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My Credentials

  * APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers) – Level 3 Certificate in Dog Training Instruction 2018 Membership Number 01354

  

* Kennel Club- GCDS Examiner 2019- Bronze Level

  

* Absolute Dogs Pro Dog Trainer- Class of 2019

 
* City & Guilds Level 3 Education & Training (PTLLS) 2017


I am a fully insured Dog Trainer with Protectivity Insurance.

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What I Offer

I am able to offer availability for one to one training sessions during evenings and weekends.

Following a training enquiry, I would then suggest we book in a time to complete a Meet & Greet Assessment.

Meet & Greet Assessments are an opportunity for me to learn more about you & your dog, explore the goals we hope to achieve together and set some foundation skills for you to begin working on prior to our first training session.

Meet & Greet Assessment are charged at the rate of £50 and will last for 1-1.5 Hours.

Thereafter all Training Sessions are charged at £50 per hour. All Training Sessions are inidivually tailored to you & your dog's needs, designed around the information gathered at the Meet & Greet session.  


If your training request falls outside of my knowledge and expertise I will happily support you to find a qualified and registered Behaviourist to further assist you.

Get In Touch....

Send Message

If you are interested in working with me to train with your dog, please send a message from the webpage or email me directly to schedule a Meet & Greet Assessment.


Top Barks Training

Gloucestershire GL20 7

topbarkstraining@gmail.com 07939 137823 I charge a small fee of 50p per mile for anything outside of a 10 mile radius of GL20 7SP

More About Me

  My name is Jen, I have been on quite the journey in my working life to get to this stage, and have always had a passion for being in the company of and working with animals in my life. Here's my story...


I first trained as a professional social worker, and gained an incredible wealth of knowledge and experience in this role working with people from all walks of life. When I first looked to make a change in career, I tried to find work that would really embrace my love of people and animals, with a focus on dogs.


My first step  into the dog world was thanks to Cheltenham Animal Shelter, I worked in various roles, continuing to develop and quench my thirst for knowledge, experience and personal growth. Again I managed to combine working with people, as well as the animals in our care. I worked closely with volunteers as their coordinator, as well as the animal care team on site, and visited many places/groups within the local community to offer education and of course the company of a furry friend. It was at the shelter I took on the care for my current rescue dog Jake. He started off as a foster dog whilst he was in recovery, from the sorry state in which he was found as a stray locally, he has taught me so much as we love to train together, adventure together and enjoy attending regular workshops for Canicross, Tracking, Do As I Do  and Agility. Jake has also joined me in many of my employed roles as an office dog, a model dog for media visits, children handling sessions, puppy walks, and even during my time working at a local doggy day care.


I qualified as a Puppy School Tutor, soon after working through the practical work and study this involved, I was incredibly lucky to secure a job at Dogs Trust working as Head Coach in their newly established Dog School. I spent my time managing the West Midlands School, delivering preventative training for puppies, adolescents and adult/rescue dogs. The goal of the training was to educate, enabling owners to gain the very best from their dog. In addition, owners were encouraged to work in partnership with compassion, learning life skills together. The longer term intention was to prevent dogs entering or re-entering rescue care in the future. It was during my time with Dog School that I studied and completed my practical assessment to become an Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) registered member, of which I am incredibly proud.


In 2018, I took the opportunity to begin my work with Dogs for Good as an Instructor, working with assistance dogs for adults and children with physical disabilities. I am incredibly passionate about my job; learning something new and being faced with new challenges  every day whilst working with an incredible variety of people and dogs, all with individual characteristics, learning styles and needs. It puts a smile on my face each morning to know that although I am just a small part of the much bigger picture, I am part of something life changing. 


2020 has seen the beginning of my journey in offering one to one private training sessions outside of my full time work with Dogs for Good. I am excited to support people and their dogs with training needs inside and outside of the home, building relationships and partnerships in their own trainng journey. However I pride myself on offering honest advice and support, recognising my own expertise whilst also being honest about my limitations around complex needs that require qualified behaviourist advice.


For the love of dogs….and their humans.

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