Max with dogRecognizing that animals have emotions is important because animal feelings matter. Animals are sentient beings who experience the ups and downs of daily life, and we must respect this when we interact with them.’

Marc Bekoff, The Emotional Lives of Animals.

A Trained Dog is a Happy Dog!


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Dog Training Services

Meet your trainer introductory session (1 ½ hours). If you are not sure which option is suitable for you and your dog this session will allow you to meet me where I can establish your level, needs, and an assessment of your dog’s trainability.

Dog Training

I will test your dog with the use of a few simple techniques and you will have the opportunity to discuss with me any training requirements you have. I will listen and advise you on the best way forward and guide you towards the most suitable option and what any future involvement with your training will entail.

Cost £70.00

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Initial session 1 ½ hours followed by 2 x 1 hour block training sessions. The foundation package will give you all the necessary tools to get you off to the right start training your dog. The practical content of this package will enable you to:

  • Teach your dog to focus/alert
  • Develop your communication & handling skills
  • Teach you how to use rewards effectively
  • Choose and use the proper equipment that is right for you
  • Find your dog’s talent and use it to your advantage
  • Establish basic obedience

Cost £185.00.

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One to One Dog Training

Initial 1 ½ hour session followed by 3 x 1 hour block training sessions.The most important and vital exercise and means of communication you will ever teach your dog. Recalls should never be taken for granted. They need to be trained and equal commitment ensures that they are maintained. A dog with a Recall is a blessing and a joy to own, a dog without a Recall
can make dog walking a nightmare. Take the necessary steps to start your dog’s Recall today! The Recall Level 1 package content includes:

  • Assessment of your dog’s current Recall level
  • Equipment
  • Choosing your ground / establish effective rewards
  • Learning essential hand signals / body & communication tools
  • Teach your dog to Focus/alert to you
  • Effective obedience Stay, Wait, Release, Steadiness
  • Finding your dog’s natural talent and implementing it to advantage Recall

Cost £225.00

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(clients will have ideally come through Level 1 otherwise a new assessment must be made to discern if dog is suitable for Level 2 training). Initial 1 ½ hour session followed by 3 x 1 hour block training sessions.

  • Assessment of your dog’s current Recall level
  • Choosing your ground/increasing the challenge/changing environments
  • Distance and duration
  • Distractions/other dogs
  • Increasing talent and challenge through instinct

Cost £197.00

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cost £397.00 (2 x instalments available) Each Level at completion includes a final timescale assessment of your dog’s current training level and how to plan going forward.

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You may not have a working dog, but your dog may have strong working drives. Do you own a gun dog breed that is in need of a little more stimulation and activity that you have been able to give?


Most gun dog breeds have an inherent instinct to retrieve and that can be put to great use. In retrieve and basic gun dog work you can attain and establish all the basic focus and behaviours you desire in your dog as well as having a lot of fun while you strengthen your relationship.

Does your dog love to retrieve? The gun dog retriever package may be just the thing you need. This package includes:

  • Introduction to retrieve
  • Use of equipment
  • Basic obedience Sit, Stay, Wait, Steadiness, Impulse Control, Release, Pick-up, Recall, Drop it
  • Effective use of rewards
  • Cues & signals
  • Heelwork
  • Retrieve/return

Cost £225.00

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Puppy Development Packages

Congratulations on your new puppy! If you are an experienced puppy owner or a first timer there is
no doubt about it that pups can be a challenge. My puppy training addresses all your major concerns
in helping your puppy settle into the new home and establishing a training programme designed to
build your pup’s confidence and give it the life skills to cope with everyday challenges as it develops
through puppyhood and into adolescence. The puppy packages are for pups under 5 months old.



This is a one-off 2 hour session that can be arranged in the privacy of your own home or here at my location to provide you with a kick starter for the ongoing development of your pup and to tailor the session to your own specific needs. Taster topics can include:

  • Temperament assessment (what to expect through puppyhood)
  • Daily enrichment & mental stimulation
  • House training advice
  • Leash walking & use of equipment
  • Dealing with troublesome behaviours i.e mouthing, jumping up, destructive chewing
  • Establishing good manners & impulse control
  • Learning the ABCs of early obedience
  • Starting your Recall foundation
  • Advice on puppy socialisation & what to expect through the phases of your pup’s early development

Cost £115.00

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The Taster (2 hours) plus one follow up session (1 ½ hours) to improve on your training foundation. Includes all of the content in the Taster session as well as building on those learning blocks and fine-tuning the exercises to greater effect.

Cost £157.00

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includes the Taster (2 hours) plus a further 2 x 1 ½ hour block sessions focusing on all the basics you have learned with the added bonus of a socialisation session with a well-trained dog here at the farm as well as exposure to a number of farm animals. This will create the perfect set up to practise your Recalls and all the other exercises in a stimulating and real environment.

Cost £195.00

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Behaviour Training Packages

Behaviour TrainingMy behaviour training sessions are designed to enable you to handle difficult and stressful behaviours you may be experiencing with your dog effectively and efficiently as you learn and acquire the necessary handling skills and tools needed to improve your dog’s quality of life. The focus is on future solutions or working toward successful management. The initial assessment session can be conducted through a home visit or at my location if appropriate, followed by advice on going forward, an introduction to any specific training and handling techniques that are required including ongoing support to solving or managing your dog’s behaviour. Behaviour training examples include:

  • Reactivity towards dogs/humans
  • Aggression towards dogs
  • Resource guarding
  • Fearful, phobic or anxious related social behaviour
  • Excessive stress

Option 1: The consult (2 hours) plus telephone support £160.00

Option 2: The consult (2 hours) plus 1 follow up session (1 ½ hour) £275.00

Option 3: The consult (2hours) plus 2 follow up sessions (1 ½ hour) £380.00
(2 x instalments available on option 2 & 3)

Areas covered Edinburgh and the Lothians, Fife, Perthshire, Glasgow by appointment. Please note that travel expenses apply. Email for a total cost.

What do our clients think?
  • We own a 3 1/2 year old male Staffie who is castrated and we also have a 1 1/2 year old American Bulldog who is not castrated. We have had both dogs since they were puppies. They both got on great together to begin with but recently the Staffie started very aggressive attacks on the Bulldog over what seemed to be nothing, or so I thought. The ‘fights’ intensified with each one leading to serious scars and puncture wounds. We just did not know what to do and in desperation we called Action 4 Dogs. Max came to our home and in just a couple of hours he totally changed everything. He explained patiently and in great detail exactly where we were going wrong and helped us to understand our dog’s needs, the fights have since stopped completely. Not only has Max helped us retrain our dogs but he has trained the whole family so to speak. Thank you Max! –James & Norma, Boston Pet Supplies, Penicuik – American Bulldog and Staffordshire Bull Terrier

  • I asked Max for advice as I was having a difficult time with my German Shepherd, Jemma. I had been walking her on a short lead and she also wore a muzzle as she seemed aggressive towards other dogs. Walks were very stressful for us both. After a training session with Max my attitude has completely changed. Now Jemma is on a long lead and we have given up the muzzle, what a difference. We are both much more relaxed. She is responding well to her new training, when a dog comes near we use the sound and treat method as Max had shown me and it works well. I used to dread my walks with Jemma but now we look forward to going. We will be keeping this up. Thanks Max. –Joan Richardson, Musselburgh – German Shepherd

  • I was having trouble training and bonding with my 2yr old collie Scamp. I was looking for a trainer who uses kind and reward based methods and who is genuinely interested in your dog. This is exactly what I found with Max’s training methods. After a 1-2-1 session Max gave me lots of advice and help with getting Scamp to focus on me and respond to a recall using food based rewards (cheese being the favourite!). Scamp was really responsive to Max and you could tell he was having fun as well as learning. I wish I had contacted Max a year ago for help but even now I can see a difference in Scamp and I’m more aware of how I respond as well. Definitely recommended!’ –Julie Mayes, Biggar – Border Collie

  • Seraph, my white long haired German Shepherd is a nervous and highly strung young bitch who was not well socialised and was quite aggressive towards other dogs. Max suggested that we walk together with his own dogs so that they could help her to rediscover her dog language and communication skills and learn to interact better with other dogs. I have to say that after three or four sessions with the aforementioned well balanced team, her behaviour has improved markedly. Seraph and I look forward to more walks and interaction with Max and his pack. –John, Gorebridge – German Shepherd

  • Barak and I both greatly appreciated and benefited from your visits to see our puppy Sweeney. Your methods of training were well demonstrated by you and easy for us to put into practice. We both felt that throughout the consultations you were clear and concise, explaining to us how the mind of our dog works, detailing why certain methods will work and why some methods will not. Having that background information has helped us in other areas with Sweeney. We enjoyed your visits and the fact that you were so natural and caring, you obviously enjoy a sound relationship with dogs. –Barak & Michelle, Rosewell – Staffie-Cross

  • We have already seen a small improvement in Oscar. He still has his moments but they are definitely fewer. It is really quite encouraging for both Sandy and me, that even after only a few days, seeing these small improvements gives us all a bit of an incentive to keep persevering. Makes me wish I had done this much sooner. I can’t thank you enough for your time and advice and no doubt we’ll be in touch if any problems arise in the future.–Susan & Sandy Spalding, Edinburgh – Golden Retriever

  • Max has been a great help with my dog’s behaviour. I would highly recommend him to help and aid you to have a confident and problem free dog. –Carole Bootland, Penicuik – Black Labrador