Welcome to The Dog House Academy! close
Owned and managed by Shelley Heading The Dog House Academy was established in 1995. Shelley decided to study dog training and behaviour after becoming disheartened at classes she attended with her puppy Weimaraner, Dooley. Classes were either usung harsh punitive methods resulting in the breakdown of trust between her and her puppy, or classes were too large and overcrowded with no individual attention.

It was at this point Shelley was inspired to study all about our canine friends and was lucky enough to undertake one of the late John Fisher’s courses – a pioneer in positive reinforcement training - THE CANINE HUMAN INTERFACE and passed with a distinction.

Shelley offers many classes through The Dog House from Puppy Lifeskills and follow on courses, adult 121 sessions, platform and more
Other qualifications/courses include:
  • Advanced management of cats and dogs,
  • Advanced nutrition of cats and dogs
  • Diploma in Companion Animal Care
  • APDT Instructor Course
  • Basic Grooming
  • COAPE Behaviour Advisor
  • Cert. Nutrition
  • First Aid
  • Canine Cognition
  • Platforms
  • Scent work for pet dogs
  • and many more
Shelley has over 23 years of experience training dogs of all ages and breeds and is a member of  ICAN, PPG, COAPE, APDT
Shelley lives just outside Thorney with her husband Rob, sons Liam and Oliver, a Hungarian Vizsla called Wilma and a rescue cat Nortie the Tortie.