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Dog training in east devon

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Is your dog spirited, stubborn, strong-willed, independent, untrainable, busy, or all of the above? Then you've come to the right place. Welcome to Axe Valley Dog Training, home of the Terrier Guy and the top choice for terrier owners who want a happier relationship with their dog without compromising that wonderful terrier spirit and character that we all love.

If we can train terriers, we can train any dog

Axe Valley Dog Training offers Dog Training, Puppy Classes and Agility in East Devon and the surrounding areas, so whatever your training needs, we've got you covered. You can book all of our one to one Training Packages online now too! Put your slippers on, grab a cuppa and join the Terrier Guy from the comfort of your lounge, garden or anywhere with an internet connection.

Here's what one of our online clients achieved:

Hi, just wanted to give an update with Casper. Everything’s going really well, he’s improved with his walking, jumping up and recall. He went on a walk in Windsor where he was great walking around dogs and people, he also visited his first pub where he was wonderful. Thanks for the all the help.

- Tyler and Juliet

what we do

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Does your dog pull like a train on lead?


We can help you regain control and enjoy walks again.


Does your dog jump all over visitors?


We can help you restore calm and keep those four paws on the floor.


Does your dog refuse to listen to you?


With our help, they'll be coming back to you every single time.


Use the button below to book your free phone call now.

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About the Terrier Guy

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Davey (aka The Terrier Guy) is a Clever Dog Company Method Trainer, terrier enthusiast and clicker trainer. His lifelong aim is to show the world that terriers can be trained very successfully using modern reward-based training techniques and not physical or psycological intimidation methods. His favourite training exercises and techniques include mat work and shaping.

"It's a real lightbulb moment when the dog works things out for themselves."

He gained theoretical and practical accredited qualifications in Canine Behaviour and Training (Alpha Education, Clever Dog Company) and was handpicked by the famous Clinical Animal Behaviourist and Trainer Sarah Whitehead (BA, MSc) to join her team of Licensed trainers in the Clever Dog Company Method.

Learning is a continuous journey and Davey keeps his knowledge up to date by attending courses, webinars and reading from some of the best trainers and behaviourists in the field throughout the year.

When not working he practices the flute (knowing all about frustration!) and attempts to train his British Blue cat Luna.

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What our clients say...

We cannot recommend Davey enough.

We opted for the Diamond package 1-1 service for our Cavachon puppy Coco. He was patient with our puppy and she has gained so much confidence. Davey is so helpful and friendly, with so much advice.

Thank you again and anyone looking for a kind, patient trainer please do contact Axe Valley Dog Training, first class trainer with amazing results.

- Stacey and Kelly

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01297 692350


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Areas we cover

We are based in Seaton, Devon and cover the following areas (main towns in brackets):

East Devon (Honiton, Ottery St Mary, Axminster, Blackdown Hills, Sidmouth)

West Dorset (Lyme Regis, Charmouth, Bridport)

South Somerset (Chard)

Training outside of this approximate area will be charged at a higher rate for petrol and time costs. If you're unsure, get in touch!

Got questions?

We're here to help.

What training package should I choose?


This can depend on several factors: how many issues you want to address, the complexity of the issues, the abilities of the learner and, of course, budget! If you're unsure, get in touch and we'll recommend the best package for you and your dog.

What are the vaccination requirements for puppy classes?


We can accept puppies after their second vaccination. Double check with your vet if unsure.

Where does the training take place?


One to one training will usually take place in your own home. This ensures your dog has an optimum learning environment. Some sessions may occasionally take place at a private field for further practise or in specific circumstances. Classes are held at the field.

Is my puppy too old for puppy classes?


Puppies can join our Puppy Classes from 8 weeks to 20 weeks. Older than this and they're becoming teenagers! Our Intermediate Classes are ideal for pups who have just missed out on Puppy Classes and cover things every terrible teen needs to know!

Will I get results?


While we can't guarantee results due to variables that are out of our control when working with animals, we can guarantee great service and top notch support to make it as achieveable as possible. Our highest success rates occur when we work with dog owners who are as committed to achieveing results as we are to helping you get them!

Do you do socialisation classes?


Our puppy classes cover essential socialisation, confidence building and teach valuable life skills including how to behave appropriately around other dogs and people.

How long will it take to train my dog?


Some dogs surprise us and make very quick progress, but the majority take time (the more you rush things the faster they can unravel!) We want to help you feel back in control as quickly as possible so you can feel confident with your dog again and our expert team are on hand to support you every step of the way.

Need to chat?


If you have more questions and would like to chat with us you can book a FREE 15 minute call with Davey who will be able to help you take the next step.

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