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The South West Dog Training and Behaviour Centre has been established since 1997 and believes every person, dog and situation is unique. Training is provided by highly qualified team members who love dogs and have many years experience in dog welfare, training, psychology, behaviour problem solving and grooming.

Handlers and dogs are trained on a personal, one-to-one basis as well as in small groups in a variety of environments with continually adapting methods to suit individual requirements.

We offer a wide range of services and courses from handling dogs with behaviour problems, Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme to Gun Dog work. Our methods are kind, fun, highly motivational and effective with all handlers encouraged to 'think' dog!


We are based in the beautiful Gloucestershire countryside, halfway between Gloucester and Bristol, just off of junction 14, M5, on the edge of the Cotswolds and surrounded by beautiful country walks including the Cotswold Way.

The Trainers

Ann Nash

(MIACE, MACC, MAPDT No. 00891, Kennel Club Listed)

Principal Trainer and Behaviourist

 International dog trainer Ann Nash founded the South West Dog Training and Behaviour Centre to help train people to understand the way in which a dog really thinks and learns in order to achieve a better bond, more control and a dog that is an absolute pleasure to own.

Ann has spent a lifetime involved with animals, particularly training and breeding dogs and horses. From her early teens she spent her spare time doing voluntary work in a large boarding/breeding kennels where she showed a natural ability to communicate with even the most difficult of dogs. In 1980 she became supervisor and also started up a successful dog grooming business.

In 1988 she became principal trainer for Thornbury Dog Training Club, covering general obedience and behaviour problems and went on to extend her grooming business to incorporate training and behaviour.

Over recent years Ann has been involved in promoting, training and competing in Rally Obedience and has qualified two rottweilers and a labrador at Level 6 Excellent.


Ann has studied extensively for many years with John Rogerson of Northern Centre of Canine Behaviour, assisting him both in this country and overseas having certificates in Puppy Development, Canine Behaviour, Problem Solving, Training and Instructing to Advanced Canine Aggression including behaviour testing, dangerous dogs and counselling. She also has certificates in Canine Psychology(distinction) and Animal Behaviour(distinction).

Ann is a Member of the Institute of Animal Care Education, Assoc. Member of the Animal Care College, Member of Assoc. of Pet Dog Trainers (No. 00891) and has Kennel Club Listed Status and is a qualified Kennel Club Judge in Rally Obedience and Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme.

She has also been a lecturer at Filton College, Bristol lecturing students taking their Canine Studies Btec First Diploma and Btec National Diploma in Animal Care and Management. She lectures and demonstrates regularly at Veterinary Puppy Socialisation/Training Parties.

Liz Nash


Liz has been brought up assisting with training and breeding dogs. She has worked at various kennels and veterinary hospitals and runs a successful dog grooming and animal care service. She has certificates for the Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme at Bronze, Silver and Gold levels with various breeds, including Rottweiler, Labrador, Springer Spaniel, Border Collie and Staffordshire Bull Terrier. She also has the Federation of Dog Trainers and Canine Behaviourists' certificates, Bronze, Silver and Gold levels.


Liz has also studied with, and assisted John Rogerson of the Northern Centre of Canine Behaviour, both in this country and abroad. She has certificates in studying and assisting in working trials, agility, obedience and training and instructing and also holds certificates in gundog training. She has a Btec First Diploma in Animal Care, Btec National Diploma in Animal Care, Federation of Dog Trainers and Canine Behaviourists Canine Studies (level 2) in Training and Grooming, a certificate in Advanced Canine Psychology and is a member of the National Association of Registered Pet Sitters. Liz is also a qualified Kennel Club Rally Obedience Judge and competes in Rally-Obedience at Level 6.


Sally Knowlson

Assisting Instructor / Administration

Sally has been assisting here at SWDTBC in excess of 20 years, she has a great understanding of canine behaviour and also owns two dogs of her own, an eleven year old three legged Staffordshire Bull Terrier and a nine year old former stray rescue Collie cross together with three cats and a toddler.

Sally has a wealth of experience handling dogs and has gained qualifications in Instructing, has assisted abroad training dogs and handlers in general obedience and behaviour. Sally holds a certificate in canine hydrotherapy and K9 First Aid. Sally was part of the Battersea agility team at Earls Court 2014. Sally competes in Rally Obedience. Sally has Kennel Club certificates in Bronze, Silver & Gold.

Generally, Sally will be your contact here in the office at SWDTBC to assist you in booking, enquiries and training questions.



Sue Wiles
Assisting Instructor

Sue has been involved with dogs for over 20 years and has bred and owned show dogs. For many years she served on the West of England Collie Society (WECS) Committee and has helped with the dogs of Friends of South Glos Strays (FOSS). She has trained her own dogs and has experience of the Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme at Bronze, Silver and Gold levels working alongside Celia Bourne and the late Mandy Blake.  She now assists Ann in training classes and 1-1 behavioural situations.


Sue has undertaken Sarah Whitehead's Think Dog awards at Certificate, Intermediate and Advanced levels in dog behaviour, as well as awards in Training Puppies for the Future and Talk Dog. She has also attended various seminars including Resource Guarding and Practical Dog Handling.   She is also a qualified Pets as Therapy Assessor (PAT).


Jane Foubister

Assisting Instructor

Jane developed a passion for dogs from an early age. Influenced by her childhood of training the family Gundogs and Boxers, she went on to breed and show Bernese Mountain Dogs for fifteen years. She now competes with her Golden Retriever in Rally Obedience and has achieved level 6, whilst also training the newest member of her family, a Norfolk Terrier puppy. 

Jane has studied widely and successfully completed Sarah Whiteheads Think Dog Certificate and Think Dog Practical courses. She has also completed the CIDBT workshop in Dog Handling and Training Skills, John Rogerson's "Reactive Dogs" and "Breed Specific Play"courses. She has attended seminars by Chirag Patel and David Ryan and has certificates in Dog-Dog play, Understanding and communicating with your Canine companion and Predatory Chase Behaviour.


The Assistance Dogs.

(The 'A' Team), Over the years our own dogs have dramatically helped other dogs to socialise as well as helping with general obedience and rehabilitation. Our thanks to these unsung helpers!

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