Happy Customers
“Pip and I are now on our second course with Polite paws, previously the adult novice course and now the intermediate. We have also had a couple of 1-2-1 sessions with Angela.
I have a Border Collie of 18 months and despite having dogs all of my life, and also working on a farm. Pip was proving a challenge to me to the point I was in despair.

Our sessions with Angela have changed all of that! It’s important to say that probably the biggest lesson I have learned so far is understanding things from Pip’s point of view. That there is a reason behind everything, and that positive reinforcement does work!

I have gone from having a dog that would rarely come to recall, and had some dangerous issues such as chasing cars. Angela has in effect taught me how to communicate with Pip, and thus the bond between Pip and I has grown so much that we now have fun and loving interaction rather than stress and worry for me, and it most likely wasn’t much fun for Pip before either.

Angela goes above and beyond on every count. Whether it’s in a class environment or individual sessions. She has such a natural way with dogs but uniquely with people too. Never harsh or judgemental, always supportive and encouraging and always going that bit further to ensure I understand and never feel rushed, always happy to answer any questions or talk through any problems that I have.

Angela, before coming to you I even questioned if I was the right person for Pip. Now, every interaction that Pip and I have is positive and fun and thanks to you- Pip and I are both enjoying our lives now. And I’m excited for all the things we have lined up in the near future. It’s a wonderful feeling to know I have a happy dog. Thank you!.”

Helen Finnerty & Pip

Border Collie

“Our 1-1 sessions with Angela have enabled Blue to grow up into an extremely well mannered and sociable dog. Through reward based training and the invaluable use of a clicker he has learnt a variety of excellent behaviours including walking to heel and being able to relax when new people come into his home.

Angela listens and approaches training with understanding and patience and I will continue to recommend her when people comment on what a lovely well behaved dog Blue is.”

Louisa Monk and Blue

Springer Spaniel x Labrador

“We were really fortunate to have found Angela to train our Vizsla puppy Xena. To first help us, she visited our house and provided very useful information on the early do’s and don’ts and on how to make our home and garden puppy safe. This was followed by the puppy training class, plus one more personal session at our home to help us with Xena’s difficulties in being left alone and jumping. There after we followed on to the intermediate class. All of this has helped Xena in developing into a healthy, happy and well adjusted dog, who listens most of the time. Angela’s positive approach to dogs has really paid off. Xena is now aware and comfortable with a large range of commends. Angela also makes every one in her class, dogs and owners alike, feel really special. We thoroughly enjoyed going to class each week and also learned a lot from seeing how the other dogs and owners progressed. We would strongly recommend Angela to any new puppy owners, it has made the world of difference to us. “

Erwin & Vanessa Friedrich and Xena

Hungarian Vizsla

“Someone at my local vets was recommending Polite Paws to another client, and I overheard the conversation. This directed me to Polite Paws’ Facebook page and to Angela. I contacted Angela for a 1-2-1 training session as my concern was that my husband’s way of training a dog was in complete contradiction to mine – poor Ozzy was getting quite confused. Having the private session with Angela did the trick, and her advice was incredibly helpful and set us up to deal with those first few weeks with a new puppy.  We then took Ozzy to puppy class and he loved it. The classes are well planned and followed up by very helpful handouts. We now have a puppy that we can recall, who obeys the ‘leave’ and the ‘stay’ commands and so much more. Our success with Ozzy is down to the skill of Angela’s training and us then practicing what we were taught.We will be using Polite Paws again – definitely! I would recommend Polite Paws in a heartbeat!

Katie Cork & Steve Critchley

Flatcoat Retriever

“Angela has been an invaluable help in training our Labrador puppy, Stella, since she first arrived home 3 months ago. Even though my wife and I had family dogs as children, it had been 20 years since either of us had had a dog in the house, and we were clueless as to modern training methods, and just how effective clicker based training can be. Weekly one-to-one sessions at home have ensured that Stella has solid behavioural foundations and is already very easy to have in the house. Angela clearly has a real affinity for dogs, and evident skill in training them. More importantly, she has a good manner in ‘training the owners’, which is the real challenge! We have particularly appreciated the way that she has involved our 2 sons (aged 10 and 8) in Stella’s training sessions. The sessions have allowed our 10 year old to develop a real appreciation of how to interact with his first puppy, and have given him welcome self-esteem as he sees his training efforts pay off in Stella’s obedience. Equally, Angela helped our 8 year old get over his initial nervousness about a ‘jumpy puppy’, which allowed him develop his own rapport with Stella.Angela has also helped with strategies to improve canine-feline relations in the house (which got off to a bit of a rocky start, but which are now on the mend!), and, beyond the training, has been been a helpful source of general advice on puppy care. Professional, enthusiastic, always on time, we’ve very much enjoyed the sessions with Angela, and Stella in particular has become very fond of the ‘Treat Lady’!”

The Austin Family and Stella


“Angela delivers a well organised, comprehensive and effective set of lessons on training your puppy. I also booked our Labradoodle Maisy onto another set of lessons (with a different company) that ran over the same weeks as the Polite Paws course (as I wished to be very focused in establishing the best behaviour from the outset – for both myself and Maisy) ….. and there is no doubt that Angela’s approach was most effective and well worth the additional travel time to get there from Godalming – and I am now looking forward to the next stage of lessons so that we can continue with fun, effective learning.

Angela also took time to address any questions, and suggest solutions, that individuals had about their pets training ….. she is passionate, caring and knowledgeable about her mission!! A very worthwhile experience …. and life changing for Maisy and me. ”

Ian Whitaker and Maisy


“Angela is just great! She popped round to ours for a 1-2-1 and our rescue lurcher Olive took to her immediately. Olive had terrible problems with other dogs, being completely under socialised when we adopted her. If she spotted a dog in the distance she would lunge and become completely fixated in “getting to that dog”. Whilst she never showed any aggression towards the other dogs, being a big girl she actually pulled me over a couple of times and was very difficult to control. Angela showed us how to build up positive association with other dogs and slowly building up the introduction of more dogs (we started with a stuffed toy haha), and now Olive is really well behaved on the lead. She still tries to get to other dogs but her fixation is much easier to break and she never looses control like she did before. She now even ignores dogs on the other side of the road! There’s still a way to go with our Olive, but Angela got us on just the right track. Thanks so much x”

Becki Wilson & Olive

Rescue Lurcher

07834 167 376

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