I'm a passionate, professional and positive dog trainer based just outside Princes Risborough in Buckinghamshire.
Master Trainer of The Guild of Dog Trainers (GODT)
The Gundog Club Grades 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
Kennel Club Working Gundog Certificate on Game
Kennel Club Working Gundog Certificate on Dummies
Kennel Club Accredited Breeder
Partnership with E. J. Churchill
West Wycombe Estate Gundog Trainer
Chairman of Chiltern Gundog Society
I've just completed the third module of The Gundog Trainers Academy Handlers course and continue to enjoy my learning skills for all gundog breeds in ethical, science-backed, non-coercive gundog training methods.
I run 1-2-1 sessions, small groups and workshops for all breed of dogs, including puppies, pet dogs, gundogs and pet gundogs in my 3 acre secure paddock at the back of my house just outside Princes Risborough, Bucks.
I'm excited to be in partnership with E.J. Churchill where I also take gundog 1-2-1 sessions, groups for puppies, novice and open dogs at both EJ Churchill Shooting Ground, High Wycombe, Bucks and on the stunning West Wycombe Estate, Bucks.
During the shooting season I run cold game training days (pet gundog breeds are also always welcome!).
I own 5 black labradors of my own and enjoy picking up during the shooting season on 3 local shoots including West Wycombe, Great Hampden and The Happy Valley/Pophleys Shoot.
In my spare time, I'm chairman of The Chiltern Gundog Society and enjoy taking training sessions each month for the club and enjoy competing, judging and stewarding at working tests and field trials.
As a Kennel Club Accredited Breeder, I occasionally breed working labradors as a hobby and have over 13 years experience in
competing labradors and training a variety of breeds of gundogs, pet dogs, rescues and puppies all through positive reinforcement.
With almost 4,000 followers on my FB page Jennifer Thomas Dog Training from all around the globe including USA and Australia
I'm very excited to be sharing my passion, experience and knowledge of dogs and their behaviour with you all.
It is never too late to train a dog and don't afraid to ask for help!
Testimonials & References
"What a fabulous two days retriever gundog training on The West Wycombe Estate. Big thanks to Jennifer Thomas for organising it. Plenty of opportunities to set up some fabulous trialing and test situations for you guys.
Nice river with large fields each side to get distance on water .Plus some fences at distances to teach the dogs how to jump and to take on obstacles. Nice to meet some new and old handlers showing me their dogs which where very impressive with their good manners and very good basics. Hopefully Jennifer and I can organise another two days later on in the year. All the best and keep training."
"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
"Had a fabulous 1-2-1 with Jennifer and my 11week old lab. We sometimes forget that puppy’s need kind positive training as soon as we get them home and this is definitely something Jennifer can help with.
Thank you for a great session." Amanda Cotterell
"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
"Jennifer has provided us with invaluable training for our Vizsla puppy during lockdown. The Zoom sessions and webinars have been well planned, easy to follow and very successful - just showing that you don’t need to see Jennifer in person to successfully train your puppy.
We would definitely recommend Jennifer"
"Jennifer has helped hugely with the early stages of training of our new puppy. We started with virtual 121 sessions and now we're involved in group training. Both of these have been delivered in a very professional way by Jennifer." Matthew Evans
"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
"We had an amazing time doing Jennifer’s puppy class with Lola and loved our 6 week puppy class so much we went back and did another 6 week course. Jennifer is kind, patient and positive and makes the puppies and the owners feel at ease. She has completely changed our training experience and helped so much with Lola’s biting, recall, sit and other key training areas. The puppy classes were held in her lovely field with trees for shade, water provided, toys and other training tools which made the training even more beneficial. We especially loved the puppy paddling pool on hot days! Thank you Jennifer for everything" Ellie Batey with her Puggle Lola
"I have just finished the Novice dog online course with Jennifer and it was fantastic. The zoom sessions were fun and informative with Jennifer presenting online with videos, power point and demos with one of her dogs. There was ample time for discussion and questions. Homework was set via email and we had to film ourselves training our dogs for feedback. This was great to do and I learnt a good deal by seeing my own videos (!) but not as much as when Jennifer gave us detailed feedback and suggestions. She is such a lovely positive person, very encouraging and helpful. She really understands all dogs but has a great affinity with working dogs which is exactly what I enjoy about training with her." Jackie Higson with Clemmie and Johnny Black Labradors
"I wanted to thank yourself and Graham. I thought your course was really fantastic. It was in a great setting and the content was delivered very impressively!
We learned so much and I'm still telling my wife all the things you covered.
Thanks for letting us stay to watch the more experienced group as well!
Hopefully, see you next year. Have a great Christmas and a happy new year."
cheers Adrian and Willow (Flat Coat Retriever)