Canine Connections Hertfordshire offers ethical, reward based dog training in Welwyn Garden City, Stevenage and Hertford and dog walking in Datchworth, Tewin, Watton-at-Stone and Bennington. We are passionate about animals and have owned dogs and horses for many years.
We understand that pets are part of the family and that as owners you want the very best care and attention for your precious pet and we are here to provide that service.
Fully qualified, insured and DBS checked.
Lisa Slater, DipMgmt, IMDT, GoDT
Lisa has owned and trained dogs for many years and strongly believes in ethical, reward based training to get the best results. She has experience re-homing and rehabilitating dogs with severe behaviour problems such as separation anxiety and people aggression.
Lisa has been studying canine behaviour and training for many years but really became interested in working as a dog trainer when encountering problems with her own dog who developed reactivity issues at a young age. Lisa feels she has learnt more from working with her own dogs than any book or course could have taught her.
Lisa has also volunteered at local dog shelters to gain further experience handling different breeds and temperaments.
In addition to training dogs, Lisa has also clicker trained her Welsh Highland Pony, Stinky, to do tricks and appeared on ITV’s ‘Teach My Pet To Do That’ in September 2017.
Lisa is a full member of the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers and a member of the Guild of Dog Trainers.
Jon helps out with dog walking during busy periods. He has many years' experience owning and handling dogs. Previously from the Peak District, Jon loves to walk and will often be out for hours walking our own dogs! He also enjoys gun dog training and canicross with our own young Labrador.
Dog & Puppy Training
1 to 1 sessions
Does your dog jump up every time someone comes to the door, pull you down the road to get to the park or run off and ignore your constant calling? We can help you get a better 'connection' with your dog to improve overall obedience.
Lisa offers 1-2-1 dog training in your home or out and about in the East Herts area to give you the tips and tools you need to improve the relationship with your dog and work on problem areas such as:
• Jumping Up
• Pulling on the lead
• General obedience
We run dog training classes to suit all abilities from puppy through to adult dogs using positive, reward based methods. It’s not just about obedience but helping you to build a trusting and lifelong relationship with your dog. We believe training should be fun so we build different activities into our classes like tricks, scent work and agility.
Our classes are small so that you and your dog receive lots of individual coaching during the session.
Most of our classes are run outdoors in our enclosed field at Digswell Nurseries, Welwyn Garden City but we also run classes indoors at The Bragbury Community Centre in Stevenage.
Bringing home a new puppy can be one of the most exciting times for you and your family but can also be very challenging. We want to help you get off to the best start with your new arrival and our puppy pack provides everything you need to settle your puppy into their new home and help them learn the necessary life skills to fit into your home environment. With a strong emphasis on positive socialisation, relationship building and communication we can ensure your puppy has the right foundation to become a happy and sociable dog.
Puppy pack includes:
• 2 x 1 hour one to one sessions (pre and post puppy arrival)
• Puppy starter pack
• 6 week puppy course
• Telephone and email support
Social Training Walks
It can be difficult transferring training from a controlled environment i.e. dog training classes into the real world on your walks. Our group training walks take the form of a group training class but actually on a walk. There is a maximum of 4 dogs and handlers per walk and we will cover the following:
Loose Lead Walking
Recall (with distractions)
General manners (e.g. walking through gateways)
Dog to dog introductions
Interpreting body language
Creating calmness on walks
Focus, connection and engagement with the handler
Using play on walks
Walks are held in Panshanger Park, Hertford and last an hour and a half
We provide dog walking in Datchworth, Tewin, Watton-at-Stone and Bennington.
We know how important it is to you as owners to know that your dog has had a good amount of exercise and stimulation during the day whilst you're at work. That's why we vary our walks every day and also play games and incorporate training into the 45 minutes your dogs is with us. We will pick up your dog and if part of the group walk (maximum 4 dogs) we will transport them safely and comfortably in our dedicated vehicle with separate crates and comfy vet bed! We like to walk dogs 'off the beaten track' rather than in parks so they can explore the beautiful Hertfordshire countryside and have lots of stimulation. We also offer individual walks (subject to availability) for those dogs that need a little space. With your permission we will walk dogs off leash within a safe environment. When we return your dog we will towel them off if they are wet and muddy and top up their water if required.
I can thoroughly recommend Lisa for dog walking, day care and boarding. She looks after your dog like one of her own and you come home to a very happy and relaxed dog. Three years ago, we nearly lost our lovely labrador, Shimmer, as a result of a complicated operation to remove her gall bladder and after that we hardly dare let her out of our sight. However, we completely trust Lisa to take excellent care of her and she is a regular on the Canine Connections walks! Thank you Lisa! More...
What an excellent weekend my dog had at Lisa's. How do I know? When he got back home yesterday afternoon after we collected him, he headed for his bed and did not move: he must have run and played from the moment we dropped him off. I think he is missing Murphy today, though! Thank you Lisa for looking after him so well. More...
Vicki 'Ruby' Wake
Buster had his first puppy walk this morning with Lisa and I have to say it was fabulous. Lisa is clearly very experienced and has the patience of a saint. Highly recommended 5**
Had my first training session with Lisa today. My rescue dog Pixie needs a lot of work but I know with Lisa's help and advice we will get there!
Lisa is clearly extremely knowledgeable, is an excellent teacher and manages to dedicate more than enough time to each puppy in our group walks. She also evidently loves dogs! I would gladly recommend her. More...
Lisa walks my dog, Lex, regularly & is an absolute star. Lex isn't the easiest to always work with, but Lisa has worked absolute wonders with her & Lex loves socialising with her new fur-friends. Lisa has also been really supportive recently while my poor girl has suffered a very badly broken leg & is doing short day visits while I'm at work to assist Lex out into the garden. Would recommend Lisa to anyone. More...
Lisa is an excellent trainer with great people skills too. She spends time with every dog in her classes and her training walks are a brilliant idea. She uses only kind, modern and scientific methods, is generous with her knowledge and time and I highly recommend Canine Connections. More...
Lisa came round to our house a few times when our two puppies were really small - she gave us some really valuable tips on how to get them started and socialised. Since then we've started doing puppy training walks with Lisa and its really helping us to walk our 8 month old puppies - keeping them calm and focused on us when there are distractions around. Lisa gives so much extra advice along the way - lots of tips on feeding and behaviour as well as the actual training :) Highly recommended! More...
Lisa came over before I got my puppy as part of the puppy pack. I hadn’t had a dog before and had no idea what I was doing or what I needed. Lisa was brilliant in reassuring me Lola-mai was ok and taught me how to do basic training. I continued to use Lisa for puppy pop ins when Lola-mai was young and then daily walks when I was working. The time Lola-mai spent with Lisa has helped her to develop into the most amazing Dog, she is obedient, confident and friendly, I can take her anywhere. I feel lisa’s input made the first few months of having a puppy so much easier. More...
Myself and my little Bichon Annie attended Lisa's Recall Workshop last Saturday. A perfect setting to hold the workshop, Lisa gave plenty of individual attention to each of the four dogs attending. Before the workshop Annie would not return when called under any circumstances, but I was totally amazed at how much we both learned with the help of Lisa. The following day, we showed my husband how clever Annie is and he was so proud that now, when he calls Annie, his little princess comes running. Lisa is extremely knowledgeable, calm and has a special relationship with our little ones. More...
Lisa has had our Jack Russell to stay, and offers a fabulous 5* service. She's very knowledgeable and the dogs are given so much exercise and stimulation. Cannot recommend highly enough.