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She needed help and support and we were told to train her. I attended some dog training classes but felt there was something missing.

As my dog family grew I became curious about discovering different ways to learn about my dogs behaviour and how to teach them skills that felt more natural. My learning journey continued until I found what made sense to me and my dogs. I attended a Good Socialisation workshop held in West Sussex by Sheila Harper Ltd and we haven't looked back since.

I have successfully completed Sheila Harpers International Dog Behaviour and Training School (IDBTS), gaining a Level 4 OCN accredited qualification in Canine Behaviour, Communication and Well being.

My Dog family, alongside my Experience, Knowledge and Skills have grown over the years. To ensure I keep up to date with the latest developments in dog training and behaviour I regularly attend workshops and talks and in November 2016 successfully completed the two year, International Programme for Applied Canine Studies with Sheila Harper Ltd. This is a follow on course from the IDBTS course that I completed in 2011.

I work with many dogs with a broad range of behaviour issues and love seeing the results that can be achieved.

I continue to develop my experience by supporting, volunteering and working with rescue dogs and rescues including RSPCA, Last Chance, Rescue Remedies, Allsorts, Terrier SOS, Salts Helping Hounds and Rudi's Rescue.

I specialise in challenging behaviour and use up to date positive methods for teaching real life skills for dogs and owners.

Continuous Professional Development

Emotional Intelligence - Canine Principles - January 2018

Expert Witness Learning About Animals November 2017

Canine First Aid Four Paws September 2017

Transactional Analysis TA101 - July 2017

Canine Stress and Communication - Sheila Harper March 2017

Canine Health and Zoopharmacognosy - Sheila Harper January 2017

Canine Aggression - OABC - January2017

IPACS 2 - Sheila Harper and Winny Boerman - 2 year programme completed November 2016

Canine Play - Sheila Harper March 2016

Exploring Self Control - Sian Ryan - 30th October 2016

Why we can't just train good behaviour - Helen Zulch 5th November 2016

Separation Anxiety and Issues - OABC Muriel Brasseur - 1st and 2nd Dec 16

Inter-dog Conflict - Sheila Harper Ltd 14th and 15th March 2015

Applied Zoopharmacognosy Practitioner Diploma - Caroline Ingraham - 201-/2016

Canine Health -  Catherine O' Driscoll April 2015

Dog Law: What every responsible owner needs to know - Trevor Cooper 14th Dec 2014

Animal First Aid - Certificate 20th September 2014

  • IDBTS Behaviour communication and well being OCN L4  2012 to 2014
  • Turid Rugaas - Behaviour problem solving 2013
  • David Ryan - Dogs that Bite and Fight 2014
  • Sarah Whitehead - Think Dog 2011
  • Amber Batson - Sleep and behaviour issues 2013
  • Prof. David Mills Current research in canine behaviour - University of Lincoln 2013
  • Sally Askew - Canine Nutrition - 2012
  • Kendal Shepherd - Dangerous Dogs and the Law 2012
  • Caroline Ingraham - introduction to Zoopharmacognosy 2013


I am passionate about helping owners gain a better understanding of their pet dogs to improve relationships, communication, well being and behaviour.

Experienced in training, behaviour, integrating multi dog households, socialisation and dog to dog aggression I have blended my real life experience with academic and practical studies and have achieved qualifications in dog behaviour, communication and wellbeing.

I am proud to be a current associate member of the Pet Dog Trainers of Europe and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Four Positive Paws is based in East Grinstead, West Sussex

I offer one to one behaviour sessions, positive puppy programmes, specialised walks, workshops and talks.

For more information please contact Dawn Allen on 01342 324434 or 07941 517571

E-mail dawn.allen@fourpositivepaws.co.uk