We moved down to Dorset in July'15 with Pickle our Staffy.  We were experiencing several problems with her, especially towards other dogs, which we felt needed addressing. It got to the point where we didn't enjoy taking her out for walks, or letting her off the lead, due to her attitude towards other dogs. So we contacted Southern Pet Services, with a view to some training. We met Gavin, the trainer, about October' 15 and haven't looked back since.
Eight months on and Pickle is like a different dog.  A pleasure to take out and so very different towards other dogs. It isn't an instant fix, it is an ongoing work, but the results are amazing. Gav and his team are highly professional, thoughtful and prepared to listen to any problems one entails along the way and, oh yes, very patient!!  David, my son, and I have also "been retrained"!!! and through Gav, have learnt to behave differently towards Pickle and "get into the mind of a dog".
Our goal at the start of meeting Gav was to be able to walk along the beach with Pickle off lead, under control and all three of us enjoying the experience. Each time we meet up with Gav, is a step nearer to that point.  We enjoy "our lessons" and will continue with them for as long as it takes.

Pam Smith

Gav and his team are just brilliant. I've really enjoyed puppy school and learning how to communicate with my very lively husky. And even more important they've helped me develop the skills to be able to guide Beau in acceptable behaviour towards children and small dogs. It's still a work in progress but without Gav we'd definitely be struggling with this. I can't wait for the next stage of classes and puppy gym!

Julie Butt

Fabulous dedication for both dogs and owners, giving support through every step of training and socialization. Thoroughly recommend them to any one looking for a canine company.

Alison Byrom

I cannot rate Gavin and Jeanette enough from Southern Pet Services who have looked after Bertie and his chums highly enough. Bertie looks forward every Mon / Wed / Fri to going on his days out with Gavin and his dog chums and comes back absolutely knackered (perfect !). Thanks Gavin / Patch & Jeanette

Bart & Linda Simpson

We had left our Labrador with another dog sitter before and had returned to find a dejected overweight dog, so we were a little apprehensive at leaving him again. But from the outset it was obvious that Gavin understood him, and when Gavin and Jeannette came to walk him and get keys to the house we felt even more confident that things would be OK. While we were away, we got sent photos and had reassurance that all was fine. And when we got back we found a clean and tidy house and more importantly a shiny, sleek, happy Labrador who had obviously had a lovely time. Not only that, he was more obedient than had had even been before. So we will definitely be using Gavin again!

Tony Main

We had Monty, our Cocker spaniel from a puppy aged 6 weeks and whilst the initial ownership was great fun and exciting, especially for the kids, he swiftly turned into a living nightmare. We are a typical busy young family and whilst we spent time on his initial training, we could not afford the time to keep this up. Yes we went to puppy classes and received plenty of advice from other owners, however he was still running away, not coming back when asked and generally being a bit unruly. We were struggling, however help was at hand – and as luck would have it, were recommended to use Gavin from a fellow client / friend of his and we were certainly glad we did because what we have now is an obedient, confident and happy dog. Gavin’s techniques, his calm manner and his all- round knowledge have all contributed to Monty’s vast improvement – he even recommended a change in diet which has also been of great benefit as well. If my story sounds familiar, you know who to call. You will not regret it, nor will your dog !

Mel & Jim

I cannot recommend Southern Pet Services highly enough. Not only have I been able to take advantage of the Puppy Socialising classes – which got my puppy, Riley, and I off to a flying start – Gavin has also proved to be a highly reliable dog walker. Riley loves his weekly ‘pack walk’ and has hugely benefitted from Gavin’s guidance and training techniques, as I have!  G and J will treat your dog as if he were their own. Thank you Gavin and Jeanette, to be honest, I don’t know what I’d do without you!

Anna Lyford

Right from the start, Gavin has invested time in getting to know the personalities of our two dogs. They are very different in temperament and exercise needs, and Gavin has worked out how to cater for each of them. One is still a puppy, and therefore still learning, and Gavin has spent time teaching him the ropes. I’d highly recommend Gavin – not only is he a great dog-walker, but he really understands the psychology of our dogs. I’m glad we found him – and if our dogs could speak, I think they would say the same too! Their waggy tails and excitement at his arrival say it all.

Clare & Mark Norman

My cocker spaniel puppy spends 2 days a week with Gavin and the gang and always sits patiently waiting to be picked up! Thanks to Gavin and jeannette and their guidance Macy is growing into my soulmate, a real pleasure to have around.

Bridget Mclean

We were really worried about leaving Diesel, our 10 month old staffie for the first time while we went abroad. We’d visited some local kennels and were really upset at the thought of leaving him somewhere so cold and unwelcoming. Gav put us at ease straight away by staying in our home. It was lovely to meet someone who understood our concerns about leaving him for the first time as Diesel could sometimes be a handful and displayed some difficult behaviours. Gav assured us that he would be walked twice a day and would also provide one on one training with Diesel. On our return we saw a massive difference in Diesel’s behaviour and Gav had given Diesel a set routine for us to stick to, making sure both Diesel and ourselves were happy. Gav still keeps in touch and continues to help us with any support we need dealing with Diesel. We would recommend Gav & Southern Pet Services to anyone who needs someone reliable and experienced to look after their dog.

Luke & Helen Downey

Gavin is brilliant with the dogs and makes it fun for all including us adults. We have learned so much attending the puppy classes. Bailey our Cocker Spaniel has loved the fun friendly atmosphere whilst learning various exercises demonstrated by Gavin. We are now enjoying Bailey so much more understanding his needs and Bailey is much more understanding of what behaviour we expect from him. Thank you Gavin, will definitely be looking to work with you again soon X


Our Beagle, Jenna has been going to daycare with Gavin and Jeanette since she was 12 weeks old, she absolutely loves it, especially because there are a number of other beagles there so she can do “beagly” things with them. She gets to socialise and play with a number of different breeds, sizes and ages which is great for her development and Gavin, Jeanette and their team treat her as one of their own. Gavin also gives invaluable advice on training, diet, health etc. We wouldn’t be able to own a dog without their help and support and Jenna loves them all to bits, she loves her 2 days a week at Southern Pet Services and I love seeing her photos on their Facebook page!!!

We were delighted to find Southern Pet Services when we had our lively Labradoodle puppy, Truffle, 2 years ago. The puppy classes were great fun and instructive and Gavin’s sound advice was always very reassuring and useful. We would thoroughly recommend Southern Pet Services.


Liz Shilton

We have been using Gavin and Jeanette for a few years now. Our pooch is a rescue Jack Russell cross and can be very challenging! Sammy spends Wednesdays with the team and always has a blast. Once in their company she is so excited and never looks back. Sammy is truly treated as part of the family and loves to spend time with them. It is very reassuring to know our dog will be treated by true, caring professionals. Thanks Gavin and Jeanette (and a special thanks to Patch for his guidance!) Highly recommended.

Lesley Gulliver

Excellent services! Have done training and have my dog walked weekly wouldn’t go anywhere else! Amazing people who go the extra mile

Adrian & Kelley Evans

I joined SPS 6 weeks ago with my working cocker spaniel puppy Boots. I’ve had dogs all my life and had changed breeds from German Sheppard to spaniel. I was looking for new ideas, non traditional training and most of all, fun! I have been given all of the above and more SPS are full of ideas and knowledge about caring for our pets, they are down to earth and honest. We can’t thank them enough and look forward to Saturday mornings – even when it’s cold and wet! Can’t recommend them enough xxx

Wendy Chantler

We first used Southern Pet Services at the beginning of 2014, when my 13 year old son started puppy classes with our Labrador Retriever Molly. He has attended various other classes over the past year with Southern Pet Services. Including agility and gun dog training along, with whistle training. Molly and my son love the classes and the valuable training that is given. It has made training Molly both enjoyable and relatively easy. They are always on hand for valuable advice too which in the early days with a young puppy is a godsend!

‪My 5 year old daughter also did a 4 week course with them especially designed for children, which she really enjoyed. I whole hearted recommend them!

Tracey Lewis

Gav and his team are amazing! I took my extremely nervous springer Izzie over for the first time last year after using other trainers that had made no difference to her behaviour. Within the first 10 minutes she was playing! Since then, following his no pressure training methods she has come on leaps and bounds to a point where she is now relaxed being in a field with other dogs! She still has a long way to go but has come so far during this time and I feel I can take her to more places without worrying how she will react! Thank you so much!

Pippa (The Vet Southampton)

Joined a puppy class with our Ellie but she needed that little bit more than the group sessions we attended as she really does have a mind of her own.

Gavin and team have gone out of their way to accommodate Ellie and ourselves and she has come on leaps and bounds to be an almost perfect pooch