Gatsby and Poole

Leeds-Bradford, Force Free, Canine Development, Behaviour and Enrichment.

Early Start-Home Visit

Training can begin from day one, but we understand the risks of taking an un-vaccinated puppy to a class or out to the park. That's why we offer a Pre-Vaccination Early Start home visit to get you started straight away.

We make sure you're confident starting toilet training, crate training, early socialisation and help prevent problem behaviours like barking and jumping up from ever happening! Not to mention how to manage play biting and those little sharp teeth!

All essential ingredients to make sure you get off on the right paw before you join class!

Training Classes

Training should be fun, not just for your dogs, but for you too!
Our Puppy Essential Life Skills class is designed to give your puppy the best possible start in life. Focusing on socialisation done right, building your dog's confidence and teaching really useful behaviours (For puppies up to 18 months).

In our 18 months+ class we quite literally teach older dogs new tricks! Perfect for refreshing your dog's skills such as recall, loose lead walking and learning some new and useful behaviours (For well socialised dogs over 18 months).

Classes are held weekly from 6pm Wednesdays and 10am Saturdays at The St Hugh's Centre, Coach Road, Baildon BD17 5HS
£65 for 6 Sessions

One to one training

Need a to work on something a little more specific?

We offer one to one training sessions for more challenging behaviours, or if you'd just like to brush up on your dog's skills. We can help with recall, loose lead walking, toilet training and much more!

These are focused sessions and are followed up with a full report detailing everything to set you on the right track!

Behaviour rehabilitation

Handling problematic behaviours such as fear or aggression requires a very gentle and safe approach.

Whether it's over excitedness, problem barking or fear of children, we are equipped with the knowledge and skills to help rehabilitate a multitude of issues.

Dog Walking

Is your dog on their own for long periods of time during the day?
We offer a dog walking service in and around Yeadon, Rawdon, Guiseley and Baildon to break up your dog's day and give them some well deserved exercise!

Our walks include pick up and drop off and the dogs are walked as part of a group (max 6 dogs).
£11 per walk. Fully insured.

Dogs in the Workplace

Are you lucky enough to have an office dog?

Many studies suggest that a dog in the workplace can be incredibly beneficial, reducing stress whilst promoting creativity and productivity. Whilst this may be true, it can also cause problems unless everyone knows how to handle a dog in your working environment.

We offer fun, workplace activity sessions for you and your team to learn how to get the most out of your canine workmate!

We'll teach you how to train and interact with dogs, along with essential relationship and communication skills that are transferable to your working life!

Meet Gatsby and Poole

Gatsby is a Staffordshire Bull Terrier / Springer Spaniel Cross and is the faithful sidekick to Professional Dog Trainer: Ben Poole.

Ben has been helping owners through training classes and one to one training for over 4 years. During this time, Ben has learned with some of the industry's top professionals. He's helped train over 300 dogs and is committed to helping owners and dogs lead happy lives through training and enrichment.

In order to keep his techniques current and effective, Ben furthers his knowledge through the IMDT (Institute of Modern Dog Trainers).

Code of Ethics

We only use kind, effective, science based training techniques, in line with the IMDT's (Institute of Modern Dog Trainers) code of ethics.

Dogs are happier and more open to learning if they are rewarded for making the the right choices, that's why you'll never see us pushing a dog into a sit or using 'lead corrections'.

We focus on positive reinforcement rather than punishment, we do not condone the use of choke chains, prong collars, 'e-collars' or any other coercive or unkind methods.


To book, or for more information on any of the services we provide, please contact us on 07518824109, send an email to, or contact us through our social media accounts using the links below.

Gatsby and Poole, Yeadon, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS197SH

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