Working Dog Training Classes in Surrey

Training Working Dogs

Working dogs and professional dogs need to be constantly stimulated, both mentally and physically. Dog Schools provide a range of training opportunities for working dogs, including:

  • Trials
    We can train your dog up to trial standards, or to help address any issues you may have at this stage.
  • Agility
    Train your dog to jump, scale and run through tunnels.
  • Tracking
    Teach your dog to sniff out and follow a scent over a distance.
  • Retrieving
    Get your dog to bring back balls, ropes and other objects, and have fun in the process!
  • Protection
    Train your dog to protect you and your property.
  • Nose work
    How to teach your dog to indicate where something is hidden, e.g. explosives, drugs.

Is My Dog a Working Dog?

Working dogs are a group of medium to giant sized dogs originally bred to perform a particular task, such as:

  • Herding or droving animals, including sheep and cattle
  • Pulling or hauling vehicles, including sleds and carts
  • Hunting, where their role generally involves tracking, pointing, retrieving, and chasing down prey
  • Guarding homes or properties
  • Rescue work, either at sea or in the mountains

The advent of modern technology and machinery have negated a lot of the functions of the working dog, but after generations of selective breeding, working dog breeds are generally strong, with solid builds, high intelligence, and a fierce protective instinct. These traits have made such dogs useful in many modern roles, including jobs as:

  • Police dogs
  • Guard dogs
  • Search and rescue dogs
  • Sled dogs
  • Gun dogs

Today, many of these dogs have found their ways into homes as household pets. However, due to their size, inherent strength, and their independent and domineering nature, they could be a difficult handful for first-time dog owners. These dogs need to be properly trained and socialized, under an owner or handler with firm control. Being intelligent dogs, however, they will learn quickly as long as a handler displays strong leadership qualities.

Below is a list of breeds classed under the working dogs category:

  • Akita
  • Alaskan Malamute
  • Anatolian Shepherd Dog
  • Bernese Mountain Dog
  • Boxer
  • Bull Mastiff
  • Doberman Pinscher
  • German Pinscher
  • German Shepherd
  • Giant Shnauzer
  • Great Dane
  • Greater Swiss Mountain Dog
  • Great Pyrenees
  • Komondor
  • Kuvasz
  • Mastiff
  • Newfoundland
  • Portuguese Water Dog
  • Rottweiler
  • Saint Bernard
  • Samoyed
  • Siberian Husky
  • Standard Shnauzer

The rest of the team

Earl Noel, Working Dog Specialist

A qualified dog trainer recognised by both the British Institute of Professional Dog Trainers (BIPDT), and the Registry of Working Dogs and Handlers (RoWDaH), Earl runs a successful canine security company specialising in Home Office Licensed Explosives Search Dog Services. He has also presented training courses on dog handling and canine behaviour worldwide.

Earl has trained numerous dogs to the highest standards in obedience and working trials. He is the handler of two Giant Schnauzers working as police dogs in the UK, a rare profession for the breed. One of them, Villan, has been actively involved in police dog display teams as well as in TV work.

A veteran with the Royal Greenjacket Regiment, Earl has 11 years' experience in the security industry, followed by another 11 years working as a dog handler for the Parks Police. Along with his comprehensive knowledge of dog behaviour, dog training and instruction skills, Earl's extensive experience as a dog trainer places him at the forefront of the dog training and canine security industry, and it makes him a key member of our Dog School Team.

We offer dog training services in the following south London and Surrey areas:

Addington, Addiscombe, Beddington, Carshalton, Caterham, Coulsdon, Croydon, East Croydon, Ewell, Kenley, Mitcham, Norbury, Purley, Riddlesdown, Sanderstead, Selsdon, South Croydon, Sutton, Thornton Heath, West Croydon, Wimbledon, Woodcote, Woodmansterne, Worcester Park, Whyteleafe

For further information about our professional dog training services, please get in touch with us.


"I recently asked Dog School to help train my new puppy which was completely untrained. After the training she is now far better behaved and most importantly house trained! Would recommend to others."

- Mike, Croydon
Dog School News

We are now taking bookings for agility classes starting on 6th April in Carshalton


Even more fun to be had: Classes are now held on the back field at Beddington Park.

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Dog School Ltd
Beddington Park, Church Road
Wallington, Surrey, SM6 7NN

TEL: 07821 543388
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