Dog Training Northampton

A trained dog is a happy dog and much more fun to own! Come and join one of our dog training courses near Northampton to learn how to train your puppy or adult dog using motivation and reward techniques.

Learn how to get a great relationship with your dog and have fun! Dog and puppy training courses are for 6 weeks, and are held on Tuesday evenings in Blisworth, Northampton. Have you got a particular problem with your dog? Let us help you with a one to one personal training session.

Puppy Training Testimonial:
“Just want to pass on my thanks to Car Free Days Out for the brilliant classes… I am sorry they have ended! They were really good… you guys are brilliant!”
Steph Davies and
Bearded Collie, Lolly.

For more information, call Randy!

Randy Barker & Walkies Dog Training
My first dog was a Border Collie, from a family members’ female dog who had got out and been mated! This was my first challenge and where I started. Lloyd (featured with snowman age 16 years) was an entire male and a strong character. I sought help to train him, fortunately finding a reward based training establishment. Lets say I got the bug and this is how my career with dogs began. My second dog, a Labrador called Pickle, a stud dog for Guide Dogs was again an experience of owning an entire male dog and that came with some challenges too. My current pooch Ripley is a Terrier Cross from the Dogs Trust. Having been a stray, in and out of homes, he is now settled living harmoniously with the rest of the Ark, including Sid (cat) and Hide ‘n’ Seek (hens). Do not be disillusioned this took some time!

From 1991 to the present I have attended numerous dog behaviour courses (approx 22). My career with Guide Dogs for the Blind Association also started in 1991 gaining City & Guilds qualifications in dog breeding, whelping, weaning and puppy care, including kennel welfare and care. I then progressed to becoming a qualified Guide Dog Trainer which I have done for a total of 10 years. This is my current vocation.

For 3 years I was an Instructor for Dogs for the Disabled, where I trained dogs to assist clients with a variety of needs.

For 2 years I ran my own business in canine services.. At Walkies I also provide one-to-one training consultations for owners of dogs with challenging behaviour, rescue dogs or simply the cute puppy that has become too big for its paws!

In my opinion, dog training is no science really and the majority of training is people based to help increase pet owners understanding of their dogs. My aim is to help owners to help their beloved pets, and to prevent those inappropriate and problem behaviours becoming an established problem!

"We had a very good one-to-one session at home that taught us a lot about training Lucy and Charlie, and made great progress in the session with both Lucy and Charlie. The classes were great – they helped Lucy overcome her timidness around other dogs, and taught us a lot about getting our dogs to behave how we want them to. Maria is great – a good teacher and very patient! Also all of the hand-outs at the classes are very good and informative – we all enjoyed them very much!" Sandra Donald
"Having Maria come and work with us and our dog Bella has worked wonders. We rehomed Bella aged 9 months after a very abusive start to life. She was a very nervous dog who would bark and growl at everybody and she was very hyper active all of the time. Taking her for walks was a very stressful job, nothing we tried seemed to work and we even thought of taking her back to the rehoming centre because we felt so out of control. Once we contacted Maria she came into our home and worked along side us and Bella. Bella is now a calm and happy dog who loves to play and have fun without worrying about what is going on around her. We are extremely glad that we found Maria and have had her support through out this process. Thank you!" Catherine, Sarah and Steve