Xtra Dog Training is headed up by Alex Wilson. He has a lifelong love of dogs and helping dog owners manage their dogs in a kind, ethical way. He is a certified Tellington TTouch Practitioner and a member of the Guild of Tellington TTouch Practitioners. He is also a student member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and a certified Pro Dog Trainer. He is also a certified Canine First Aid Instructor and Canine First Aid Instructor. In his day job, he is the Senior Instructor at the Dog Training College and marketing director of pet products company, Xtra Dog - When he is not working, his interests include training his Siberian Husky, Arapahoe, and getting involved in dolphin and whale research. In 2007 he co-authored the book Whales and Dolphins of Great Britain with Dylan Walker. Alex does not believe in any form of punitive dog training and uses modern reward-based and concept training techniques, including clicker training, games based dog training and Tellington TTouch. He also conforms to the code of practice of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers UK. He will not use equipment such as check or choke chains, prong or spike collars, electric shock devices in any form, high-frequency sound devices which are designed to startle or any form of aversive training techniques.
Alex has been lucky enough to train under some of the greats from the dog training world including Sarah Fisher, Dr. Tom Michell, Lauren Langman, Marie Miller, Kathy Cascade, Robyn Hood to name a few. He continues his learning each year by making sure that he attends a number of courses so that he has new ideas to share with his clients and students.