Fun and Enjoyable Dog and Puppy Training in Dorking, Reigate and throughout Surrey


About Me

Hi, I’m Amanda, owner of Happy Buddies.  From the day I was born, I have always had dogs in my life.  I love being around dogs and it seems the feeling is mutual!  For me, when I am around dogs, I am at my happiest!  Dogs are a big part of my family life and as a Dog Trainer and experienced, Professional Dog Walker they also play a huge part in my working life.

I have two dogs of my own (Buddy and Fudge) and train in both Obedience and Agility, the latter of which we compete in!  The bond I have with my two dogs is fantastic and a lot of that is down to the time I spend training them as they love to learn and training is a great way to build on an already special relationship!

In my spare time, I love to photograph dogs and capture them enjoying life either snuggled up at home or out having fun on their walks.

I have been trained by Gwen Bailey who is an internationally renowned dog trainer, behaviourist and author.  I am a proud member of the Pet Professional Guild (The Association for Force-Free Pet Professionals) and I am an advocate of only kind and fair methods so no pain, no force and no fear.  I have a Diploma in Canine Coaching (Distinction), a Level 3 Award in Animal Communication (Distinction) and I have an up-to-date certificate in First Aid for Dogs.  I keep my knowledge refreshed and current by attending courses on dog training and the theories behind it, reading new literature, watching webinars and following other well known and successful, dog trainers.

Why Choose to Train Your Puppy/Dog With Me?

I strongly believe that with the right start in life, dogs make amazing companions and family members.  Through my classes, your puppy will learn through kind, effective and fun training methods obedience basics and how to socialise and interact properly with other puppies and humans (including children).  I’ll show you how to handle your puppy correctly and safely and how you can desensitise them to the things they may find unusual or scary in life.  All this is achieved through encouragement and praise (for both puppies and owners), where all lessons are fun, friendly and enjoyable for all and where there is NO Pain, NO Force and NO Fear.

I am professional and enthusiastic and adhere to a strict code of practice using only reward based training methods - making every puppy/dog training session helpful and informative for owners but fun, kind and rewarding for your furry companion!  During my training sessions, you’ll see how passionate I am, that I am a friendly, approachable trainer and will help you turn your puppy into a well behaved adult dog and beloved family pet.

I am fully insured by Westminster Indemnity with Professional Indemnity and Public Liability Insurance.

Reward based training for your puppy or dog

Reward based training is where puppies/dogs are set up to succeed and then rewarded for demonstrating ‘good’ behaviours.  This is also called ‘positive reinforcement’.

Using rewards to train a puppy is kind and therefore, enjoyable for the puppy.  It encourages them to learn and like the learning experience.  It also enhances the relationship between puppy and owner.

Reward based training does not involve physical punishment, aversive techniques or asserting dominance over the puppy.  It is a very effective way of training puppies and dogs and addressing ‘unwanted’ behaviours as only the ‘good’ behaviours are rewarded and the ‘unwanted’ behaviours are ignored.