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Cosford Dog Training is run by John Fitzpatrick, MCGI, MBIPDT. John is a fully qualified, professional dog trainer since completing his formal training as a Royal Air Force Police dog handler in 1981.

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Training Services

Dogs don't know the difference between right and wrong. They learn from the consequences of their everyday experiences. We usually play a major role in providing those experiences and consequences.

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Behavioural Services

There is a difference between dog obedience training and behaviour modification, although all behaviour modification involves an element of training as the dog needs to learn new behaviour patterns.

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About Cosford Dog Training


Cosford Dog Training is run by John Fitzpatrick, MCGI, MBIPDT, a fully qualified, professional dog trainer since completing formal training as a Royal Air Force Police dog handler in 1981 and retiring in April 2013 as the Senior Instructor at the Joint Service Dog School, Defence Animal Centre, the UK's and possibly western Europe’s largest dog training establishment. I am currently the Vice Chairman of the British Police and Services Canine Association. Fitz is the author of the highly successful book on puppy training; Educating Alice.  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Educating-Alice-Essential-Training-Perfect/dp/0995490104/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1468747371&sr=1-1&keywords=educating+alice This book is the ideal companion to all our training courses.


I have extensive training experience having been training dogs professionally for 34 years. You will note, not as a hobby which I have developed into a business, but as a professionally trained handler and trainer. There is a significant difference. I began my career as a young dog handler in the Royal Air Force Police and ended it as the Senior Instructor at the Canine Training Squadron of the Defence Animal Centre; producing handlers and dogs for the RAF, Army, MOD Police and many other UK and overseas defence and law enforcement agencies in a wide range of disciplines.


The qualifications I hold have all been awarded by recognised educational bodies, rather than private companies that award their own certificates of competence.  

I hold a Foundation Degree in Canine Behaviour and Training awarded by the University of Hull

I hold a Certificate in Education in Post Compulsory Education (Cert Ed) awarded by Wolverhampton University

I am a Member of the City & Guilds of London Institute (MCGI) in Leadership Management equating to Master’s Degree on the National Framework

I hold a number of higher level coaching awards from the Army School of Leadership and Supervision (ASLS)

Fiona Pedley

Fiona is one of our resident dog trainers and is a full member of The Guild of Dog Trainers. Fiona has trained at Cosford Dog Training for almost 10 years, beginning as a student, working through all the KCGCDS levels and then progressing to work her dog at a much higher level in Working Trials tests.  When an opportunity arose 4 years ago to take over from our departing Assistant Trainer, Fiona was the natural choice. As well as working at Cosford Dog Training, she regularly trains with a number of highly reputable and successful professional trainers. She is a qualified KCGCDS examiner and regularly undertakes CPD in different aspects of dog training, and care. She is qualified in Canine First Aid. Fiona assists in the training of all puppies passing through the training school and whenever possible she takes overall charge at least 1 sessions with each course, in order that students benefit from a change of teaching style. (I know…it’s hard to believe that I’m not absolutely perfect, but there you go!) Her little Springer, Hollie had her trials career curtailed though a spinal issue, but still carries out UKTDA tracking tests.  Fiona is expecting the imminent arrival of a new Springer puppy in a few months, and Hollie is excited at the prospect of a little sister to play with and help train.


Cosford Dog Training is based on an 8 acre rural site 3 miles from Junction 3 of the M54. There is space to train you and your dog. You are not confined to a Church Hall, or scout hut. We have secure training compounds to work in and have an extensive range of specialist equipment for agility training, working trials training and BIPDT Security Training and examinations. You will work in private, secure areas which are safe for your dog to work out his problems away from other dogs, not taking your chances in a local park, before both you and your dog are ready. We also have access to off-site facilities for specialist/Bespoke training scenarios. You will work your dog with some of the best dogs used in behaviour modification and training work in the UK, in order to give you and your dog the best chance of success.