Private Dog Training Sessions

Initial session via Zoom and follow on sessions in person

In Person 1-2-1 DOG TRAINING

The blended learning training option is ideal if you require a more in person approach. 

Check out the featured testimonials further down the page, to see just how beneficial clients have found their training courses.

6-WEEK COURSES

Initial session via Zoom

Five in-person sessions

The six week courses offer a comprehensive course to give you all of the skills and knowledge to set yourself and your dog up for a happy and fun life together. 

Session one is via Zoom, as this is the session where we would previously sit and cover most of the theory side of things.  We look at:

  • Setting yourself and your dog up to succeed
  • Exercise, play, rest, and arousal levels
  • Play biting
  • Toilet training
  • Preventing separation anxiety
  • Socialisation, habituation, and confidence building
  • Your health and household activities
  • Choosing the right equipment
  • Nutrition and health
  • Practicing calm and reinforcing good choices
  • Being aware of not reinforcing "naughty" patterns
  • Reinforcement and clicker training (clicker training is optional)
  • Positions - sit, down, stand
  • Self control around food
  • Settle on a mat

Session two is in your garden and we look at:

  • Self control - leaving an item 
  • Loose lead walking (the foundations)
  • Recall games and whistle training
  • Collar
  • Checking in
  • Release word
  • Go to a place

Session three is also in your garden and we look at:

  • Greeting behaviour
  • Stay
  • Wait - doors/gates/cars
  • Self control - food bowl and toys
  • Progressing previous skills

Session four is outside of your home and in your local area, with us covering:

  • Loose lead walking - the next step
  • Processing the world around him/her
  • Distractions
  • Reinforcing good choices
  • Reinforcement type, delivery, and timing
  • Previous skills
  • Possibly some "puppy parkour" or a trick, depending on the puppy.

Session five is usually in a local park and we work on:

  • Calmness 
  • Greeting other dogs and people, and getting permission to do so.
  • Recall
  • Scent games
  • Puppy Parkour
  • Previous skills

Our final session, session six, is usually in a local park and we conclude our training by working on: 

  • Anything that you feel needs extra work
  • Ensuring that you are confident with how to progress skills going forward
  • APDT Good Companion Puppy Award

Although there is a plan to each session, sometimes skills are covered in different weeks, as they come up, or we can add or remove things on a case to case basis. 

You get a lot more content, personal to you, when training on a one to one basis, compared to when attending a group class situation.

Clients are also given access to a Google drive file with a lot of useful resources and are given a welcome pack with some treats, a toy, and a clicker to get you started.

We are able to work towards the APDT Good Companion Puppy Award, and you get a certificate upon passing.

ALL FOR ONLY £335

Special new rescue dog price - £265

Proof of rehoming from the rescue charity/organisation will be required for the new rescue dog course discount.

A 4 week (5 hour) puppy course is also available for £225

There is an option to have sessions 2 and 3 via Zoom if you do not have a garden. 

Please be aware that if local restrictions are put into force, meaning that in person training is not possible, or either side has to self isolate, then clients will be given the option of either having Zoom training sessions, or postponing until we can train in person again.

Mileage may be added depending on your location - please check before booking. 

4-WEEK MASTERCLASSES

Total Recall Masterclass

Lovely Leadwork Masterclass

Recall and loose lead walking are two of the main challenges that dog owners struggle most with, yet they are two of the most important skills to master, if we are to enjoy our time together.

I can personally say, with my current two dogs, my attitude was very much "if they can settle, come back when called, and don't pull me when on their lead, I don't really care about the rest!"

These four session master classes are designed to give you plenty of skills in your dog training "toolbox" to work towards your dog REALLY wanting to come back to you, and really enjoy working on a loose lead.

Session 1: Approximately an hour and a half Zoom consultation

Session 2: An hour in your garden

Session 3: An hour in a secure paddock (client to book)

Session 4: An hour out in "real life."

All for only £200

These sessions have planned activities however the exact content may vary on a case to case basis to best meet the needs of you and your dog.

Although the course is 4 sessions in length, these do not need to be taken on a weekly basis.  If you would like more time to practice in between sessions then you may opt to have them once a fortnight.

A 4 week puppy course is also available and has a longer initial session.  This, therefore is £225.

PAY AS YOU GO TRAINING

Pay as you go training is available for clients who just wish to have assistance with one issue, or would just like to dip into help on an as and when basis.  This is usually the option taken once clients have completed a six week course, however, it is occasionally chosen from the start.

Initial session: 2 hours via Zoom with access to a resource folder and is £90

Follow up sessions: 1 hour in person (outside) and they are £50 per session or 3 for £135

Six week courses are also available for:

Tailor made Beginner Courses

and

Owner Trained Assistance Dog Foundation Course

Featured TESTIMONIALs

Luna and I embarked on our puppy course with Helen when Luna was 12 weeks.

I had previously intended taking her to a group puppy class but I thought that a more bespoke approach might be best as Luna was already well socialised and there wasn't one available over the summer locally.

I wasn't disappointed. It was well worth the investment as the advice has been invaluable.

I had owned dogs previously but not for some years, so this was an excellent way of updating myself on the latest approaches to training as well as to information about feeding, toys and loads of other things.

Helen was a very good teacher and Luna adored her. I'd definitely recommend the puppy course.

Thank you Helen :-)

~ Helen & Luna, Perfect Puppy Course Client

I was really pleased with the course.

The most useful thing for me was the idea of teaching her to ignore other dogs before socialising. It’s something I hadn’t really heard about and as a new dog owner had naively thought the more socialisation the better but I think it has made her generally so much calmer around other dogs.

She was off lead in the field behind the swallows earlier today and there were lots of other dogs there but she didn’t run to them at all but is happy to be around other dogs when with friends who have their own dogs. 

~ Lizzie and Rosie, Perfect Puppy Course Client

We had a set of puppy training sessions with Helen and started to get the benefits immediately.

We were taught how to get the best results from our new puppy and these sessions have set us up for success.

We found they gave us an insight into how to get positive results from our dog and how to best train for the behaviours we want to continue.

It was clear that Helen knew her stuff and was happy to share her knowledge and insights.

~ Alistair and Rupert, Perfect Puppy Course Client

Helen provided me with valuable help and advice to move forward with training my 18 month old Tibetan terrier, she had a great rapport with Bertie and I wish I had sought her help when he was younger.

~Elizabeth and Bertie, 4 Week Masterclass Client

We love Helen! Totally on it when it comes to owner training! Couldn’t recommend her highly enough! Monty loves the sweetie lady too!!

~ Tania & Monty, Perfect Puppy Course Client

Helen has been excellent, and I have received lots of compliments on Shadow's behaviour when we are out together. In fact, we have been asked quite a bit for our trainer's details which we have passed on. 

We started training with Helen in September and have already seen amazing progress with Shadow. The training methodology centres around positive reinforcements and is fun for both owner and dog.

Oppose to other training schools we have been to, Helen respects the learning style of the dog and their individual personalities.

  ~ Hannah and Shadow, Fantastic Fido Owner Trained Assistance Dog Client


Teddy and I have taken advantage of Helen’s puppy training course. We can highly recommend her as a trainer. I had been a dog owner previously but it was a long time ago so decided to participate in a one to one course. 

Helen adjusts her training to suit your dog’s character and advises you on how to continue the training. She works with you at home and at a local park.

If you are prepared to practise what she preaches, you’ll have a well behaved puppy.

~ Jane and Teddy, Perfect Puppy Course Client

MY Canine EXPERIENCE

  • BSc (Hons) Canine Behaviour Management (Top Up)
  • FdSc Canine Behaviour and Training
  • HND Animal Care
  • Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS)
  • APDT UK Member 01074 (Since May 2009)
  • ABTC Registered Animal Training Instructor
  • Pet Professional Guild British Isles, Registered Dog Professional

Professional dog training for over 15 years, behavioural training for over 10 years, and personal dog training for 25 years.

I have worked as Behaviourist within rescue, Assistant Dog Welfare Manager within rescue, as well as working in several other roles such as Canine Carer at the Guide Dog National Breeding Centre and Volunteer Assistance Dog Trainer, for Dog AID, for 7 years. 

I have also lectured various animal care subjects at FE level.

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