Leah Holdaway BSc (MAPDT 1067)

Leah Holdaway BSc (MAPDT 1067)


Hi, I’m Leah and I have been a dog trainer since 2009 but my history of learning and working with animals began in 1998 where I was fortunate enough to attend Sparsholt College studying a BTEC National Diploma in Animal Care. After completing my course in 2000 I went to university to study my BSc Hons Degree in Animal Science and Welfare during 2001 – 2004 in East Anglia. It was my dissertation that sparked my interest in dog training. 

Over the years I have worked as an Animal Care Assistant for the RSPCA dealing with a range of animals and I’ve worked for Southampton City Council dealing with stray dogs. Both jobs gave me the chance to learn more and I was able to set up Positive Training For Canines in 2009. Puppy classes started at Colden Common on 1st September 2009 and I have been fortunate enough to build my classes to offer services for the Tearaway Teenagers and adult dogs. In 2019 I was asked to run puppy socialisation classes in Winnall for Companion Care Vets.  

I became a registered member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (MAPDT 1067) in 2009, a member of the Pet Professional Guild in 2013 and a member of the Animal Trainers and Behavioural council in 2014. 

Over the years I have had the privilege of working with lots of different breeds, ages and problems but I have turned my attention to loose lead walking, puppies and teenage tearaways. Pups will often pull on lead from day one and we humans follow them because whilst they are small it isn’t a problem but of course the problem will grow with the pup. Loose lead is about teamwork, consistency and teaching the pup what we expect of them. Does your pup/dog pull like a train? Does your pup/dog choke himself and you feel like your arm is getting longer? Have you tried everything and feel nothing works? Look no further and contact me today to book either a one to one or join us for one of our workshops. 

I love working with the pups. We often have families attend class and it’s fabulous to get to know everyone and be a part of the special journey. Sometimes people feel overwhelmed by the responsibility of raising a puppy but classes, one to ones and over the phone support can ease the mind and give you the skills and information you require to enjoy your bundle of fluff. I run classes in Colden Common and Winnall so why not check out our Perfect Puppy Program Packages and book yourself and your pup in?

The one thing I love about working with the teenagers is watching them develop. It is often a difficult stage for many owners where the dogs ‘forget’ their training and their confidence grow. Many owners feel at a loss and frustrated by their dogs behaviour but help is at hand through classes, one to ones and over the phone support. All you have to do is get in contact and we can discuss the help and support that suits your needs.  

2020 has proved to be a difficult year for us all with the Covid19 pandemic. Thankfully technology has provided a huge help with transferring classes online whilst we all stay at home and it has helped me stay in contact with clients.