About Us

Cosford Dog Training is run by John Fitzpatrick, MCGI, MBIPDT. John is a fully qualified, professional dog trainer since completing his formal training as a Royal Air Force Police dog handler in 1981.

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Training Services

Dogs don't know the difference between right and wrong. They learn from the consequences of their everyday experiences. We usually play a major role in providing those experiences and consequences.

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Behavioural Services

There is a difference between dog obedience training and behaviour modification, although all behaviour modification involves an element of training as the dog needs to learn new behaviour patterns.

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Welcome To Cosford Dog Training


There is no magic to dog training, but there are very few highly knowledgeable and experienced trainers offering their services to you and your dog and an awful lot who know the basics, often very little more than you know yourself, but are prepared to take your money and give it a go.

At Cosford Dog Training you get good technical training supported by homework and written training material, providing you and your dog with a positive training experience. The training is delivered in a professional, but not a military manner. You will learn both technique and the theory behind it that leads to success. Our training aims to develop the bond between you and your dog, because without that bond, all the obedience in the world is a bit hollow.

Success does not happen by accident. It comes about by combining knowledge, skill and hard work. I will provide this level of commitment to you and your dog, but I expect the same level of commitment.

Whilst it is hard work, my aim is to make the training enjoyable for you and especially for your dog, because you are choosing to attend, Rover isn’t. So let’s make sure he’s happy whilst learning.

Cosford Dog Training is the only dog training school in the United Kingdom that has its courses underpinned by a highly successful puppy training and development manual written by the head trainer, who actually delivers the training classes.

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Educating Alice
By JJ Fitzpatrick (Fitz)

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Click the link below to learn the essential aspects of training a puppy, whether for a role as a companion or a working dog.

Selecting a Trainer

Selecting the correct trainer for you and your dog is extremely important. There is no body that states what qualifications your dog trainer must have, and in the vast majority of cases they have none.

If you want a professional service – go to a bona fide professional trainer, but please ensure you verify the credentials of anyone you employ and ensure those credentials are credible i.e. worth the paper they are written on and true. Would you believe some people exaggerate their qualifications and experience? Claiming to be a dog trainer is very easy, being one certainly isn’t.

When you come to Cosford Dog Training you are employing a trainer with 34 years of professional dog training skill achieved at the highest possible level, coupled with higher level academic qualifications in Canine Behaviour and teaching. You do not get a hobbyist who has gained a little more knowledge than you by reading some behaviour books, or watching Cesar Milan DVDs. Nor do you get someone who has bought into a business franchise and comes equipped with a manual and a shiny van.

Methods & Philosophy

Very few trainers have the depth of experience I offer. I am skilled in many techniques that work extremely effectively, but are progressive and do not rely on punishment. There is always a danger in sticking with old methods when a more modern approach are equally effective and kinder to your dog. Dog training has evolved greatly since I began and whilst modern techniques have a great deal to offer, discarding established, proven techniques is often just as foolish as remaining stuck in the past.

Combining the best of all methods would appear to be the best way to train our dogs. The bigger the toolbox the more likely you’ll be to find the right tool and I’ve been assembling mine for 30 odd years, whilst Cosford Dogs has been refining it’s training courses since 2000.

Some trainers are good at the physical act of training a dog, but lack the depth of knowledge to address the underlying reason for the problem, so it will resurface later, or just take on a different form. Others are extremely adept at identifying the problem, but are not proficient at implementing the solution, leaving you to go elsewhere. Find a trainer with ability and a proven record in both departments. If you are reading this, you have just found one!

Professional Links

Cosford Dog Training has been delivering Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme courses since 2001


I am registered canine practitioner with the Canine and Feline Behaviour Association

I am a former council member on the Pet Education Training and Behaviour Council of the United Kingdom

I am a member of the City & Guilds Institute of London which equates to Level 7 (Masters) on the national framework

I am a former Honorary Secretary and Vice-Chairman of the British Police and Services Canine Association and the editor of The Service Dog magazine

I am a member of the British Institute of Professional Dog Trainers (M101/08)

I am a trainer and examiner for the British Institute of Professional Dog Trainers Security Division