There is no greater journey than the one we undertake with dogs who struggle to cope in the modern world. That requires both skill and passion. We’re here to help you on your journey.

Whether you are a trainer or a guardian, you will find materials specifically adapted to your learning needs

"The time, care and effort that Emma puts into her content really shows. My dog and I are really grateful"

- Sue -

Help for your dog

Many dogs struggle in the modern world. Whether you'd describe them as reactive, fearful, frustrated, anxious or aggressive, the materials are adapted specifically for this. It's all we do.

Expert materials

With 10 years of shelter experience and 30 years of teaching experience, Emma brings you the most cutting edge approaches. She is IAABC certified (CSB-D) and is passionate about teaching, training and learning

Courses to meet your needs

Whether you are looking for a short webinar to fill a gap, a specialist course on a particular area, or a longer course for a larger issue, Lighten Up has something for you.

Hi, I'm Emma

Having graduated with an Honours degree in English and Psychology, I spent much of the 1990s herding teenagers. By the early 2000s, I was part of a team leading CPD and improvement agendas for teachers in the North West of England.

When I relocated to France I got the time to connect with a large community in the animal protection world. From 2013, I have been working with dogs both within and beyond shelter settings. In 2020, I was certified by the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants having completed a number of courses to Level 6.

I now work across Europe in a range of environments with a range of learners, both in-person and online. I've been teaching online since 2010 and offering behaviour support since 2016. You can find more about me and my work through Woof Like To Meet, which focuses on rescue and rehomed animals, and Lighten Up Dog Training, which looks specifically at a range of canine behaviours that can be challenging for guardians to live with.