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“I was very impressed with your style and your knowledge of dog behaviour, and I was able to learn a lot from that myself.”

why choose thinking dog?


Training your dog will encourage it to think more intelligently, make confident decisions and give it a purpose.  These qualities can greatly improve the quality of your dog’s life.  When done correctly, training is a positive experience for dog and owner that helps to enhance the bond between them and develop a relationship based on mutual respect and trust.

This enjoyable way of learning will make your dog feel more confident, develop its social manners and challenge inappropriate behaviours such as lead pulling, jumping up on people and problematic interactions with other dogs.

Private sessions with a professionally qualified dog behaviourist are offered in your own home.  Individual attention allows you to focus on the specific training needs of your dog.  Working in a familiar environment makes for a relaxed experience which is ideal for people and pets that find it challenging to be around others.

thinking dog believes that by using positive training methods you can achieve your goals and encourage your dog to try new things.  You can change problem behaviours whilst maintaining the relationship you have with each other.

For more detailed information about how thinking dog can help go to the Services page below.

“David was so helpful and the advice he gave us fixed the problem in a very short space of time.  We were impressed with his knowledge on dogs and found the service was great value for money”

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Behaviour consultations

Allow thinking dog to help you change your dog’s behavioural problems using techniques that are sympathetic to their needs.  Get support and advice from a professionally qualified dog behaviourist.


Obedience training

A great way to activate your dog’s mind by teaching them social skills.  Obedience training will help your dog to be well mannered in public spaces and give you more control of them in daily life.


Advice on getting a dog

Make your home environment suitable, consider health and safety issues and find out what to expect when you bring your new arrival home.  Being organised makes the transition to dog ownership a more relaxing experience for everyone.


1-2-1 sessions

1-2-1 sessions allow thinking dog to tailor a lesson plan specifically to you and your dog.  Your home environment can also be assessed to ascertain if there are any contributing factors to the problem behaviour.



My cross collie rescue dog had some deep behavioural issues which I was struggling to overcome. David took the time to understand these issues and patiently gave us support and assistance to overcome the problems she faced. She is now a happier and less anxious dog. I can’t believe how quickly the changes happened. Thanks David, life is less stressful for us humans too!

Phyllis Hutchison, Glasgow


I just want to thank you so much for the time you spent with my Jack Russell dog,’Willow’. I have put in place your training techniques, and she has responded extremely well, showing tremendous improvement. I was very impressed with your style and your knowledge of dog behaviour, and I was able to learn a lot from that myself. I am very grateful.

Malcolm McCulloch, Glasgow


As first time dog owners we wanted to do the right thing by our dog Bracken. We used thinking dog and found David very friendly and helpful. He gave us lots of advice which we have used and are very happy with the service he provided. I would recommend thinking dog to anyone needing help and advice about their dog.

Hazel, Kirkintilloch


Our German Shepherd, Molly, was annoying our neighbours by her excessive barking when she was home alone.  After trying other sources, all of which failed to fix her behaviour, we asked thinking dog for help.  David was so helpful and the advice he gave us fixed the problem in a very short space of time.  We were impressed with his knowledge of dogs and found the service was great value for money.  Molly now greets us with a smile when we return to the house and so do our neighbours!

Nicola, Dumbarton






Who is thinking dog?

Based in Glasgow, I am an active member of CAPBT, the C.O.A.P.E Association of Pet Behaviourists and Trainers. It is the largest specifically qualified association for pet behaviourists and trainers in the UK. Membership offers all pet owners a guarantee of quality when seeking help with the treatment of behaviour problems, or in training their dog or puppy.

Having completed my honours year in the COAPE diploma “The Practical Application of Companion Animal Behaviour and Training” and the experience gained through dogs I have helped in the past, I have the knowledge and experience to help you with training or behavioural issues that may have arisen with your dog.

The aim of my business thinking dog is to help you to understand how your dog feels in its current daily routine and how these emotions may be affecting its quality of life.  Once this is established I will help you to devise an effective plan to help you help your dog.

Whether this is your first port of call or you have been elsewhere with no success, I can help you.  You will receive guidance from a professionally qualified dog trainer and behaviourist.  Call or email today to get help and advice.

David Martin



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Theo, the family dog, and I are always looking for different walks in parks, forests, beaches and hills.  He loves playing with other dogs and he always wants to say hello to the people he meets.

I have loved dogs my whole life and have always been fascinated by any interactions with them.  My first memory of this was when I was three years old in the port of Dover.  A St Bernard dog was sitting next to the car I was in.  The owner asked if anyone wanted to feed it a biscuit and everyone declined due to the dog’s size.  I said I’d do it and I’ll never forget the look of satisfaction on the dog’s face when I gave the biscuit to him.  He seemed to say “thank you very much little person”, as he towered over me.

I want to help anyone that needs assistance and advice with their dog.  Understanding how your dog feels in its current daily routine is important to this process.  My aim is to motivate owners to think about their dog’s emotions and how they may be affecting the quality of the life they live.  Once that’s achieved an effective plan can be devised to help you help your dog.




Telephone: 07951 703 942