Tom’s Basic Training

Training For Curious Dogs

Welcome to Tom’s Basic Training (Training For Curious Dogs).

Are you struggling to teach your dog or puppy the basic obedience commands? Do they seem to have forgotten everything you have tried to teach them? Do you sometimes feel embarrassed taking your dog out because everyone else’s dog seems to be perfectly behaved?

Sometimes it seems that everything you try just doesn’t work. Your dog will never do as it’s told or just won’t listen to you.

Dog rolling on it's back ignoring the owner

Well I can provide you with the help that you need.


Why Can You Help?

dog behaviour diploma

If you have looked around my dog photography web site then you will know that I have a qualification in dog behaviour.

All of which means that officially I am:
Tom Horsley BCCSDip.DogBhv

But it’s okay, you can just call me Tom.

If you have met me while out with your dog or in the studio then you will know that I have a certain “way” with dogs.

I now want to help you get the best from your four legged friend. Put an end to that frustration you feel as your dog totally ignores you.

So, okay, it’s actually more “dog owner” training then “dog” training, but the result will be both dog and owner being able to communicate and not get frustrated with each other.


Starting With The Basics

I believe that once you get a solid training foundation of the basics, then the more complex behavioural issues are much easier to correct. But everything starts with the basics and a consistent way of communicating with your dog.

A dog performing a sit

Initially I will be offering one-to-one training of the obedience basics in your home – with no distractions. I will cover timing of commands and rewards, how to make sure you are the centre of your dog’s attention, and most importantly we will all have a lot of fun. Once the basics are sorted, then you have a great foundation to start looking at more advanced training.

The next step will be taking what you learn out into the big wide (distracting) world, and ensuring you know what to do to get the best out of your dog in a more challenging environment.

I will give you the tools to work with your dog to ensure that you can get a consistent sit, down and recall. I will also look at loose-lead walking with you and maybe a few clever tricks if your dog is keen.

Once we get the basics nailed then we can look at specific behavioural issues if needed.

But the main thing is to keep it fun!

Two dogs having fun

What Does It Cost?

You will not get a perfectly obedient dog over-night, so our program starts at six lessons. A one hour initial visit and five half hour follow-up sessions costing £125 payable before our first session. Additional sessions can be added at £20 each, if you feel you need more time or a little extra help.

This may change as we find out what works best for people and, of course, for their dogs!


If you would like me to come and work with you and your dog on basic dog obedience then please contact me using the form below:


Or call me on 07769 922933 for more information.