Naturally Clever Canines - Gloucester

Helen Gerard 

Holistic Behaviour Consultant & Trainer

Helen Gerard 

FdSc Canine Behaviour and Training,  Member of APDT (UK) 01074

Main Services:

  • Private Puppy & Beginner Courses
  • Reactive Dog Training
  • Assistance Dog Training
  • Fantastic Fido Training
  • Educational Talks

Through Willow Holistic Therapies:

  • Behaviour Consults
  • Holistic Therapies for Dogs
  • Owner Therapies

Main Venue:  Gloucester, Forest of Dean and Stroud

Within a 10 mile radius of GL4 5YQ

(can travel further subject to additional fee)


Dog Walker / Trainee Dog Trainer

Main Services:

  • Dog Walking

Main Venue:  Gloucester


We are looking for someone to join our team as a dog walker / trainee dog trainer.

It is a self employed role, initially looking for one set day per week with extra cover as needed, and potential to be full time.

Ideally we would like someone who has experience of owning and training those "special" dogs and who either has / is / willing to work towards a canine related qualification.

Ideally living in the Gloucester area. Own transport needed.

Please email if you are interested and would like to discuss further.


Naturally Clever Canines - Cheltenham

Correna Taylor

Dog Trainer

Correna Taylor

Level 3 Diploma in Canine Behaviour

Pet Professional Guild Pet Ambassador

Main Services:

  • Advanced Classes 
  • Private Puppy & Beginner Courses 
  • Dog Walking 

Main Venue:  


Within 4 miles of GL52 6RJ

Sophie Briggs

Behaviour Consultant & Trainer

Sophie Briggs, 

MSc Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling

Member of APDT (UK) 01208

Main Services:
  • Progression Classes
  • Educational Talks

Main Venue:  

Cheltenham Classes

 Katy Hicks 

Trainee Dog Trainer

Main Services:

  • Helping at classes

Main Venue:


Katy Hicks,

Katy attended our Reactive Dog classes with her dog, Rosco, in 2016 and then went on to attend our Progression classes with him, working through the APDT Good Companion Awards.

She is now studying canine behaviour related courses.

 Class Guidelines

Collars & Leads

Bring your dog to class on a flat buckle/clip collar

Choke/check/slip collars and slip/gundog leads are not permitted in our classes.

There may be individual cases that warrant the use of a half-check collar: if you wish to use a half-check please discuss it with us before attending class.

Chain leads are not appropriate: they hurt your hands and are noisy and uncomfortable around your dog's head.

If you already use a head collar or body harness, you are welcome to use them in class.  We actively promote the use of harnesses such as Dog Games Perfect Fit harnesses or Xtra Dog Double Contact Walking Harnesses.

Flexi leads are not appropriate for a class situation: they can easily tangle round legs (human and canine), the brakes can fail and they encourage your dog to pull.

Do not allow your dog off its lead unless instructed to do so by an instructor.  This includes in the car park and surrounding fields.

Things to Bring

Remember your poo bags

Bring plenty of small titbits that your dog really likes.

Commercial dog treats are too big and don’t really taste that great to most dogs!  Tiny cubes of cheese, hotdog sausage, cooked chicken, etc. are normally more interesting.

Please ensure that your dog does not have any food allergies before giving different types of treats.

A toy or two that the dog likes and that you can keep especially for training.

A water bowl if you wish to provide your dog with water.  We do not share water bowls as this is an easy way for germs to be spread.

Treatment of Dogs

Physical and verbal reprimands are not permitted in our classes, e.g. jerking on leads, pulling, pushing and shouting at dogs, etc.  

Any smacking or hitting of dogs will result in immediate expulsion with no return of course fees.


We require all dogs to have had their first vaccination before attending classes.  They may then be required to sit on the owners lap until they have had their full course (subject to your vets advice).

If your dog has had his / her puppy course of vaccinations we do not insist on having booster vaccinations but do ask to see titre test certificates instead of vaccination cards.

Please bring your vaccination card or titre test certificate to the first class.  


Children are welcome but must be able to sit quietly when not taking part in the training.

Children must not approach the other dogs in the class without prior permission from the trainer and the owner. 

Main Guideline 

Have FUN!

Refunds and Cancellation Policy


Progression, Advanced and Outdoor Classes - 

We require a 50% deposit to secure your place at classes.  Full payment must be made at least one week before the start date, otherwise your place may be forfeited and offered to someone on the waiting list.

Refunds are not given within 2 weeks of the start date apart from in exceptional circumstances or unless we can fill your place from the waiting list.

If full payment has been made but after week 2, of the practical sessions, we feel that classes are not suitable for your dog at that time, we will offer you two hours worth of private dog training.  

Reactive and Confidence Building Classes - 

We require a non refundable £50 deposit for these classes to secure a place at the assessment day.  

After the assessment, we require payment of the balance within the next week to secure you place.  This is then only refundable in exceptional circumstances or if we can fill your place (as only 4 per class).

Dog Walking and Sitting

Dog Walking

Weekly - If you have block booking discount for weekly bookings, please give us one weeks notice if you would like to cancel your walks.

Daily - please give us at least 24 hours notice if you need to cancel your dogs walk.  

Dog Sitting 

We require a non refundable 50% deposit at the time of booking your dog sitting service.  This will secure your sitting period and result in your dog sitter ensuring they will not be out of the house for more than 4 hours each day during the stay.

When you drop your dog off (or we pick up) we require the balance.  No refunds are given for early collection.

One to One Training

When booking a block session, such as Puppy or Beginner Private Classes,  we require a £90 deposit at the time of booking and the balance to be paid 48 hours before the session commences.  There are no refunds apart from in exceptional circumstances.

If booking as pay as you go, the full fee is charged at the time of booking to secure your place.

We ask for 48 hours notice if you need to cancel a session.  Any less than this and we will need to still charge you for the session, unless we can fill your slot with another client.

Please make sure that you book the correct type of training session.  If you book an initial One to One but then tell us, within 24 hours, before the session that your dog has behavioural problem - especially aggression, we will need to postpone the session which may result in the session fees still needing to be charged.  

Although we don't like to postpone or charge you in this situation, please understand the extra work that is needed for a behaviour consult, including an in depth behaviour questionnaire and veterinary permission.  We would be unable to fit this in to a One to One session.

If you choose not to use the full sessions booked, within 6 weeks, there is no refund available. 

Behaviour Consults

Please see Helen and Sophie's Behavioural Websites for their own cancellation policy.