Mindful Living and Our Dogs®

The Canine Gift of Mindfulness

The way we’re feeling really matters to our dogs. They’re always going to soak up our feelings, even when we think we’re not showing them. That means that if we try to solve any problems our dogs may be having, we’ll only be doing half the job if we don’t also attend to our own mind state.

Our Mindful Living and Our Dogs™ Courses and Workshops are bought to you by our Head Trainer and Certified Animal Behaviourist, Caroline Wilkinson, and Clinical Psychologist, Linda Blair. They will teach you how to reduce stresses your dog may be experiencing, while at the same time offering you ways to deal effectively with human stress and the problems it generates, for example, difficulty sleeping and an inability to relax.

We aim to ensure that once you’ve worked with us, you’ll find the atmosphere at home more relaxing and enjoyable, and both you and your dog will be feeling much calmer and happier.


Webinar: An Introduction to the Canine Gift of Mindfulness

In this webinar, our Head Trainer and Certified Animal Behaviourist, Caroline, and Clinical Psychologist, Linda Blair, discuss how you can live more mindfully alongside your canine companion. They teach you how to reduce stresses your dog may be experiencing, while at the same time offering you ways to deal effectively with human stress and the problems it can generate, problems such as anxiety, insomnia, and disordered eating patterns.

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Mindful Living and Our Dogs® 6 Week Course

In this 6 week ‘Mindful Living and Our Dogs®’ Course, our in-house Certified Animal Behaviourist, Caroline Wilkinson, is joined by Clinical Psychologist, Linda Blair, to teach you ways in which you can live more mindfully alongside your canine companion.

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Caroline Wilkinson

Caroline Wilkinson Mindfulness and Dog Training

Caroline Wilkinson is the founder of Barket Place and a Certified Animal Behaviourist and Dog Training Instructor. She has been approved full membership, following assessment, of INTO!Dogs, PPG, and APDT (01212). She is committed to using only the most positive, kind, fair and effective training methods. Caroline has a passion for improving connections between human and hound, with a focus on relationships and reduction of stress for canines living in a human world.

Caroline is a writer for Edition Dog Magazine and regularly travels to present workshops around the UK. She is part of the International School of Canine Psychology and Behaviour Affiliation Programme, increasing cooperation and collaboration between students and teachers within all areas of canine study, for the benefit of all.

Linda Blair

Linda Blair studied psychology at Wellesley College and Harvard University in America, then trained as a clinical psychologist at the Maudsley Hospital (University of London). She’s worked in the NHS, for the Medical Research Council and at the Universities of Cambridge and Bath, and she had a private clinical psychology practice for 35 years.

She now writes a weekly column, ‘Mind Healing’, for The Daily Telegraph. She’s written five self-help books, and has been a regular columnist for the Guardian, The Times, the Daily Mail, and Psychologies magazine. Linda also broadcasts frequently on radio—stations include BBC World Service, Radio 4, Radio 5, and both BBC Wales and Scotland–and she’s often seen on TV (Sky News, ITV, BBC) as an expert on matters psychological. She’s also in demand as a speaker for businesses, schools and other organisations.

Linda lives with her partner and their two beloved dogs in Somerset, and is joined from time to time by one or more of their four (now grown) children.


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