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New Forest Dog Training & Behaviour Academy

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Puppy Classes 
13th June - FULL 
Next Class 
29th August 7pm
Email to book you puppy's place

"Some people talk to animals,

but not many people listen"

 Teaching and training is about building and maintaining a bond between you and your dog built upon  kindness, understanding and compassion.

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Booking and more course details-click courses below to find out more 

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How I Can Help - Behaviour & Training 

New Forest Dog Training Services- Covering the New Forest and Beyond!

For puppies, adults and rescue dogs.

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Kennel Club Puppy foundation Course / Real life Training 


New Forest Dog Training Academy follows the Kennel Club Puppy Foundation Award.

This means that the course is part of the Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme and we are delighted to be approved to run the highly successful course.

We help you training over  12 exercises that we teach in a fun, successful learning environment and importantly in a low stress environment for owners and puppies! 

Our course also covers real life skills! Our classes are more than just about training.... 

We go into lots of detail on behaviour, and look to recognise early behaviours that may potentially become issues later on and give you tools etc to help. We cover understanding body language, signs of fear in the big wide world and how you can help your puppy cope in the big wide world! 

Puppy classes are also important for socialising as they get to be around other dogs and people in a positive environment- it's all about fun! 

SPECIALISES IN SMALL GROUPS - Maximum of Six   puppies 

 Bronze Foundation course - Training Teenagers Adult dogs / rescue dogs 

Training continues throughout life....... so from puppy course this is the next level.

Kennel Club Bronze for younger dogs and adults.

We build solid foundations in training, beginning to delve deeper into dog training.. We help you with the onset of adolescence and the challenges it brings! We support you through the challenges that occur with training and importantly help support you through your training journey! 

The class is an ideal starting point for all rescue / adult dogs that have

Attending the course and successfully completing the exercises will also mean that you if you and dog would like to receive the prestigious  GCDS Bronze Award you could attend the examination night! 


Maximum of  six dogs in a class 



Scentwork is when a dog uses its sense of smell to identify and locate a scent which it has been trained to detect.

Dogs have a highly sensitive nose, vastly superior to our own. Scentwork is a natural behaviour for a dog and essential in hunting and finding prey. As man’s best friend, this behaviour has been put to many uses – for example in police work, search and rescue, and hunting. As a dog sport, Scentwork has emerged from detection style nosework as practiced by customs and excise, explosives detection, search and rescue and medical detection dogs.

Scentwork UK has been set up to promote and develop scentwork as a dog sport and training activity throughout the country.

  • It is open to anyone whether you are a pet dog trainer or a more advanced dog trainer.

  • It is suitable for all breeds and ages, puppies and dogs with injuries or disabilities – scentwork is a non injurious sport.

As a training activity, scentwork is fun, very rewarding and at the same time mentally tiring for your dog. It will improve the relationship between you and your dog and is a great confidence builder especially for the shy dog. You can participate whether it is just for fun, or go on - Once you begin its a fantastic journey! 


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Michelle Richmond - Veterinary Nurse and Qualified IMDT Dog Trainer

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My passion and dedication for dog training began over twenty eight years ago.  My first border collie Ross was one of my greatest teachers and in 1995 we began competing in obedience shows all over the UK. We excelled  in competitions with our partnership taking us from Pre-beginners to ticket- an outstanding achievement for one of the first UK trainers using kind, compassionate, positive clicker training methods.


Today I continue my philosophy of only kind, force free, motivational, positive reward based fun training. Methods which build a relationship based upon trust which will last a lifetime. 

As an experienced and highly qualified veterinary nurse, I have considerable experience in educating  dog owners and training dogs  with particular training issues that are encountered on a daily basis, helping to prevent little issues becoming more challenging.  

I am a qualified member of the Institution of Modern Dog Trainers, which  involves a rigorous two day practical and theoretical examination process. I  have successfully studied the Veterinary Nursing Certificate  in  Canine and Feline Behaviour  CFBM (RQF Level 3)  and presently  studying  the diploma in canine behaviour. I successfully completed the assessment required to become a Scentwork UK accredited trainer in 2018  

I am “trained” by three Border Collies, who continually test my training skills and

my ability to stay one step ahead! Drift is my present obedience “superstar” who just adores competing and is heading to the top!- All achieved via clicker training and force free training- He just loves to be working!       

Storm is the sweetest, honest collie to train and in his first season competing

in 2017 accomplished incredible success- Becoming B an C only. 

Sadly I lost Flynn my agility star in June 2017 

Moss joined the team in 2019






Michelle Richmond DipAVN (Medical) DipAVN (Surgical) Cert VN ECC  RVN  IMDT 

Kennel club approved trainer-  Qualified Dog Trainer Member of The Institute of Modern Dog Trainers

Accredited Scentwork UK instructor  

Qualified double diploma holding registered veterinary nurse  

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Crufts 2023 - Team Winners SE & East Anglian Team 

Continued Professional Development and Qualifications. 

Over twenty five years of kind, compassionate dog training.

Qualified Veterinary Nurse  RCVS 4437 1995 

Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing- Medical

Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing - Surgical

Veterinary Nursing Certificate in Emergency and Critical Care

Veterinary Nursing Qualification- COAPE in Canine and Feline Behaviour. CBFM

IMDT Qualified Instructor- Institute of Modern Dog Trainers 

2 day and 4 day Instructor Training Courses IMDT

Diploma in Puppy Behaviour 

Scentwork UK Accredited Instructor.

IMDT Behaviour - Separation Anxiety 

IMDT Canine Behaviour and Body Language 

IMDT Resource Guarding 

IMDT Impulse Control

IMDT - Fears and Phobias

Fear- Free Qualified Veterinary Professional and Trainer 

Hoopers World Qualified Instructor 

Dog Training College Instructor 

Kennel Club Approved Instructor for Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme. 

Canine Tutor (Owner) of Canine First Aid Training - K999 Canine First Aid Training 

Studying Compass Diploma in Canine Behaviour.

Scentwork Uk Level 2- 4 - Feb 2020 

Behaviour and training conference - Lemonade Conference ( 3 days) 2020, 2021 

DTC- Understanding Canine Aggression 

Level 3 - Teacher Qualification - Education and Teaching 

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"Dogs do speak but only to those that listen....

I listen and answer with kindness, compassion and understanding......."             Michelle 


In memory of flynn 

Contact ......


Michelle Richmond 

DipAVN (Medical) DipAVN (Surgical) CertVN ECC CCFRI RVN IMDT 



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               Manchester Rd


               Lymington - SO41 6AS


Tel -         01590 682183

Mobile - 07788 413503



                           Training classes


All training classes are kept small. Puppies join classes that are suitable for their age and size.

We have classes for everyone! 


Courses held at various locations in the New Forest and various veterinary practices

Please contact me for more information and course dates

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