.

I am a huge fan of harnesses and will explain why shortly, but I think collars can have a place if your dog doesn’t pull on the lead.

I thought this article may be informative for people who are unsure about the best choice for their dogs.

A dog’s neck is a very sensitive part of the body. If your dog pulls or jumps about on the lead, they can suffer from whiplash, thyroid damage, ear and eye damage (pulling on the lead restricts blood flow to the ears and eyes) and nerve damage, as well as various muscular problems due to the delicate tissues in that area.

For the factors just mentioned, I tend to advise getting your dog fitted out in a harness to prevent any of the above from becoming a problem.

What type of harness is best?

When it comes to harness shopping, it is a bit of a minefield because there are so many types. In addition to this, many manufacturers only produce harnesses in a range of standard ‘off the peg’ sizes with limited adjustment. This often results in owners having to ‘make do’ with a harness that doesn’t fit brilliantly.

If your harness moves about on your dog, if it slides around, or is loose enough for your dog to back out of it, it doesn’t fit properly. Any harness that allows excessive movement can result in rubbing on your dog’s body, sometimes severely damaging the delicate thin skin just behind their front legs (their ‘armpits!).

The more padded the harness, the less chance you have of it rubbing your dog or feeling uncomfortable on them whilst they are wearing it. Harnesses with thin nylon straps can rub dogs quite easily.

The harnesses which are like jackets (generally for smaller dogs) can cause bad matting if you have a dog that has a fluffy coat.

Harnesses with a horizontal strap across the chest can limit movement of a dog’s shoulders.

I personally recommend the ‘Y’ shape harnesses which, if fitting correctly, allow free movement of a dog’s anatomy. The more adjustment a harness has, the better. Some harnesses allow for more adjustment than others.

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My favourites are the Perfect Fit harness, the Ruffwear Front Range harness, and the Red Dingo Padded Harness. These have a brilliant range of adjustment to help get a really nice fit.

Ultimately, the Perfect Fit harness has the best adjustment available because they do as their name suggests: fit perfectly!  They manage to do this by manufacturing the harness in three separate pieces, all of which clip together and have separate buckle adjustment on them.

This can be quite handy if you have a young dog that still has growing to do because often you only need to replace one or two pieces of the harness, saving you from having to buy a whole new one as your dog grows.

Will a harness stop my dog from pulling on the lead?

Some manufacturers claim they have a magical ‘no pull harness’. This is absolute rubbish! Some harnesses can help to manage a dog that pulls, but there is no magical contraption that stops your dog pulling completely.

The harnesses mentioned above all have two D-rings: one on the back of the harness and one on the chest. For dogs that pull, these harnesses can be used with a double-ended training lead to help manage the pulling whilst on walks. One end of the lead can be clipped on the chest and the other end can be clipped onto the back so that you can effectively ‘steer’ the dog when they start pulling and lunging (a bit like steering a horse!).

It should be noted though that this is a management tool! Ultimately, if you want your dog to walk nicely on the lead, there is no substitute for proper training where you teach your dog what you want them to do whilst out on a walk, rather than constantly trying to suppress or correct the undesired pulling behaviour.

What about a headcollar?

There are headcollars on the market which can help to control dogs that pull on the lead. These can be a great management tool for those owners with big strong dogs where safety in public is of utmost importance – we don’t want anyone being dragged in the path of a bus, or a St Bernard jumping up on an elderly person to say hello!

Many headcollars don’t fit well and can slide up into a dog’s eyes, so it is important you do your research if you are wanting to get one. Some are more padded than others, and some fit better than others. The other thing to remember too is that using a headcollar doesn’t teach your dog to stop pulling. It simply masks the problem, meaning that you can cope better whilst out on a walk and have your dog under better control, but it doesn’t teach them how to walk nicely on the lead.

What's the best solution?

Ultimately, the best solution is to teach your dog what you actually want them to do whilst out on a walk; to walk nicely beside you with there being no tension on the lead. This solves the problem rather than just masking it. The good news is that we can help with this!

GET IN TOUCH if you would like some one-to-one training to help resolve pulling on the lead. Alternatively, we also run group training classes following the Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme Awards which focus on teaching your dog to walk nicely on the lead and be under better control whilst out in public.

We are based in Leyland but cover most areas within a 10 mile radius.

Typical areas include: Leyland, Penwortham, Lostock Hall, Bamber Bridge, Eccleston, Chorley, Euxton, Croston, Longton, New Longton, Clayton-Le-Woods, Whittle-Le-Woods, Walton-Le-Dale, Hutton, Much Hoole, Brindle, Wheelton, Heapey, Hoghton.

If you are outside of the 10 mile radius, please contact us. We will travel further but may have to add a small surcharge to cover fuel costs.

Emma has been an absolute godsend as we’ve had our lives turned upside down by our rescue Pointer X.

The foundations she’s helped us put into place have made our lives so much easier and turned our stressed out dog into a relaxed and happy member of the family.

It’s still a work in progress but Emma’s down to earth and sensible training techniques will certainly get us there.

Can’t recommend enough!

Simon & Mel with Dennis

The best thing my husband and I ever did was getting touch with Emma!

She has trained us to train our pup! We currently have an 11 week old puppy that will sit, lie down, relax & sleep in his crate, walk well on his lead and is currently learning recall!

Our puppy got off to the best start possible, all thanks to Emma, her skills, her knowledge and her patience! Thank you!

Kerri & Joe with Ruben

Attended puppy training classes with our pup, Woody.

Emma is very knowledgeable and highly professional . She is always willing to answer any question - no matter how silly they may sound!

Woody had a fabulous time and learned the basics for a confident, well-behaved puppy. I will definitely be attending future classes to build on the skills Emma provided.

Would highly recommend !

Janet with Woody

AMAZING TRAINER! Can't recommend Emma and Confident Canines more.

Charlie came to us at 8 weeks with separation issues and was completely untrained. We now have a puppy who can sit, lie down, stand, settle (both in and out of a crate), walk nicely on the lead, allow health checks, drop on command and stay.

The range of services that she offers covers all that you could need at a really good price.

Emma is a brilliant trainer who gives everything, you can tell she genuinely cares about you and your dog and wants you to succeed at your training, what ever it may be. Nothing is too much!

Nat & Josh with Charlie


Our labradoodle Alvin is about half way through the puppy school classes & I couldn’t recommend it enough!

It has taught us as much as it has him! Emma also does puppy (and dog) play sessions at the weekend which are so much fun for him as he loves socialising with his furry friends.

Look forward to taking him to the follow on classes too.

Natalie & Neil with Alvin


Emma was professional and really friendly. Tuna loved his puppy one-to-one sessions!

Highly recommended for all your dog training needs.

Sarah & Matt with Tuna


Our little puppy Dennis was quite a handful when we took him home, so training 1-2-1 sessions were definitely needed.

Emma came round and instantly got stuck in with getting to know us and our puppy. Dennis absolutely loved her and soon learnt where the pocket with treats were kept and that he should be sitting down for them.

Everything he has learnt in the months since has been because of consistent contact with Emma and getting involved in social play groups etc. Can't recommend enough! Thank you!

Danny & Lia with Dennis

JASON THE WONDER DOG! I have a rescue lurcher who was locked up and starved for his first six months - he was not expected to survive. When I got him at 7 months he was nuts, had never been in a house and had no experience of life, so I decided to have 1:1 training sessions as he was too old for puppy classes.

Emma extensively trained both of us for several weeks until he was settled enough to attend a class. He is now 2 years old and works at Chorley Hospital as a registered PAT therapy dog with older patients. He is very calm and loves meeting new people.

This transformation is due to Emma's input and advice. He does still have some "quirks" due to his past but attends Emma's socialisation sessions and is a fabulous companion.

Emma is always ready to offer help and advice and consistently runs a highly professional business.

Jane with Jason

AMAZING SUPPORT - We just want to say a huge thank you to Confident Canines for your help in training our crazy Sproodle (and us).

Confident Canines have been amazing with supporting us and our dog. From the very first week we got our puppy, Emma was supportive and knowledgeable - and our dog absolutely loves her!

From the first meeting through to the last Emma was timely and flexible with us.

I would definitely recommend Confident Canines for 121 sessions and group classes; our dog has loved them all!

Zena & Chris with Kloppe

I would just like to say thank you to Emma for showing us in the most easy to understand way how to train our little Chihuahua ‘Louis’ to have good manners, behave well and become a well socialised little dog.

We signed up for a six week puppy course and it was something of a joy. We looked forward to every session. Unfortunately, I was away for the last two weeks of the course. However, no need to worry as Louis’s ‘dogfather’ hooman continued to attend on my behalf and together we learned some amazing results.

Emma is not only a genius, she is a genuinely lovely lady who I would ‘hand on heart’ highly recommend to anyone who is considering attending her highly informative (and great fun) dog training classes.

Molly with Louis

Emma is a brilliant dog trainer/person. She understands all the dogs needs.

Emma came to our house for one to one training prior to group puppy sessions and it was very informative. We then took our puppy on the puppy training course for 6 weeks and it was both informative to us and good for our pup.

We now go to the social sessions and are looking forward to attending ongoing training classes because he knows her (and she knows his quirks) and we know her as a good trainer.

We will certainly go to Emma with our new addition once he arrives.

Rebecca & Paul with Jasper

If you want the very best for your puppy or young dog, then you absolutely must get in touch with Emma at Confident Canines.

I've just completed the Puppy Foundation Course with my GSP Foxy and both she and I enjoyed it immensely.

Emma has extensive knowledge which she imparts in a friendly, supportive and structured way and I would wholeheartedly recommend Confident Canines to anyone who wants to do the very best for their dogs.

She is very professional, friendly, encouraging and will guide you on the road to success.

Allan with Foxy

Emma did 1-1 training at home with our pup and I found her to be patient, confident and very knowledgeable. The training sessions were informative and a great basis to build on our pup becoming a very obedient, enjoyable young man.

We have also attended the group training sessions with our other pup and again this was a relaxed and enjoyable experience for us all. Both pups have now progressed to attending the social events and love every minute of them.

Excellent value for money and couldn’t recommend highly enough for owners of pups and adult dogs (and owners) alike.
Thanks Emma!

Gail with Fudge & Pebbles

Our wonderful, beautiful and typical crazy Boxer puppy Vinnie attended the puppy classes and thoroughly enjoyed them.

Training was enjoyable and delivered to a very high standard by Emma who explained the various stages of puppy development - this really helped us understand him much better.

Emma clearly demonstrated the training techniques and advised how these could be adapted to suit the individual needs, likes and motivators for each puppy.

The information, training techniques and wealth of advice shared during the puppy classes have been invaluable to us and we now have a wonderful Boxer puppy who sits, lays down, can be handled and settles down when instructed.

We have enjoyed the puppy classes so much we are looking forward to continuing the follow on training for him with Emma. I would highly recommend Confident Canines to anyone who wants to help their puppy/dog to develop into a loving, confident, well behaved pet who is a pleasure to own!

Karen with Vinnie

Emma is an amazing lady who has gone above and beyond her role as trainer with us.

She is kind, considerate and extremely giving of her time providing support to me and my husband in our hours, days and weeks of need after making the difficult decision to take our beautiful cockapoo puppy back to the breeder due to some behavioural challenges.

We are now ready to open our home again to another puppy and this is due to the time Emma has spent with us, sharing her time and that of her beautiful dog Amber.

We are both very much looking forward to the training regime again with our new arrival once we find the right puppy and will enjoy the classes, building our confidence and that of our pup.

Nicky & Richard with Poppy

Winnie has enjoyed both her puppy training, progressive skills courses and the other activities offered at confident canines.

Emma is a fantastic trainer that puts alot of time into what she does and is more than happy to give extra bits of advice and help. There is no pressure on the pups of learning too much at once as classes start with getting a base of good focusing skills.

I would 100% with no hesitation recommend to anyone looking into getting a puppy (or older dog) who wants a well behaved dog.

Winnie is looking forward to starting the next stage of her training with Emma!

Ray with Winnie

Emma has been a great help and reassurance since getting our first puppy who certainly liked to use his teeth! We’ve had a 1:1 session, been to the social classes and joined the beginners puppy class, all of which have been good fun and of great use.

We are now able to tackle any unwanted behaviour in a much more consistent and rewarding way. We’ll be joining the advanced puppy classes in the new year and very much looking forward to learning more with our pup.

I’d highly recommend this company.

Lizz & Graeme with Ted

Brilliant dog training school. Took our border collie puppy to the Puppy Foundation Course and he really enjoyed it.

Emma is a great coach, really knowledgeable and fantastic with dogs. He made loads of progress in just a few weeks, would highly recommend.

We’ve just booked him onto the next course to help develop his training.

Sarah & Colin with Ollie

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