About Us

 

Alistair 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.

 

Alistair has studied extensively with and is a fully accredited member of the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers (IMDT). He holds certificates in Advanced (Human) First Aid and Canine First Aid, and has also attended a wide range of workshops, seminars and courses on topics that include Stimulus Control, Canine Body Language, Scentwork, Abnormal Repetitive Behaviours, Reactive Dogs and Mantrailing (not as dodgy as it sounds!) - all as part of a rigorous programme of continuing professional development that ensures he stays up to date with the latest research and training techniques.

 

He first came to really expand his training knowledge through the fast and exciting sport of flyball and in 2014 he helped found Black Adders Flyball Team. In 2016, he was asked to join the BFA Committee - the body that governs the British Flyball Association and its thousands of members, and in 2017 he was asked to be part of the judging team for the flyball at Crufts. He's currently still the webmaster for the BFA.

 

Before becoming a professional dog trainer, Alistair worked for seven years as an event coordinator, delivering training and team building events throughout the UK, Europe, and the Middle East. The knowledge and experience he gained of how to communicate with people, helps him to deliver fun, clear and easy to follow training sessions.

 

Away from work, Alistair lives with his wife Emily, their son Reuben and their three Border Collies, Toby, Leo and CJ. They (unsurprisingly) enjoy doing active things with their dogs including Flyball and Cani-X.

Head Trainer
Alistair Kirk
 
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