Who are we and what we do

Hello and welcome to Pawsitive Steps Behaviour and Training. We are a service offering behaviour consultations, 1:1s and puppy and adolescent classes.  At Pawsitive Steps we believe in positive reinforcement training and stay away from using fear-based methods. All training will be done on your dog’s terms at your dog’s speed, we also do our upmost to fit any training into your day to day lives as we understand how busy lives can be.

Every dog can benefit from training as using positive methods makes training fun for you and your dog and builds an even greater bond between you.

Have a look through our website and see if we can help you, we look forward to hearing from you and working alongside you and your dog.

Training a Puppy with Snack
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About me

Hello my name is Sarah and I’m the founder of Pawsitive Steps Behaviour and Training.  Since a young age I have loved animals and couldn’t imagine a life with out them in. After completing my undergraduate degree in Animal Biology with a 2:1 in 2018 I went on to complete my master degree in Clinical Animal Behaviour from the University of Lincoln graduating in 2019 with merit.

Over the years I have been lucky enough to work with horses both in riding schools and welfare charities, gaining hands on experience in veterinary surgeries and most recently have spent the last year and a half working in rescue. During my time in rescue I have gained invaluable practical experience including training using reward based methods and improving welfare for the animals in our care.   

I have recently received my pre certification and look forward to becoming a fully certified Clinical Animal Behaviourist over the next year with ASAB. I also look forward to working towards full registration with ABTC, the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and the Association of Pet Behaviour counsellors.   

Small Terrier

Behaviour consultations

Now taking bookings 

Price:- £270

Location:- I will travel up to 15 miles from Central Durham (I will travel further however I will ask for contribution to petrol money discussed on enquiry)

Struggling with your dogs behaviour, we may be able to help. On initial assessment we will aim to make a full assessment of your dog behaviours. We will then set out an individualised training plan not just for your dog but also we aim to be able to fit the plan into your lifestyle too.

What we can help with: Dog reactivity, Separation anxiety, reactivity towards people, resource guarding, fear and anxiety issues.

If you have another behaviour issue you wish to discuss please get in contact and we will see if we are able to help


  • Full initial behaviour consultation with written report and full behaviour plan

  • 6 month follow up support

  • 3 x 1 hour further practical sessions within the 6 months with updated behaviour plans

  • Regular check ins



Now taking bookings

Price:- £25 per hour

           £60 for 3 x 1 hour sessions

Location:- I will travel up to 15 miles from Central Durham (I will travel further however I will ask for contribution to petrol money discussed on enquiry)

Are you struggling to stay on your feet during walks or struggling with boundaries in the home, or just looking to learn something new with your dog we may be able to help you. 1:1 sessions give you a full hour of individualised help with your dog we will also leave you with stuff to continue to work on when we go.

What we can help with: loose lead walking, boundaries in the home, puppy mouthing, house training, settle, focus work, recall

If you want to work on anything else please get in contact and we will see if we can help however if it is deemed that your dog needs a full behavioural consultation this is what we will recommend and will not go ahead with the 1:1

Dalmatian Dog

Puppy and adolescence classes

Price:- £85 

Puppy class suitable for up to 6 months 

Adolescence class suitable for between 6 and 18 months 

Looking to give your puppy the best start in life or wanting to learn some new skills with your adolescence puppy this could be the answer for you. Using only reward based training we will work with you and your puppy in classes no bigger than 5 puppies.   


  • Orientation (without puppies)

  • 4 X 1 hour sessions. Sessions will include but not limited to: settle, focus work, health checks, recall, polite toy play, making new experiences positive, walking on lead, polite greetings

  • 1 X exam and presentation of certificates


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 Durham UK

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