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Utilising the most modern techniques to train your dog

I am here to help you and your dog get the most out of your relationship; to enable you to have a happy and fulfilling life together, based on trust, communication and compassion.

I am a member of the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers, (IMDT) and hold an Open College Network accredited canine behaviour qualification with them too. I have a real passion for helping humans understand their dogs needs and behaviour. I have studied extensively with the IMDT, along with other leading canine education centres like the School of Canine Science and Tromplo.

I am also a Bronze UK Sniffers Instructor, and offer Scent detection, Puppy Classes and other workshops with Kate Harper Dog Training.

I am part of Steve Mann's (Easy Peasy Puppy Squeezy!) Behaviour Mentorship Programme for 2021 and have completed a wide range of training on canine aggression and rehabilitation, impulse control, canine cognitive dysfunction, canine neurology, breed and predatory motor patterns and puppy training and development. 

I have always loved dogs, so much so that I ran the London Marathon for the Dogs Trust in 2009. I am owned by Kiya, my rescue Staffie cross.

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Group classes for Puppies,Intermediate, Loose Lead, UK Sniffers workshops, Recall, Agility & Mantrailling can be booked via Kate Harper Dog Training here.


Behavioural issues can be challenging and difficult to understand; often causing confusion and stress for all parties.

I provide dedicated, ongoing support, covering a range of issues, including; 

- aggression

- anxiety

- reactivity

- barking

- guarding

- phobias

- separation issues

Support will be provided over a longer term including bespoke training plans, detailed resources and with follow up on Zoom and/or WhatsApp to ensure you are fully supported throughout the process.

I will liaise with your vet where necessary and give you the tools to understand what you are doing but also, crucially, why we are doing it.



By harnessing your dogs natural skills and desires to get the outcomes you both want; training will be based on building your relationship with your dog so you can understand each other and work as a team.

I will cover things such as; 

- lead walking

- recall

- settling

- play

- basic scent work

- tricks

- life skills (grooming, vet visits etc.)


You're getting a puppy? How exciting! 

I will help you get ready even before pup arrives, through those first night nerves, toilet training, feeding, sleep, and the dreaded puppy nipping!

I will provide you with a strong foundation for how to approach socialisation and exposure, which is absolutely crucial in setting you and pup up for a happy fulfilling life together. 



Working in partnership with Kate Harper Dog Training, we provide a range of classes from Puppy, Foundation to Agility.

We also provide one-off workshops on skills such as lead walking and recall. I am also a certified UK Sniffer Dogs scent detection bronze instructor, and both Kate and I will be undertaking classes and workshops bringing scent detection to as many pet dogs as we can!

Please visit Kate's website for more information.

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Reviews from Happy Dog Owners

"James was super friendly and knowledgeable.  He had specific knowledge about different dog breeds and explained the why as well as the how.  He also followed up with detailed notes on everything covered."

Tom Pallot

"James was knowledgeable, extremely likeable and our 11 week old puppy fell a little bit in love with him.  He was not pushy and left it entirely up to us whether we wanted a one off session or more and we felt no obligation to book more, although we were so confident in James’ ability that we had no hesitation booking a course of 3 sessions."

Katy Beatton

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