A bit about me and my experience...
I'm a passionate, professional, positive, force-free dog trainer based in Buckinghamshire with the IMDT (Institute of Modern Dog Trainers), hold a OCN London Accredited qualification in Principles of Dog Training and Behaviour Level III, am a Master Trainer of The Guild of Dog Trainers (GODT) and qualified to display the UK Dog Behaviour & Training Charter Logo.
I have been awarded Grades 1, 2 and 3 with The Gundog Club and will be taking Grade 4 and 5 in the next few months (Covid allowing), with the view of becoming an accredited instructor for them in the future.
I'm exceptionally excited to be in Partnership with E.J. Churchill the Shooting School moving forward to continue my passion of training handlers with their gundogs. Being able to use their facilities and ground at the shooting school and at West Wycombe Estate are just amazing.
I own 6 black labradors of my own and enjoy picking up during the shooting season at 3 local shoots including West Wycombe, Great Hampden and The Happy Valley/Pophleys Shoot. I'm chairman and retriever working test secretary for Chiltern Gundog Society and enjoy taking training sessions each month for the club.
During the summer as well as planning working tests for our members I enjoy competing my dogs at working tests, judge at working tests and steward at both retriever field trials and spaniel field trials.
I'm also a Kennel Club Accredited Breeder, where I occasionally breed working labradors as a hobby (or when I want to keep one) and have over 13 years experience in competing working dogs and training a variety of gundogs, pet dogs, rescue and puppies all through positive reinforcement.
With nearly 3,000 followers on my FB page Jennifer Thomas Dog Training from all around the globe and with current online gundog training clients from around the globe including Europe, the US and Australia, I'm very excited to be sharing my passion, experience and knowledge of dogs and their behaviour with you all. Never be afraid to ask for help!
Testimonials & References
"I think Jennifer does very informative and clear instructional videos - anyone wanting to train a Gundog to a good standard should definitely engage with this training programme."
"We drove some distance to a gundog 121 session with Jennifer and it was so worth it. A great set up, and Jennifer got to know me and my puppy, and with uplifting and encouraging comments we moved quickly through the exercises. We covered some general handling skills as well as some foundational working skills. We left feeling so confident, and arrived home to an email of tailored tips to keep us busy until our next lesson! You can tell she really loves the animals and it was great to see her demonstrate with her own beautiful dogs. I really like Jennifer’s positive style and she is as great with the humans as she is with the dogs! Thank you Jennifer! X" Emily Crockett
"She's just brilliant with dogs and training the owners too! Highly recommended." Gill Bryant
"This lady is a dog genius. Rufus has only been for a couple of gundog group sessions and he’s already making great progress. She has a way of getting in their heads to understand how they’re thinking. And I think she trains the owners too!!" Spencer Hillier
"Jennifer has made a significant impact on the progress Fern and I have made in the last six months. She is full of useful techniques to help with my over excited 2yr old lab. She also encourages me to see the positives when I am feeling down about some of the issues I have encountered; this has helped motivate me and in turn improve my relationship with Fern. Lovely ground for training as well" Kerry Gurman
"Fantastic, have loved the videos during lockdown. We got our first puppy just before lockdown and these videos have given us the know how to train our first youngster. Thanks :)"
"Jennifer has helped us enormously with our golden retriever from 6 months old. She is now just over a year. We feel really lucky to have found Jennifer, having looked extensively, it's hard to find a trainer with as much personal and professional experience and qualifications as Jennifer. We really enjoy our training sessions. Jennifer is very helpful and has a fab set up perfect for training. Highly recommend."
Elizabeth Richardson with Whisky Golden Retriever
We took our black lab puppy Monty for 1-2-1’s with Jennifer from about 16 weeks through to about 28 weeks. As first time dog owners Jennifer’s manner, patience and commitment was and is the reason for the strides we have made and continue too. It turns out dogs don’t need anywhere near as much training as their owners!!!The training surroundings are perfect and the creative games and activities ensured that each week we had something new to try at home or out on walks that kept both Monty and us interested and has helped Monty grasp all the basics we wanted out of him. That combined with emails of tips and reminders after sessions means I really can’t recommend Jennifer enough. We will defo be back in the future as we continue to bring Monty on.
Thanks Jennifer. James Tozer with Monty