Meet Jackie, Teddy and Bear!


Jackie Murphy - Specialist Dog Trainer

Jackie founded and started Specialist Dog Training in 2004, with a heart for animals, passion for using positive dog training methods and a mission to help owners and dogs across Kent, South-East London, Essex, Sussex and Surrey.

With over 20 qualifications from animal colleges and universities, Jackie is an accredited animal training instructor, a certified animal behaviourist, is an ambassador for Great Britain for the International society of animal professionals, is one of the UK’s leading dog behaviour specialists, is qualified in canine and feline first aid, is a pet food nutritional advisor and is even a spokesperson for BBC Radio Kent on animal related topics.

With over two decades of wisdom, skills, successful techniques, experience, knowledge and expertise in canine and feline behaviour management, psychology and aggression, Jackie helps and empowers owners to tackle their dog behaviour and training problems, provides fun and results driven training classes, offers specialised puppy training courses and classes, designs bespoke one-to-one dog training consultations for all dog breeds, runs fun dog agility classes and positively shapes the dog and owners future by teaching reward based training.

A staunch canophilist, Jackie has been described as a ‘miracle worker’, ‘a real-life female Dr. Dolittle’ and a ‘Dog whisperer’.

Most importantly, Jackie is the proud owner of two incredible long-haired German Shepherds; Teddy and Bear, who assist Specialist Dog Training by demonstrating training techniques, help other dogs with their behavioural problems, guide nervous dogs by helping them overcome their fears and with Teddy and Bear being media trained (well, kind of!), they assist with information videos, pictures and top tips.

Contact Kent based Specialist Dog Training today and let Jackie join you on your very own dog training journey, she looks forward to hearing from you.

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Teddy Murphy - Special Dog

Hi, my name is Teddy and i’m a long haired German Shepherd. I have been with Specialist Dog Training since 2007.

Back in the day, Jackie and I trained along-side the elite ex-police dog handler teams, and we loved learning the search, tracking and agility skills that they taught us.

I’ve slowed down a bit now, but I still have an important role here at Specialist Dog Training in Kent. I assist Jackie by guiding nervous dogs and helping them overcome their fears.

I also share some top training tips on a regular basis with all the dog owners out there who need a bit of guidance.

It goes without saying that I have the social skills that makes Specialist Dog Training proud.


Bear Murphy - Special Puppy

Hi, my name is Bear and I’m a long haired German Shepherd puppy!

I have only been with Specialist Dog Training here in Kent for a short while, but I am already learning the ropes. I am proud to have completed the Specialist Dog Training First Paws puppy training course with flying colours and i'm currently still undergoing my media training because I can sometimes get distracted from the job in hand (but I am getting really good at featuring in the puppy training videos!).

I have also learned not to stray too far away from Jackie. Sometimes it’s hard to resist temptation but I have a lot to live up to with my big brother Teddy. He helps by showing me how to be a well-behaved dog.

I will be helping Teddy with some ‘tips of the week’ but these will be aimed at all the youngsters out there, so be sure to look out for my ‘Bear’s Big Puppy Tips’ and let’s make our owners proud!

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Specialist Dog Training Centre

Providing you and your dog with the perfect setting in Kent, Specialist Dog Training are proud to offer our field out to rent, allowing you and your dog to run free, run wild and unwind, safe in the knowledge that you won’t come across other dogs or distractions.

Based in Kent with a secure two-acre paddock for dogs and owners, ample parking located next to the dog field and behind a secure gated entrance, secure fencing around the dog field; our field is the perfect location for owners to walk their dogs, practice training, let their dogs off the lead so they can safely run wild, avoid crowds, enjoy the fresh air, build lasting memories and relax.

Our field is available to rent to all dog owners, providing you with a safe area to walk your dogs, practice training, letting the dog off-lead, walking your nervous or anxious dog in peace or just to simply have some fun with your four-legged friend out in the countryside whilst being safe in the knowledge that you won't come across other dogs!

Our Location: Specialist Dog Training, 3 Sunnyhill Cottages, Munsgore Lane, Borden, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME9 8JT

  • Certified Animal Behaviourist
  • Graduate Diploma in Animal Behaviour Management
  • Advance Diploma in Canine Behaviour Management
  • Advance Diploma in Feline Behaviour Management
  • Diploma in canine psychology
  • Canine Aggression
  • Diploma in feline psychology
  • Distinction in Canine and Feline First Aid
  • Completed a Nutritional Advisors Programme with one of the top pet food companies in the UK
  • Distinction in the study of wolf – the dog’s wild relation.
  • Diploma in Small Mammals (rabbits, guinea pigs, mice, rats, gerbils, etc).
  • Society for Education and Training and has satisfied the requirements and been awarded QTLS (Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills Status)
  • Part of the tutorial team and careers advisor at Compass Education and Training
  • Ambassador of Great Britain for the International Society of Animal Professionals
  • Lantra Awards approved customised provision instructor I also hold an up-to-date DBS check
  • Teddy is an assessed trained dog for attending schools/colleges/other educational establishments and organisations
  • Registered Accredited Animal Behaviourist
  • Registered Animal Training Instructor

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