Dog training solutions, compassionately delivered.

About Spiffing Dog Training:

Hi, my name is Matt Rolfe and I am a full member of the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers (IMDT).  I am vet referred for behaviour adjustment plans and have a history of working with charities such as the Dogs Trust as a Training and Behaviour Advisor and Safe and Sound, a rescue organisation saving dogs from termination in pounds.  I am fully insured and only use reward based training in all cases, never punitive.  1 to 1 training is my speciality, group classes are always fun too.

Contact Us

Got any questions or need some quick advice about training your dog?

We’re here to help you and your dog and look forward to working with you both. Either use the form below or give us a call and we’ll answer any questions you have.

07885 220707

info@spiffingdog.com

Taunton, Somerset

Dog Training Services and Prices

Group classes

Contact us for class options and pricing

Force free, reward based
Classes available for all ages
Great for socialisation
Life skills
Scent work
Tricks
Recall workshop
Loose lead walking workshop
Guest trainers
Ask about your nervous dogs needs
Focus on fun for you and your dog!

Owner attending behaviour modification program

£170

Initial consultation up to 2 hours
Email report
1 hour follow up session
Dog to dog aggression
Dog to human aggression
Resource guarding
Seperation anxiety
Excessive barking
Fearful displays (cowering/hiding)
Hyperactivity
Self harming behaviour
Loose lead walking
Recall
Jumping up
Front door reactivity
Crate training
Muzzle training
Hard mouthing

1 2 1 training single hour of basic obedience

£35

Puppy issues (toilet/mouthing/jumping/recall)
Loose lead walking
Recall
Jumping up
Front door reactivity
Crate training
Muzzle training
Hard mouthing

Dog Training Tips

Training Tips
Matt

The JOY of adolescence

Adolescence.  Many of you will have been advised to worry about this stage in your dog’s life.  Regularly I hear stories of dogs suddenly ignoring their owners, acting far more independently (i.e., ignoring recall), showing signs of nervousness and sometimes aggression.  What on Earth is going on?! *cue people running around like their hair is

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Training Tips
Matt

Jumping Up

Many dogs simply have to greet you with their feet on you.  Imagine being so exciting to another animal that they just have to touch you while sporadically spinning around (tail whipping everything off the coffee table again!), barking and maybe even mouthing you in unrestrained joy!  As lovely as the sentiment is, generally it’s

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Training Tips
Matt

Dominance

No matter where you live, you will have undoubtedly heard that you need to be dominant over your dog or at the very least their pack leader. There are several studies on this topic and I will not bog you down with it all here. The short version is simply that you do not need

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Training Tips
Matt

Treats

Just a quick note on rewarding your dogs.  I have heard people refer to this as bribery and a sure way to make the dog only ever work for food.  This is not quite right, let me explain in brief. Firstly, dogs do what works.  If your dog is motivated by food, it is a

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Training Tips
Matt

Clicker

The clicker is a useful, cheap tool that can help with timing of marking a correct behaviour when training your dog.  It is completely optional as you can use verbal markers however many handlers prefer the precise, consistent marker than a clicker provides. It works in the same way classic conditioning works.  You may be

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Training Tips
Matt

Recall

This short guide is to help you gain or improve recall with your dog when engaging in off lead activities. You are going to need a treat pouch with tasty treats, a long line and a harness (never a collar with a long line) and if your dog is toy motivated pack their favourite on

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Meet a few of our happy Spiffingdogs

New blog post on the joy of adolescence, link here and in bio
https://www.spiffingdog.com/blog/

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The very sweet and gentle Norman here loves nothing more than tracking and playing with other dogs. Lovely temperament, just a bit of work to do on his recall.

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Great results without having to use force or intimidation :) #dogs #dogtraining #truefreedom #beagle #beaglesofinstagram #crossbreed #heinz57 #heinz57dog #k9 #mansbestfriend #dogbehaviour #friends #spiffingdogs
Lexi nearly falling asleep with a head tickle and Bella, very kindly checking my ear out.

Both very full of beans with owners wishing for a looser lead on their walks. Will check up on them in a few weeks.

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Throwing it back to Teddy having a drink from his favourite dispenser!

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I really love how @livi_and_luka didn't struggle with @toby_n_thebeagle being a little excited near him in this clip. Also really love that it was excitement and not fear from Toby.

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@toby_n_thebeagle showing lots of interest in a rather unfussed @livi_and_luka and making the right choice of checking in with his human. Such a good pair of boys! (Ok, the humans did alright too I guess) ;) #beagle #heinz57 #beaglesofinstagram #grumpybeaglesunited #dogs #dog #dogstagram #dogsofinstagram #dogsofinsta #k9 #mansbestfriend #dogtraining #dogbehaviour #goodboy #results #happy #spiffingdogs
This short clip may not look exciting to you, but this the end result of a short 7 weekly course with 2 dogs that react with barking and fear avoidance when seeing other dogs. They've both done really well, I'll post some more stuff of them just chilling near each other.

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This weekend saw the last of my classes in Enfield, and some goodies and words of encouragement for the future.

It has been nothing short of a pleasure to teach such a motivated group of individuals with their fantastic dogs. While I will miss them terribly, I am excited to grow new relationships with owners and dogs in my new home town of Taunton.

Keep in touch everyone, I am always interested in how you are all getting on and am always here if you need a quick pointer* *advice, not dog.

#thanks #bye #love #dogtrainer #spiffingdogs
Why yes Kira, I shall indeed play with you and make it look like work! ;)
This little pupper is mouthing hard during teething, so we worked on settling away from human limbs, and hands on when there was a toy in her mouth. Great stuff!

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Humbled to receive thank you goodies prior to my relocation!

#thanks #humbled #dogtrainer #bestclients
Ted here decided to cross a busy road while searching out a deer carcass. Understandably his owner is keen to avoid a repeat of that scary moment!
Practice recall daily and utilise long lines to minimise risk of this happening to you.

#cockerpoo #cockerpoosofinstagram #heartinmouth #recall #dogs #dog #dogstagram #dogsofinstagram #k9 #mansbestfriend #dogtraining #spiffingdogs