Dog and Puppy Training classes in Dorset

Dorset Dog Training

If you are looking for Dog Training in Dorset, we can help you improve or resolve the following issues. You no longer have to suffer from poor recall, lead pulling or a bored dog. These problems can mean taking your dog out is less enjoyable. If you want to make your dog training better for 2021, then get in touch. We cover a wide area of Dorset, with the key areas being Wimborne, Poole, Bournemouth, Ringwood, Blandford, Wareham, Swanage and out to Weymouth.

We can help with the following dog training issues and activities

Recall Training issues, Lead pulling issues,

Overexcited and demanding,

Puppy training, Dog training

Pet Gundog training, Pet Dog Scent training

Dog training in Dorset: Recall and lead pulling training
Dorset Dog and Puppy Trainer

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 with what we can achieve, and we will never make any false promises.
  • We use modern ethical techniques which are based on classical and operant conditioning with positive reinforcement being a key training approach.
  • Dog Training The Right Way offers a 6 week intensive live environment preparation puppy training course
  • We are highly experienced with training pet gun dog breeds who are not going to be worked.
  • We offer one-to-one, so the 45 minutes is all about you and your dog. We also offer group training.
  • We train outdoors, in those types of locations where you walk your dog.
  • There is a dedicated training area of 2.5 acres in Merley and another field in Purbeck.
  • We focus on training the owner, not the dog. We believe that when you get it right, your dog will naturally follow your behaviour and commands.

What our clients are saying about us

Muttley Solutions Dog Trainer
5.0
Based on 53 reviews
Sharon George
Sharon George
19:45 01 Nov 21
Gary has made a proper dog of my mixed breed "cocktail". Everything you could hope for in an experienced, no-nonsense trainer. I'd recommend him to anyone who is serious about wanting a well behaved, well mannered dog in their life.
Julie Wathen
Julie Wathen
09:17 20 Oct 21
Having left it quite late to train Bella - a five year old labrador - the change in just a few sessions with Gary has been incredible. I am learning how to get the best out of her and she is loving the gun dog training - in addition we are applying the techniques to our daily life and see a huge change in her wellbeing and discipline - whatever the weather, the sessions are really informative, fun and inspiring.
John Eden
John Eden
20:25 27 Sep 21
We first contacted Gary when we collected our 8 week old Collie x Labrador puppy. Gary has offered excellent advice from our first meeting with him. With Gary's help we now have a well behaved 9 month old dog who is a pleasure to own.We can't recommend Gary highly enough.
sally Lowe
sally Lowe
23:35 21 Sep 21
Great Puppy training with robust techniques that concentrated on the basics abs was well delivered. This is only the start of our journey with our puppy and we are looking forward to continuing our training with Gary.
Kim Cheaney
Kim Cheaney
07:10 04 Sep 21
Gary has helped us enormously with our gsp Lola, I would totally recommend him to anyone looking for help with their dog. We are going on to do the scent work and gun dog training and very much look forward to our further adventures in the future.
Tara Sanger
Tara Sanger
06:28 27 Aug 21
Started taking my puppy to Gary after the usual puppy training didn’t work for us. It has taken time and hard work but the progress is amazing and I’m so pleased I was recommended him by a friend.
Chris Williamson
Chris Williamson
20:24 11 Aug 21
I highly recommend the training and services offered by Gary at Mutley Solutions. I have found it very rewarding to see my dog progress through his training. Gary's knowledge, abilities and experience has guided me through training but more importantly the social issues my dog sometimes struggles with. The 1-1 training and instructor led group dog walks has worked well to address certain behaviors while also improving my ability to meet my dogs needs. A very good and honest trainer which will unlock both the owners and the dogs true potential.
claire smith
claire smith
09:53 30 Jul 21
Would highly recommend Gary to anyone who needs help and training with their dogs. He is very knowledgeable and a joy to learn from, and trains the right way.. 😉
Amber Jagot
Amber Jagot
14:38 18 Jul 21
Gary gives us so much confidence and energy to train our cocker spaniel. We've become much better trained owners since starting our sessions, and consequently we're noticing huge improvements in our relationship with our dog. We always have a laugh too and leave sessions with big smiles on faces. We know it will take time, commitment, patience, consistency, and repetition to train our dog to the standard we're after, and Gary tells us what we're doing well and what we need to change so we always get the most out of training. Great sessions, would recommend to anyone who is after the best possible relationship with their dog.
Ben B
Ben B
16:07 08 Jul 21
We are so pleased we have been training Lottie with Gary, he is extremely knowledgeable and clear in his approach. We have really benefited from having 1-1 sessions tailored to what we have wanted to get out of the sessions and we now receive some lovely comments from people on our walks, especially with Lottie’s off lead walking and recall 😊 we would recommend to others considering puppy/ dog training
Kim Bilson
Kim Bilson
20:31 19 Jun 21
Another great session. Thank you Gary I now have the confidence to know I can train my dogs.
ian Woodland
ian Woodland
13:12 10 Jun 21
Our training is coming on a storm. My dear wife still warbles on too much, but I can now call her out of shops, and get her to stay where I left her. Her fetching skill are excellent, but cooking skills need further work. Apparently Gary's training does not cover this area. Oh and Dexters (our sprocker) training is going very well too.
Sam Edwards
Sam Edwards
16:54 04 Jun 21
Anita Harries
Anita Harries
07:46 30 May 21
We have been working with Gary since the first week of getting our English Springer Spaniel puppy. As novice dog owners it has been great to have found a trainer who is so knowledgeable. The 1-1 training sessions in a ‘real’ environment have really allowed us to get the best out of our dog knowing we are in control. To be able to confidently take her out in any environment on long walks is exactly what we hoped for with our dog and the training gives us the tools to manage all situations.Gary always evolves and adapts the training to the needs and development of our dog and ‘us’.Highly recommend Gary - thank you.
Sam Freeman
Sam Freeman
08:25 24 May 21
The sessions are very specific to us and our dog, which is brilliant. They are practical and hands on. They teach us, as well as our dog, how to behave to get the best results.
Carolyn Edwards
Carolyn Edwards
20:24 16 May 21
We have a Hungarian Vizsla puppy and have been receiving training sessions from Gary since she was 12 weeks old.We soon realised it’s about training the owner rather than the dog.We admire Gary’s professionalism and no nonsense approach.We have seen significant changes with the behaviour of our vizsla and really take on board the advice we receive and continue with the training after the sessions.A number of people have commented when out on walk ‘ what a well trained dog’!Highly recommend Gary and his knowledge of dog training.
Naomi Funnell
Naomi Funnell
21:41 14 May 21
Straight talking dog training (and owner support!) that actually works. I do not know where we’d be with Luna, also known as Lunatic, without Gary’s guidance. A hyperactive menace is now day by day becoming an engaged, responsive dog who never ceases to impress us in the field. We would not have achieved this without the right instruction.Gary has supported us in integrating this relentless ball of energy into our family with a young baby, which without his support I would have thought was impossible.And most importantly we always have a laugh when out in the field training.
Poole Admin SpR
Poole Admin SpR
10:17 13 May 21
Great ethos in training the owners and the dogs. The field is excellent and its nice to work towards a standard ( bronze / silver / gold)Gary has a clear snd direct communication style which i really like and we have come on ‘leaps and bounds’ since starting training.Definitely recommend especially for pet gun dogs.
Rachel Buller
Rachel Buller
22:25 09 May 21
We went to Gary before we got our puppy Vizsla at 8 weeks via 2 zoom calls and Gary has helped every step of the way , we cannot recommend highly enough of the value of what we have learnt from Gary, we have listened and learnt and are on our way in getting the dog we always wanted, Gary is direct and honest which is sometimes hard to hear but we are so glad we did. We still have a lot to learn but are so glad we have Gary to help us teach our dog to be the dog we always wanted, if you want a well behaved dog speak to Gary.
Amy McNally
Amy McNally
11:42 08 May 21
We were struggling a lot with our Bulldog constantly pulling and having no recall, going out with him was a nightmare.Gary has been great at giving us advice, telling us what we need to change and giving tips on what to try.Within a few sessions our dog now has good recall and is getting better on the lead. Walking is now enjoyable rather than a dread!We are so impressed and truly grateful to Gary for his support. Would recommend to anyone who needs support with dog training!
Sarah Barber
Sarah Barber
18:42 06 May 21
I contacted Gary when our puppy was six month old, deciding I wasn't really training him properly and so glad I did. Since January, through Zoom and field training, Dave has come on leaps and bounds, more because Gary has taught me the skills to teach and train him correctly, with tough talk and great advice along the way. Dave has become much more well behaved and calmer and a less stressed and anxious owner. I would absolutely recommended Muttley Solutions. Thank you Gary and look forward to more training.
Emma Alner
Emma Alner
18:32 06 May 21
I have been training 2 puppies with Gary since last summer and we learn something new every week. My dogs enjoy every session and for me it is time and money well spent.
Jade Williams
Jade Williams
07:28 05 May 21
We first met Gary over a zoom session, during the November lockdown. He gave us some brilliant advice with our then, 14 week puppy. Since then we've had 4 or 5 field sessions with him. He's taught me so much about how to work with my crazy Cockapoo. Merlin's doing really well, and I'm getting there. But with Gary's training, I feel much more confident after each visit. Thanks Gary! Would highly recommend!
Phil Martin
Phil Martin
18:22 21 Apr 21
Gary has a wealth of knowledge and can tailor the training to suit the breed of puppy and needs of the owner. Be prepared to be challenged as well as advised as it is frequently our misconceptions that impair progress. I already realised the training was more for me than my puppy, so I was pleased to find someone who didn’t just say I was doing fine when I needed to change my approach. Gary can help you develop the skills you need to keep your puppy safe and happy.
Louise Upson
Louise Upson
20:06 20 Apr 21
We've only had 3 sessions so far but the difference in my 18 month old Lab is amazing. He absolutely loves the training and my confidence has come back after a fair few months of feeling overwhelmed with his behaviour. Looking forward to continuing to learn from Gary and building on the foundations I finally feel like I've achieved with Finley. Thank you!
Ben Lee
Ben Lee
09:43 17 Apr 21
We booked in with Gary after a really good zoom session. During our first field session it became evident that our pup needed a behaviourist, as opposed to training, not for want of trying from Gary though who was phenomenal. Gary was brilliant in advising and set us up with a behaviourist he knew well, which will hopefully help us get to the bottom of our issue. This is a real genuine love for dogs, doing what's best for Dog and client.Hopefully we'll be back in future, but for now, thank you Gary for your advise.
Angela ORegan
Angela ORegan
18:02 16 Apr 21
Gary is quite simply a life saver . I dread to think what a mess we would have been in without Gary’s guidance . I was hugely naive about the challenge of training a gun dog and I am so grateful for all his advice . We have sought advice from lots of sources but none can hold a candle to him. We come away from a field session laughing , uplifted and motivated to continue our journey of training a very bouncy , challenging pointer/vizla cross puppy.
nicky mowbray
nicky mowbray
20:45 10 Apr 21
We would highly recommend this trainer. He is highly knowledgeable about gun dog breeds; offers practical and effective advice and support; is accommodating and flexible and great value for money. Sessions are always enjoyable.
Martin Legg
Martin Legg
10:25 21 Mar 21
I met Gary about 18 months ago. In hindsight, an embarrassing moment, as my young rescue dog proceeded somewhat aggressively towards him and the two dogs he was walking. However, in hindsight, the best thing that ever happened for my dog and I. Although I personally didn’t enjoy the sessions to start with, I immediately noticed improvements. I say I didn’t enjoy the sessions? Didn’t enjoy coming to terms with the fact that my dogs behaviour was down to me would be better put, which I find highly niave and embarrassing now. As the sessions went on though, things just got better and better. Training is thoroughly enjoyable now, and that’s down to Gary training me. We have made giant steps and come a long way since we met Gary. I cannot recommend Muttley Solutions highly enough. I am still learning and we are still training and enjoying our progress. Thanks Gary
Frances Rasch
Frances Rasch
08:23 19 Mar 21
I am so pleased that I took the plunge to come here, within one lesson my dogs manners had changed and we are making constant steps in the right directions. I couldn't recommend Gary more.
Lucia Beevor
Lucia Beevor
18:19 13 Mar 21
Gary is a fantastic dog trainer, and has helped us with our dog massively already! He makes sure to alter the session to the dogs specific needs and character, and gives much needed constructive feedback.10/10 would recommend to anyone struggling with canine issues.
Ross Halliday
Ross Halliday
19:46 28 Feb 21
Cannot fault Gary with his knowledge and experience with training. Watching him with Henry in action is very impressive. We’re very happy with the progress he has helped us with after just 2 sessions. We did not think we’d have a 13 week old puppy off lead already and it’s down to his techniques. We have already recommended 2 lots of friends and would recommend to anyone.
Stacey Knowles
Stacey Knowles
18:20 21 Feb 21
I cannot recommend Gary’s training enough. Our working cocker Luna has come on leaps and bounds in just 2 sessions. Not only are we mastering the constant lead pulling and re-call but more importantly I am being trained to understand how to handle Luna - Gary has made me see how intelligent she is and that it’s me that needs the training and not her.
Jane Stewart
Jane Stewart
12:38 18 Feb 21
As a person with a disability I did wonder if I would be able to manage a working breed of dog. I contacted Muttley Solutions and immediately felt assured that if I put the work in I could have a dog to be proud of.The communication from the trainer has been brilliant When I have had a question the response has been very prompt. Field training has been really enjoyable and I feel much more confident that I am getting the right training for my dog. I can’t recommend highly enough.
livvy89
livvy89
06:43 18 Feb 21
After no success with a previous trainer, we did a big search online and found Gary. Our pup was 16 weeks when we had our first session and I was worried it was too late to change bad habits. That was not the case, even our first session which was over zoom made such a difference. Gary trains you, the owners, not the dog, and we have learnt so much with still plenty to learn, but our pup has come such a long way. Always look forward to our sessions and Gary has been great via text support between sessions with my never ending questions. If you're willing to put the work in, you will see results and Gary is your guy!
Charlotte Davies
Charlotte Davies
21:08 26 Dec 20
We have been working with Gary since we got our 8 week old German Shorthaired Pointer (Ridley). From the very beginning it has been the best decision we made, Gary did our first session through zoom, is always on hand to help if we need to ask questions and really cares about his work.Ridley has come so far since we’ve been working together, we have put a lot of time into him but alongside Gary’s training sessions we are reaping the benefits. At 5 months old he recalls with a whistle every time, heel walks on and off lead (in medium distraction environments), he does sit/down/stand/wait/stay 90% of the time and we can go walking in the forest and he follows us everywhere. These are just a few of the things we have achieved through consistency and hard work.We were aware it was a slow start due to being outside in the elements with distractions compared to inside in a training hall, but now we have a dog who is used to being in the real world!We would highly recommend Gary for any dog related training or issues, he’s helpful, professional.. and really does care about you and your furry friends! 🙂
Chris Elfes
Chris Elfes
08:59 20 Dec 20
Gary is a man with a mission, and that mission is to help dog owners recognise that the training is almost always about the owner being trained not the puppy!! Once you get your head round that your puppy will shine! He has the instant ability to directly articulate what is not working and why, so lessons develop in a tailored fashion to what you both need.Whether you have owned dogs before or not, he will ensure that your puppy both clearly understands what you want and forms a partnership with you.We love putting into practice Gary’s direct feedback after lessons and look forward to learning more next time. At five months of age other dog owners are already so impressed by our puppy’s response to commands on walks and yet we haven’t even got past beginner stage yet. Highly recommended.
Melanie Moriarty
Melanie Moriarty
13:58 16 Dec 20
Gary is very professional trainer who clearly wants the best for our pets.He has helped me with my Wirehaired Vizsla with support from before I brought my puppy home to now, a 6 month old delight, mostly thanks to the guidance I have received from Gary.I very much look forward to working with Gary as my puppy goes through the potentially difficult months of adolescence!!!Cheers Gary!
Ron Davis
Ron Davis
16:11 15 Dec 20
As novice dog owners we needed sound practical advice on how to train our new puppy. Gary has been great in training us and we’ve made good initial progress in a short time. We would highly recommend his services for dogs of all shapes and sizes.
andrew sargeant
andrew sargeant
15:23 07 Dec 20
Gary helped us with Our young female cocker spaniel (who was taking us for walks rather than us talking her for a walk). He gave us some very helpful tips on where we were going wrong.We have seen a great improvement already. I would definitely recommend his helpAndrew
Matt Smith
Matt Smith
21:40 26 Nov 20
We've worked with Gary for a number of months now with our Cocker Spaniel. Before going to Gary we really needed help with lead walking and recall and through Gary's guidance and expert knowledge we now have a completely different dog to the one we turned up with. Gary helped us work on conditioning training to sort out our dog's recall, as well as showing us the correct loose lead training techniques and equipment to use. In our last few sessions we were able to move onto fun retrieving tasks and our dog loved the dummy launcher!Gary's enthusiasm for dogs and their training is always on show and we'd thoroughly recommend him to anybody who is serious about putting the work in to help their dog become the best they can be. He shows you how to work with your pet gundog's instincts and keep them mentally stimulated and focused on you.
Alison Maidman
Alison Maidman
07:48 17 Nov 20
Got a great start with Gary helping with all of his expertise. Highly recommend.
Vaughan Maanners
Vaughan Maanners
06:37 10 Jul 20
Good clear training for owners and their dogs.We have learnt so much and still learning . Gary is training us to have a well trained dog.
Helen Hart
Helen Hart
09:15 20 Jan 20
We got in touch with Gary when we first got our puppy at 8 weeks old. He has been invaluable at helping us train our dog from the outset, and we now have a very well behaved 20 week old.I would absolutely recommend Gary to anyone needing help with their dog.
Karen Jackson
Karen Jackson
11:37 16 May 19
Very helpful and patient during the training sessions and if you have problems inbetween. Would highly recommend.
Jenny Frankland
Jenny Frankland
18:59 02 Apr 19
Gary was able to help me see how to work with my dog to achieve the very best from him. Each step was clearly explained and training was great fun. I how have a very relaxed, happy and contented dog who is enjoying life to the full. Thank you Gary for all your support and advice I couldn't recommend your training highly enough
Naomi Butters
Naomi Butters
22:03 20 Jan 19
Gary was brilliant with our rescue bull terrier, the initial consultation allowed us to start with the basics with the right food, exercise and how to manage her in the house. The second training session gave my partner and I the skills to deal with her lead reactivity around other dogs and how to manage these situations. The knowledge Gary gave us has been useful on every single walk. Would definitely use again and recommend.
Dave Cass
Dave Cass
18:28 17 Nov 18
A quality service, provided by an extremely patient and knowledgeable expert. Thanks Gary!
Madeline Greenwood
Madeline Greenwood
23:00 15 Nov 18
We cannot rate Gary highly enough for his approach to training and walking our large-breed and anxious young dog. Baloo, a Bulgarian sheepdog, is nervous around new people and has stubborn tendencies when out on walks but is a real softy at heart. Gary allowed Baloo plenty of time to get to know and trust him. He was able to read what Baloo wanted and needed from us and others around him and spent time training us on how to train our dog more effectively. We will be sad to lose Gary as our walker and trainer due to moving house, and would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a walker, particularly for dogs with more specialised needs. Thanks Gary for all your help :).
Vicky Weatherill
Vicky Weatherill
06:52 22 Sep 18
Gary has been a huge help with our 3 year old lab/springer cross. His amazing interest, knowledge and positivity trained us to train our dog.
Allison Hadland
Allison Hadland
18:59 29 Aug 18
Gary gave me the confidence and the know how to solve my dogs behaviour , it's not going to be solved over night but with patience and the guidance given I can see us beating the problem. It's also a help knowing I can contact him if needed .
Jo Dugdale
Jo Dugdale
09:17 16 Jul 18
Gary was highly recommended to me by one of his clients. I had tried training classes, different techniques and solutions that were not working. Gary was quick to respond. He was able to assess, discuss and encourage training solutions specific to our needs. He has an abundance of patience, very positive attitude towards myself and my dog Axle. Since training with Gary, my confidence has returned which has led to a positive affect in Axles development.Jo and Axle
Elaine Green
Elaine Green
20:40 09 Jan 18
I have been using Gary to walk my dogs for about 4-5 months now. I could not think of a more responsible, professional and caring and reliable person to take care of my 2 dogs when I'm not at home. I have an elderly dog who is deaf and always know they are well cared for and safe. I always get feedback each day to inform me how they are and my dogs are always happy and rested when I return home and I have seen how very fond of Gary they are! Hugely recommended for anyone who needs that peace of mind knowing their fur babies are in good, safe and caring hands! Very happy customer!!!!
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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 the fact 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.

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 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 in doing so 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 to 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, the Pet Gun Dog classes we offer 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.

Pet Gundog Training in Dorset
Pet Gundog Training in Dorset
Where is my nearest local dog trainer?

Muttley Solutions is based in Merley near Wimborne in Dorset and has a large outdoor training facility.

Is there a force-free dog trainer locally?

Muttley Solutions does not use any techniques which 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. They are at a time which fits in with your busy life.

Do you come to my house?

No. Since Covid 19 happened, I now do the first session via Zoom. This works very well. We agree on a training plan and prepare you to visit my training facility in Merley or our Purbeck facility.