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Alistair has been a professional Dog Trainer and Behaviour Practitioner since 2018, and has been training and working with dogs since 2009. He is passionate about promoting the use of non-forceful training methods and the benefits - and effective results - that they offer.

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He has studied extensively with a variety of canine training providers including:

He has attended a wide range of workshops, seminars, webinars and courses, all as part of a rigorous programme of continuing professional development that ensures he stays up to date with the latest research and how we can best apply that research to training techniques.

He also holds certificates in Canine First Aid and Advanced (Human) First Aid, and has Public Liability Insurance.

Our Ethics


Kirk's Canine Academy proudly and exclusively uses kind, empathetic and modern training methods.

Alistair is a firm believer in positive reinforcement-based techniques and stands firmly against using pain, fear, intimidation, or physical manipulation to elicit or modify a dog's behavior during training.

Our Commitment to Ethical Practices:

As members of prestigious organizations such as the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers (IMDT), Pet Professional Guild British Isles (PPGBI), and the Dog Training College, we uphold their high standards and strict codes of ethics. These affiliations drive us to actively promote force-free training methods and firmly reject any approaches or equipment that may cause physical or mental discomfort to dogs.

What this means for you and your dog:

  1. Positive Reinforcement Focus: We believe in reinforcing positive behaviours through encouragement, rewards, and praise, creating a joyful and constructive learning experience for your dog.

  2. Empathy and Understanding: Our empathetic approach enables us to connect with your dog on a deeper level, understanding their needs and building a trusting bond that forms the foundation for effective training.

  3. Experienced and Certified Trainer: Alistair's expertise and commitment to continuing education ensure that you and your furry companion receive top-notch training based on the latest research and techniques.

  4. Force-Free Philosophy: Our dedication to force-free methods guarantees a training journey that is free from coercion, fear, or discomfort, making it enjoyable for both you and your dog.

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