Jim Gillies CDBC


With over 10 years of experience as a Certified Dog Behaviourist in Glasgow, Jim has established himself as a trusted Dog Behaviourist Glasgow residents can depend on. Successfully handling thousands of cases of 1-to-1 behaviour training, Jim employs modern, science-based training methods, always prioritising the well-being of each dog he works with. Fully qualified, accredited, and insured, Jim provides his expert services to clients throughout Glasgow and central Scotland.


Jim Gillies, Dog Behaviourist and Trainer

Jim Gillies CDBC is a highly experienced and qualified dog behaviourist in Glasgow. With over a decade of experience working with dogs and their owners, Jim has earned a reputation as a trusted expert in his field. He is dedicated to promoting positive reinforcement and reward-based training techniques, always prioritising the well-being of the dogs he works with.

Jim is fully qualified and accredited, and he carries comprehensive insurance coverage for your peace of mind. He has helped more than 4000 dogs through one-on-one behaviour training, giving him a wealth of knowledge and experience to draw upon when working with new clients.

If you’re looking for a skilled and compassionate dog behaviourist in Glasgow, look no further than Jim Gillies CDBC. His commitment to using positive, humane training methods and his proven track record of success make him an excellent choice for your dog.

On this site, you can enjoy Jim’s expert knowledge in the blog and podcast section. Jim is fully certified by the IAABC.

Jim specialises in addressing a wide range of behavioural issues, including:

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We can chat for 15-20 minutes so we can get to know your dog, this call is always free so feel free to arrange an appointment.


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Either in-person for West Central Scotland or virtually for anywhere else. We will run through your dog’s history and background and from there, I will construct a training plan designed to reduce or resolve your dog’s issues.



We select the best package and get to work! We will tailor the best package for you and your dog’s needs. If you decide to progress, you will do so with complete transparency and set goals to achieve. We work as a team to address your dogs issues and improve their quality of life.

Words from my Clients

Hear what our clients have to say! We take pride in our personalised and effective approach to dog behaviour modification and training. Here are just a few of the testimonials we’ve received from happy clients:

I really couldn’t recommend Jim enough, from the initial consultation he was great with Poppy and the knowledge he shared with us has been invaluable. Thanks a lot Jim”

Jen Weir

I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Jim to anyone. Archie adored him from our first consultation and it was obvious that Jim had a wonderful rapport with dogs. Even the ones we met on our training walks! Thanks again Jim.”

Catherine Johnston

Articles & Resources

Dog behaviourist articles and commentary from Jim Gillies CDBC

Dog trainer training a dog

Dogs Behaving (Very) Badly – A Review

Television shows like “Dogs Behaving (Very) Badly” have a significant impact on dog owners’ perception of their pets’ behaviour and their approach to addressing problems or unwanted behaviours. As dog trainers on TV are often the primary source of information for the general public, it is crucial that they provide accurate and up-to-date advice on dog training and behaviour management.

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Is Aggression Genetic or Learned?

Aggression in dogs is a complex behaviour influenced by both genetic and environmental factors. While some breeds may have a genetic predisposition to aggression, it can occur in any breed. Factors like socialisation, training, and past experiences impact a dog’s behaviour. Aggression is both genetic and learned, with genes providing the foundation and environmental factors shaping the expression of the behaviour. 

Photo of a diverse group of concerned dog owners gathered around a veterinarian who is pointing to a clear and legible chart detailing the causes

Rage Syndrome in Dogs

Rage Syndrome in dogs is a debated phenomenon involving sudden and unprovoked aggressive behaviour. Its causes may include genetics, neurological abnormalities, hormonal imbalances, and environmental factors. Diagnosing it is challenging, as there’s no specific test, but it often involves medical examinations and behavioural assessments. Treatment may include medication, behaviour modification, and environmental changes


Frequently Asked Questions

Some commonly asked questions about Dog Training 

What is a dog behaviourist?

A dog behaviourist is a qualified professional who specialises in helping dogs with behavioural issues. They work with the dog and guardian to understand the underlying causes of the behaviour and develop a plan to address and modify it.

What kind of issues can a dog behaviourist help with?

A dog behaviourist can help with a variety of issues such as aggression towards other dogs or people, separation anxiety, excessive barking, chewing or digging, leash pulling, and other unwanted, undesirable or problematic behaviours.

How do I know if I need a dog behaviourist?

If your dog is exhibiting any unwanted behaviours or if you are struggling to manage their behaviour, it may be time to consult with a dog behaviourist. They can help you understand why the behaviour is happening and provide you with the tools and techniques to modify the behaviour.

What happens during a dog behaviour consultation?

During a consultation, the dog behaviourist will observe your dog’s behaviour and ask you questions about their history, diet, exercise routine, and other relevant information. Based on this information, they will develop a plan to modify the dog’s behaviour and provide you with guidance on how to implement the plan. It is important to rule out any undiagnosed or unresolved medical issues prior to a behaviour consultation.

Is there a guarantee that my dog's behaviour will change?

Every dog is unique, and the effectiveness of the behaviour modification plan will depend on a variety of factors such as the dog’s history, temperament, and the guardian’s ability to implement the plan. A dog behaviourist will work with you and your dog to modify the behaviour, but it is important to understand that there are no guarantees.

How many sessions will it take to modify my dog's behaviour?

The number of sessions required to modify your dog’s behaviour will depend on the severity of the behaviour, the dog’s temperament, and the owner’s ability to implement the plan. Some behaviours can be modified with just one session, while others may require multiple sessions over several weeks or months.

How much does a dog behaviour consultation cost?

The cost of a dog behaviour consultation can vary depending on the behaviourist, the location, and the type of consultation required. It is best to contact the dog behaviourist to discuss their fees and to determine if their services are right for you and your dog.

Can a dog behaviourist help with all breeds of dogs?

Yes, a dog behaviourist can help with all breeds of dogs. They are trained to understand the unique characteristics of different breeds and how these can influence behaviour.

How do I book a consultation with a dog behaviourist?

To book a consultation with a dog behaviourist, simply enquire now to schedule an appointment. It is important to provide as much information as possible about your dog’s behaviour to ensure that the consultation is as effective as possible.

How long does it take to see results from a dog behaviour consultation?

The length of time it takes to see results from a dog behaviour consultation will depend on the behaviour being modified and the dog’s temperament. Some dogs may show immediate improvement, while others may take several weeks or months to modify their behaviour. It is important to be patient and consistent with the behaviour modification plan to see the best results.