Dog and Puppy Training classes in Dorset

Trust Muttley Solutions To Resolve Your Dog Training Issues.

If you are looking for pet gundog training in Dorset, you have come to the right place. Gary is an ethical dog trainer who services the Dorset area. By using clicker-based training for consistent and kind results your dog is set up to succeed. We specialise in breed-specific training for pedigree and cross-gundog breeds who will not be working on shoots.

Our group class sizes will only have a maximum of 3 client dogs. This ensures the quality of our group training and means a better ratio of trainers to dogs.

Gundog training classes in Dorset
Gundog Training in Dorset

An Introduction to Muttley Solutions and What We Offer.


If unsure which training is appropriate for your dog, I offer a free 15-minute phone call to discuss training and implement a plan. Please note this is not a free I have a problem service. This does not cover behaviour issues, and terms apply.

pet gundog training dorset
Meet the team: Henry and Hazel

We can help with the following dog training issues and activities

Puppy Gundog Training,

Pet Gundog training,

Pet Gundog Puppy Training

Recall Training issues,

Lead pulling issues,

Overexcited and demanding,

Dog training


What our clients are saying about us

Muttley Solutions Dog Trainer
5.0
Based on 83 reviews
MB
MB
1699215614
We recently attended the puppy gun dog class and it was excellent. Enjoyed every session with our 5 month old Vizsla, it taught us the basics and gave my wife and I a good introduction to dog training. Gary is very knowledgeable and clearly has much experience, also has a good sense of humour. We highly recommend Muttley solutions. Thanks Mark & Charlotte.
Graham Cobb
Graham Cobb
1684650530
Our almost 2 year old black Labrador is just a few sessions in with Gary and Lorraine and already we can see just what a difference it’s making. I wish we’d found Muttley Solutions earlier as the training is absolutely spot on. Even better, is the dog loves it too as he gets lots of treats 😀
jeremy dunn
jeremy dunn
1683716118
With Gary’s dog training knowledge and understanding we are making real progress with our nearly two year old Springer spaniel. Gary has given me the confidence and direction I needed. Recall and loose lead walking have certainly improved using his techniques. I am so glad we found Gary and would definitely recommend. Thank you.
Tammy Carpenter
Tammy Carpenter
1682770924
A real eye opener to puppy training.I have had puppies in the past and decided to try a different way of training.The light bulb moments I have had during the classes have helped understand where I have gone wrong in the past.Highly recommend and can not wait to take part in the level One GunDog training
Gill Vince
Gill Vince
1679563055
Excellent puppy classes. Gary was very kind and considerate. Will be booking more lessons in the future.
Angela Sapsford
Angela Sapsford
1678222602
We have done the first stage puppy training with our 16 week old Jackapoo and everything Gary has show us has helped improve our time with our puppy.We have just signed up for next stage and would recommend him to anyone looking to give both owner and dog the guidance they need
Carole Pentelow
Carole Pentelow
1677418629
Great support and guidance with Gary and the puppy training definitely recommend 👍
Georgina
Georgina
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Really enjoyed the last 4 weeks of puppy training. I’ve really noticed an improvement with my dog already and I will continue to work hard with the tools I’ve been given.
Anu M098
Anu M098
1677364721
Really enjoyed the puppy sessions with Gary and meeting the other pet owners in the same boat.Very useful training and he will tell it like it is. Really appreciated his no nonsense approach.We will definitely be booking future classes to set my puppy up for success.Highly recommend Muttley Solutions!
Eleanor
Eleanor
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I started training our puppy with Gary in his gun dog puppy classes and have now progressed on to his level 2 pet gun dog course. Gary is extremely knowledgable and always has a simple and effective solution to any hurdles I’ve come across during training. I would highly recommend Muttley Solutions and I’m looking forward to seeing how far we will progress with our training under Gary’s guidance.
Lucia Barrow
Lucia Barrow
1675934955
Highly recommended, Gary taught us the basics for recall, loose lead walking and getting our puppy to focus on us, our puppy is calmer and responded well to the training, will keep up with all the pointers to keep our puppy on track.
Jane Frewer
Jane Frewer
1675866020
Really enjoyed the puppy preparation classes - gave us lots of useful tips for training and practice. Good (if cold/wet!) outdoor environment which was more realistic than being inside a hall with lots of other dogs.
Sarah Mitchell
Sarah Mitchell
1675256981
I've recently started training with Gary and look forward to our sessions. Very professional and well organised service with great guidance, communication and access to resources outside of the training sessions. You can't beat a 1:1 session with a knowledgeable professional to give you guidance as a trainer and develop your skills- because it's really about what you're doing and the dog will come along if you concentrate and work with patience. Having focus in the work I'm putting into my dog, using the exercises and techniques Gary has set out for me is really helping my pup and I to develop a strong and positive relationship. Looking forward to seeing where our journey takes us! Thanks Gary and team.
Lucy Richards
Lucy Richards
1675019372
I've just completed Gary's 4 week gundog puppy training course (condensed into 2 weeks thanks to the Great British weather). Training outdoors in a small group was great. We learnt a lot in a very short space of time. I'm now looking forward to building on the skills we've acquired - and having a very well trained dog! 😃 😜
Meryl Thompson
Meryl Thompson
1674979886
We thoroughly enjoyed the Puppy Gundog course and were surprised how quickly our 20 week old bouncy Flatcoat responded to the tecniques Gary taught us. We’re really looking forward to the Beginners Level 1 Course.
ros cox
ros cox
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I started training with my 2 year old golden retriever to work on loose lead walking and recall as she was obsessed with hunting squirrels! After the first session I felt I understood Molly better and felt more equipped to know what to do to manage her when out on walks. We have had 4 sessions now and she has improved so much and walks have become more enjoyable and less stressful. Gary helps to teach you to teach your dog so you can train what you need to have a great dog.
Linda Hunt
Linda Hunt
1673116010
Great training session. Gary has provided me with the tools to enable me to finally be able to walk my dog without being dragged along. We have now started gundog training and Stanley has natural ability. Looking forward to developing this further.
Sheridan Smith
Sheridan Smith
1667567796
I have attended 1:1 training with both my dogs (5yr old & 5mth old labs) and also puppy group training and found both extremely helpful. All training is tailored to each dogs personality, showing owners what to do to get the best results.
Emma Courtney
Emma Courtney
1660320165
Gary and Lorraine are both very welcoming and professional trainers who have given us and our golden retriever puppy some fantastic lessons over the past few weeks. Since the first session, the expectations and guidance have been clear and the atmosphere was very positive. We have been delighted with the outcome of the sessions and it has given our family the confidence to practice our training at home and in the local area.
Abby Shorthouse
Abby Shorthouse
1659351996
We approached Gary to help us with recall training for our 18 month old Golden Retriever who had a very high prey drive and a tendency to return to us only on her terms rather than when we called her back. Firstly, Gary's website set us up with really good practical information prior to the intensive recall training sessions commencing. Gary helped us understand how to interpret the environment we were exercising our dog in, taught us to use a whistle to recall our dog and corrected us on some of our bad habits as owners that were compounding the problems that we were experiencing! We now have a responsive, well-behaved dog that returns to us when we call her, although we are not being complacent and realise that re-enforcing good recall is life long if we want continued success.Dog walks are a pleasure now for all of us and we recognise early on if an environment is not favourable (too many distractions, etc.) that lead walking is the only way forward until the environment improves (proactive rather than reactive). Before we would have seen that as a failure but now we realise that it is the safest approach for our dog and it also allows us to keep control of situations where other owners are not in control of their dogs! We enjoyed the training with Gary - he has a great, dry sense of humour - and we are all probably better trained (both owners and dog!) as a result of these sessions!
hannah schofield
hannah schofield
1657272805
Gary has been amazing, very knowledgable and a wonderful way of teaching. I attended the 4 week gun dog puppy course and I have learned so much that will help even in the years to come. Will be returning for sure. Thank you Gary!
Nathan Harper
Nathan Harper
1657173964
Training sessions with Gary have been great! I can’t believe in such a short period of time, what a transformation it is to now walk our dog on lead. Gary has also given me some great training techniques to keep our dogs focus on me rather than distractions around him. Still work in progress in certain situations but my confidence has grown knowing that if I keep going with the different techniques I have been taught then we will keep moving in the right direction.
Helen Ffoulkes-Jones
Helen Ffoulkes-Jones
1656930454
Invaluable help and advice in those crucial early months, thanks so much Gary!
Frazer Smith
Frazer Smith
1653570938
We learnt so much about how to teach our dog, our pet is even more enjoyable now we have done Gary's classes, A+
Jenny Whittingham
Jenny Whittingham
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Would highly recommend the puppy and teenage training, We have learned so much from Gary he is very knowledgeable and has given us the tools to build on with our dog ‘Spud’. Our class was very friendly, and it was lovely to see the other dogs (and owners) develop through each training session. It’s also comforting to know we can build on our skills in the future through future individual sessions at his training site.
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Get in touch if you want to take your partnership with your dog to the next level in 2023. We cover a wide area of Dorset, with the key areas being Wimborne, Poole, Bournemouth, Ringwood, Blandford, Wareham, Swanage and Weymouth.

Dorset gundog training classes
Henry, The best teacher I have ever had

To All The Dogs Out There!

You don’t mean to pull on the lead or not come back when called. Your human partners don’t understand that you might be trying to tell them you are scared when you bark. Wagging your tail doesn’t mean you are happy. Being a human isn’t easy either; we should have all the answers. After all, you are just a dog!

We hear and see your problem…..your human partner!. They don’t mean to get it wrong; they just don’t know what to do. You know our mantra, ‘when they get it right, you have a chance of getting it right’ They don’t understand you are just a dog; you are just being normal. I know it isn’t easy living with us humans; we expect far too much; the perfect dog.

Here at Muttley Solutions,s we understand it’s far more difficult being a dog because those responsible for your welfare don’t understand you and find it challenging to communicate what they want. Please work with us and get your human partner back on track so they can start to understand the world from your point of view.

You deserve to reach your potential in a kind and positive relationship with us humans. Bring your human partner for some training, and together, we can get them to do it right!


Why trust Dog Training The Right Way to help you train your pet gundog, puppy or dog?

  • Our honest and open approach means we are realistic about what we can achieve and will never make false promises.
  • We use modern ethical techniques based on classical and operant conditioning, with positive reinforcement being a key training approach.
  • There is access to a purpose-built training facility at Merley, Wimborne.
  • We are highly experienced with training gun dog breeds that will not be worked and those that will be.
Dorset gundog group training
Gundog Training classes in Dorset

Why does my dog ignore my recall when I call them?

If you find your dog is ignoring your recall, then get in touch. We make tuition and learning exciting for you and your pet, giving you a dog that you can be proud of owning. We will help you enjoy that your dog will return on a whistle recall, no longer facing them ignoring your calls.

How do I stop my dog from pulling me when we walk?

We’ll help you train your dog so they can walk by your side on a loose lead, ensuring you no longer face them pulling on the lead. With our help, you will be able to look forward to your dog following you and not trying to lead you around! Unless you have a note from your vet for an exemption, all dogs must wear a collar. I am happy for dogs to wear a harness as long as it’s a well-fitting harness with an attachment front and back. A loose harness is pointless!

How to stop a dog from demanding attention?

Is your dog over-excited, out of control, and demanding? Teach them to get some order and calmness back into your relationship, giving you the dog you want.

How to stop my puppy from barking at everything?

Does your dog bark all the time? If you want to stop your dog barking, then Muttley Solutions can help you.

Real-life dog training

You will walk your dog on cold, wet days, so teaching them in this environment and being confident is essential. I consider myself a live environment trainer and have the perfect outdoor training facility, ensuring every dog training class is as realistic as possible for your everyday walks.

Do you have a Labrador Retriever who is bored? Perhaps it’s a Springer Spaniel or a Cocker Spaniel who needs a job? Are you struggling to manage your HPR breed? If you are not working with them, our Pet Gun Dog classes will help challenge your dog and stop those common issues when they become bored.

Recall training gun dogs need a different approach to other breeds. As a Dorset pet gun dog instructor, we focus on safety and ensuring you have a recall where the dog comes back to you when it doesn’t want to.

Where is my nearest local Dorset dog trainer?

Your local Dorset Dog Trainer is based in Merley near Wimborne in Dorset and has a large outdoor training facility.

I don’t want to work my gundog breed on a shoot. Can you help?

We specialise in supporting and working with those owners who have a gundog or cross gundog breed and have no intention of working with them. We use the techniques from the gundog shooting world to help you meet your dog’s breed traits. We work with you to improve recall in high-distraction environments and develop your understanding of prey drive. We help you to improve the walking on a lead and this can be a big issue with these breeds. The key focus is to give your dog a job and improve your relationship so you are both having fun together.

Is there a force-free dog trainer locally?

Muttley Solutions does not use techniques that cause harm or stress to your dog. We will teach the dog what ‘No’ means. It is about setting the dog up for success and showing undesired behaviours that do not reward.

I am looking for a dog trainer who provides a one-to-one training service.

My speciality is providing 1:1 puppy and dog classes. Private lessons will bring out the best in you and your dog.

Can you come to my house?

No. Since Covid 19 happened we have changed the way we approach training. You can book a free 15-minute phone call or book a session and attend my training facility in Merley.