Ian Friel-Russell (APDT)

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Ian Friel-Russell (APDT)

Head trainer at Positive Pet Training.

Ian Friel-Russell’s Qualifications

Ian Friel-Russell (APDT) spent ten years serving in the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, as a Class One Dog Trainer. Training and handling dogs working on scent detection, tracking and protection work during his career in the Army. Here Ian learnt about the science behind dog training and developed his drive to improve animal welfare. Ian trained to the highest level handling dogs in Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan.

During these testing times it was so evident that, aside from the welfare aspect, force-free training was the way forward. In these awful conditions dogs trained through fear and intimidation would not work. Ian’s happy, force-free trained dogs thought it was the best game in the world! Even on the hottest days! They would work for Ian and saved many lives with the important work that they did.

Since leaving the armed forces Ian has concentrated his expert training knowledge and ability to pet dog training. He has undertaken an intensive course at Lincoln University learning about the new science based “Life Skills” approach. Ian has really shone in the pet dog training aspect but is also happy to work with anyone wanting to work dogs including detection, tracking and gun dog work.

Ian is a full member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) and a registered trainer with the Animal Behaviour and Training Council (ABTC). Both of these associations advocate force-free, science based training and he is proud to be a part of them.

Work for Positive Pet Training

Ian runs most of our one-to-one training and our group classes. As with all of our training Ian uses only science based, force-free training methods. There are scientific reasons behind all the choices he makes during training and is always happy to explain why and how we do things.

Clients and dogs alike appreciate his relaxed approach to training. He really enjoys helping owners understand their dogs better so the relationship can improve. Ian can always be found wearing his treat pouch and dogs usually remember him long after meeting him!

Ian is our head trainer and is happy to train any aspect you would like to focus on . Contact him to discuss on 07785 800008 or email direct at ian@positivepettraining.co.uk

Ian Friel-Russell Outside of Work

Aside from training Ian has a keen interest in history. Alongside work he is currently completing a BA in Archeology and is a keen metal detectorist. He enjoys watching football and the NFL in his spare time.

And of course he spends every minute he can with our boys, him and Barnaby are the best of friends!