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Modern Dog Trainer
About Me

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I'm Jess, a Kent based pet dog trainer who specialises in using ethical, science based training methods. My mission is to help dogs and their humans to build unbreakable bonds, by teaching fun and effective training techniques. My training is designed to aid you in developing your dogs behaviour at home, in company and out in the big wide world. I believe that we can live side by side with our animals and understand each other, the same way we do with our families. It is up to us to teach them and enable them to have a good life, after all, they don't get to choose how they live.


I am an assessed and qualified member of the IMDT (Institute of Modern Dog Trainers - ) and hold an OCN Level 3 Certificate in The Principles of Dog Training and Behaviour. IMDT trainers are to adhere to a strict Code of Ethics and only use proven by science  dog training techniques. 

The IMDT is a signatory to the UK Dog Behaviour & Training Charter.  The Charter provides assurances to both members of the public and other professional bodies that the dog trainer they employ has been checked, supported and monitored by a reputable accrediting member organisation.  


To find out more about the Charter, please click on this link:


As an Assessed and Qualified Member of The Institute of Modern Dog Trainers, I am proud to display the UK Dog Behaviour & Training Charter symbol.

In addition, I have continued my professional development by attending additional courses and hold certificates in:

  • Dog Trainers working safely through Covid19

  • Pet First Aid

  • Dog Reactivity

  • Practical Instructor

  • Separation Anxiety

  • Resource Guarding

  • Puppy Foundations

  • Canine Principles

  • Canine Body Language

  • Children and Dogs

  • Adolescent dogs

  • Learning theory

  • Impulse Control,


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Jess helped us out with our rescue dog, we had other trainers that really didn't listen to our concerns. Jess was amazing listened to all of the behaviours we needed to change with our dog and help resolve so many problems we were having. It was a pleasure to work with her and you can tell she knows her stuff and is so in tune with dogs. I would highly recommend Jess.

Jess has transformed our puppy when no-one else could. Her endless patience and encouragement has made the world of difference to the puppy that was afraid of everything. Our dogs look forward to seeing Jess and she has advised us on every aspect of helping our dog from games and treats to harnesses and leads with only positive reinforcement. We are left with simple techniques to practice and Jess has taught me how to read my dogs. We are so grateful and cannot recommend Jess and Waggology enough

Absolutely fantastic. We have really moved forward with Willow's training. Jess is extremely knowledgeable and puts the information across very clearly. Would highly recommend.

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Can I turn up to class without booking?


Unfortunately not. Each class has a set limit of participants to ensure that the numbers are manageable and that each client gets quality coaching. The classes are progressive courses, therefore starting at week 1 through to 6 means everyone progresses together and not joining half way through. 


Can my family come and learn to?

Yes! It's likely that your dog will be looked after by more than one person so it's important that everyone is consistent with how you are raising your dog. To help the dog success, it's best that one person handles the dog at a time, and that distractions are kept to a minimum.

What do I need to bring to my class?

1) Your dog should be wearing a standard collar, clip or buckle type and/or a well-fitting harness with a standard lead (usually around 1½m long)  NOT a check chain, ½ check chain, slip lead, Halti or flexi lead

2) Poo bags (always essential.)

3) Your dog’s blanket or equivalent that they can settle on (if they have one)

4) Lots of food treats. Manufactured dog food and treats will usually not manage to get your dog’s attention in a class situation. Real food such as meats, sausage, etc. usually will. 

5) An interactive toy, e.g. a tugger. (Not a toy that has a squeaker in it because other dogs in the class will respond to your toy.)

6) A stuffed Kong or other long lasting treat.

7) The dog!

How many dogs will be in a class?

Most classes will be up to 8 dogs/ handlers but for reactive class is a maximum of 4 dogs with barriers.

What is the training field like?

The field is a 2 acre paddock with secure fencing all the way around. There are plenty of sensory experiences around the paddock. Parking is on the left of the gate down one end of the field. Please be mindful of any off lead dogs before you open the gate.

What shall I do if my dog is nervous?

Speak to Jess and make sure you are booking your dog into the right class. 

What happens if I miss a class?

Just let Jess know that you're unable to make a class and we'll help you catch up on the next session! Unfortunately, we aren't able to offer refunds for missed sessions.

Dog tags and microchips

The Control of Dogs Order 1992 states that ‘any dog in a public place should wear the name and address of the owner either inscribed on the collar or a name plate or disc attached to it’. With effect from 6th April 2016, it is a legal requirement in England, Scotland and Wales for dogs to be microchipped, therefore all dogs attending must be microchipped.

Is my dog to old to learn new tricks?

In a word - NO! We have to allow time for new habits to replace old ones but it's never too late to start. If a dog is elderly, has health conditions or mobility issues then it will be better to speak to a vet before undertaking any training, as pain and discomfort will impact the dogs learning capabilities. 

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