What is a Secret Garden?

Your secret garden is about creating a safe space where you and your dog can relax, take a stress break and engage all your dog’s senses.

                     Who is the Secret Garden for?

The secret garden is for any dog. It is especially useful for:

  • Dogs that are reactive on their walks and struggle to be around other dogs, people, or cars. 
  •  If you both need a break from your walks to decompress and re-balance.
  • To rehabilitate after an injury or operation.   
  • If you have re-homed a rescue dog.   
  • A dog that has experienced trauma and needs time to learn to feel safe again. 

                     Your Secret Garden is a place to lose yourself where time doesn't matter

Your Secret Garden is a place to lose yourself where time doesn't matter and where your dog can choose to explore, play or just chill beside you, where you can feel that deep connection you share.

Your garden is particular to you and your dog and can be created in small spaces such as balconies, yards, or even inside your home to provide that sensory exploration.

This course will give you a plethora of ideas of how to create your own special sanctuary and information about safe plants and activities.  

Taking the time to unwind, practise self-care and decompress is vital to maintain and support both your physical health and psychological health.

                     Benefits of a Secret Garden

  • A safe, enriching space where you can both relax and hang out together  
  • Dog gets to sniff, forage and enjoy a sensory exploration  
  • Helps to increase your dog's confidence and gives your dog a choice  
  • Help you feel more relaxed because your dog is in a safe environment  
  • You will be able to enjoy the calm connection that your secret garden encourages  
  • Fun activities to enjoy together with your dog 

                     Secret Garden  Course Modules:

Sensory Experiences
Fun Tricks
Garden Activities
Garden Spaces
Small Spaces
ACE Free Work
Secret Garden Stroll
security & safety
Foraging Activities

FREE Bonus - Rethinking Reactivity

To help support you and your dog I have also included this FREE BONUS course for you.

Modules in this course include:

  • Health & Wellbeing
  • How Dog's Learn
  • Understanding Reactivity
  • Observations
  • Reset
  • Building Confidence
  • Essential Skills
  • Grow Your Relationship
  • Advance Your Skills
  • Ready for the Real World

Enroll in course

- Stand-alone, self-paced course

- Instant access to video vault and handouts

- Join private Facebook group

- Lifetime access to course

- Upgrade to include 1-2-1 support at any time

Secret Garden


A safe space where you and your dog can relax, take a stress break and engage all your dog's senses.

Sonia Catherall

  • ACE Associate Tutor 
  • Your End of The Lead Approved Coach   
  • Certified Control Unleashed Instructor   
  • City & Guilds Scentwork Instructor   
  • Certified Family Dog Mediator 
  • Certified Canine Behaviourist
  • IABTC Clicker Trainer & Pet Dog Trainer 
  • Dog Aggression For Professionals With Amber Batson
  • Canine Enrichment Technician
  • Aggression in Dogs Course by Michael Shikashio 
  • International Dog Parkour Association Instructor  
  • Canine Nutrition and Health Accredited Certificate  
  • DMWYD Certified Trick Dog Instructor 
  • Level 6 Canine Behavioural Management with Dogenius Institute

Jules Ballard

  • Michael Shikashio’s Aggression Course 
  • Janet Finlay’s Reframing Reactivity Pro  
  • Certified Separation Anxiety Professional 
  • Certified Family Dog Mediator Advanced 
  • Diploma in Canine Behaviour
  • Diploma in Canine Health and Nutrition Holistic Health for Dogs
  • Janet Finlay’s TTouch Course 
  •  ACE Module 1 and 2 and ACE Adolescence with Sarah Fisher
  • Currently studying Level 6 Canine Behavioural Management and Level 6 Human Canine Interactions with Dogenius Institute
  • General Nurse and Midwife 
  • Certified Birth Trauma Resolution Practitioner 
  • BSc (Hons) in Psychology 1st Class
  • BA (Hons) in History 1st Class 
  • Reflexologist
  • Fitness Instructor