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Recent 5 star reviews for Verity

“Thank you, Awesome Training” 5 star review written on: 06/04/2019 by Shazzamoore1234 

We sent our 18 month Miniature Pinscher Rufus an Advanced Senior Trainer for 6 weeks at the beginning of the year. To say we were apprehensive would be an understatement but we had been struggling with Rufus so much due to his reactivity we really felt we had no other options. As soon as we met our trainer to hand Rufus over we felt completely at ease and we just knew that he was going to be in good hands. Contact was second to none, we had updates daily, and sometimes even a few updates throughout the day. This became our little highlight of the day as we could see the trust and bond he was building with his trainer and seeing his confidence grow, we started to see Rufus in situations we never thought we would ever see. Since coming home life has felt completely different, Rufus settles really nicely in the house, he has so much more freedom on walks, and he has made some doggy friends. We still have some issues with Rufus reacting to other dogs but he is so much more manageable with the techniques that we have been taught and things have without a doubt improved. Also impressive is the fantastic aftercare which is has been essential,our trainer was, and still is, on hand with help and advice and it is the key to things continuing once your dog has come home. 
We really cannot rate Adolescent Dogs highly enough, thank you.

“Competition Win” 5 star review written on: 01/04/2019 by jhutchins 

We were lucky enough to win a 2 win residential stay with Adolescent Dogs for our 19 month old Cockapoo in their Xmas competition. The communication from the point they notified us of our win was second to none and we knew immediately that Barney would be in great hands. However this didn't stop us becoming anxious about sending him away for 2 weeks. We needn't have worried as our trainer was amazing and very quickly put our minds at rest with photos from day 1 showing how well he had settled. This continued throughout his stay along with regular updates and videos showing the amazing progress he was making. It was obvious that Barney was very happy and settled living with his trainer. During the handover session our trainer talked through and demonstrated all the commands Barney had learnt and we were given time to practice these with her help and guidance. We were also given a further follow up session 2 weeks later to consolidate everything we had learnt and to talk through anything we may have struggled with. It was made very clear to us that our trainer is always contactable and this is an amazing tool which we have already used for extra advice. Barney is still a cheeky chappy but much calmer since his residential stay. There is still "work to be done" but we now have the supprt and guidance we were previously needing and missing and as a result we are far more confident 1st time dog owners. We would highly recommend Adolescent Dogs.

“Outstanding dog training" Written on: 25/02/2018 by Ronans 

My cocker spaniel has been back for a week now after 18 days training at adolescent dogs and it is unbeleavable the change. Still my sweet 8 month old puppy but really calm with amazing manners. He had a fantastic fun filled time along side learning to behave in a manner that allows us to take him everywhere with us, which was a really important point to us. Also his interaction around small children and being calm was a key point. He further learnt all the usual commands that you would expect. ( sit, down wait etc)

Loads of updates during his stay using photos and written communication by e mail and what’s app. 
Information prepping us on the commands that were being used so that we could use the same words on his return.

Choosing to send my precious puppy to be trained was a really difficult descion, one that I wondered about for a while but on speaking with them they were very reassuring and the trainer we choose for him was everything I could have hoped for and more. I will definitely be sending him back for top up training when we go on holidays after all why shouldn’t he have a great time while he learns and be looked after in the same way as he is at home.

​“Who said Rescue Lurchers are untrainable” Written on: 20/11/2017 by 80Crockett 

We decided to adopt two young Lurchers, my partner was reluctant as he said we would never put them in kennels and therefore that was the end of our holidays abroad. 
To prove a point I hunted on the internet to find somewhere they could stay while we were away.
To my good fortune I found Adolescent Dogs

Both my dogs came with issues but not the same ones!! so I thought it would be difficult to find a residential trainer who could handle both of them.

How wrong was I. Our trainer was fabulous and put my mind at ease. The training love and care they received was second to none. It was very reassuring to have the regular updates and photos. The video issued at the end of the stay really helped to show the improvement they had made in such a short time . They spent four weeks with the trainer but both myself and my partner could not have been more surprised to have these two well behaved dogs returned to.

We will use Adolescent Dogs again for a top up. Thank you to our Trainer and Adolescent Dogs for all your help. The follow up sessions have really helped and have given us a base in which to continue the training.

Verity Escott,GODT, ADIC/AS

Advanced Senior Instructor. Littlehampton, Worthing, West Sussex

Verity was trained personally by Jenny & Mike and has been a valued member of the team for the past 6 years.   As well as earning her space as an Advanced Senior Trainer, she is also a Mentor Trainer for our Trainee Instructors and a member of the Guild of Dog Trainers (GODT)

She has a vast amount of experience working with a variety of breeds and ages of dog through our residential training programmes and specialises in small to medium sized dogs.  She gets excellent results with all of the dogs that she has to stay with her for training.

Verity only takes in 1 to 2 dogs for training at any one time, so is able to offer a more personal and exclusive training service.  She owns just two dogs of her own, a Cockapoo called Bobby and a Pug called Frank. She also has a 4 year old daughter - this means that she is able to provide vital manners and training for dogs who need work around children in a quiet family environment.

Verity is an excellent match for the most challenging dogs we get in for training, but is equally skilled at early puppy socialisation and training.  She enjoys a challenge and offers a variety of woodland and beach locations for training dogs.  

Verity regularly attends seminars and courses with some of the most world renowned trainers and behaviourists to help with her continued professional development.

Background Qualifications, Online Courses, Webinars, Seminars & Experience 

  • ADIC/AS - Adolescent Dogs Instructor Certificate - Advanced Senior
  • Member of the Guild of Dog Trainers (GODT)
  • ​Attended IMDT - Institute of Modern Dog Trainers - Canine Aggression and Rehabilitation seminar
  • ​​Attended IMDT - Impulse Control seminar 2018
  • ​​​Attended Craig Ogilvie - Interactive Play seminar 2018
  • Craig Ogilvie - Attended Communicating with your over stimulated dog Seminar 2018
  • ​Attended David Ryan - Predatory Chase Behaviour in dogs seminar 2018
  • Dr Ian Dunbar - Growl Classes webinar
  • Forrest Micke - Engagement Skills webinar
  • Forrest Micke - Heelers Toolbox webinar
  • Michael Ellis - The power of using toys in training webinar
  • Michael Ellis - The power of training dogs with markers webinar
  • ​Attended Trevor Cooper - My dog and the dangerous dogs act seminar
  • Dr Katherine van Ekert. - First aid for dogs
  • Sharon Bolt - 7 simple ways to get a well behaved dog, 
  • Dr Ian Dunbar - Crucial Concepts in Dog Behaviour & Training webinar
  • Dr Ian Dunbars Sirius Dog Training Academy webinar
  • Dr Ian Dunbars Science Based Dog Training with Feeling webinar
  • Dr Ian Dunbar - How to train a puppy webinar 
  • Dr Ian Dunbar - Treatment & prevention of dog aggression - fighting & biting webinar
  • ​Attended ​IMDT - Happy Dogs - Happy Recallers seminar 2017
  • Dog First Aid course

Specialist Areas

  • Puppies and adult dogs
  • Puppy behaviour
  • Training around children
  • Nervous dogs
  • Friendly dog socialisation
  • Barking and lunging at dogs on lead
  • Aggression towards other dogs (no bite history)
  • Dogs who chase cars
  • Aggression towards people (small dog)
  • Food/toy guarding
  • Challenging temperaments
  • Dog and people aggression