Thinking Paws Companion Animal Behaviour & Training

Friendly and professional puppy & dog training classes, 1:1 behaviour modification and training (dogs and cats) with Julie Daniels DipCABT Certified COAPE Animal Behaviourist and Trainer (RQF Level 5) (CAPBT, APDT & PPG) covering Biggleswade, Sandy, Bedford, Tempsford and surrounding areas in Bedfordshire.  We never use physically and emotionally damaging aversive training methods e.g. choke chains, pinch or shock collars, water in the face, rattle bottles, ‘training discs’, lead ‘correction’, shouting etc.  We do use force-free, fear-free reward training because it’s kind, it’s enjoyable and it works! Training for Trust is our philosophy.


A PUPPY GOOD START or NEW RESCUE GOOD START 1:1 session will set you up for success. With LIFE SKILLS FOR PUPPIESdeveloped by Dr Helen Zulch and Prof Daniel Mills at the University of Lincoln, or LIFE SKILLS FOR DOGS you will be supported to help your puppy or dog:

  • Be calm, listen to you and have good manners
  • Learn self control and be able to cope with a little frustration 
  • Learn and follow the rules
  • Enjoy being handled (like at the vet) and to cope with surprises
  • Have fun and meet other puppies / dogs and people in a safe environment
  • Have confidence and enjoy being a dog! 

Exercises include paying attention to you, walking on a loose lead, coming back when called, leave something they are not supposed to have and  participating in fun and varied activities to drain all that energy or to get them motivated!

Click to watch one of our Life Skills puppy graduates in action!

You may then wish to progress through our AWARDS CLASSES.  Our experience and knowledge of training puppies and adults to become well behaved dogs will ensure that your canine friend gets the best start and makes good progress with their training.  



  • All using effective force-free, reward based training                                           

Where to find us?

Life Skills classes held at Tempsford Stuart Memorial Village Hall, Tempsford, SG19 2AW

All other classes held at Bedfordshire Growers, SG18 0ER

P.S. We also offer professional dog photography with The Dog Photographer!

Easy access from Bedford, Biggleswade, Blunham, Broom, Everton, Gamlingay, Great Barford, Hitchin, Little Barford, Moggerhanger, Northill, Potton, Roxton, Sandy, Stevenage, St Neots, Tempsford, Wrestlingworth, Wyboston.


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