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Helping dogs and their humans cohabit happily...

Dog Tales is a positive, reward-based puppy and dog training company based in North Yorkshire.

Teaching with clear, consistent communication, kindness, and fun, we help puppies, dogs and their humans cohabit happily and understand each other better.


We offer one-on-one consultations tailored to you, your dog, and your shared environment, as well as group puppy and adolescent classes.

Our service areas cover Saltburn through to Stokesley through to Northallerton and surrounding areas. We also offer online consultations.

Please reach out to discuss your requirements. We're here to help you and your dog enjoy your best life together!


Black and white border collie puppy


Come join our Puppy Club! Learn how to raise a confident, happy puppy and build a strong bond with your new family member.


We’ll provide tips on canine behaviour and learning, enrichment, socialisation, mouthing and biting, and teach foundation cues including name response, recall, and loose lead walking and of course, there'll be puppy play time!

Puppy Club is a 5-week course for puppies from 8-14 weeks old (all puppies must have had their first vaccination). Classes are at Saltburn Arts Centre and Just For Dogs,, Northallerton.

5-week course | £75

Black and white border collie puppy


Did you miss out on Puppy Club, or would you like to enjoy more time learning with your pup?

Our Pupstar classes focus on strengthening the bond between you and your dog, practising foundation cues and behaviours such as recall, walking on lead, greeting and interacting with other dogs and humans, focusing and settling around distractions. 

Pupstars is a 4-week course for puppies from 14-22 weeks old, with a maximum of 4-5 puppies per class. Classes are held at Saltburn Arts Centre and Just For Dogs, Northallerton.


4-week course | £60 (Puppy Club graduates receive a 10% discount!)



Dog Training with a Ridgeback puppy


Do you need help with recall, walking on lead, polite greetings (humans and other dogs!), confidence building, resource guarding or other cues or behaviours?

Our one-on-one sessions are tailored to you, your dog – young or old – and your shared environment.

Initial Session | 1.5 Hours £75 (including personalised Training Tips & Plan).


Follow Up Session | 1 Hour £55

Dog Training with a Finnish Laphund


Would you like to book a series of training and support sessions, for which I will devise and help you implement a programme for you and your dog? 


Prices for packages of one-on-one training sessions are as follows:

  • 3 Sessions | £175 (including initial 1.5 hour session)

  • 4 Sessions | £230 (including initial 1.5 hour session)

  • 5 Sessions | £275 (including initial 1.5 hour session)

Labradoodle puppy


Are you about to welcome a puppy into your home? Let's get you off to the best start!

This one-on-one package includes a Settling in Session (1.5 hours) before or just after your puppy arrives, plus a one-on-one follow up.


You'll learn how to raise a happy, calm and confident puppy – with tips on enrichment, safe socialisation, independence training, toilet training, and how to deal with challenging – but perfectly natural! – puppy behaviours such as mouthing and biting. We’ll also cover 2-3 basic cues, from name response to recall and walking on lead.


Puppy Package: £110

Golden Retriever puppy carrying a rope toy


Are you hoping to bring home a new puppy or older dog?


I can help you decide which puppy or dog might be right for you, your family, your lifestyle, and your environment.


I can also help you settle your new family member into your home, and provide you with tips, coaching and skills to set both you and your dog up for success in your new life together.


This a bespoke service so please reach out to discuss your requirements.

Setting you and your dog up to succeed, together...

Would you like to help your dog thrive and live happily in their human world?

Would you like to build a strong bond and learn to communicate with your dog effectively, and teach them valuable life skills such as how to:

  • greet and interact with other dogs, animals and humans

  • respond to a recall

  • walk on a loose lead

  • ‘wait’ or ‘stay’ on cue

  • ‘leave' or ‘give’ on cue

  • settle at home and / or in other environments

We can teach all these behaviours using ethical methods and positive reinforcement - without force or corrections – and we’ll set you and dog

up to succeed, together!

Dog and puppy training

Hi, I’m Nicole...

I’ve always loved (ok, been a little obsessed with!) dogs.

I began studying dog training and behaviour in Australia in 2016, whilst working with and learning from some of the best trainers (and dogs!) around.

Since gaining a Certificate IV in animal training and behaviour (and becoming a self-confessed behaviour geek!), I continue to update my skills and knowledge, and am committed to using ethical and effective, force free methods to help you understand and communicate with your dog.

After living in Australia for over ten years – where I ran my own puppy and dog training business and worked as part of the behaviour team in an animal shelter – I am now based back home in beautiful North Yorkshire.

I look forward to meeting and working with you and your dog.


Let's talk dogs...

Dogs are my favourite topic of conversation, so please feel free to reach out to learn more about my services and how I can help you and your dog. 

I am often away from my desk - with dogs! - but I will respond to your message just as soon as I can.

07739 519 290

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Qualifications & Learning

2024 - present: L.E.G.S.® Applied Ethology Family Dog Mediation® Professional Course

2023: First Aid HLTAID003

2016-2021: Delta Institute Certificate IV Dog Training & Behaviour

2020: Living and Learning with Animals Certificate Behaviorworks+ with Dr. Susan Friedman

2019: An Evening with Dr. Susan Friedman

2019: Communication, Arousal & Problematic Behaviours with Craig Ogilvie

2019: Delta Institute Dog Behaviour Conference - Take the Lead: Exploring the Relevance of Dog Emotional Health in Training with Dr. Sarah Heath

2017: Delta Institute Dog Behaviour Conference - Being A Dog with Dr. Alexandra Horowitz

2016: Wagging School Instructor Training & Behaviour Skills 

PPG Certificate
LLA Certificate
Dog Training Certificate
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