Helping you to enjoy your dogs is what our job is all about. We work with both owners and dogs to resolve and understand any behavioural issues they may have, to help them feel more confident and secure and to give owners the confidence they need to train their dogs.
Training dogs isn’t all about obedience, its about having a strong relationship with your dog whereby they want to work with you. We are all about having fun, and want owners to enjoy the experience as much as the dogs too. We work with a wide range of dogs and issues owners are having. We also train a lot of dogs for fun, to give them enriched lives, and in turn their owners.
One of our most popular services we offer is Recreational Training, whereby your dog/puppy comes and spends wither 1/2 or a full day with us we work through a training/socialising or confidence building plan with them and let you know what we have worked on. We have a lot of regulars that use this service with us.
Behaviour Consultations are required when we need to change the behaviour of the dog and when we need to work in conjunction with a vet to look at various options of diet changes, herbal medicines, or in some cases pharmacology, to help improve the dogs life. We put some management practices in place along with a training plan, we will also look to have regular catch ups to discuss their progress, as well as on-going support.
1-2-1 Consultations -
For Training, Reactive Dogs and dogs that are aroused by the environment we offer 1-2-1 consultations here in our field, we discuss with you what could be going on and look to help you understand your dog in terms of body language, threshold, environments etc. We then work through with you what you are able to do to help your dog and reduce the behaviour or help to build their confidence.
We also offer 1/2 hour social sessions with selected dogs to help your dogs to learn how to play confidently and politely with other dogs.
We run a number of classes through-out the week, with 3 classes on a Saturday, regular Sunday classes, Monday and Wednesday night classes.
Full Members of the IMDT (Institute of Modern Dog Trainers) –
Open College Network Level III qualification 'Principles of Dog Training and Behaviour’
Accredited Behaviourist under the IMDTB (Institute of Modern Dog Trainers and Behaviourists).
Open College Network Level IV Accreditation under the IMDTB, 'Canine Behaviour Modification and Consultancy'
Full members of the Pet Professional Guild
Fantastic service gavin was amazing today with missy's consultation highly recommended
Jess has just completed puppy class absolutely brilliant completely different puppy, i could of not got this far on our own. Also jess goes to day care and loves it. Thank you gavin Jeanette and team xx More...
Awesome! Thank you. Everyone on the team were so knowledgeable and supportive. I have learnt so much.
Always on hand to help , good advice and a friendly welcome always x
Absolutely over the moon with my first meeting with Gav, we may have way to go but I am glad it’s going to be an enjoyable time. I have work to do and will do what is best for my little girl. There will be no harsh treatment just because she is a “working breed” . I am really pleased I found southern pet services. Looking forward to a happier healthier relationship with my Mia and she need fear nothing. Thank you so much . More...
I recently attended a 2 day reactive dog workshop with southern pet services, with my reactive dog, and found the course to be 1 of the most beneficial things I have done, which is helping me unravel my dogs reactivity issues. The knowledge I gained in the workshop continues to benefit us, and a new path is unfolding before us, as I now understand my dog in a way I just wasn’t seeing before! I now have a much clearer understanding of how to spot her thresholds, and how, what I considered normal, was actually her indicating her stress levels to me. I now pay much closer attention to her body language, and using the techniques taught over the workshop, I can see my dogs confidence growing. And we are both just so much closer, and happier! The venue was super secure, with no concerns that any of the dogs would be put in an unsafe situation. The behaviourists are just awesome. Their level of skill and knowledge is just mind blowing, and I can’t thank them enough for helping me and rubes xxx More...
Highly recommend anybody going here with their dogs. Incredibly knowledgeable and up with all the latest information when it comes to dogs. Using positive techniques in the best way possible to get not only fantastic results but more importantly a happy dog who is less stressed and making good choices with a great owner/dog bond. More...
I totally recommend these guys for puppy training. We have had a great experience. They are so helpful and full of advice. Everything we do is explained so well that you are able to really relate to your dog and how they are thinking. And there is so much support and advice available outside of the class if you need it. More...
We have attended the puppy classes at Marchwood village hall. Gavin has a lovely way with all the dogs and helps owners understand their dogs too.
Thank you for having Monty today. He’s absolutely exhausted. He is currently asleep on the sofa!
The best trainers. My Doberman has been with them for a year with a mix between day care and training. He was very difficult when we first got him and it took a while because he had a difficult past, but he is a completely different dog now. He wasn’t affectionate with me and he was so stressful to have around. He now is the soppiest dog I know, completely relaxed at home and is obedient with no issues with recall. He previously was rough with dogs and they taught him to play with dogs but in a nice manner. Now I’m amazed when I walk him with other dogs because he so good with all dogs. The breed needs continuous stimulation and reinforcement and Gav has been so good at recognising his needs and never judging him. I love the fact that my dog cannot wait for his training session with him as it is clear that he has a strong bond and enjoys being trained. There are day care centres that don’t understand the Doberman breed and the boundaries they need especially at this young age. This breed cannot be left to get on with it because they are too intelligent and we have to recognise their needs. Thank you for being so flexible, it has been a learning process for us and thank you for being there for our big baby boy, he appreciates it. More...
Southern Pet Services have been very thorough with their assessment and caring throughout the process. This is why we took up the Puppy package and classes. we are seeing lovely progress and confidence gaining as our puppy grows More...
Excellent, a really great help so far with Marshall. He loved his interactive session with the other dogs and already looking forward to his puppy class!
Gavin is fantastic and always happy to ask questions at the end of the sessions too. Well worth the money and it works!
We met Gavin for the first time today and all I can say is WOW he really knows his stuff. A brilliant first training session with our dog Rio, he gave us lots to think about and do until the next time, Rio is a happy worn out pooch today and we are hopeful he will come on in leaps and bounds from now on, thanks Gavin so glad we came across you :-)
Gavin and his team have been an invaluable help to me and my dog. Their training advice emphasising kindness and patience has helped to make rapid improvements in behaviour and I am thrilled with the results. Many thanks.
Julie Marion Franklin
Our dogs Jake and Tess were very well looked after by Gavin and Jeanette when we went on our holiday in June. So much so, that we are about to book them in again when we go on holiday in October!! Richard and Julie Franklin xx
Jeanette and Gavin are amazing. I attended the puppy classes and have recently gone back to Jeanette and Gavin for help with behaviour and reactivity issues. Not only have they helped my boy but they have helped me be more confident, less anxious and understand my boy so much better. Can't thank them enough as they really are amazing. More...
Gav and his team are just brilliant. I've really enjoyed puppy school and learning how to communicate with my very lively husky. And even more important they've helped me develop the skills to be able to guide Beau in acceptable behaviour towards children and small dogs. It's still a work in progress but without Gav we'd definitely be struggling with this. I can't wait for the next stage of classes and puppy gym! More...
So Laila our puppy (or not so much of a puppy anymore) is nearly a year old and I thought it was about time I gave SPS a review!
We met Gav just after we decided to get a Dalmatian puppy and arranged that we would have puppy visits to begin with and then day care, as we work full time.
Gav had arranged that night for us to meet Han as she covers our area and would be having Laila and right from day one we were happy with our choice.
Both Gav and Han genuinely care about the dogs in their care and Laila has grown into a lovely, confident and well socialised dog. Everybody loves her and she loves everyone she meets. The best part is we return home from work to a tired and happy dog.
Laila goes into care on different days each week and I have no worries in leaving her in the morning knowing that shortly after she will be collected and have a great day.
We have also used SPS for training classes, agility and dog boarding and I cannot fault them at all.
I feel like she is apart of their family and I thank them for contributing to the cracking dog we have today.
Laila truly loves you guys.
Massive thanks for the past year and we all look forward to the future.
Lisa, Alan and Laila dog More...
Gavin is brilliant with the dogs and makes it fun for all including us adults. We have learned so much attending the puppy classes. Bailey our Cocker Spaniel has loved the fun friendly atmosphere whilst learning various exercises demonstrated by Gavin. We are now enjoying Bailey so much more understanding his needs and Bailey is much more understanding of what behaviour we expect from him. Thank you Gavin, will definitely be looking to work with you again soon X More...
First of all a massive thank you to Gavin and Janette for an awesome 8 weeks! If anyone is looking for puppy classes or any other classes I can not recommend Southern Pet Services enough. Milo graduated today, proud puppy mom moment � More...
Cher J Henvest
I have been using southern pet services since our puppy came to us at 8 weeks. We have learned so much. The training & advice that Gav & Jeanette have given us has been invaluable. They are so passionate about their work & truly adore all the puppies & dogs they work with. I will always recommend them to any dog owners. More...
Just want to thank Gav, Janette & their team for the support and training they have given us since February. People think German shepherds are hard wired to be ultra trainable and yes they pick up on training quickly but without the time and advice given by Gav and the team I wouldn't have been able to come up with the training ideas or general 'don't worry, you're doing great', reassurance to keep us on track.. I can now see the progress were making and how happy our puppy is.. So big thanks we couldn't do it with you ���� More...
Loki the beagle loves going to day care to play with all his friends. We started with basic puppy training to get him socialised and to learn basic training from there we have completed our bronze and silver award. As soon as we walk up the road to training Loki gets very excited to see Gavin and the team. We are now doing a trick training course which is great fun and makes Loki think which means a tired dog for the rest of the day! I would recommend the team to any one. More...
Can't recommend Southern Pet Services enough, we used their behavioural service after we rescued our dog from Cyprus. Jeannette was friendly, professional, kind and positive. We were left with a better understanding of our new dog and tools to deal with his reactivity and stress. 5 weeks later and we're getting compliments on how calm and relaxed Diego is. We also work in the pet services field so are very picky on any dog service we use so a 5 star review means a big thumbs up from us and we're also looking forward to more interactions with Southern Pet Services More...
Amazing people that have worked their magic on our puppy. He attends puppy class on a Saturday which has been amazing to train him. He also spends a morning every week with Jeanette to help him with socialisation. It’s really worked wonders for his confidence and all their advice has been proved right.
Thanks guys x More...
My four dogs stayed at Southern Pet Services for daycare for four days. I knew the service would be excellent because Gavin, Jeanette and team are ethical trainers who know what they're doing. I was delighted to receive photos part way through my mini break of all the dogs looking happy and having fun. I couldn't have entrusted my dogs to any other company/people and it allowed me to relax, knowing they were being well looked after, receiving plenty of enrichment and new experiences, and being well cared for. Thank you - your service is more than just daycare - it's peace of mind, knowing my beloved dogs are having a lovely time. More...
Massive � SPS brilliant in all ways. The Fun Day was was such a great idea and very, very well organised. LOADS of dogs, all calm and having FUN trying the different activities. Albert and I loved it- thank you � More...
Debbie Van der Sleen
My Partner Chris Gould has taken our cocker spaniel to the recent puppy training classes and Charley loved it, she is more responsive, attentive and better behaved. We are thinking of registering for the advanced puppy class to continue with her training. More...
Highly recommend Southern pet services, our labrador Milo had his puppy training with them they were amazing. They are also the only people we have left Milo with if he can't come somewhere with us xx
Southern Pet Services are great. I attended Bronze Award class with my frustrated greeter Doberman, they were very accommodating
and patient. Also encouraging me on days I was struggling! Now I have a dog who can join in on classes in proximity to other dogs, I’ve just signed up for a second lot of bronze classes. Great service and Great people More...
All the dogs love going to Gav and Jeanette! Excellent trainers.
Fantastic trainer helped us out with our pointer that was more interested in anything apart from recall. A few training sessions and we can now let her off the lead and she comes back when called. Can't thank Gav and his team enough More...
Nat Light Ccab
Super duper lovely people helping to make the world a happier place for dogs and their owners. Would thoroughly recommend!
First class service. Lovely, friendly staff. Recommend.
A very professional couple and group so supportive and knowledgable.
Today was our first class with these guys( scent work ) x very impressed , dogs were welcomed , all given space and encouragement, lots of laughter and learning along the way x
Very good with the dogs, very nice good people
Absolutely fantastic advice and lovely people too. What more do u need, friends for life dogs and their owners.
Had an amazing work experience thanks
Great advice and friendly team. Dog walking service is fantastic too and really takes the pressure off us.
Just had a great day with Gav and Toby at Southern Pet Services and learnt some great new training skills with positive reinforcement and clicker training, thanks so much for your time guys x
Adrian AndKelley Evans
Excellent services! Have done training and have my dog walked weekly wouldn't go anywhere else! Amazing people who go the extra mile :-D
Used Gavin a while back, helped me out loads with the training of my staff Albie, highly recommend
Totally recommend this Company. Had my first session with my dog as she needs to build her confidence and Gavin worked wonders within the first hour :-) thanks Gavin
We have been using Gavin & Jeanette at Southern Pet Services for a while now. They have gone to great lengths to get to know our dog's and have been very flexible with having him at short notice. Gavin has helped us a great deal in terms of training and socialisation as well, and our dog Diesel is a lot better behaved and can now be socialised with all sorts of dogs. Gavin has definitely changed our lives for the better. More...