Trained For Life

Lez Graham has been working with dogs since 1998 and set up Trained For Life in January 2007 upon her return from New Zealand.

Lez' focus is to show people how, through changing their own behaviour and attitude towards their dog, their dogs behaviour and attitude towards them will change.

This then starts the process of training a well mannered, obedient and respectful dog... whether this is in the home, on a walk or wherever you and your dog find yourselves.

By expecting your dog to be well behaved and then enforcing it positively and in a way your dog understands, you end up with a dog that is looking to you for guidance and leadership.

Lez with Angus and Ziggy after her MA Graduation

Lez holds her Masters degree in Canine Behaviour & Psychology, is a Fellow of the Canine and Feline Behaviour Association (CFBA), a master trainer with the Guild of Dog Trainers (GoDT) and is an established author having published three highly successful books (The Pet Gundog, The Advanced Pet Gundog and The Pet Gundog Puppy) with a fourth on the way.

She is a qualified Adult and Further Education teacher and was an international trainer in Kinesiology which is where her background lies. She was the first person to write a Kinesiology for Animals course and taught anatomy and physiology and manipulative therapies for dogs and horses.

Lez tutored for the Cambridge Institute of Dog Behaviour & Training between 2009 and 2015, teaching amongst other things Basic Dog Handling and Training Skills and Professional Instructor Skills and Management. Lez tutors for with the Guild of Dog Trainers, and headed up their Balanced Intelligent Dog Training Campaign in July 2011; in 2009 she was asked by the Pet Education, Training & Behaviour Council (PETbc) to write the Defining Roles for Dog Behaviour & Training Professionals document which has become the definitive guide for the profession.

In 2010 Lez co-founded The Pet and Working Gundog Organisation (PAWGO) which was set up to encourage gundog owners of all ilk to spend time training and honing their gundog's abilities.

Lez is an executive and specialist dog handler with the Dog Safety Education Executive (DogSEE) which she co-founded in 2011 and whose specialist workshops are tailored to professionals who encounter dogs as a part of their working day.

Lez has trained and competed her dogs in obedience in the UK and New Zealand and in gundog trials in NZ and has worked in the complementary health care arena as a kinesiologist with different animals, but mainly dogs. As well as gundog work and competition obedience, Lez has trained her own dogs for agility and Search and Rescue.

As well as her books, Lez also wrote for Marlborough Town & Country and the 'Our Dogs Annual' and is an occasional feature writer for 'Dogs Monthly' magazine; she is very proud to be the first lady gundog trainer to write a regular training section for a national shooting magazine, The Sporting Gun.