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


All one-to-one training services are still available as online sessions via Zoom.
Please see our COVID-19 Policy for more details.

Early Start-session

(Available as an online session or in person)

Puppies are our specialty and 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.

This session is different from a training class because it allows us to focus on behaviour management and building your relationship. Here we can handle biting, attention seeking and 'manners', we can help you prevent food guarding, separation anxiety, problem barking and aggression. We can turbo charge your toilet training, crack your crate training and teach your puppy to love doing all of it!

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

Training Classes

(Outdoor Using social distancing)

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). £100 for the full 6 week course.

After completing the puppy course, you can continue training and having great fun in our follow on 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).

Classes are held weekly from 9am and 10:15am Saturdays near The St Hugh's Centre, Coach Road, Baildon BD17 5HS Book online!

One to one training
(Available as an online session or in person)

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 supercharge your recall, loose lead walking, steady your stay or get sniffy with scent work! The possibilities are endless!

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

Behaviour rehabilitation

(Available as an online session or in person)

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.

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 since 2014. During this time, Ben has learned with some of the industry's top professionals including celebrity dog trainer Steve Mann, author of the bestseller 'Easy Peasy Puppy Squeezy'. He's helped over 500 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 qualified and accredited member of the IMDT (Institute of Modern Dog Trainers) which requires regular reassessment in order to further knowledge and ensure the best and most up to date methods are being used.

Code of Ethics

We are 100% positive and only use kind, effective, science based training techniques, in line with the IMDT's (Institute of Modern Dog Trainers) and UK Dog Behaviour & Training Charter's 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 we refuse to use abhorrent, old fashioned training techniques used by other less qualified trainers. We will never punish your dog, use fear or equipment to torture your dog into doing something, we won't even push a dog into a sit!

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.

covid -19 policy

Further to the latest government advice in relation to COVID-19 and guidance from the Canine & Feline Support Group, the following outline is the position of Gatsby and Poole Dog Training and Behaviour and applies to all clients.

Group Classes
Group classes are currently being held on Zoom. We will return to in-person classes as soon as restrictions are eased on group gatherings. When we do return to outdoor sessions the following procedures must be adhered to by all clients with no exception.
Only one handler per dog is allowed in the class area. If you bring someone else along, they will have to wait in the car or return home.
A maximum of 6 dogs and handlers per class.
Handlers must bring all their own equipment including water bowls, water, long lines, toys, and towels.
All clients will need to park their car on the road and not in the St Hugh’s Centre car park as this is being used for other groups. Please park courteously and do not block driveways or access to resident’s homes. Gatsby and Poole Dog Training and Behaviour cannot be held responsible for any parking fines, theft, loss or damage to any vehicles.
There will be no access to toilets.
Clients will be expected to wash their hands before and after classes and must bring their own hand sanitiser.
Dogs will have to be kept apart with only controlled dog to dog interaction.
Owners should touch only their own dogs.
2 metre social distancing must be adhered to at all times.
The training area will be set out to adhere to social distancing rules and handlers will have their own designated area within the training field.
Handlers must clean up their own dog’s poo and dispose of the waste bags in nearby bins or take it home and dispose of it there.

If you are, or have been ill, shown symptoms of Covid-19, have recently been to an infected area or in contact with someone from an infected area, please follow the government guidance for self-isolation and inform us immediately.
Please inform Gatsby and Poole Dog Training and Behaviour if you have been tested for the Covid-19 so we can issue a statement to the other owners.
Classes must be booked and paid for in advance. Cancellations will only be refunded up to one week before the start date of the course. Refunds will not be given for any missed sessions once the course has started. In the case of further lockdown restrictions, classes will continue to be held via Zoom.

One-to-one Services
All 1-2-1 training must take place outdoors with clients and trainer adhering to social distancing guidelines. If using the client's garden we must be able to access this without entering the house. The trainer will wash their hands before and after the session and physical contact with the dog will be kept to a minimum.
If you are, or have been ill, shown symptoms of Covid-19, have recently been to an infected area or in contact with someone from an infected area, please follow the government guidance for self-isolation and inform us immediately.


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

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

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