Barry Harris from Merseyside

Barry Harris

When and how did you get into dog training?

I became involved in dog training properly about 10 years ago when I bought a Bullmastiff puppy with my partner. We knew what breed we wanted and researched everything we could about the breed. As we both wanted to be able to walk him it was vital that we put in the work with his training. We signed up to do the Good Citizen Dog Scheme to socialise and train him and he did very well, however we soon started having problems with other dogs, pulling on the lead and not eating his meals. I ended up doing so much research that I was able to give advice to others on how I combatted his problems and things progressed from there. I posted videos of his trick training on YouTube and kept being asked advice and it just grew and grew.

What do you like the most about dog training?

What I like most about dog training is seeing a dog that the owner had all but given up on having a fresh start. It's a real sense of achievement to know that I've been able to help that particular dog and owner turn a corner and start building a trusting bond again.

How long have you been part of the KCAI scheme?

I have been a part of the KCAI scheme for about 3 years now. 

Why are you a member of the KCAI Scheme?

I wanted a way for members of the public to be able to see that I was serious about dog training and the KCAI Scheme seemed like the best way to go. I've always been an advocate for positive, force free dog training and the KCAI Code of Practice gives member of the public confidence that I will not operate in a way that could cause their dog harm.

The dog training industry is unregulated and I want to strive for a way that the public can make better choices when it comes to picking a trainer for their dog.

What would you say your biggest achievements in your career have been so far?

My biggest achievements in my career so far has been being nominated for KCAI Trainer of the year 2014 and 2015 but making the finals has left me overwhelmed.

Is there any work that you do with or for dogs, in addition to dog training instructing?

Outside of my career I help dogs find new homes for Wirral Animal Welfare. Currently we have one of their dogs that was shut in a shed for 5 years. He has come a long way in the 8 months we've had him and he's overcome a lot of obstacles in such a short time considering he wasn't socialised for most of his life. Having just got him confident with fireworks going off we will be moving on to his first Christmas indoors in 5 years.

I run a local doggy day care and home boarding business with my partner Holly and over the years we have helped lots of dogs and their owners overcome countless obstacles to improve their lives together.

Do you own a dog yourself and if so what is its name/breed? 

Me and my partner own 5 dogs and have one rescue dog who has very cunningly became part of the furniture without us even realising it.

We have 3 Dogue De Bordeauxs - Mateo who we think is about 5 years old, Buddy who is about 4 years old and Zena who is 2 years old. We have 2 Cocker Spaniels - Jet who will be 3 in January and Gunner who is 8 months old.

Our foster boy Troy is roughly 5 years old and he is also a Dogue De Bordeaux.

Buddy and Mateo were rescue cases from Dogue De Bordeaux Rescue and Rehoming and Mateo couldn't be rehomed due to severe aggression. He is now one of the best dogs you would ever meet and has helped me as a stooge dog on many an occasion due to his now superb nature.

Comments made by individuals that nominated Barry

  • 'Both of my dogs have been cared for and trained by Barry he is highly skilled and knowledgeable, I constantly have questions for him and he has always had the answers , he puts the dogs interests first and would recommend him to anyone.'
  • 'Barry has had an unbelievable effect on our dog he has completely changed him for the better from what we thought was wanting to constantly attack other dogs to helping us notice that he was in fact scared by other dogs because of previous attacks from other dogs on him. We couldn't let him off the lead or walk him on the lead anywhere there might have been a chance of bumping into other dogs but now thanks to Barry we have a very well behaved dog who plays and is caring toward other dogs. He has made a complete turn around and we are so happy with his behaviour he truly is a great and happy member of the family now.'
  • 'Barry went out of his way when our troublesome Labrador pups recall was none existent made such a difference to all our lives as we were not sure if we could cope with him much longer. Barry was always on hand and was patient with us and Marley.'
  • 'He worked absolute wonders with my puppy. He was so patient with him and trained him so well. He always gives great advice too.'
  • 'Barry Harris is by far the most dedicated dog trainer we have used. We have 2 GSDs both of who are different dogs having had Barry's input, knowledge and patience.   Our girl couldn't be around people and dogs but is now a true star. A different, happier dog.   Our pup, 17 months got a bit big for his boots after an attack on him but Barry has worked with him and us and he is now a sociable, understanding lad again. Barry thought us about the clicker and the impact that has had with his input has been so positive for both our dogs. It doesn't matter what time day or night you need advice, he is always on the end of that phone.'
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