On The Ball - Dog Behaviour and Training

Professional dog behaviour and training experts

Specialising in dog behaviour transformations we also run weekly online and in person training classes from our dedicated training centre in Bourne, Lincolnshire. Science based, force free concept training.

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Dog Training and Dog Trainer Puppy Classes Bourne, Peterborough, Lincolnshire, Stamford

Family run, professionally trained

Nikki Dog Training and Dog Trainer Puppy Classes Bourne, Peterborough, Lincolnshire, Stamford

Nikki Thurston

Head Trainer

Nikki specialises in complex dog behaviour struggles and has always been extremely passionate about animals, graduating from university with a degree in Zoology. It has been her dream to work with dogs and help others. Nikki has been training with dogs for over 10 years and is coached by UK Agility Winner Lauren Langman and Vet Behaviourist Tom Mitchell, the founders of Absolute Dogs. Nikki is a qualified Pro Dog Trainer, holds an Advanced Diploma in Canine Behaviour and is a Founding Member of the Absolute Dogs Training Academy and is a guest instructor at Devon Dogs, the largest dog training centre in the UK.

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Elaine Thurston

Care, Finance & Administration

Elaine supports On The Ball on a daily basis looking after all of the enquiries that come in and has become an invaluable member of the team. Elaine has become increasingly more involved as the business has grown over the years and continues to top her training knowledge through Nikki and visits the Absolute Dogs headquarters in Devon regularly. Elaine's speciality is working with puppies.

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Sam Milburn

Content and Media Manager

Sam originally joined On The Ball in 2020 as a student with her now 2 year old Border Collie Buddy. Sam’s enthusiasm and passion for training as well as helping others led her to creating a blog reaching out to other Border Collie owners to help them to understand the breed. Sam is a qualified Pro Dog Trainer with Absolute Dogs and looks after all of the content and media for On The Ball. Sam's passion is to help people to understand their Border Collies to prevent common behaviour struggles.

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Kate Walker-Springett

Fitness Dog Training Instructor

Kate joined On The Ball in 2020 when the Virtual Training classes began and now runs her own weekly fitness class teaching dogs of all ages and breeds how to maintain their fitness to avoid injury whilst strengthening their relationship with their owners. Kate is currently studying to become a Vet at the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science and is a popular member of the team with students. Kate has two Collies of her own, Pi and Indy and is also Pro Dog Trainer qualified with Absolute Dogs.

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Lorna Hayes

Tricks Dog Training Instructor

Lorna and her Border Collie Nora run two weekly classes for us at On The Ball. Both our tricks and our obedience and life skills classes. Lorna has been competing successfully with Nora for some time in heelwork to music and after joining On The Ball as a student Lorna was soon invited to teach. Lorna brings a wealth of knowledge to the team and often challenges members to a freestyle music routine.

Dog Training and Dog Trainer Puppy Classes Bourne, Peterborough, Lincolnshire, Stamford

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How do you manage dog struggles in the moment

How do you manage dog struggles in the moment

October 12, 2021

It’s a question I get asked a lot. Training takes time. And a lot of owners understand this and put the time and effort in every single day. They know it takes time to turn a dogs struggle into a great strength. But what do you do in the meantime? You are training your dog…

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