Mindful Living and Our Dogs® Course


In this online ‘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.

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 know how to feel calm and self-confident ourselves.

“You learn to look at your canine companion and yourself in a different way.”



The course is provided in easy-to-digest weekly lessons over 6 weeks – with the option of working through the content at your own pace. We cover everything from the basics of mindfulness – breathing and refraining from judgement – to how you and your dog can better eat, rest, communicate and connect.

The course content includes such topics as:

  • Mindfulness and Our Dogs
  • The Secrets of Good Sleep for the Human End of the Lead
  • Calm Connections for Better Communication
  • The Right Kind of Exercise and Rest for a Calm Dog
  • Eating the Right Foods for Health and Mental Wellbeing
  • Moving Forward Mindfully

“I absolutely loved this course and would recommend it to anyone who works with dogs, owns a dog or is thinking of getting a dog.”

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.

Not sure if you’re ready to sign up? Listen to our Introduction to Mindfulness Webinar to get started.

Caroline Wilkinson

Caroline Wilkinson, The Mindful Dog Trainer, 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.





  1. tracy.brind (verified owner)

    I absolutely loved this course and would recommend it to anyone who works with dogs, owns a dog or is thinking of getting a dog. I joined after watching the 1 hour webinar on the same subject and just knew I needed to know more. The course is clearly delivered by Caroline and Linda who take you step by step along a journey of many ‘a-ha’ moments. You learn to look at your canine companion and yourself in a different way. The 6 week course is fun and doesn’t take a lot of time each week. I learned so much from this course and as a result of using Linda’s breathing techniques managed (as a complete side line) to reduce my blood pressure enough to keep my Doctor happy!!

    • Caroline Wilkinson

      So pleased to hear that you’ve found this course so useful. Absolute bonus that your Doctor is happy too. Lovely to hear that you’ve learned a different way of looking at yourself and your canine companion.

  2. wonder8art (verified owner)

    This course was so useful to me. I can suffer anxiety & from the time my dog was a puppy, he was over friendly and pulled towards other dogs. This made me anxious and even 2 years on, when I did this course, my walks weren’t what I imagined them to be when I became a dog owner. Mindfulness helped me understand how my anxiety was making the situation worse. This course, is so useful and through Caroline & Linda’s gentle teaching, I learned to reassess myself, be calmer and my life journey with him now is totally different and so much more relaxed.

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