Meet your friendly local dog trainer & walker
Here to help you enjoy every moment with your dog
Hi I’m Sam
From the very first dog training and behaviour course I attended in 2017, I was hooked. Things started to fall into place and I could relate to the way dogs learn and feel about things present in their lives.
Patience + Understanding = Progression
You know how good things make you want more? And how scary or bad things take a little time to overcome?
These are both the same for our dogs. Changing their behaviour, whether excitable or nervous, takes a little patience, understanding, and guidance.
I’m here to help you give the gift of confidence, freedom, and fun to your dog. After all, we’re so lucky to have our four-legged friends in our lives. (Even if they do drive us loopy at times!)
Our dogs love us unconditionally.
And with a little help, you’ll be able to let go of any frustrations or worries and return that unconditional love with boundless enthusiasm
How we can help you
From fun activities you’ll both enjoy like Hoopers and Scentwork to varied dog walks and training help, we’re here to help you and your dog access the best support in town.
You can rely on us to put your dog’s needs first, keep them safe, and ensure every day ends with a happy, contented snooze after a fun-filled day in the great outpaws.
Helped Hugo become a confident, happy & obedient pup!
“The Great Outpaws have simply been amazing for our Labrador Hugo. We had lots of dog walkers to choose from, but meeting with Sam and Emily it was clear how passionate they are about their business.
Sam and Emily have helped him become an all round confident, happy and obedient pup. We also had puppy class lessons that were run by Sam and they were invaluable.
I’ve always grown up with dogs but I was still amazed at how much knowledge I learned.
Emily is always professional, reliable and courteous and I have peace of mind knowing Hugo is taken care of in her hands. Thank you Sam & Emily!!”
Knowledgeable and Experienced
I’ve studied with the below professional dog training organisation and many more. I’m continuously expanding my knowledge and sharing what I’ve learned to help my clients!
- IMDT accredited and assessed trainer / member
- The School of Canine Science
- Canine Hoopers World Trainer and Assessor
- Dogenius Foundations in canine aggressive behaviour and reactive dogs
- Micheal Shikashio – Aggression in dogs conference
- Canine Principles Skills Hub
- Dog Training College Understanding Puppy Development and Socialisation
- UK Snifferdogs
Experience plays a big part in successful and ethical dog training. It’s where we hone our skills and broaden our practical application of all the theory we learn.
Up-to-date and science-based education is absolutely critical in ensuring we evolve as dog trainers and walkers so we can give dogs the life they deserve.
By being accredited, I am held accountable and am transparent about my training methods and results. Both the IMDT and the Pet Professional Network rigorously assess their members each year and require members to undertake regular continued professional development.
I’m proud to be a member of both!
What I love about working with dogs (and their humans)
Aside from walking and training, I genuinely love nothing more in life than being with my own girl Winnie out on woodland walks and at home spending quality time with her.
They were the reason The Great OutPaws came about back in 2016 and here’s Winnie to carry on flying the flag!
She was born in February 2021 and it’s been one heck of a journey so far!
She’s definitely sealed the deal, put the stamp of approval , hit the nail on the head and all that when it comes to all my dog training education and study – choice, trust and rewarding good choices definitely makes for a happy balanced dog.
For me training with Winnie is not just about recall or walking nicely on lead. It’s about her being comfortable with her harness, being groomed or having her teeth and ears checked and cleaned.
I want Winnie to feel safe and be able to sniff and process things in her own time as she makes her way from puppyhood, through adolescence into adulthood.
She is a blessing and a joy, most of the time!! I think we can all relate to that!