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Cute spaniel puppy with red collar

About your Tutor

Puppy School Farnborough and Frimley classes are run by Nicole Harris


Nicole Harris BA (Hons) PGDip CABC CCAB - Puppy School Tutor and Clinical Animal Behaviourist

Nicole with Cammy her pet Golden RetrieverHello and welcome to Puppy School Farnborough and Frimley

My name is Nicole, and I am your local Puppy School tutor as well as the Regional Manager for Surrey, North Hampshire and Wiltshire.

Puppy School Tutor and Clinical Animal Behaviourist
Having previously worked for a large UK animal welfare charity I regularly saw dogs brought into rescue that lacked basic manners or were poorly socialised and exhibiting behavioural problems. Many of these issues would have been prevented with proper training and socialisation at an early age so I set up my Puppy School franchise in 2009 to provide easy, fun and effective training for the puppy owners of Surrey, Hampshire and Berkshire.

Guaranteed use of scientifically-sound, humane training techniques
I hold both a First-class honours degree in Animal Behaviour Management and a Postgraduate diploma in Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling (obtained with Distinction). This extensive academic background, combined with my continuing professional development, enables me to provide positive and effective training that can be adjusted to suit each individual puppy.

Passionate and dedicated to my work
I strive to provide high quality training to help prevent behaviour problems from developing and to teach basic manners and skills so that living with your canine companion is a pleasure and not a chore.


Hayley Cornick with Mindy the German Shepherd Dog and Bestie the Rough CollieHayley Cornick BSc (Hons) (Associate Tutor)

My name is Hayley and I began working with Nicole at Paws Off in August 2015.  I currently work as an Associate Puppy School tutor, running puppy classes at our Farnborough venue on a Thursday evening.

I hold a BSc (Hons) degree in Applied Animal Behaviour, I am a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) and an Animal Behaviour and Training Council (ABTC) registered Animal Training Instructor.

As well as my animal related academic qualifications, I have also been awarded PTLLS (preparation for teaching in the lifelong learning sector) and currently lecture Level 3 Animal Management students at Berkshire College of Agriculture.

I have a passion for coaching and teaching and look forward to helping you with your new puppy!

Puppy School tutors come from a wide variety of backgrounds. Apart from running our puppy classes, many have thriving careers in rescue shelters and some work as veterinary nurses, dog walkers, dog groomers, dog training professionals or behaviourists. What they all have in common is a passion for training puppies and a keen interest in animal welfare and behaviour.

Our Puppy School tutors and associate tutors must undergo extensive training before teaching Puppy School classes. This includes an application and interview process, six days of comprehensive theory covering a range of topics from animal learning to lesson plans (taught by founder and director, Gwen Bailey, APBC registered behaviourist), as well as three days of supervised practical work and a comprehensive correspondence course.

Tutor puppy and boy

We monitor our Puppy School classes regularly to ensure the highest standards are consistently being maintained. Tutors are carefully overseen by Regional Managers to make sure they are using all the skills necessary to become excellent, positive, reward-based puppy trainers. Our tutors must uphold our Code of Conduct at all times and must complete a sufficient amount of continued professional development each year.

Puppy School is delighted to have been recognised as a Practitioner Organisation for the Animal Behaviour and Training Council (ABTC). The ABTC is the regulatory body that represents animal trainers and animal behaviour therapists to both the public and to legislative bodies. It is the only animal welfare charity that is primarily concerned with protecting the psychological welfare of animals undergoing training and behaviour activities.