Turning man's best friend into your best friend.
Meet our Trainers
Mechelle is a qualified animal behaviourist (Royal Veterinary College, University of Edinburgh) as well as a dog trainer and has over 25 years of outstanding professional dog experience. She played a major role in the development of the LANTRA (land-based exam board) course in canine first aid and she is also co-author of the K999.direct first aid app.
Mechelle was nominated for Kennel Club National Trainer of the Year 2016. 2017 and 2018 and shortlisted for Trainer of the Year in 2017. In 2019 she was nominated for her Significant Contribution to Dog Training By the KC.
She is a rare mix of both extensive experience and meaningful qualifications. As a fully qualified science teacher too, with over 25 years in secondary teaching, she has exceptional teaching skills, with compassion and a sense of humour.
Outside of training, Mechelle is heavily involved in the world of dogs, she is a national breed rescue coordinator, a behavioural consultant for several breed rescue organisations and serves on many canine society committees. Alongside these activities, Mechelle is a Kennel Club judge and assessor as well as being an assured breeder. She also acts as an assessor for the charity Wag & Company.
Amanda is a major part of the team and is a qualified Kennel Club Good Citizen Assessor and has been training dogs for over 25 years.
Claire is our newest addition to the team, who has been training her own dogs for 30 years and is qualified in canine first aid.
Group training is restarting in April 2021 - please see services page for our availability
Due to current COVID 19 restrictions, we have an altered schedule of activities. See our COVID 19 news page for the latest details. Please contact us for all your training needs.
What My Clients Say
"Best Training Club"
I previously attended a dog school in Oxford which I thought was good, however having now attended Curlabull Training I strongly believe it is the best training club you are likely to find. Mechelle's approach to training and knowledge of all breeds really does make training, even difficult breeds, a pleasure. So happy I discovered Curlabull Canine Training. Our Akita Sam is such a chilled male Akita and I strongly believe this is down to attending training with Curlabull.
I recently adopted an 18mth old Cairn terrier, who is absolutely lovely and friendly with people including children but growlly and very reactive with other dogs.
I signed us up for puppy classes as I had never dealt with a dog with issues.
Mechelle and Amanda are very welcoming and both are hugely knowledgeable about training and the psychology of a dog.
They have given me the encouragement, skills and confidence needed to deal with Brian growling at other dogs and at the end of the course he was like a different dog.
We both enjoyed the classes and I now feel like I have a great bond with Brian.
We look forward to joining the Bronze good citizen class.
Thanks so much!
Julie with Akira & Sam
Suan with Brian
I personally can recommend this training school. Believe me, if it hadn't been for Mechelle I would have lost my marriage and had a breakdown. I will always be grateful for the help she gave me with one of my dogs, and she is still there for me with advice if I need it. She is one committed and determined lady. If you need a little or loads of help with your dog this is the place to go. Don't just think about it, do it, you won't regret it, believe me
Jean Cawdell Owen
As well as educating dogs I also learned a lot in the training process. I would recommend Mechelle to all as her skill in techniques (for dogs and owners alike) is a great reflection of her ability.
Mike with Keo & Leon.