South Wales Dog Training Academy is all about positive, reward based training.
Here at SWDTA we are unique in that we use the best trainers from all over South Wales to maintain excellent levels of service and because we recognise that as professional trainers we all have different areas of expertise. We want to bring you the best we have to offer.
All of our professional trainers are fully qualified and regulated by either the UK Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers (IMDT), , the Pet Professionals Guild (PPG) or a combination of all of them. The APDT is part of the Animal Behaviour and Training Council (ABTC) which is the regulatory body that represents animal trainers and animal behaviour therapists to both the public and to legislative bodies.
It sets and maintains the standards of knowledge and practical skills needed to be an animal trainer, training instructor or animal behaviour therapist, and it maintains national registers of appropriately qualified a
nimal trainers and animal behaviourists. It promotes the welfare of animals in their interactions with humans, lobbying for humane methods in training and behaviour modification, and for the education of the animal owning public.
This means that the training carried out here at SWDTA is regulated and must be humane to the dog, unlike a lot of other local training clubs/organisations who choose not to be regulated and sadly often choose not to use the kindest methods. All use of harsh equipment and harsh methods are banned so you know that your dog is in safe hands. You can be sure that we will do all we can to ensure your bond and relationship with your dog remains as strong as possible to ensure the best training results.
Click the logo to find out more about our accreditation organisations and see the information below to see who is a member of which organisation.
SWDTA was formed by Saskia Ellis. Dogs are, and always have been her passion. She has had careers with police dogs in the Ministry of Defence, rescue dogs in the Dogs Trust and assistance dogs. She has always owned dogs and has trained with local agility clubs since the age of 10. She started running classes in 2007 after leaving the Dogs Trust to have her first child of which she now has three.
She has also worked within the fields of grooming, commercial dog walking and pet sitting over the years but training remains her passion and area of expertise. She is a member of the UK Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT Membership no. 01224) and the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers (IMDT). Saskia is also a trainer for Dog AID who are one of the main UK assistance dog charities. She currently has 3 dogs: Hugo a 5 year old Lurcher, Molly a 12 year old Labrador collie cross and Nancy who is a baby Beagle. Her specialities include recall training, task training, clicker training and behavioural issues particularly dog to dog agression. She is based in Bridgend and covers a 15 mile radius of the town.
Julie is our Head Trainer and Puppy Playschool instructor. She is a member of the IMDT and the PPG, she has an OCN level 3 accredited qualification in Principles of Dog Training and Behaviour, a Diploma in Dog Training with the Open College and accredited certificates in Understanding the Behaviour of the Domestic Dog and Canine Health Studies. She lives in the Bridgend area with her partner and two dogs Sashi and Dipstick.
Having spent her earlier employment days in the equine industry, she decided to explore dog training and behaviour in depth, this desire was increased by having a rescue dog with many behavioral problems. She has shadowed many dog trainers, observing dogs in group, taken part in dog agility, scentwork, training classes and attended courses presented by experts in dog training and behaviour.
Courses attended include: IMDT Steve Mann, Canine Aggression and Rehabilitation, Perfect Puppy Foundations. IMDT Nando Brown, Happy Tricks, Loose Leaders and Injecting Fun Into Classes.
Chirag Patel, Expanding the Force Free Trainers Toolkit and Managing and Modifying Aggression.
Ian Dunbar, Workshop for Reactive Dogs.
Sarah Fisher, TTouch weekend workshop.