Hamble Hounds was founded by Annette Bowcott in 1998 and there is now a small team of 2 trainers and 3 assistants/trainees who are all committed to respectful, kind and positive relationships with dogs, using knowledge, skill and love to communicate, teach, motivate and support.
We are a professional, full time business fully insured and accredited.
It’s so important to us to rely entirely on an ethical, knowledge based, kind and calm approach of work with dogs. All our accreditation bodies all advocate kind, motivational methods and require ongoing professional development.
Good effective dog training and relationship building does NOT need loud or stern voices, big hand signals, pushing around, punishment, fear, harsh physical or mental treatment or equipment. We will never use or teach such methods nor allow them to be used in any session.
We frequently meet families who are upset and frustrated, sometimes angry with or scared of their puppy or dog. It’s a joy to be able to coach them through to reaching a mutually loving and rewarding relationship between family and dog using only calm and kind methods. There is no magic wand, but with time, thought and effort, changes can be made!
If you would like to make contact to find out more about what we do and how we work, please call to chat. A chat doesn’t commit you to anything!
We help, and fund raise for, a number of animal and assistant dog charities and love doing our “safety around dogs” talk in schools and to children’s groups. Barking Bonanza is our big annual event in the Royal Victoria Country Park, where all funds raised go to our charity of the year.
Annette Bowcott is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (number 00840), a Animal Behaviour and Training Council Registered Animal Training Instructor, and a Tellington TTouch practitioner.
Annette struggled to find a good trainer when her old dog Smudge arrived from rescue with his own set of problems, her employment history of training/developing adults and children with physical disabilities and mental health issues, combined with her growing theoretical and experiential knowledge of dog learning and behaviour, led her to set up Hamble Hounds in 1998.
Annette and her partner have a black Labrador called Tally (born February 2015), having lost their lovely Smudge in 2012 and the wonderful Rafferty in 2014.
Gracie Ray Gracie is accredited with the IMDT (Institute of Modern Dog Trainers). Her dog training journey began properly when she got her current dog Tia. Helping Tia to overcome her fears and learn to cope with our human world played a key role in Gracie’s desire to become a dog trainer, and she has now completed numerous courses on dog training and behaviour, and passed her IMDT assessment with Distinction and an average score of 94%. Gracie and Tia enjoy agility and trick training together.
Brian has been assisting at Hamble Hounds since 2015 and works for Canine Partners. He primarily assists with our outdoor classes. Brian has a blue Staffie called Sky.
Isobel assists in puppy classes. She has two golden retrievers called Rumy and Charlie and a New Forest pony called Nobby.
Melissa is assisting in classes. She is starting on her dog trainer journey having spent many years around dogs…..