I have been a dog lover since I can remember, growing up with our Whippet/Lab mix, Bobby, who in my memory was amazing.

Being a professional Dog Trainer is my dream job and I love working with each and every one of my client's dogs. I have worked hard to ensure that I am up to date on the latest science based methods which are kind and ethical and have the well being and comfort of your dog at the centre of all training.

I have achieved accreditation with the IMDT (Institute of Modern Dog Trainers), the Dog Training College and also the Pet Professional Network.  I ensure I complete CPD every year to stay up to date with the latest in scientific information to ensure my knowledge stays up to date.

Qualifications and Accreditation

Member of the IMDT
Member of the Pet Professional Guild
Approved Trainer with The Dog Training College
Member of the Pet Professional Network (Platinum Level)
OCN Level III In Methodology: Understanding and Working with Canine Behaviour
OCN Level III in Principles of Dog Training and Behaviour
Certificate in Canine First Aid and CPR


I cannot have this website without having a section dedicated to Coco. Nikki Birkett Dog Training+ would not exist if it weren't for her.

My husband and I adopted Coco from our local RSPCA branch in 2015 and she changed our lives. She came to us as a fearful young dog, 11 months, who had not had the best start to life.

She can still get nervous around other dogs occasionally but despite everything she is the most loving, affectionate dog who loves cuddles on the sofa at night. Once you have her trust you have it forever.

Working with Coco through her fear and lack of confidence means I have experienced first hand the level of dedication it takes from an owner. I wanted to make sure I could support others through this journey. I can validly say I know exactly what you are going through.  I can also say that hard work really does pay off and it is all completely worth it as your journey progresses.

So really, Coco is to thank for the nudge to set up Nikki Birkett Dog Training+


Ziggi joined us in 2020.  He is a very sweet Eastern European Village Dog from Romania who loves dogs but is (understandably) wary of people.

He is doing great at learning how to read situations and aske for help when he is not sure what to do.  He has learnt how to make great choices and his communication is just amazing.

Bringing Ziggi into our home not only helped grow my passion for overseas dogs but also meant that I integrated TWO reactive dogs into one household.  This take patience, lots of it, and love.  The result is worth it though, now with two dogs who coexist so well together retaining their independence but also taking comfort from each other.