Avon Dog Services is owned and operated by me, Adam Daines, and dedicated members of staff that have been carefully chosen by me over the years.
I'm Adam Daines. Full UK member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, member of the Pet Professional Guild and a Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Trainer.
Whether it’s basic training, a certain behaviour you’d rather live without, or professional guidance on how to get your training back on track, look no further. I'm a dog trainer and dog behaviourist, I offer dog training classes, dog behaviour sessions, basic training and home visits.
I strongly believe in positive reinforcement. That is why none of my training or behavioural alterations involves choke chains, pinch and shock collars or physical reprimands. Not only do these methods cause unnecessary suffering on the dog but also breaks the bond between dog and owner. If you're looking for a trainer that uses the above techniques then sadly you're in the wrong place. I wish you all the best, and look forward to welcoming you back within the next few months when those techniques have failed to work, or worse, resulted in more unwanted behaviours!
My work focuses on wanted and unwanted behaviour rather than good or bad behaviour. For instance, having a dog on the couch may be acceptable for one person, but not for another. By tailoring sessions around each of your needs you can be sure to get the best out of your dog.
I've been fascinated by dogs and dog training since I was young. My job is not something I fell into, or started because I fancied a change. I've been doing what I love since I left school and I'm incredibly passionate about my chosen career
After buying our first family dog at the age of 14, we enrolled for puppy socialisation class. It was here that I was instantly hooked. After reading all the literature available at the time I wanted to further my knowledge in the dog training field.
In 2000 I attended Houghall College (Durham) where I obtained a National Diploma in Animal Management & Behaviour. Wanting to develop my skills further, I enrolled at Bishop Burton College in association with Hull University. I graduated in 2004 with a Foundation Degree in Animal Behaviour and then furthered my qualifications to obtain a full BSc Degree in Applied Animal Behaviour & Training.
As continued professional development, I’m now a full member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, A full member of Victoria Stillwell Positively Dog Training and a Registered Animal Training Instructor with Animal Behaviour and Training Council