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About the Training

Dog training has moved on from the old fashioned techniques that used punishment based training. They might look like they sort a problem quickly, but often would suppress bad behaviours rather than resolve them and cause a great deal of mental and physical stress for our dogs. We adhere to the IMDT code of ethics and promote modern scienced-based techniques that aim at achieving our goals using the least invasive training method for the dog.

Training takes time and effort and there are no quick fixes, but it also needs to be enjoyable for you and your dog. By understanding how learning takes place and how behaviour is changed we can build a great bond. By training with reward-based techniques you will get a well-trained and very importantly a well-balanced dog. 

There are lots of options for training depending on your needs and the needs of your dog. You can join in a class, or you can train on a 1 to 1 basis. I can do 1 to 1s at my own location or at yours, or at another location such as where a problem behaviour occurs. 

Your Trainers

Carolyn Boyd - Owner and Head Trainer at West Cornwall Dog Training

West Cornwall Dog Training is owned and run by me. I am an Institute of Modern Dog Trainers qualified dog trainer and behaviourist and also a full member of the Pet Professional Guild. After competing with my own dog in agility for many years I moved to Cornwall and started running agility classes in St Just. They went well, but I was increasingly being asked for other sorts of training and to run non-agility classes. Seeing the demand for locally run reward-based dog training classes, I gradually built up knowledge, gained further experience and qualifications and I now run agility and life skills classes, tracking, growly dog classes and one to ones and much more. For more information click here.

Amanda Cain - Agility Trainer

My dog Oodle, who is a Cavapoo, needed something to “do” when she was re-homed at the age of 7 months, her energy was high and was always getting up to mischief. So I found agility with Carolyn at St Just. After her first year of training I decided to register her as an Activity dog with the Kennel Club and enter a local competition and she hasn't looked back. Successes include coming 3rd in the national finals in the UKA steeple chase held at Clevedon near Bristol. My second dog Will-e, a Toy Poodle, completed some lovely agility runs in his first season including some 1st places and I have high hopes of much more success to come. In 2014 I began assisting at classes at West Cornwall Dog Training and my interest in dog training grew. I now run agility classes and have gained IMDT membership.