Jon Gardner is our head trainer with over 18,000 documented training hours. He has owned and trained dogs all of his life and began his career as a dog handler and trainer in the armed forces, moving on to the prison service. Jon is Home Office approved and has trained dogs to the highest standard, he is one of the country’s most well respected trainers.
Our clients travel across the UK & Europe in order to have Jon Gardner train their dog and often on recommendation from others within the industry which can only be the highest compliment.
“My path alongside dogs began over 20 years ago when I began racing Siberian Huskies as a hobby. Like those early husky trails my life and career path has been firmly inter woven with dogs ever since. The experience I have gained and the opportunities I have taken within this field are as diverse as the dogs I have trained.
As a dog trainer I have extensive experience; over 18000 documented instructing and training hours. This time has been delivered across a wide variety of disciplines and breeds of dog. It includes; Service dog training, private residential training, group pet dog training and 1-1 behavioural/obedience training.
I am an expert in training dogs that are particularly problematic, including those that display aggression towards humans or other dogs. Changing a dogs path from negativity and destruction to fulfilment and happiness has to be the greatest feeling and reward.
I love working or competing with dogs. I strongly believe that engaging a dogs mind is the route to a happy and contented dog. I am currently training and competing in IPO with my 2 year old German Shepherd ‘Ayk’. IPO is a physically and mentally demanding examination for dogs and handlers. Both he and I love the demands of the sport. Earlier this year we successfully passed the entrance level BH and are now training for IPO2. My goal in this sport is to compete for the National Team at the IPO world championships.
Previously I spent 15 years as HM Prison Service Dog handler, Section Manager and Lead Trainer. My career in HMPS presented me with many opportunities and qualifications. However I am most proud of my involvement in the introduction of Belgian Malinois and Dutch Herders to a service that had previously only used German Shepherds. As part of a research and development programme I trained a six month old Malinois x Herder. This process culminated in his Home Office licensing as a Patrol dog at 12 months old. Further to this I qualified with him for the HMPS National Patrol Dog Trials in 2014 gaining a very respectable 4th place for a 16 month old dog.”
Qualifications and Accreditations
- Master Trainer Guild of Dog Trainers
- Home Office Approved Patrol Dog Instructor
- Level 3 Teaching Qualification CIPD
- Home Office Approved Dog Section Manager
- Home Office Approved Patrol Dog Handler
- Home Office Approved Explosive Dog Handler
- Home Office Approved Narcotic Passive Body Scan Dog Handler
- First Aid at Work
- Presentation Skills
- Risk Assessment
- Health and Safety at Work
- Introduction of the first non GSD into the prison service
- Licensing youngest ever patrol dog
- 4th in National Prison Dog Trials with ‘Mali’
- IPO1 with Ayk (96,90,98a)
- BH with Ruben
To speak with Jon Gardner about any of your K9 issues please contact us.