Building a positive bond between dog and owner is essential to training your dog to become a well behaved, sociable and adaptable pet. We will show you how to get the best from your dog, teaching practical exercises for real life situations, in a friendly, enjoyable way.  We provide tips, advice and support throughout the process and actively encourage all members of the family to participate.

When you get a puppy or dog the first advice is to ‘Find Some Training Classes’.

At Happy Tails Dog Training, we offer a wide variety of training approaches tailored to suit you and your lifestyle:

Happy Tails Dog Training enjoys working with committed owners who are dedicated to prioritising their dog’s training.

We cover Bidborough, Southborough, Penshurst, Rusthall, Langton Green, Fordcombe, Pembury, Tonbridge, Tunbridge Wells, and other surrounding villages.

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More about our trainer


Sarah Wilson is a qualified and experienced dog trainer working in and around Bidborough, Kent. She grew up with dogs and as an adult has owned her own and fostered dogs from rescue centres, teaching them basic skills to be able to go on to their ‘Forever Homes’.  Over the years she has trained hundreds of dogs and owners who have come to Happy Tails Dog Training Courses and Sessions.

Sarah is a qualified teacher but especially proud to be a Kennel Club Accredited Instructor in Companion Dog Training.

Sarah has trained her own dogs to Gold Standard on the Kennel Club Good Citizens Scheme; has run her dogs at Competition Agility classes; learnt Heelwork to Music (including demonstrating at Paws In The Park); taken her dogs as Therapy Dogs with dementia patients and taken part in Rally-O.

She writes:

“I am passionate about teaching dogs and owners to have the best possible relationship with each other. Establishing a close and firm bond is key to having a happy and healthy life together.
Many hundreds of years ago we domesticated dogs to be our companions and as such owe it to give them the best quality of life that they deserve.  Dogs need both mental and physical stimulation and a variety of activities to maintain good health. 
My training methods are modern: positive, motivational and reward based – usually in the form of tasty treats, but can also include praise, toys, games and other rewards.  I encourage owners to reward for behaviours we do want to see in our dogs and either to ignore or manage those behaviours we don’t. 
In order to properly train a dog, we need patience, perseverance and consistency in all that we do.  It’s a learning curve for us as well as our dogs and should always be fun for both.”

Sarah follows The Kennel Club Code of Practice for Instructors



Sarah being formally presented with her Kennel Club Accredited Instructor Award by Paul Rawlings (Chairman of The Kennel Club Accredited Instructors Scheme) at Crufts 2020