4 Happy Paws Dog Training is a professional dog training service based in North Somerset. We provide private training sessions, Puppy School co-ordinated puppy classes and behaviour consultations. Whether you have a young pup or a mature pooch, we can provide the right training programme for you and your four-legged friend. 

4 Happy Paws Dog Training is run by Julie Smith, who has over 15 years professional experience in dog training. Before founding 4 Happy Paws, Julie worked for one of the UK's leading assistance dog charities as an Instructor, training dogs to help children and adults with physical disabilities carry out daily tasks, and dealing with any behavioural issues. Julie also competed at a high level in competitive obedience with her pet dogs. Julie only uses kind, reward-based training techniques.

Julie is a Registered Animal Training Instructor with the Animal Behaviour & Training Council.

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Dog Training Services 



Classes are currently being held in Clevedon (1st Clevedon Scout Hut) and Portishead (Avon Way Hall).

We also offer online training so that you can train in the comfort of your own home.

Puppy Classes

Our puppy classes are affilated to Puppy School, which was founded by and is directed by world renowned dog trainer and behaviourist Gwen Bailey. This class is open to vaccinated pups under 5 months. All classes are kept small so we can give you and your pup 1-1 attention.

On the course we cover:​

Loose lead walking

Sit, stand and down

Coming when called


Food manners

Play and play biting

How to handle and groom your dog

The course is £78 and consists of 6 one-hour evening classes. Telephone/email support included.

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Adolescent Classes

Our adolescent class is for dogs aged between 5 and 18 months, and is specifically designed to guide you and your dog through that 'tricky teenage stage'.


On the course we cover:


Dealing with distractions

 Relationship building games and exercises



Loose lead walking

Jumping up/Greeting people

The course is £65 and consists of 6 one-hour evening classes.

Telephone/email support included.

Private Training 

If a group or class environment is not suitable for you or your dog then private training sessions can be arranged.


1-1 sessions are available covering a variety of issues from pulling on the lead to your dog not coming back when called and more complex behavioural issues.


All training methods used are positive, using treats and play as a reward.


A full detailed personalised written plan covering everything discussed is provided following the training session. 

The sessions cost £50 and last approximately an hour and a half. Various packages are available depending on training requirements.

Telephone/email support included.

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Additional Services

Recall Club

Weekly group training sessions to help improve your dogs recall 


Canine Capers Course

Learn some very impressive new skills while having fun with your dog on our fun obedience course. Learn how to teach your dog to retrieve, pull clothes off, target with their paws and do scent work. 


Refresher workshops 

Brush up on your skills at one of our workshops, we revisit all the basics and more to get you and your dog back on track!


Please contact us for prices and availability


Assistance Dog Training

Various packages are available to help you train your dog to assist with tasks around the home, such as picking up dropped items, pulling clothes off, pulling doors open and teaching them to walk alongside a mobility aid.

Please contact us for prices and availability.


If you have any queries or would like to book a session, we'd love to hear from you:

Phone:  07809 360 350

Email:   4happypawstraining@gmail.com



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