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Animal Kind

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Chris, the Trainer, standing next to his dog

What We Do

Do you want a dog that can go anywhere with you and do anything? Since 2010, Chris and Helen have been helping owners achieve their goals. They can help you to train your dogs to become calm, family-friendly pets through fun and practical training.


Book Personal Puppy or Dog Training for tailor-made solutions starting at home, or join the Group Classes journey for age-appropriate courses as your pup develops.


Helen and Chris combine years of practical experience with thousands of dogs, accreditation as instructors, and qualifications including a masters degree in animal behaviour. Both qualified under Steve Mann’s Institute of Modern Dog Trainers, so use positive reinforcement to make the training rewarding for you and your dog.

Helen, the trainer, with a dog doing a trick

Personal Puppy

Turn your young puppy into a thriving dog, with 121 advice before your pup even comes home, an at home Bumper Puppy Power session within the first days of their arrival, and fortnightly or monthly follow-on sessions covering the training and socialisation you need to get them calm, friendly and well behaved around dogs and people.

As well as being accredited trainers who have worked with thousands of puppy owners, Chris and Helen have also brought up seven rescue pups themselves.


Having a new puppy is a time of great fun and joy, mixed in with lots of anxiety about doing the right thing, toilet training, whether to use a crate or not, how to get a good night’s sleep, against a backdrop of lots and lots of biting! They will answer all your questions, and immediately make your life easier.

Find out more about Bumper Puppy Power sessions, 

Monthly Development Packages and Recall and Lead Walking,

click here.


Personal Dog

As a trainer and behaviourist, Chris works with dogs with   training issues like recall and lead walking and more serious behaviour problems, including dog-to-dog nervous aggression.

He can give you strategies, training and tips, in a measured and supportive way, that will help you from your first session. The journey begins here, starting with:

- An Assessment and First Training session to work out the reasons for your dog's behaviour and a plan to solve them.

- An appropriate package of follow-up sessions to resolve the issue, or significantly improve it. 

- Such as our Desensitisation and Re-socialisation packages for dog-to-dog nervous aggression. 

We also offer specific targeted packages for:

- Recall

- Lead Walking

- A Teen Wolf package for adolescent dogs that combines obedience, parkour and agility

To find out more about our Assessment and First Training Sessions, click here. For our full list of services for adult dogs, please enquire via the contact form or email

Group Classes

Our training journey will help your pup develop into a secure, attentive and joyful adult dog through six distinct courses which prioritise socialisation and age-appropriate training. 

Your pup can join our Super Socialisation course, held indoors in a clinically clean place, from just 9 weeks old (subject to vaccination status). Your very new pup will meet a small number of fellow pups and learn social skills with dogs and people.

In Young Pups, while continuing their socialisation journey, your dog begins to learn lead walking and recall training.

To explore the full journey, which includes courses that teach fun tricks, obstacles, and an introduction to agility, please click here.


About Us

Having grown up in Dorridge with cats and a horse, Helen spent many years working in London making programmes for the BBC. After changing careers in 2008, she fell in love with dogs whilst doing voluntary animal rescue work in India, China and Thailand where she rescued street dogs and fostered and rehomed puppies. Helen has worked with dogs full-time since setting up Animal Kind with Chris in 2010 and has become an accredited dog training instructor with the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers (IMDT). She teaches Animal Kind’s Group Classes journey, as well as working with clients 121 on Puppy Power packages.  With the help of Luna the rescue Labrador (right)


Both trainers with their dog


Chris has always had dogs in his family from Caesar, a Sheltie to Blue the Whippet and Skye the rescued Greyhound. After leaving his career in journalism in London, he found his calling, rescuing street dogs whilst volunteering at International Animal Rescue in Goa and training as an accredited dog training instructor with the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers (IMDT) on his return. Over the years, Chris has studied Animal Behaviour and now has a Masters degree from Newcastle University and is striving towards becoming a top-level Certificated Clinical Animal Behaviourist, a qualification held by less than 100 behaviourists in the world.


Dog in Logo

Getting our new puppy was fun but we soon realised that she hadn't read the same books we had about how puppies behave. We realised we needed more 1-2-1 help from a professional. Chris was great and after a 1-hour session at our home things started to get easier. We also joined his puppy classes. We now have a 7-month-old puppy that is friendly and easy to take out and about. It's made the experience of being a first-time dog owner much more rewarding. Chris and his training I'm sure played a massive part in that.

Paul Hubbard, with Jessie

Rewarding for You and Your Dog

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