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Welcome to Surrey Hills Dog Training



Having studied psychology and after owning and training dogs throughout my adult life becoming an accredited trainer with the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers (IMDT) has been a natural progression. 

Recognising we are all individual, I work with you to ensure your training plan fits your lifestyle and is tailored to your needs. Using proven science based methods of positive reward training I can help you and your dog develop a strong bond and positive relationship.   I am continuously developing my services and skills to be a go to resource for you at any point of development or when faced with problems along the way.

Based in Westcott, Dorking and covering the Surrey Hills area - including Cobham, Oxshott, Ashtead, Leatherhead, Brockham, Newdigate, Capel, Ockley, Cranleigh, Guildford, West Clandon. Please look at my services offered or contact me for additional information or to discuss your personal requirements. 

Fully insured, family friendly and DBS checked.

I look forward to working with you.




Services We Offer

Home setup and settling in

Preparing for your new arrival, advice on creating the right environment and setup to make this time as stress free as possible for all involved. Guidance on essential equipment, sleep, feeding, interaction and common issues such as toilet training and introducing them to new people/experiences. Working with you to provide the foundations of the essential desired behaviours.
£180 - pre-arrival home consultation, puppy home visit and two follow-up sessions.

Puppy to adult group classes

Indoor and outdoor small group classes (max six). Providing you with the knowledge and tools to build the foundations of your puppy's socialisation, development and continued learning.  Helping you develop good habits and learn each other's language.
£120 - six one hour weekly sessions

One to one training

These may suit if you can't make a group class, have a nervous/rescue dog or particular training issue(s) you require help with for example recall, loose lead or jumping up.
£70 per hour (discount available for block booking).

Behavioural consultation

Addressing specific behaviour problems such as fear based issues, resource guarding, aggressive/reactive conduct. Please contact me.

Therapy Dog Training

Trusted trainer with Therapy Dog Training UK. Providing assessment and training to achieve Therapy Dog certification.


An increasingly popular fun, low impact agility style class that both you and your dog will enjoy!  Course involves navigating hoops, barrels and tunnels and is a great way to have fun and bond with your dog.

Suitable for all ages - dogs must have a basic recall and be happy in the company of other dogs.  Small classes of six.

£95 - six one hour weekly sessions.


Fun activity classes to exercise and engage with your dog. Improve handling techniques and learn new skills as you navigate around various obstacles  including jumps, weaves, tunnels, seesaw, A-frame and much more. Classes to suit all abilities. 

£130 - six one hour weekly sessions.


Workshops focussing on developing specific skills, for example loose lead walking or recall.

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Saturday 6th July - 10.00 am 

Agility Foundation – six week course

Looking for something fun and exciting to introduce your dog to, then come and enrol on this Agility course. Learn some new skills on different obstacles, build confidence and improve handling techniques.

Saturday 6th July 2024 11.00 am

Puppy Foundation Training – six week course

This six week foundation training class will provide training and develop confidence, socialisation and essential behaviours including sit, wait, recall, loose lead walking and more.

Sunday 28th July 2024 – 10.00am  

Next Stage Adolescent Training

This six week course is suitable for puppy / adolescents six months and over.  Six week training course reinforcing and further developing the skills learnt at puppy foundation class. Ideal for dogs and owners to take their training to the next level to have a happy, well behaved and sociable dog. Includes key learning for loose lead walking, recall, meet and greet, emergency stop, settle and more. Improving your dog’s focus by adding in distraction, distance and duration to the range of exercises.

Sunday 28th July 11.00am

Hoopers Agility - Foundation

Six one hour weekly sessions. Hoopers is a low impact fun sport activity for dogs and owners of all ages.


Saturday 10th August - 12pm to 1.30pm

Saturday 14th September - 11am to 12.30pm

Rocket Recall - Two Session Workshop - £55

How confident are you that your dog returns when you call them? Response training for puppies and adult dogs introducing key techniques and building great habits.


All classes based in Westcott. Please contact me for further details or to book a place.



"Although I grew up with dogs, it was another thing bringing home a little bundle of fun. John gave me lots of advice on how to settle Luna in to our home and provided clear instructions and guidance for getting us on the right track. The one to one sessions meant that both my partner and I were consistent in our approach.
Very grateful, thank you."

Lauren and Luna


"John really helped me with Cookie's reactive behaviour towards other dogs by putting into place options to manage and modify the way she behaved. He gave me sound advice and was on hand throughout.
Both my and Cookie's confidence has greatly improved making a real difference so we can now enjoy being and out and about ."

Jasmine and Cookie

Hungry Dog

"My family, and our new puppy, really benefitted from John's advice on how to look after him and start with his foundation training.  Having completed a block of training classes there were still issues with his recall and jumping up which was resolved with a further one to one session."

Jason, Surrey

Contact Us

John Venn


Phone 07880707467

Westcott, Dorking, Surrey
United Kingdom

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