South Wales Dog Training Academy is all about positive, force free, ethical, reward based training which is fun and builds great relationships between dogs and their guardians.
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.
Our professional trainers are fully qualified and regulated by either the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) Institute of Modern Dog Trainers (IMDT) or both.
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.
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South Wales Dog Training Academy is run by Julie Williams. She is a member of the APDT, IMDT an owner member of the PPG (Pet Professional Guild), registered with ABTC, 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, Canine Health Studies and Canine Principles Rescue Dog Awareness. She lives in the Bridgend area with her partner and three dogs Sashi, Dipstick and Bear.
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 behavioural problems. She has shadowed many dog trainers, observing dogs in group, taken part in dog agility, scentwork, hoopers, training classes and attended courses presented by experts in dog training and behaviour.
She currently teaches Educational Puppy Parties at local Veterinary Practices.
Courses and Workshops attended;
IMDT Canine Aggression and Rehabilitation – Steve Mann
Perfect Puppy Foundations – Steve Mann
2 Day ‘Career as a Dog Trainer’ – Steve Mann
4 Day ‘Practical Instructor’ – Steve Mann
Happy Tricks – Nando Brown
Loose Leaders and Injecting Fun Into Classes – Nando Brown
Expanding the Force Free Trainers Toolkit and Managing and Modifying Aggression – Chirag Patel
Workshop for Reactive Dogs – Dr Ian Dunbar
TTouch weekend workshop – Sarah Fisher
Interactive Play, Drive and Motivation – Craig Ogilvie
B.A.T. Teamwork Seminar – Grisha Stewart
Teach Your Dog Anything – Dean Nicholas (Canine School of Science)
Canine First Aid – ProTrainings.eu
No Pain, More Gain – Rachel Hayball, Tom Candy and Millie Robinson
What’s Up Dog (Reactivity) – Dr Amber Batson
Reactive Rovers – Pauline Jackson
Fear Free Vet Practices – Linda Ryan
Dog Behaviour and Welfare – Battersea Academy
Dog Law Seminar – Trevor Cooper
On Line Courses;
Sirius Academy – Dr Ian Dunbar
Growl Workshop – Dr Ian Dunbar
Learn to Talk Dog – Sarah Whitehead
21 Days of Dog Training – Sarah Whitehead
30 Days of Canine Science – Nando Brown, Jo Rosie Haffenden and Dean Nicholas
Puppy Development, Canine Anxiety and Canine Fear – Canine Principles