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Curlabull Canine Training provides professional dog training services around the North East, and is based in Consett. We offer a wide range of services for your canine pet, with highly trained and exceptionally qualified staff who have over 30 years of dog training experience. You are in safe hands with us, we use the most up to date methods and have a proven track record in both training and behavioural work. We are proud that many of the local vets will promote our services and even refer cases onto us.  

Our Current service list is below and all services can be booked from our services page. If your issue is not mentioned, still give us a ring we will be able to help via bespoke training or behaviour consultation.

  • Puppy and adult beginner dog training

  • Intermediate and adolescent training

  • Advanced training

  • Good Citizen Training

  • Rally Obedience Training (Competative and non Competative)

  • Fun Agility Training

  • NEW pup and pregnancy consultations

  • Individual Bespoke Behavioural consultations

  • Individual Bespoke Puppy consultations. 

  • NEW Individual training (with outdoor option)

  • NEW Heelwork and recall training. (with outdoor option)

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Our classes and courses are kept small, with plenty of helpers on hand to ensure everyone has all the support they need to achieve the best out of their dog or pup. 

There are progression classes for all dogs so that pups can continue their training, even through the difficult stages of adolescence and rescue dogs are supported through the changes that happen as they settle into new homes. We even have a competitive group for those who want to test their dog. Opportunities for all dogs to go through the good citizen training scheme. 

Well-planned sessions, with the most up-to-date training ideas, using positive reinforcement techniques designed by highly qualified and very experienced trainers.

Meet our Trainers

Mechelle is a qualified animal behaviourist (Royal Veterinary College, University of Edinburgh) as well as a Kennel Club Accredited Instructor with a specialism in companion dog training and has over 30 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 first aid app. She is currently publishing a revision guide for the BTEC Animal Care Level Two qualification. 


Mechelle has been nominated for Kennel Club National Trainer of the Year, every year since 2016 and shortlisted for Trainer of the Year in 2017. In 2019 she was nominated for her Significant Contribution to Dog Training By the Kennel Club. 


She is a rare mix of both extensive experience and meaningful qualifications. As a fully qualified science teacher too, with over 30 years in secondary teaching, she has exceptional teaching skills, with compassion and a sense of humour. 

Outside of training, Mechelle competes in Rally Obedience and has been heavily involved in the world of dogs, she was a national breed rescue coordinator, a behavioural consultant for several breed rescue organisations and served on many canine society committees. Alongside these activities, Mechelle is a Kennel Club A1 judge and assessor as well as an assured breeder. She also acted 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. Amanda was awarded the prestigious Kennel Club Dedicated Person of the Year Award 2023, which goes to a person who has shown an outstanding commitment to dog training and the Good Citizen Scheme. 

Claire is an important addition to the team, she has been training her own dogs for 30 years and is qualified in canine first aid. 

Naomi, completed her BTEC Animal Care qualification in 2023 and is widening her knowledge and understanding of the world of dogs, to support her canine career path. She has recently started her Sarah Whitehead training course to qualify her for dog training. 

Carol & Amanda are our agility team, mixing both practical experiences with quality training and skills. Leaving our fun agility group in safe hands. 



Love My Clients

What My Clients Say

It can be really hard to find a trainer that not only claims to teach using effective positive reinforcement techniques, but then delivers on that promise in both class & real life experience.
Mechelle & Team offer that and teach a great puppy class focusing on key life skills and not just basic behaviours. Wouldn't hesitate to reccomend to anyone looking for training. 

Google review 3/6/24

"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. 

Julie with Akira & Sam

"Hugely Knowledgeable"

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! 

Susan 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.

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