Ashdale Dog Training


Over the years we have been very lucky to own several wonderful dogs; each with their own unique character. Have a look at our gallery to see some of the golden oldies, as well as meeting the working team we have at the moment, including our most recent addition.


All of our dogs (past and present) have their own little foibles. The significance of this is that our training method does not diminish your dog in any way; they will still have fun but it will be positive and productive and there will still be things that they can, for want of a better description, 'get away with' as these behaviours are not unravelling any of the work you’ve undertaken but reflect your dog’s true character.


Some of the foibles we've encountered in the past include:

  • Gillian worked in a local bank when we had Clairey (Golden Retriever), the only thing Clairey ever pinched in her life were Gillian's bank keys from her handbag to stash in her bed.
  • Blaze (Working Cocker Spaniel) was a bit of a water baby in his youth and loved nothing more than retrieving the water bowl from the kitchen, even when it was full!

And with our present team:

  • Arran loves to retrieve slippers; but as we are sure you can imagine, it can be a bit of a nuisance when he wants to retrieve them whilst they are on your feet. Arran also loves to watch television.
  • Drummer is a dedicated back seat driver; he is simply fascinated and loves to sit behind the driver, never missing a move.

Every dog will have their own areas of strength, as well as some areas that they perhaps take a little longer to settle into. They are like people, every one different, every one learning in different ways at different paces.


One of the many things we highlight to clients when training a puppy is that you're not in a race. Good training is about doing your best to get things right first time without letting any bad habits bed in, either on your own or your pet's behalf.


If you're coming into training when your dog is a little older, changing the way you do things to try and affect an improved end result is imperative.


What you’ve been doing so far has helped develop the behaviour your dog presents now and if you want your dog to behave differently, you have to do things differently.