About Us

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History

We run The Family Dog Club in the New Forest. We are a Dog Training and Behaviour Company with over 100 dogs training with us weekly, both in classes and 1-2-1 training. We started out as a Dog Walking and Daycare Company back in 2010 and started on our training journey with the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers (IMDT). As well as studying with the IMDT, we also both completed a mentorship programme with Steve Mann and David Brice giving us lots of experience while learning from the best. As a Dog Trainer, you never stop learning, we attend many different conferences, to keep up to date with all the latest research and science

Dogs are so rewarding but having a new puppy or living with a dog that finds life difficult can also be stressful and exhausting. There is so much conflicting information on Google and Social Media, it can be difficult to know where to start or what to believe. This is where we come in. We adore dogs, but love working with people just as much, seeing how we can improve their lives, sharing our knowledge and experience, helping you to understand your dog and helping them to live happy and enriched lives.

Puppy Training Academy Online

As busy, working parents ourselves, we know how difficult it can be to find the time to commit to regular classes and so the Puppy Training Academy Online was founded to provide a solution. The Puppy Training Academy provides you with a 6 week online training course, with easy to follow video tutorials about everything from puppy's first night, how to teach foundation skills like recall and loose lead, as well as how to address common puppy problems like biting and jumping up. 

All Puppy Training Academy Online members also get access to an exclusive members only Facebook group and the members area forum where you can ask us questions at any time.

Our Qualifications and Experience

Accreditations:

  • Full Members of the IMDT (Institute of Modern Dog Trainers) 

  • Accredited Behaviourist under the IMDTB (Institute of Modern Dog Trainers and Behaviourists).

  • UKCSD Scent Instructor

  • Student member of The International Society of Animal Professionals   

  • Mentor for the Victoria Stilwell Academy of Dog Trainers

  • Full members of the PPG (Pet Professional Guild)

  • Qualified as a Pro Dog Trainer through Absolute Dogs

Qualifications:

  • Open College Network Level III qualification 'Principles of Dog Training and Behaviour’

  • Open College Network Level III qualification 'Learning, Motivation and Reinforcement'

  • Open College Network Level IV Accreditation under the IMDTB, 'Canine Behaviour Modification and Consultancy'

  • Open College Network Level IV Qualification 'Behaviour Consultations and Functions of Behaviour'

  • Currently studying for Open College Network Level V Qualification 'Understanding and Working with Canine Behaviour'

Continual Professional Development:

We have attended more then 50 courses with well respected industry organisations and professionals including IMDT, School of Canine Science, Absolute Dogs, Chirag Patel, Craig Ogilvie, Dr Isla Fishburn and many others. We continually update our knowledge to bring you the most up-to-date and effective methods of training your dogs.

Ethics and Social Responsibility

We are committed to promoting kind, ethical, evidence based, modern methods of working with dogs and with people. We are proud supporters of the UK Dog Behaviour and Training Charter and the Pet Professional Guild.

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