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“I first met Kate when my Cockerpoo puppy, Orla, was 10 weeks old. We had a 1 to 1 session at home. She was an absolute inspiration and taught me more in that hour than I would have thought possible!” Sarah Taylor, Devon

Welcome to Contemplating Canines

Contemplating Canines provides a friendly learning environment for everyone. Whether you own your first dog, compete professionally or simply enjoy learning in the company of other dog owners, we have something for you.  Our classes/workshops aim to improve your communication with your dog, educate you about your dog’s physical and emotional needs, and bring out the best in your training partnership.

We are based in the Sidmouth area of East Devon.  We offer puppy education to help you and your puppy get off to a great start, clicker training classes and life skill workshops.  We also offer behaviour consultations and a ‘paw and claws’ grooming service for those dogs needing a tidy up.

At the centre of Contemplating Canines education philosophy is the belief that everyone should be treated as an individual with respect. We strive to meet the needs of all our clients – whether they have two legs or four! Our wish is to inspire learning, in you and your dog.

We look forward to meeting you and your best friends.

Kate Mallatratt

A dog has the soul of a philosopher – Plato