Maya McLaughlin ISCP.Dip.Canine.Prac, MISAP,AMICAN
Maya Canine Behaviourist                   
 Always choose a trainer who loves what they do

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As a committed dog carer you will no doubt want the best for your canine companion and good behaviour is integral to the happy relationship between you and your dog.

You want your dog to be able to go anywhere without causing you embarrassment, stress or worry or that he will run away.

You want to be able to leave the house without fear he will chew up the furniture or annoy the neighbours with barking or whining.

You want your dog to greet people and other dogs without jumping up and lunging.

You want to protect your dog and others if he is exhibiting aggression towards people or other dogs.

You want your dog to be calm, confident and happy!

Just like people, dogs respond best in a positive, kind and fun environment  so you will find my practice uses only progressive techniques designed to help both your dog and you towards a happier future together. All techniques practiced by me are compassionate, non-intrusive and are based on positive reinforcement.

All breeds of dogs benefit from positive behaviour training so whether your dog is a pup, mature, elderly or a rescue he can be guided towards exchanging unwanted conduct for positive behaviour giving both him and you a  more fulfilling life together.


'Working at keeping Rocco under threshold when out walking. We have learned the importance of timing so that we can 'catch' him before he reacts and then it's easier to divert him away to something else. Rocco is a work in progress but he is moving in the right direction now we have the guidance - and  the 'happy chat!" Thanks Maya.'RS, Kilmarnock 06/06/2019


''Session packed full of information and ways to help me to help Louie. I have lots of hints and tips as well as handouts and Louie's report so I won't get lost or forget what to do. There is plenty of time for questions too so you don't feel bombarded with information and there's a nice balance between the theory of training and the practical so the owner can understand what to do every step of the way. Well worth it.' LB, Irvine, 18/06/2019


'Great thanks Maya. Jake is a brilliant dog, so athletic and he is doing so well. I will be taking suggestions on board and loo forward to even more progress with him. Thanks again.'

 JH, Ayr 01/06/2019


'Shadow at session 2. A much more relaxed dog. He listens to me much better both inside and outside the house and he is very responsive to the clicker which is great news for training in other cues as well. So many improvements, many of them small but I am happy to move at Shadows own pace.' SD, Saltcoats, 10/05/2019


'Thanks Maya. Very comprehensive session with lots to digest and apply to Maisie's everyday routine. She is such a lovely girl and doing so well I am sure she will be sorted out in no time. Many thanks.' AP, Kilmarnock, 24/04/2019 


'Angus is our first dog (we have always been cat people) and we wanted to get things right from the onset.' Our session with Maya has really helped us see things from Angus' way of thinking and that makes it so much easier to train him. We were so happy to see his behaviour change very quickly into the session too. We know there is work to do and know we know what to do we are more than happy to help Angus become the puppy we  want him to be. Very many thanks.'  A&RS, Sinclairston, 03/03/2019


'Great session for Kristi and for me - even though Kristi decided to be on her best behaviour on the night! Seriously though, I saw how quickly she responded to training and once I understood what to do I felt more confident in applying the clicker method and within a couple of times using the clicker my clever girl learned the cue. Can't wait to move on to outdoor work next. Thanks Maya!' NM, Kilmarnock 11/03/2019

       Harper & Millie

'Thanks for today. So much new information to help us help the girls and we cannot wait to get started. Session was easy to understand and very varied, everything was covered and we look forward to session 2.'

D&HH, Kilmarnock 02/06/2019

Harper & Millie

'Session 2 and it is amazing how following the programme as created for them has made such a difference in our dogs. Harper and Millie both are showing their individual personalities more now and Millie especially is gaining in confidence every day although Maya says with patience and practice Harper will soon catch up. We find the 3-session programme a great help in moving out girls out of the behavioural rut they were in and we are confident of further progress. Many thanks again.' D&HH, Kilmarnock, 16/06/2019


'Puppy Workshop is a great all-round training programme to help owners and puppies with the basics. I feel more confident in how to help and guide Miley now with a structure in place. Many thanks indeed.' 

SH, Ardrossan, 12/04/2019


'Thanks Maya for the session with Blue. So much was covered in the time and we appreciate the help. We are taking everything on board and starting now are making the changes needed to help Blue to success. Good to know you are there to answer any questions or for further sessions if we need. Many thanks again.'  McCullough Family, Irvine, 27/03/2019


'Hugo has been with me 10 days and he is a lovely boy. He has his moments but I am sure we will get there with help and guidance. Spaniel Assist have been a fantastic support and they have given us some sessions with Maya so Hugo is getting a great start and I am sure he will do well.'  TF, Kilwinning, 07/05/2019

'Bunty is a lovely wee soul and I am anxious to do the best for her so I wanted to get some guidance on the biting and toileting as well as some help with the leash walking and recall. I must say Maya's Puppy Workshop training has been super and Maya covered all my concerns and more.  I would recommend without hesitation.' NR, Newton Mearns, 09/06/2019


'Thanks very much Maya. Baxter is very responsive to the training and I like the idea of positive reinforcement work. He responds very well to what you were teaching him and I feel sure his  programme will really help.'  MH, Wemyss Bay, 13/03/2019


''Thank you for helping Koby and the gentle way of training means not to force Koby to do anything against his will. Obviously the wee man has had a bad start and I understand it will take time to help him become less nervous of people and dogs and things in general.' I know we will get there and I am happy to progress at Koby's own pace. Thanks again Maya for the work and also for additional support for Koby.' SP, Ardrossan, 04/04/2019


'Informative session delivered in a friendly manner with lots of supporting handouts for reference. I enjoyed the practical hands-on approach Maya offers and I was encouraged to try each technique along the way and Sooty did really well. Great stuff.'  WW, Mauchline, 29/03/2019

      Buddy & BB

'Thank you so much Maya for the additional help with both Buddy and BB. I will take all advice on board and work new strategies into our daily routine. It already makes sense.'  IB, Kilmarnock, 19/06/2019


'Maya you have been such a help! I am so glad I called on you and I can see it is never too late to teach a dog new tricks! It is very much all about Selkie and watching her signs - and yes if she can do it outside she can do it inside too. I will be in touch with updates. Many thanks again.' AT, Ayr, 06/06/2019


'Thanks Maya - things have clicked into place and I am delighted at Poppy's reaction during our trial walk. I understand  that to learn her signals is vital to helping my girl be happier and more contented.  I am committed to the process so watch this space! Many thanks againJM, Prestwick, 23/05/2019


'Great session with up to date information on how best to look after and train a puppy. Luna already knew the sit and from there Maya showed how to link in to giving the paw. Luna  responded very well and it was fun to do! Great tips on toilet training, biting and how to help puppies and small children play together safely.  Very happy.'  KF, Stewarton, 18/03/2019


‘ Great session, blasted with information and practical work to help keep Rocky safe and to help him learn good manners indoors and outside. He is such a loving guy we all want what is best for him and we are certainly getting that with this type of training. Many thanks again.' S&JB, Newton Mearns, 05/05/2019


This is thanks to your support and advice. Honest this time 5 months ago he was crazy as soon as I was out of sight he would go nuts. Mental! He wouldn’t even sit still or quiet let alone lay sleeping in his bed. Yes we cracked it in the last 3 weeks. I listened to what you said then implemented what I learned with my dog camera to assist – my secret eye. Now Ed can be safely left in the house for short periods but we are gonna build on it every day. So grateful.’ RK, Newcastle, 28/03/2019


'Great today although I was a bit nervous to start with. Angus is a great dog and my best friend and I want the best for him. The explanations during the session were very clear and made perfect sense. There is plenty of information along the way so you don't need to feel lost and Maya does encourage questions  too. The mix of  theory and practical work in terms of trial walks and trigger management is exactly the right balance and now I have the way forward for both myself and for Angus to be the happy chappie I know he is. There is absolutely no pressure during the session and I would recommend anyone who has any issues with their dog to get in touch with Maya. The aftercare service offered at no additional cost is a great confidence booster too. Many thanks.' PB, Dreghorn, 24/05/2019


'So happy with Cairn and his progress. He is a wonderful boy who deserves to be happy and I am delighted at  how he has taken to me and his new home. I really hope this can be Cairn's forever home and  thanks Maya for working with me to help make that happen.'  FM, Ayr 13/06/2019


'Ollie was so remarkably calm and confident walking on the short leash. He actually looked happier! Did not expect such an about turn in a first session. Maya explains Ollie may regress to established patterns from time to time but on the whole now he has been helped to realise there are less stressful ways to enjoy walking out. Absolutely delighted!"  K&RE, Troon 02/05/2019


'Winnie is a lovely pup and great with the kids but I would like her to learn good training skills and to walk well on leash before she gets too big. Maya gives great advice and help and I am very grateful.' CK, Kilwinning, 22/02/2019


'Thanks so much for your help and guidance Maya. The session was extremely helpful. Seeing things through Coco's eyes makes a huge difference in training and we could see results right before our eyes. Keeping things fun made putting on her leash so much easier too. Many, many thanks.'  I&PM, Whitecraigs, 12/03/2019


'Fun session and' informative too. Really enjoyed it and I think Alfie did too as he danced for Maya at the end! We have all the tools now and intend to get started right away. So glad we decided to get Maya in for Alfie - many thanks again.' HS, Irvine, 23/05/2019


'Thanks for the help today Maya and all the little hints and tips along the way. Ted is doing so well outdoors now we can concentrate on his indoor behaviour. He is on the way to being one happy Irish Setter boy!'  CH, Ayr, 15/06/2019


''Wonderful to see you again Maya and our Maya was delighted to see you again too! Our adorable girl is such fun and we feel it is so important to iron out any little problems as soon as they come up which helps both Maya and us. Thanks again for a wonderful session!'  G&LD, Monkton 28/04/2019

   Lilly & Enya 

'Super session. Learned a lot and so much information. We will work with all that you say and look forward to Lilly's improvements. Thank you Maya.' AM, Mauchline 05/03/2019


'Thanks for the help today. Lots of information and practical training to help us out with Keira's barking and what to do when she runs up at other dogs. She is already understanding the new cues which is great news.' RW, Troon 26/03/2019


'Session 2 for Elsa and she is coming on really well. She is largely unfazed by noises in and around the home now (even building works!). Her confidence is building every day and her understanding of boundary work means that what worried her when she was outdoors is already reduced as Elsa now knows to let us handle things.'  K&RE, Troon, 02/05/2019


'Our first dog and we wanted to start out on the right paw with Sasha and we received an all-round informative and helpful session of puppy training from Maya. Every aspect of puppy care was covered and all our questions answered before we even asked them! Thanks so much!' EM, Prestwick, 21/02/2019


'Thank you so much again Maya. You have been an amazing help and I look forward to working with Bentley.'He did so well on the trial walk that I just know he can do it. Will let you know how we get on.' 

JL, Troon 22/05/2019

Bailey & Simba

'Thanks for your help today. Really appreciate it and good to see how quickly Bailey's unwanted behaviour can be turned around without drama or shouting. Tips for their inclusion in our wedding appreciated too! Thanks again.'  

SB, Monkton, 14/03/2019


'Zeus walks so much better on the lead now. He has improved 100% since first session. No puling, spinning or fighting to go his way so that walking him is a pleasure. He needs work on other aspects of his behaviour but leash walking is under control and the results were fast too. So pleased.' SD, Saltcoats, 10/05/2019


'Thanks for the session today Maya  and for explaining everything - really helped. We look forward to working with Bonnie and helping her  in practical ways to overcome her worries. She is such a fantastic pup and we want to do the best for her.' J&SD, Irvine, 16/05/2019