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Kirby Dog Services

London, Greater London

(47)
13 hires on Bark
‘19 Certificate of Excellence, 2019
Kirby Dog Services logo
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Kirby Dog Services

London, Greater London

(47)
13 hires on Bark
‘19 Certificate of Excellence, 2019

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Kirby Dog Services offers fun, expert, force-free dog and puppy training throughout London.

Having lived in London for my whole life, it is clear that the urban canines and owners of London face different challenges to those living elsewhere.

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R
12 December 2019

Ella has been such a fantastic help from the first time we met before our puppy arrived to the last visit during his adolescence. Having only had cats before, Ella provided huge amounts of much needed suggestions. I love her non-judgemental, gentle and practical approach to training, she will always be the first person I’ll contact with any concerns. The visits are always backed up by emails with links and further ideas. I would recommend her to anyone in the future! Thanks Ella x More...

L
27 November 2019

Ella has been invaluable to us since we got our first puppy Jude. We invested in the puppy package which we couldn't praise highly enough - she equipped us with the knowledge and tools to be the best dog parents we could be. Not only does Jude love Ella but we look forward to seeing her too, she is wonderful, passionate and a reassuring presence. We also attended Ella's puppy school which was really useful and great fun! Many people comment on how well behaved Jude and we believe this is directly to working with Ella! Thanks Ella, we love you! More...

S
21 November 2019

Ella is an amazing trainer and person. She is super kind, patient, professional and always ready to give the best tailored advice. We have started training since day 1, as soon as Oliver arrived at home and we carried on since that day with puppy and adolescent school. We are very happy with the results and hope to work with Ella again in the future for refresh and contrast learning as an owner. Thank you Ella!! More...

W
21 November 2019

I could not recommend Ella's services more. Our new puppy, Winston, absolutely loved her and she was clearly very knowledgeable.

S
28 October 2019

My Maltipoo puppy really enjoyed the 6 week puppy school series! Her confidence in meeting other dogs grew so much, and we (as owners) learnt some great basic lessons. We are soon starting 1:1 training sessions with Ella in order to tackle our puppy's isolation anxiety, and we have high hopes for how these will go! Definitely recommend to new dog owners. More...

J
28 October 2019

I had a really good time learning at this class and watching my Miniature Pinscher interact with other pups. Ella knows what she is doing and is great with the pups. I would highly recommend the class as the place to start for all beginners. Thank you Ella More...

M
28 October 2019

As first time dog owners, we were excited but anxious of what to expect when we first picked up our pup. With no clue of how to train or what to do with him, we contacted Ella and it’s safe to say, that was the best decision yet. She made us feel at ease with our pup and taught him basic commands. Raising a puppy is far from easy, but she made the process easy for us. An immense thank you to Ella for all her patience, kindness and guidance. More...

C
8 September 2019

Ella runs a fantastic course for pups. When I first took my chihuahua he was too scared to come out from under the chair, by the end of the course he was running about with the other pups. Although he was a little shy, I learned a lot and it really helped our home-training sessions. Having a teeny tiny (previously) shy dog, I can recommend that this course really is for dogs of all sizes and temperaments! More...

N
31 August 2019

Ella is fantastic - she is both incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about dog training and she is a wonderfully ebullient and approachable person, making her a brilliant dog trainer and teacher. We attended her 6-week puppy school course and it was invaluable in preparing us and our Dachshund puppy for everything to come. Ella is so dedicated and generous that she answered questions we had that were outside of the course syllabus and she even gave us advice by email when we had problems/queries outside of class! We can't recommend Ella enough; you and your dog will be in the very best of hands with her. Thank you Ella! From Nic, Rob, and Pepper More...

J
16 August 2019

Ella is wonderful!

C
9 August 2019

Really great sessions, helped Otti (our golden doodle) quickly get basic commands and obedience. Thanks so much!Would highly recommend.

J
23 July 2019

We have been seeing Ella for both 121's and puppy school. Our dog has gone from being a big scaredy pup to a young confident good doggy citzen. We love Ella's positive training methods and her endless creative ideas! 13/10 would recommend! More...

S
30 June 2019

Ella was so patient, kind and helpful with Rocco! Always with a very creative solution to our issues, she was able to help Rocco socialize better with other dogs and deal with his anxiety when we left our house! She left us with useful tips for a liftime, regarding toys, commands and relationship with him! Rocco and I are very thankful! More...

N
30 June 2019

We had a very pleasant 1:1 experience with Ella training us to train our puppy. Ella had a great approach, was very patient and helpful. Our boy really loved her, tail was excitedly wagging each time they met. After each training session Ella sent us recap notes based on training we had done. This was a really nice touch as there was a lot of information to take in during the training. We would highly recommend Ella to anyone looking for a professional and knowledgeable dog trainer and will certainly use her again when needed :) More...

H
30 June 2019

Where to start...! Ella is absolutely wonderful and for sure one of the greatest trainers London has to offer. She has a calm, kind and but very informed and articulate approach. Ella is passionate about all aspects of our dog's welfare and takes a holistic approach which is amazing. She is a super safe pair of hands, and next time I get a puppy - I know exactly who I'm calling to help xx More...

S
12 June 2019

Ella was so patient, kind and helpful with Rocco! Always with a very creative solution to our issues, she was able to help Rocco socialize better with other dogs and deal with his anxiety when we left our house! Rocco and I are very thankful!

P
10 June 2019

After puppy class with Ella we decided to have few more extra lessons for our dog. Especially walking nicely on a loose-leash, recall, settle and walking on the lead nicely but the main thing was to stop our dog being naughty/ aggressive with other male dogs. Thank you for helping us. We have all learnt a lot and there’s a noticeable improvement in Harry behaviour- and ours! - as well. I really recommend Kirby Dog Service. More...

L
22 May 2019

Ella was absolutely amazing! Her approach with Rambo was wonderful! He fell in love with her and after our initial session, he was so excited to see her on the next! She helped us with leash walking, finding different ways to keep him entertained, off leash and recall, among so many other things. I truly can't begin to thank her enough for all of her help! More...

C
27 April 2019

My husband and I signed our Cavapoo puppy up for a 6 week class with Ella. It was every Monday night for an hour. We cannot recommend the class enough. Ella was professional, friendly, and knowledgeable. She really knows what she's doing when it comes to training puppies. We had a blast and thanks to this course, our four month old Cavapoo knows how to pay attention much more and follow instructions. The class was also great for puppy play and socialization. Thanks again Ella! :) More...

C
28 March 2019

Ella is wonderful and a joy to work with. Little Oscar is a much happier, more confident pup and I would highly recommend Ella to all dog owners.

S
26 February 2019

Can’t praise Ella’s puppy school enough. She was professional and personable and my puppy and I made great progress using her positive training methods. The classes were great value for money and have set me up with a solid foundation for training my dog through to adulthood. She’s calm and friendly and (mostly!) very obedient and puppy school helped us so much. More...

F
26 February 2019

Great fun for myself and my Akita. Ella is friendly, patient and teaches puppies all the great things through a positive approach. It's been great fun and tremendous help having her help with training, and we've also enjoyed the puppy classes a great deal! More...

L
26 February 2019

Amazing experience! Evie my King Charles Spaniel learnt loads and the environment fun and relaxed. Ella is very professional and knowledgeable. Thank you

M
27 January 2019

Ella is great. Our spaniel is developing in leaps and bounds due to Ella’s expert guidance. We have already booked in our next session and can’t wait to get recall down to a fine art! Ella is very personable and thoughtful and takes time to explain the science as well as art of dog training. More...

C
27 January 2019

Ella is an excellent dog trainer. We have had her for 6 puppy training classes and are so pleased that we are getting more. She has loads of brilliant ideas that are individually tailored to our dog and she makes the harder stuff look simple. More...

E
27 January 2019

Ella is a wonderful dog trainer. Both her Puppy School classes and her private lessons have helped us give the best start in life to our puppy. Could not recommend Ella more highly! More...

V
27 January 2019

As a professional dog carer, I get alot of requests from my dog owner clients for recommendations for good dog trainers and puppy classes. My clients never fail to have a positive experience dealing with Ella at Kirby dog training and she's now my first port of call for all advice on puppy and dog behaviour issues. She is a consummate professional and clearly loves what she does. Her passion for dog training is infectious. She's an absolute pleasure to deal with. Highly recommended. More...

R
23 July 2018

We just finished the six week puppy course and could not have been happier with Ella as a teacher. She has a wonderful understanding of dogs and is a sympathetic and nurturing teacher who helps you get the most out of your puppy. Highly recommended.

J
23 July 2018

Our black lab puppy Lola has just graduated from Ella's class. It was excellent: great for Lola to meet other puppies and learn some good behaviour. Ella is enthusiastic and her instructions are clear and easy to follow. The training book provided with the class is helpful for remedial work. More...

M
23 July 2018

Ella is an amazing dog trainer! she helped us with out naughty Pom Leo his recall has improved loads and he's behaving much better when we are out and about. We'd highly recommend Kirby Dog Services to anyone who's got a pup that needs some new skills ! More...

B
23 July 2018

There are almost no words to describe how much we enjoyed our time with Ella. My puppy Maple and I did 5 one to one sessions with Ella and we both learnt an incredible amount, her approach is friendly and encouraging & I was amazed how quickly Maple picked things up. We would recommend Ella to every dog owner (and already have many times). Thank you Ella � More...

K
22 May 2018

Ella is fun, friendly and personable. She teaches you how to train and interact with your puppy using positive reinforcement. The classes are great for learning the basics and also socialising the puppies! More...

M
21 May 2018

Ella is an amazing dog trainer! she helped us with out naughty Pom Leo his recall has improved loads and he's behaving much better when we are out and about. We'd highly recommend Kirby Dog Services to anyone who's got a pup that needs some new skills ! More...

R
23 April 2018

Very kind and knowledgable and patient. Ella has wonderful energy that our puppy took to immediately. She had him sitting within minutes!

K
3 April 2018

Highly recommend Ella if you are looking for a trainer to address any problem behaviours in your dog, or even just want to teach them some new tricks. Thanks to Ella I now have two puppies who no longer refuse to leave the house and know how they are expected to behave during their walks. Her training is as much for owners as it is for pets, and I feel far better equipped now to deal with any issues that may come up post-training. She truly loves dogs and mine most definitely love her. More...

J
28 March 2018

Our black lab puppy, Lola, was a student in Ella's puppy classes. It was very worthwhile: great for the dogs to meet others and learn some basic good behaviour. Ella is patient and enthusiastic and clearly has a special talent for dealing with dogs. The training booklet provided with the course is helpful for remedial work. More...

R
27 March 2018

We loved Ella's Puppy Classes, a wonderful experience for us and our puppy. Highly recommended.

L
22 March 2018

Ella is great, my 6 month old pup is going great guns with her training and learning fast

H
14 March 2018

Ella helped both me and my dog tremendously! My dog had lost complete confidence in walking and would put the breaks on, so much so we couldn’t even make it down the street - this had been going on for around 5 months. Within one session of positive training, our dog was happily walking around the block and very quickly had progressed to not requiring treats and would happily trot around streets he once refused to move on! Ella also worked on our dogs reactivity to various triggers, using positivite training and distraction methods we have seen such an improvement in him & ya as owners. I have recommended Ella to friends and to all new dog owners I come across. She’s a lovely, warm and friendly person who offers wonderful advice and truly has a passion for her job and the dogs she works with. If I could add more stars I would! More...

A
1 February 2018

Extremely helpful and caring, with brilliant practical help and advice to solve any problem with your dog. Couldn't recommend Ella more! :-)

J
1 December 2017

We are still working with Kirby Dog Services and are really pleased with the work we are doing and realise it will take quite a long time to train Barney as he is a 5 year old rescue Chocolate Labrador and has some naughty habits but we feel confident we will get there.

P
24 November 2017

We hired Ella for five sessions with our three month old puppy. At the end of the five weeks he was fully house trained and responding to the sit, stay and come commands. Our whole experience with Ella was delightful and we feel able to maintain the training and enjoy our dog to the full. More...

R
13 November 2017

Ella is fantastic! We started training our puppy a little bit late and we were worried she wouldn't pick it up that well, but with Ella's patience and great techniques Hazel is now a completely different dog! I would highly recommend Kirby Dog Services to anyone. xx More...

M
13 November 2017

Ella trained Loki, our 5 month old border collie pup. We covered basic commands like sit, stay, heel, lie down and drop the ball, moving on to desensitising him to traffic and then tricks such as roll over. Ella was patient, resourceful helpful and effective throughout. She was also responsive and flexible with timing which was a great help. Highly recommended. More...

D
20 August 2017

Ella is the most friendly, approachable trainer! I wish I had met her years ago. I have had numerous trainers in the past, whose heavily disciplined training methods were not always suitable for myself or my dog. Ella's training showed results instantly. Those same methods I find easier to apply. She has given me a better understanding of dogs behaviours. I feel empowered and do not view my dog as untrainable anymore, quite
the opposite! Ella has a good rapport with my dog, and I believe her love of animals shows through in her character. I am extremely happy with Ella, her professionalism and her training methods.
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A
16 August 2017

It's really a 19 star service from Ella for both dog and owner.
I recently used Kirby dog services and the programme provided for Lynx (my 7 month old very active puppy) and myself was excellent. Ella is an excellent trainer and Lynx and I related well to her. I have no hesitation in recommending Kirby dog services for both dogs and owners. Follow up emails were an additional help. More...

Thank you so much Alan! It was great working with you and Lynx - he's a fab dog! Hope to see you again. Ella

J
16 March 2017

It was a real pleasure working with Ella. She is very professional, warm and obviously completely devoted to dogs. Our vivacious one-year-old labradoodle Sooty fell in love with her after the first session and cried at the door when she left (! ). Sooty is a very happy and energetic dog who is easily distracted outside and often pulls at the leash with considerable force, which has caused issues when I took her out together with our six month old baby. In ten sessions Ella has taught Sooty the ‘look’ command so that she maintains eye contact when we are outside and has laid a solid foundation for loose lead walking and heeling, something that I have previously struggled to do. I am very impressed with Sooty’s progress and cannot praise Ella enough for the amazing work she has done in such a short period of time. Thank you so much!

Lui, Olga, Leo & Sooty (aka LOLS)
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One of the most rewarding parts of my job is seeing the dogs and puppies that I work with improve and progress! I also love seeing the owners faces when they get the desired response from their dog/puppy and see them transforming before their very eyes.

My passion for dogs started twenty-two years ago, when I was only seven years old. It came into my life in the form of a tiny furry bundle called Kirby. Kirby was a six-week-old terrier puppy who had been abandoned on the curb, and who we rescued from Battersea Dogs & Cats Home. As our lives began together, so did my curiosity and fascination for this species.

Kirby very sadly passed away in February 2014 at the grand old age of twenty years old, after a long and amazingly fulfilled life together I am still extremely passionate about dogs and the fascination and curiosity that began all those years ago continues to be a big part of my life, so much so that helping dogs and their humans live happily together has become my full-time job as a dog trainer and so Kirby Dog Services was born!

Knowing that his legacy lives on through my dog training work, enabling owners to get the very best out of their dog via the most modern, kindest, effective and scientifically proven dog training is extremely rewarding.

Kirby Dog Services offers expert, fun, force-free dog training throughout London. You can be assured that your dog will be in the best hands because I am fully insured, qualified in canine first aid and just generally mad about dogs and I get results! Check out my 5 star client reviews on my website and google to see for yourself :)

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