Puppy School the UK’s leading puppy training organisation

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About your tutor

Puppy School Gloucester classes are run by Jacki

Jacki CliffordHello and welcome to Puppy School Gloucester

I live in Gloucester with my husband and my beautiful girlie.  I’ve lived in Gloucester all of my life and from very early on showed a love for nature and all animals.  Being born in the 1960’s, times were hard and simple and it was about family and being together.  My nan who was housebound had a Labrador, Candy and I can remember holding her as a puppy and carrying her into my nans house for the very first time.  From then on we were going to be best friends and many a happy hour was whittled away playing with Candy in my nans garden, she was my best mate until 17 years later I carried her away from the house and to the vets for the last time.  Candy had a lasting impact on me.

I joined the wonderful Puppy School 11 years ago when I picked up my current dog as a puppy and wanted to find somewhere that I could go to train her in a positive and kind way.  During our 11 years together, we have tried most dog sports and everything else in-between and it’s been an utterly fabulous experience.

I look forward to welcoming you to one of my classes and watching you experience the wonderfulness of your puppy, building the bond and relationship between you both and consequently reaping the plethora of rewards that will come from this.  Please do get in touch if you are interested in booking a class or have any questions.

Puppy School tutors come from a wide variety of backgrounds. Apart from running our puppy classes, many have thriving careers in rescue shelters and some work as veterinary nurses, dog walkers, dog groomers, dog training professionals or behaviourists. What they all have in common is a passion for training puppies and a keen interest in animal welfare and behaviour.

Our Puppy School tutors and associate tutors must undergo extensive training before teaching Puppy School classes. This includes an application and interview process, six days of comprehensive theory covering a range of topics from animal learning to lesson plans (taught by founder and director, Gwen Bailey, APBC registered behaviourist), as well as three days of supervised practical work and a comprehensive correspondence course.

Tutor puppy and boy

We monitor our Puppy School classes regularly to ensure the highest standards are consistently being maintained. Tutors are carefully overseen by Regional Managers to make sure they are using all the skills necessary to become excellent, positive, reward-based puppy trainers. Our tutors must uphold our Code of Conduct at all times and must complete a sufficient amount of continued professional development each year.

Puppy School is delighted to have been recognised as a Practitioner Organisation for the Animal Behaviour and Training Council (ABTC). Jacki is registered as an Animal Training Instructor with the ABTC. The ABTC is the regulatory body that represents animal trainers and animal behaviour therapists to both the public and to legislative bodies. It is the only animal welfare charity that is primarily concerned with protecting the psychological welfare of animals undergoing training and behaviour activities.