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 course 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 6 months). £90 for the full 6 week course.

After completing the puppy course, you can continue training and having great fun in our Saturday workshop class! Perfect for keeping up with your dog's skills such as recall, loose lead walking and learning some new and useful behaviours. We also begin working towards the IMDT Partnership Awards (For well socialised dogs who have completed the initial 6 week course or who have had prior training). £10 per session.

Classes are held weekly from 6pm and 7pm Wednesdays and 9am and 10am Saturdays at The St Hugh's Centre, Coach Road, Baildon BD17 5HS Contact us to book!

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.

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 Qualified Dog Trainer: Ben Poole.

Ben has been helping owners through training classes and one to one training for over 5 years. During this time, Ben has learned with some of the industry's top professionals including celebrity dog trainer Steve Mann. 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, ethical and effective, Ben is a fully accredited member of the IMDT (Institute of Modern Dog Trainers) which requires regular reassessment in order to further knowledge and adhere to a strict code of ethics.

Code of Ethics

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