The Office Dog

About The Office Dog

Lifestyle Dog Training 

Excellent! Sharon was great – as good at training me as at training Asta, and the Training Notes are fun to read. Elizabeth and Asta
Definitely booking more Lessons! I couldn’t have asked for someone more knowledgeable about dogs and also very good with transferring knowledge over to humans. L Bauer and Leia
Sharon’s can do attitude has given us the confidence boost we needed. A lovely friendly woman, full of excellent advice, who we could honestly share our insecurities with over our new little terror of a Parson Terrier. Vivien and Tippi
Great training We really enjoyed it and Sunny has come on leaps and bounds in just a couple of days Jane and Sunny
Sharon is a miracle worker! When visiting Butternut Box offices she taught one of our puppies how to ‘down’ in about 5 seconds Hannah and Reya
Great value for money Sharon was great… Definitely helped with the training of our puppy. Thank you for all your help guys! Adene and Ozzy

The idea for The Office Dog was born in 2016 when CEO, Sharon Jennings, was training to become a VSA-Certified dog trainer, and while working her old job in a London office, realised how chaotic and unsafe a poorly planned ‘Bring your dog to work day’ could be…

After qualifying, and starting to work with clients, she realised there was a bigger issue than just offices – we expect our dogs to ‘behave’ in many different environments and scenarios, especially when living in London and other major cities; cafes, pubs, parks, markets, buses, trains.

The Office Dog is about helping our dogs to thrive in the modern city lifestyle that we have thrown them into, through fun and non-judgemental games, training and conversations.

Read the full story of how The Office Dog was born…

We Aim To PEEE:

Protect

Above all, we want everyone to be safe and happy – humans and dogs alike. 

Empower

We will help you to be an advocate for your dog, to know what’s best for him and speak up for him when he can’t. And he will learn to make the right choices for himself.

Educate

As well as teaching your dog new behaviours, we want to help you to be able to understand your dog. Learn why he does the things that he does.

Enjoy

We want you to have fun and enjoy the time you spend with your dog, whether that’s at work or at play. Why else do we invite them to share our lives with us?

Sharon Jennings (VSA-CDT),
CEO

Sharon Jennings is CEO and Founder of The Office Dog. She is also the Dogs Service Organiser for Crisis at Christmas.

Sharon’s life-long passion for dogs was realised when after a tough 6-month slog, she graduated with distinction from the inaugural UK class of the Victoria Stilwell Academy for Dog Training and Behaviour, and became a VSA-Certified Dog Trainer

Sharon’s big inspiration for becoming a dog-trainer was getting her beagle puppy, Kimber:

Just having a puppy was hard work in itself. I was wearing yoga pants and wellies solidly for about a month so that there was no loose clothing or toes for him to get his little werewolf teeth into. I remember being up at 3am googling how to stop the night-time howling. My dog was a dick!

And then after a mishap, Kimber had to spend 4 nights in doggy hospital. After that he’d developed some form of claustrophobia, so all the crate-training was out the window, and his separation issues got really bad. and this was on top of all the normal thing that go with having a puppy… I was often in tears during the day due to sleep deprivation and sheer frustration.

I found myself binge-watching episodes of ‘It’s Me or The Dog’ with him on my lap, looking for ideas. So when I saw that Victoria Stilwell was opening an Academy in the UK for dog trainers, it felt like the only sensible thing to do.

I loved the journey to becoming a dog trainer, but it was very intense – there was so much to learn! And the more I learned about dogs, the more I realised what I didn’t know and how much there was still to learn. My dog is still a dick, but we understand each other a lot more now, and can find ways round things.

Now, I get to help others to find ways to fit their dogs into their lifestyles in a way that works for everyone involved. Dogs are not robots, and shouldn’t be treated as such – to have a great relationship with your dog you need to let them show their personality, and work with that.

Victoria Stilwell Academy

Sharon Jennings graduated with distinction from the prestigious Victoria Stilwell Academy for Dog Training & Behavior and has been granted official status as a VSA-Certified Dog Trainer (VSA-CDT). The Victoria Stilwell Academy is the world’s premier institution for professional dog trainer education founded by renowned dog behaviour expert Victoria Stilwell, and graduates of VSA have been individually taught in-person by Stilwell and other VSA faculty. All VSA graduates have been rigorously assessed at the highest level for both skills and knowledge in the areas of dog training, behaviour modification, canine ethology and creative problem-solving.

Additionally, great emphasis is placed within VSA’s industry-leading curriculum upon effective and empathetic human communication skills. This unique focus results in professional dog trainers who are prepared not just to train dogs successfully using powerful force-free, positive reinforcement-based tools and techniques, but also to help dog owner clients to learn how to truly transform canine behaviour and set their dogs up for success using the latest in modern behavioural science methods.

Learn more about the Victoria Stilwell Academy.

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