We, Ainsley and Jennie, are passionate about helping dogs to be the best they can be at whatever stage or age, whatever the background.
We set up Active Paws to provide the environment, services and equipment to offer all dog owners the opportunity to make this happen.
Maria Williams (TD Rally and Scentwork expert) and Graham Tappin (Agility expert) are part of our training team supported by Diane Valentine (also a dog groomer).
We have also teamed up with Nycky Edleston from Classic Physiotherapy to create a unique conditioning and stability training course.  Through our Physio referral programme - Fit for LIFE, owners can bring their dogs to work on prescribed exercises and equipment as set by Nycky to facilitate your dog's recovery and return to normal life.  For more about Nycky and Classic Physiotherapy please click here.
Jacqueline Newholm is our Galen Qualified Myotherapist and Exercise Physiologist.  For more information about treatments please click here.  

A bit more about Ainsley and Jennie…

Ainsley is our Active Paws COAPE qualified and certified behaviourist and trainer and runs Dog Logic. She has 3 furries at the moment - Treacle, Wispa and Opie. After many years in hotels and events, she decided to combine her love for dogs with her interest in psychology and she has now completed the final year of the regulated COAPE Higher Diploma in Companion Animal Behaviour and Therapy to Level 6.
Ainsley chose COAPE qualifications because they are the only regulated courses on offer in the UK and because they were aligned with her deep routed belief that animals have emotions. COAPE’s ethos and education courses start with the fundamental premise that the success of all mammals (and birds) is absolutely dependent on their emotional sensitivity. By understanding emotions, and interpreting how dogs feel when they display certain behaviours, Ainsley is able to help owners better understand how their dog is feeling and why, and then applies positive reward based training techniques to help turn challenging behaviours into more acceptable behaviours. In addition to this behaviourist approach, Ainsley delivers fun training classes like TD Rally, TD Scentwork, Puppy and Lifeskills which are all about owners have fun with their dogs but which also results in underpinning obedience and every day polite behaviours - BONUS!!!
Jennie is the Active Paws Centre Manager. She has 2 furries - Hector and Posie – who go to work with her and ‘help’ in the office!
Jennie is an animal focused person. She has a deep passion for horses, dogs and cats. By the time Jennie was 10, she had convinced her parents (not previously animal people) to have 3 cats, 2 dogs and a horse. She has never looked back.

After her degree, Jennie had 3 amazing years in the Middle East, working for a Royal Family in the Gulf setting up a new stable complex. It is still going strong.

Jennie had an interlude of 15 years working with people - running her own pub (with her husband).  For the last 2 years, Jennie worked in a highly regarded cattery that cemented her desire to work with animals going forward. Jennie has also started her COAPE Diploma which is going well.  She will (hopefully) qualify in the Summer and will join the training team as well as continuing with running the office!

The Active Paws Team

Maria joins the Active Paws team as our specialist in scentwork.  Having recently qualified as an Accredited Handler for TD Scentwork, she is more than qualified to deliver our Follow Your Nose classes.  She is also passionate about TD Rally and does both with her rescue Staffie, Chevy.  She has another dog in her life, the amazing Sparkle,
 a deaf staffie, who she brings to Agility but has also done TD Rally with her.  She is a part-time person to Sparkle who is under the care of the Deak Dog Network and is looking for her forever home.
Graham is our Agility expert and also teaches Lifeskills classes. For more about Graham click here.
Diane is a key member of our team.  She makes sure the office is well organised and keeps us in line as well as assisting in Puppy Classes.  She is a bit spaniel bonkers; she lives with 3 of them - Maddie, Duncan and Crumble.  She is a dog groomer and helps dogs who might have had a bad grooming experience in the past.
Chloe is our newest member of the Active Paws team.
  From a young age, Chloe has been passionate about all animals and nature. Her current menagerie includes four pet sheep, four ducks and two rare breed geese. Especially close to her heart is her rescue lurcher, Winston, who arrived with the family in 2009. Winston has admittedly been a challenge, but initially inspired Chloe to pursue canine studies in order to better understand his behaviour.  Chloe's initial background was with
 a degree in Environmental Sciences, but ultimately she decided to explore her primary interests and in 2013 established a dog walking and petcare business in South Buckinghamshire - Ridgeway Pets. Chloe graduated with distinction from the Centre of Applied Pet Ethology in Autumn 2016, earning herself the title 'Behaviourist and Trainer'. She has a special interest in dog-dog aggression, but is passionate about all matters four-legged!
Our Courses


Family Rescue!


Canine Physio noticing calm, focus after training helping her exercises

Nycky Edleston


Caroline And Carla

myotherapy definitely working...improvement in gait...jumping in car,on to things...done the trick

Gaby & Bertie

GSD X Beagle rescue, numerous issues, help from Ainsley, improved from day 1, I know how to help him

Sharon Ritchie

informative, huge benefits to every day life, he loves it

Carol Street

I can really recommend this course and Ainsley to everyone.


Great venue - Great Trainers - What else do you need?!

Caroline Shelford

Lots of tools and tips...huge improvement in only a couple of months...we travel 1½ hours

Mark & Gareth

I thoroughly recommend this place!

Sue Lane

Wow, lovely people, great venue and super class

Paula Topping

Highly recommended.

Rob Staves

What a great place!!

Sue Barlow

Such a lovely time

Carol Anne Street

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