• We loved our classes, the best instructors. (Dan with Roxy)

  • The instructors were so helpful! (Michelle and Scott with Coco)

  • A great team work feeling (Darryl and Kate with Bo)

  • So much fun and enjoyment with other people and dogs (Tony with Flynn)

Smith & Burton

‘Training Dogs for Life’ Testimonial

I have worked with many Dog Trainers and Behavourists over the last 25 years of dog ownership and I believe Jess and the Training Dogs For Life methods and dedication is unequaled.

I first meet Jess at Training Dogs For Life three years ago with my four-month old puppy Smith.  I immediately connected with Jess and her positive training methods and I am continually impressed with how much individual care Jess puts into each dog-owner relationship.  With the addition of my second dog Burton almost two years ago the three of us have completed over nine Training Dogs For Life classes including refresher classes (great for the adolescent years!) and one-on-one sessions and continue to do so.  

Training Dogs For Life is an outstanding and caring dog training service for all levels, dog-stages and ages, and importantly for anyone wanting a well-behaved, balanced dog, that is happy and enjoys pleasing you.

Jess provides a highly engaging and fun learning environment through positive reinforcement methods.  Not only do you learn ‘how’ but ‘why’, from a dog's perspective, so you can better understand its behavior, and get results quickly and easily.  The classes are intimate in size so you get the individual attention you need yet still have the distractions of other dogs for sound ‘away from home’ obedience, increasing both yours and the dogs confidence.  

Jess and the team really get to know you and your dog and help focus you in each session to improving ‘your’ weaknesses, Smith holding his stays or Burton’s recall, within the sessions programme and you really do see the results. Each week there is lots of variety, which is mentally stimulating (for both you and your dog) along with the weekly end of class competitions you really do get to put your training into practice.

For us, Training Dogs For Life has become addictive. I enjoy improving, refining and increasing my skills as a dog-handler and Smith and Burton love learning new things, and getting it right!

I highly recommend Jess and the Training Dogs For Life team for anyone wanting the best in a positive and successful owner-dog partnership, for life.

Sonya (Smith & Burton) Berrigan


Hi Jess,

I just wanted to say how fantastic Amy was!   The hour with her was excellent and we have done really well since!   Thank you so much!

Katie (and Baci)


Hi Jess,

Yesterday was great fun!  Ellie is lovely.  Funny thing - I came to the
class primarily to use it as a vehicle for Murph to feel comfortable in the
building (getting him used to daycare)but what I really got was a renewed
joy doing something fun with my dog.  He can be such hard work and it is
easy to forget to have FUN!!
I can't believe how much he remembered from his short stint at agility 18
months ago!



Hi Jess,

Thanks you so much for the help with Seb. He has reduced his barking heaps, we cant believe it!. We will be highly recommending you to all our freinds




I am very pleased to confirm that we had the services of Jess to assist in the training and basic manners for our wonderful Hungarian Vizula- Vicky ....... Jess quickly understood the issues and most importantly, Jess very expertly determined Vickys personality and temperament .....Vicky is now a lot more obedient and enjoys the new rules and guidelines that ensure greater harmony and co-operation in the home ..... Thank you Jess, for your valued contribution in making Vicky a much more delightful pet.

Kind Regards