Customer Feedback

“I am a firm believer in taking dogs to training classes, but not all classes are equal! Jan’s classes have brought so much fun into my dog’s life. He loves being with other dogs, and this loveable but quite naughty and independent terrier has learned a lot of self control since joining Jan’s classes. All good classes using modern methods will teach dogs to listen to their owner in spite of all the distractions going on; and will teach manners so that a dog is more under control, and can be more fun as part of a family, which usually means they get to do more as part of a family! Jan’s depth of understanding of each individual dog, and her ability to work with the owner and the dog with kind modern methods is exceptional.

She breaks down an exercise into simple steps, which reveal the understanding of the psychology behind it, and how and why the exercise teaches a lesson to the dog (and often the owner). Jan is an awesome trainer, one of the best ever! (And I have worked with dogs and had my own dogs for over 30 years and been to a huge number of different classes over the years!) She is kind and patient with all the dogs, and owners who are new to dog training, and those who are not so new to dog training! My current dog is quite a handful, and was 5 years old when we started going to Jan’s classes. He (and I) have hugely benefited, and we have both had lots of fun and are learning a lot. I have recommended Jan to a lot of owners since joining her classes. I did not go to Jan’s puppy classes, but joined a class for older dogs. Seeing the results of the dogs and owners who have started in the puppy classes, I would have no hesitation in recommending Jan to all dog owners.

AS and Spud

“I took Storm to Jan at Dogkind when she was first allowed to mix with other dogs and the training has been brilliant. She has completed her Bronze and Silver Kennel Club Good Citizen Exams. Storm is now just over two and we have not missed a class (other than lockdown!!) and it has paid off as she is so well trained and still loves going and learning new and fun stuff. We are going for Gold now! Totally recommend. Debbie

We started taking Obi to The Good Manners Class with Jan at Dogkind as a puppy and he learnt the basics really quickly. Unfortunately Obi had an operation and had to miss months of training, so when we went back Jan was brilliant and got us back on track as Obi was in need of recall and loose lead walking re-training. We continue to go as on going training is essential for him as he is so big, and I am going to undertake a few one-to-one classes as well to progress further. I would highly recommend the classes. Duane

Debbie and Duane L with Storm and Obi

“We used Jan 1:1 over a few months with our rescued cocker spaniel puppy. We have had Marlow since he was 20 weeks and he’s always been a handful! He was very nervous and needed to learn some self-control! We also live in the forest with plenty of distractions so we knew we had a lot of work to do! Jan is a very professional, patient and knowledgeable trainer. We are so glad we met her and the 1:1 training has certainly paid off. Marlow is still as hectic as ever but he now has great recall, loves putting his harness on and has learnt self control (although the training never ends – with plenty of treats!). We can’t thank Jan enough for her determination and we definitely couldn’t have got through Marlow’s first few months without her support.”

Darren & Nicola with Marlo

“We were thrilled that Jan came to the rescue with our gorgeous playful pup during lockdown. It was particularly useful to spend time, one to one, on familiar territory to us and Darcey. We started in our garden then progressed to the nearby recreation ground, where Darcy has her morning walks. Jan covered the basics, such as walking to heal, leave, stay, which Darcey picked up with relative ease. What was most helpful was that we were also able to focus upon our particular needs and puppy problems.”

Rachel Wright with Darcey

“Over the past few years I have taken three Irish setters through Jan’s classes: puppy, good manners, recall, and Good Citizen Award classes. All three dogs absolutely loved the training and all three have become very well-behaved dogs and a pleasure to own. The classes are fun for both the dogs and the owners and Jan is always happy to give valuable advice on a one-to-one basis. I would highly recommend Dogkind Training School to any dog owner.

Chris L with Finn

“I have been attending Jan’s dog training classes on and off over the past 17 years. I find them a joy to attend, full of helpful advice and clear instruction on how to get the best out of my dog. Thank you Jan and team for all your hard work and always making it a delight.”

Christine Plummer with Ginny

“Jan’s classes are packed with great activities to teach both dogs and humans. She really knows her stuff and is a great teacher.

Jan’s classes cover a comprehensive range of skills that every dog and their humans should know. The lessons are both fun and thorough and the homework sheets are informative and very useful.

The assistants who work with Jan are great and their support means that everyone gets individual attention, advice and encouragement.

Jan is a fount of wisdom and knowledge about dogs. She treats each dog as an individual, responding to their temperament and character, and offers invaluable advice.

Helen Corvus with Bella

“In September 2019 I started puppy classes with Jan for my 9 week old poodle x Jack Russel. Sidney is a very busy and very bright dog – I knew she would thrive with Jan who always comes up with ideas to keep dogs brains working! Unfortunately Sidney’s training journey has not been straightforward due to her being very poorly at 17 weeks then halting again with lock down. Even when we couldn’t get to classes Jan has always been on the end of an email to help and support with Sids training. I can’t recommend Jan’s classes and Jan as a trainer highly enough – she looks at each dog in her classes as complete individuals and finds ways of adapting training To suit and meet the needs of each dog. Sidney is the second dog I have been Lucky enough to bring to classes with Jan, the first was my Lakeland terrier when I was just 11 years old! Two very different dogs who have both thrived with Jans help.

Alice Rowe with Sydney

“We would highly recommend Dogkind…our dog loved it too! Jan has high standards and expectations of all. Her passion, wealth of knowledge, experience and understanding of dogs is clear to see. She quickly and almost intuitively sums up the needs and characteristics of each dog, (and also owner!), giving clear explanations for her advice as to how to ‘learn better’. In the earlier classes, we found the notes and ‘homework’ really helpful. Yes, homework is a must, excuses such as the dog ate it will not go down well! Classes are small, and Jan’s experienced, patient and supportive team mean that individuals can get help at their own pace. HTM classes have offered further enrichment and bond building where lovely people, fun, kindness, treats (excellent cakes!) and a lot of patience ensure everyone makes progress. Each session incorporates a dedicated amount of time for individual training, as well as group skills activities….different each session. One can also witness some amazing work between dogs and handlers at these classes ….top class and aspirational!

Janet Everett and Clive Everett with Kia

“I found Jan locally when looking for puppy training, at the time classes were not possible so the option of one to one training has worked. Jan has helped me to understand my pup better, she asks me what I want to work on that week. You get far more attention working one to one than being in a class, worth paying for that. Jan is very easy to talk to and will advise and help as required. Happy to recommend.

Caroline Howden with Balu

For more information, please contact Jan Debnam on 01425 638515 or

For more information, please contact Jan Debnam on 01425 638515 or

COVID 19 Update

All classes will be run in accordance with Government Guidelines on social distancing. Detailed operating procedures are in place to keep everyone safe.

COVID 19 Update

All classes will be run in accordance with Government Guidelines on social distancing. Detailed operating procedures are in place to keep everyone safe.