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.


'Very informative and a lot to take in and think about. Happy there is a way forward for us and Walter and looking forward to Session 2'  

JE, Auchentiber 15/01/2019

                   'Never thought she's do so well so quickly! Very pleased!.' 
                         LF, Kilwinning 25/09/2018


'So glad I got this training for us! I feel so much happier being actually shown physically what I should be doing with her and she responds so well too. Absolutely delighted and thanks so much Maya.'

 YS, Symington 26/09/2018

'I love this type of training and  Hudson loves it too! I can see so much improvement in the biting and in the toilet training in the space of days and Hudson is not stressed with the changes or with the training methods and that is the best thing of all Thanks Maya for your patience in showing me what to do.'
MG, Ayr 02/05/2018


'Thanks for your time today in assessing Teddy's needs and helping us to find a way to help him find his place in his new home with us. Teddy is a lovely boy who deserves his second chance.' J&MB, Prestwick, 08/01/2019


'We didn't expect help for our resident dog Dennis too so we are delighted! Thanks again' J&MB, Prestwick, 08/01/2019 


'Superb! In a very short time Suzi was relaxed and watching the birds outside, not trying to jump at them and her barking is already calming down.  Yes, we have work to do but we know what we are doing now and I know we will all get there. I enjoyed the 'critical distance' information too. Thanks Maya.'

D&LS, Drongan 02/08/2018


'Puppy Workshop's been great for Duke and I love the extra information too. I've been given some great ideas to help Duke find his place in his new home with us and I'm sure he (and us) will do fine. Thanks so much.' KK, Kilbirnie, 03/08/2018

                                 'Thank you for today Maya. I am so
                           glad Max can be helped.'
                                    MIB, Kilwinning 13/07/2018


'Thanks so much for your help today. I really appreciate it and I am feeling so much more positive and I now believe we can change boundaries for Ollie'. 

DD, Newton Means, 07/12/2018


'Oliver is a lovely dog with only 2 issues really so  it was good to spend the session  homing in on what is required to help Oliver become less reactive when outdoors and to pull less on-leash, to make him easier to walk for all the family. Discussing the importance of 'training in tandem' made a lot of sense and we are ready to move forward with Oliver's new training strategies. A valuable session. Thank you.' MB,   Kilmarnock, 11/11/2018


'Wasn't sure what to expect and I haven't had a dog before but the session was great and I learned a lot. The work is pretty much hands on. Maya would demonstrate then ask me to have a try so that I was confident I knew what I was doing before the end of the training.'  TK, Stevenston, 17/01/2019

'Elliie has never really been trained and we are starting from the beginning with her. I have to say I was surprised at how well she caught on to cue words and what she was supposed to do. We are determined to keep working with her on it until next session.' J&JM, Johnstone 03/07/2018

    Holly & Ivy

'We've had dogs before but wanted to make sure we are on the right track with these adorable rescues. Session was crammed full of info and practical exercises for us to take part in with the dogs. Very helpful and we learned a lot. J&MK, Prestwick, 11/09/2018

  Brodie & Kyle

'Never seen these two sit like this - ever. Tremendous! We need to keep at it now.' J&MK, Troon, 17/10/2018


'Loved the session and learned so much. Things fit better into place now and we are sure we will get our boy on track. Thanks so much Maya and for the aftercare service too.' A&CH, Kilmarnock  21/11/2018


'Baxter did really well at his training. He learns so quickly and it was great to have the guidance and support from Maya. We and Baxter will do fine!'  AN, Ayr, 30/11/2018

 'Much braver today. Less barky too. Even took treats!'
                                      LF, Kilwinning 25/09/2018                            

Dachshund Reunion

Coniston, Cumbria, September 2018


'Our boy Vlad shows incredible patience and restraint and behavioural training helps us see current situ from his perspective too. We know that the work includes all dogs in the house, not only the one who has the issue and we look forward to a happier and less stressed home life for all 3 dogs.' G&CM, Tarbolton, 



'We may have a way to go with our boy but we are fully supported by Maya and the skills both we and he are learning gives us confidence in our own ability to steer Bowzer in the right direction. The work is coming in small manageable chunks so no one feels overwhelmed and we are fully committed to the process. Many thanks.' G&CM, Tarbolton, 02/12/2018

'Enjoyed the session and feel that Woo-Woo can be helped. She is such a lovely dog and part of the family we hated seeing her so distressed and are so glad to have a new programme that can really help. Many, many thanks!'  R&SM, Barassie, 17/08/2018


'Bella is doing very well with her training. She is clever and catching on quickly now she understands what we want her to do. Fantastic work. Thanks Maya!'

CB, Troon 03/01/2019

'Learned a lot and feel sure Woody's indoor work will seriously improve now we have the tools and strategies to know what to do. Many thanks Maya. Looking forward to another session to explore improving his recall.'
LW, Newmilns, 16/01/2019


'I appreciate the depth of information delivered at the session and I feel now Archie can be helped.' GS, Ayr 08/08/18

''Poppy is responding really well to the Puppy Workshop training and we are pleased with the results. We intend to keep things going and carry out the training with clicker and cue words to help her be the best she can be.' Thanks so much.'
HM, Troon 14/07/2018


'Thanks Maya for an interesting session and your help in how to look at things from Coco's perspective. Lots to look at and work on to help Coco beginning today.' CG, Kilmarnock, 11/11/2018                                             


'I would have to say that the session was very relaxed and friendly and things were explained in plain and simple terms. Maya takes note of Clara's personality and behaviour and her home environment and observing how she is outside before recommending a programme of help for Clara, I like that every dog is treated as an individual which they are and the sessions are not rushed Maya will answer all your questions and demonstrate how to do things with your dog if you are not sure. This type of individual work is training at it's best and it is clear to see that Maya loves dogs and the dogs love her too. Thank you very much.'  MW, Kilmarnock, 14/11/2018


"I wasn't too sure what to expect from this type of training but I was pleasantly surprised! Sandy loved it! He responded almost at once to the clicker training and before the end of the session I was using it myself to have him sit attentively rather than jumping up. So many ways to train using the clicker but in addition I learned how to appreciate the way a dog thinks, how he learns and how a 'meeting of the minds' is crucial to the learning process. 

I also like the fact that Maya encourages clients to take advantage of the after care aspect of the work which  is offered  at no additional charge so that I can call or email if I get stuck without feeling I am being a nuisance. Sandy and I thank you very much Maya! AM, Kilmarnock, 16/11/2018

'Maya said some things we were already thinking about and validation gives confidence in moving forward with behavioural work for Poppy. We have a lot of 'homeowork' and look forward to working towards session two.'  G&NR, Troon 08/08/18


''Millie is learning in a way that she can relate to now which is great so I can see true progress without stressing her out. I never wanted her to learn at the expense of her mental health or her nerves so this type of positive and very kind training is absolutely ideal - and it works too! Many thanks Maya!'  SL, Cumbria 14/01/2014

   GSD Safira (with brother Diesel (Rottie)

'Safira has been  shy and nervous since a pup and I am excited and delighted to have help for her now. Thank you Maya.' KK,Kilbirnie, 03/08/2018


'Meryl is a lovely girl but she can be a handful. So glad  to know there is help and support out there for dogs and their families too. Thanks so much.' RP, Ayr 04/10/2018


'So glad we got  Maya for behavioural work for Duke  as he is such a soft and gentle man and he is responding very well to what we are asking him to do. The flavour of the training is easy to follow yet cleverly constructed so that it is not just that we do it but that we understand why we do it and more importantly that it is helping the dog." NG, Newton Mearns,  28/10/2018


'The work is exactly as I thought it would be. Molly is keen to learn and I do like the idea of not only helping her with anxiety but also reinforcing the bond we already have through behavioural training.' DB, Ayr 05/12/2018