121 Training

 We are proud that we are the largest and most highly qualified team of Dog Trainers and Behaviourists in the area, with all our trainers having already obtained or be working towards a Degree Level Qualification in Animal/Canine Behaviour. Between us we have over 10,000 hours and 20 years of practical experience working with clients and dogs in the field of Dog Behaviour and Training.


 A rehabilitation program can help ANY dog change their reaction in any situation.

To view some of our clients testimonials click here

Your dog may be a quivering wreck who is; fearful of people, dogs, the car, loud noises, or any new situation and would rather curl up into a corner and hide from the world. Other dogs are overtly aggressive to other animals, dogs or people; either out on a walk or when they come in the house. Some are boisterous, lack manners and self-control and are too sociable for their own good. Maybe you struggle with lead reactivity (a dog that barks as other dogs or people when on a lead)?

All of the behaviours above cause problems, which means you are left trying to manage every situation. You are always thinking how to avoid other dogs or people when out walking. This means you become more stressed and in turn your dog's behaviour doesn't improve; it actually gets worse. Thus making the whole process a vicious circle.

Fortunately it doesn't have to be that way for ever.  Just imagine the pleasure you will get not seeing your dog cower away from strangers or not barking and lunging at other dogs when out on their daily walk. 

Oakwood is now the largest Dog Behaviour and Training Business in the Region, with 7 Dog Trainers we can offer services 7 days a week. There is no problem we can't help you with. Our staff have experience with all dog behavioural problems and we can help you work with your dog from where you are now to where you want to be. We are honest, friendly and pride ourselves on giving you excellent training advice and service.

Which means that you can be sure your dog will improve, you will feel happy and comfortable training with us, you will understand all the training we give you to do and you will go away from our sessions motivated and confident in training your dog.

Call us now on 01482 823555, option 1 to begin your dog training journey.

Step 1: Choose your Behaviourist  (See our team and prices below)

Step 2: Book your Initial Behaviour Assessment - Call the centre on 01482 823555  

This is the first step on the road to a happier dog and a happier you. 

What does the Assessment Involve?

The purpose of the initial behaviour assessment is to thoroughly go through the history and behaviour of your dog with a fine tooth comb. Prior to the assessment you will be asked to complete a behaviour questionnaire (link below) about your dog, which will give your instructor a chance to brief themselves and prepare for the assessment.  

You will discuss the entire history of your dog, from the very beginning of what you know to the present date, exactly when the behaviour first appeared and the events surrounding it that may have been an influence. The problem itself will be discussed, exactly what happens and the various occurrences of it. Throughout the assessment your dog will be constantly assessed on the behaviour it is showing in the environment. If the issue is with dogs, various dogs will be brought in to assess the response of your dog. By the end of the assessment, you can expect to understand exactly why your dog is behaving how he/she is. You will learn somemanagement techniques to prevent the problem getting worse and you will be advised what training you need to get your dog on the road to a safe, confident and happy life. 
Your assessment  will be followed with an email containing everything that has been discussed so you don't need to worry about taking in all of the information. The assessment lasts for approx 45minutes and is held at our training centre on Sutton Fields. Please note we dont offer home training sessions. 

Step 3: Complete your Behaviour Questionnaire
Once you have booked an Initial Behaviour Assessment, please complete the Behaviour Questionnaire by clicking on the link. 
The questionnaire is required 48hrs prior to your appointment, this gives the behaviourst time to prepare. If we do not receive this in time you will not be getting the best service from your counsellor as they will not have been able to prepare for your session.

Step 4: 1-2-1 Behaviour Modification Sessions

If your dog is assessed as not immediately suitable for a class environment, you may be matched with a Behaviour Counsellor for 1-2-1 training sessions who will guide you through your training. These are usually in 30 minute appointments; as working on changing a dog's emotions and reactions to certain situations can be much more hard work and tiring for them than learning to 'sit' on command.

All our follow on sessions must be booked in blocks of 4 sessions - your trainer will advise you during the assessment what further training will be required to help you with your dogs issues.

This may involve all or some of the following, on lead or off lead:

  • Desensitisation and habituation the process of your dog becoming less affected by certain situations or beings
  • Counter Conditioning - pairing something your dog finds pleasant (e.g. hotdog sausage!) with what your dog finds scary or threatening
  • Behavioural Adjustment Training - teaching your dog choices, they don't have to bark and lunge, there are other options....
  • Self-Control and Frustration Training - teaching your dog how to resist their urges and to learn to calm down quicker and remain calm
  • Structured Play Sessions - to teach your dog how to play appropriately, learn how to read other dogs body language and respond positively
  • Attention Training - teaching your dog to pay attention and focus on you, and when they lose focus, how to get it back pronto
  • Pack Work - using a group of balanced dogs to influence/change the behaviour of an unbalanced dog.
You will also receive ongoing phone/email support in between training sessions, to keep you on track and offer advice should any unforeseen circumstances or unfortunate events occur.
Prices depend on your Behaviour Counsellor, all sessions last for 30mins unless booked otherwise. All our follow on sessions must be booked in blocks of 4 sessions, we also require full payment at the time of booking. Please make sure you are able to commit to the training before booking an assessment.

 Our Team & Pricing Structure 

 All our behaviourists are qualified or working towards a qualification, as a result they all have different levels of experience. The pricing structure reflects this:-

Gill - Training & Behaviour Director - with over 10 years practical experience and  qualifications to match she can handle any case no matter how complex, she has worked with over 3000 dogs in that time, both with clients and in the rescue. Her success rate is excellent. Gill only carries out a small number of appointments each month as she spends the rest of her time supporting her team of behaviourists with their clients and dogs. Gill is only available via referral from one of Oakwood Trainers. To work with Gill please book an appointment with a trainer below who will carry out the assessment and advise you if your dog is a suitable candidate to work with Gill.

Becky - Head Behaviour Counsellor  - Becky is has been with Oakwood since early 2014 and is our Head Behaviour Counsellor & Training Centre Manager working with behavioural cases from aggression to lead reactivity and everything in between. Becky takes on more complex behaviour cases and 121's. She also teaches agility. You will otherwise find her behind our reception desk welcoming all our clients and making sure everything is running smoothly. Becky is a regular star on Kingston FM, and has an 'Ask the Expert' Slot.

Her assessment price is £40.00 with follow on sessions at £19.50, bookable and payable in blocks of 4 sessions (£78). Becky is an expert with Romanian Dogs and has a wealth of experience working with them. Becky has worked over 5000 professional hours during her time at Oakwood. Becky is now only taking on more challenging cases, to work with becky please call us to discuss your needs. 

George - Senior Behaviour Counsellor - George is a Senior Behaviour Counsellor and Head of Dog Training and is currently taking classes and 121's, along with his own behaviour clients. In his time with Oakwood he has trained almost 4000 hours on a professional basis. You will always find George working practically with clients. George has developed extensive experience in dog training during his time with us and is now one of our most sought after trainers. You may have to wait a few weeks to get an appointment with George. 

Assessments with George are only £35 per session with follow on sessions at only £18 per session, bookable and payable in blocks of 4 sessions (£72).  

Abbie - Senior Behaviour Counsellor - Abbie joined Oakwood in 2015 after graduating with a degree in Applied Animal Behaviour and Training at Bishop Burton College. She is now a Senior Behaviour Counsellor and Head of Day School and is currently taking classes and 121's, along with her own behaviour clients. In her time with Oakwood she has trained over 2000 hours on a professional basis. You will otherwise find her ensuring the smooth running of the Day School. 

Assessments with Abbie are only £35 per session with follow on sessions at only £18 per session, bookable and payable in blocks of 4 sessions (£72).  

Kerry - Behaviour Counsellor - Kerry joined Oakwood in January 2016 and is working towards her Foundation Degree in Canine Behaviour and Training. She has been teaching classes, 121 and working with behaviour clients for over 12 months on a full time basis and as a result has extensive practical experience of working with dogs with behaviour problems. 

Sessions with Kerry are £30 for an assessment and follow on sessions are £17 per session, bookable and payable in blocks of 4 sessions (£68).  

 Josh - Junior Behaviour Counsellor

Josh joined Oakwood in January 2017 after achieving a Degree in Animal Behaviour and Welfare, with a specialism in Animal Training. He has been undergoing extensive training for the last 3 months within the centre under the supervision of our experienced staff and is now ready to start working with his own clients. Josh has extensive practical experience working with and handling dogs of all shapes and sizes as prior to joining Oakwood he was a Professional Dog Walker and Dog Sitter, during this time he also carried our practical dog training with his clients dogs.

From April 2017 Josh will be taking his first assessments on a Wednesday Evening, under the guidance of our more experienced behaviourists. Sessions with Josh are £25 for an assessment and follow on sessions are £15 per session, bookable and payable in blocks of 4 sessions (£60).  

Tilly - Junior Behaviour Counsellor

Tilly joined Oakwood in 2016, she has just completed a Degree in Animal Behaviour and Training. Tilly has been working within our Day School and Rescue Kennels since she started with us and following the successful completion of her Degree is now ready to start working with her own clients. Tilly has been around dogs all of her life and also has vast experience working with horses.

From April 2017 Tilly will be taking her first assessments on a Thursday Evening, under the guidance of our more experienced behaviourists. Sessions with Tilly are £25 for an assessment and follow on sessions are £15 per session, bookable and payable in blocks of 4 sessions (£60).

The sessions and prices above are for sessions held at our training centre. We don't offer home training services.

If you would like to give feedback direct to Gill regarding your training or experience, please follow this link

Terms and conditions - Please read the terms before booking. To book please call us on 01482 823555, option 1.

Behaviour Assessments

Are to be paid in advance of the appointment at the time of booking to secure your appointment time and date (this can be done over the phone). Once booked, appointments cannot be moved or cancelled.

Follow On Sessions

Need to be booked in blocks of 4 sessions and paid for at the time of booking, once booked appointments cannot be moved or cancelled.


Call us on 01482 823555 to book your appointment