Warrington, Cheshire


Positive Steps Dog Training is owned and run by Nikki, a qualified dog trainer with the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers (IMDT) and qualified canine behaviourist through the British College of Canine Studies.

I started Positive Steps Dog Training with the aim to create a platform for dog guardians to work with their dogs to help nurture the unbreakable bond between dog and owner. I believe in using force-free techniques to ensure the relationship between guardian and dog is built on mutual trust, love, loyalty and respect.

I currently have a German Shepherd, Harley, who has been trained from a puppy using reward-focused training methods, from toilet training to basic puppy skills and socialisation. 

At the age of one and a half, following an incident while out walking, Harley developed some unwanted behaviours, such as anxiety around strangers and a fear response to bicycles. I worked closely with Harley for months, taking the training back to basics and building up Harley’s socialisation and confidence with strangers and bicycles both. Now, Harley is once again confident enough to enjoy her off-lead walks on the beach and her much-loved ball games – and sometimes helps me with client training too!

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Working with Harley and creating that unbreakable bond between dog and owner is what inspired me to start Positive Steps Dog Training. I want all dog guardians to experience the same kind of bond that I have with my dog, and I want to help them achieve it!

No one dog is the same and it is so important that we take the time and put in the effort to understand our dogs behaviour and guide them in how to behave appropriately - we owe it to them as their guardians. Take a look at our dog training page to find out more about the services we offer.