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 science-based techniques that aim at achieving our goals using the least invasive training method for the 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.

West Cornwall Dog Training is owned and run by me, Carolyn Boyd. I am an Institute of Modern Dog Trainers qualified dog trainer and behaviourist and also a full member of the Pet Professional Guild and the Dog Training College. 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. The majority of my work is now problem solving training and behaviour one to ones, workshops such as tracking, as well as supporting other trainers.

My clients recommend me and come back for help throughout their dogs life, or with their new dog, because I am non judgmental and and look to their individual situations. Training should be enjoyable for you and your dog, so it is very important to me to know how YOU are feeling as a client, and ensuring I meet your needs. Very often by changing our behaviour, our dog's behaviour changes.

Training takes time and effort and there are no quick fixes apart from management and engineering the environment for success ... which is sometimes enough. My job is to help you understand your dog better. By understanding how learning takes place and how behaviour is changed you can build a great bond. By training with reward-based techniques you will get a well-trained and very importantly a well-balanced dog.

Find out more about me and my experience and qualifications here.

Are you interested joining our team?

We are always on the lookout for enthusiastic and committed volunteers to help out at classes and workshops. Whether you are looking to be a dog trainer, or just enjoy life with dogs, do get in touch. In the first instance email Carolyn at [email protected] with some information about yourself, any qualifications you have or are working towards, and why you would like to join us - then one of the team will then be in touch as soon as we can.