Welcome to Mannerly Mutts for Dog Training, Dog Behaviour, Dog Agility, Dog Home Boarding and Dog Walking. We are based on the Shropshire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire boarder. Please explore our website to find out more or do please contact us.

The Mannerly Mutts Team

From left to right – Jo, Chris, Steve and Pip

Jo Bargman  – MCFBA, MGDT

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Practical Obedience Training

A well trained and mannered dog is a joy to own and is the comer stone to your long term relationship with your dog.

Pet Agility

Dog agility is a fantastic way to stimulate and exercise our pets, whatever shape and size. No previous experience necessary or any particular level of fitness for the handler!

Behaviour Consultations

One to One behavioural sessions are  tailored to solve individual dog and handler issues. 

Home Boarding

Our  Home Boarding and Dog Walking services are provided by Steve and Pip Tolley. We can exercise your dog during the day, provide a boarding service on our own small holding giving home comforts your dog normally receives.

Obedience Training

Pet Obedience

  • Classes are available to cater for puppies, juniors and rescue dogs
  • Classes last  1 hour
  • 6 Week course £45
  • I normally have 6 dogs to a class
  • The aim is to help owners achieve polite, well socialised, happy dogs

New classes starting throughout the year. All classes are very popular and need to be booked in advance.

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Information When Attending Classes

  • The first session of a course for new starters is without dogs
  • Tea & coffee will be provided on the first night where we will discuss what will be happening, what you need to bring for the course and any answers to questions you may have
  • All dogs need to have had the opportunity to toilet before coming into class and if any dogs toilet outside please pick up after your dog
  • If your bitch is in season or your dog unwell – please do not bring them to the classes and please notify me
  • If you have to cancel a lesson, please give as much notice as possible and I will try to arrange a make-up lesson for you (no refunds can be given)
  • If you have any questions or difficulties before or during your course, please do not hesitate to ring me on 01299 270514

Thank you and look forward to meeting you and your dog.

All classes are very popular and need to be booked in advance.

Please complete a registration form to express your interest


Behaviour Consultations

Behaviour Consultations

One to One sessions are much more tailored to the individual dog and handler. They allow me to adopt a learning style suitable to the client and their dogs specific issues.

Behavioural consultations can take place at either your own home or at our purpose build and dog secure training centre.


Whatever your problem I can work to help you improve or resolve the behaviour in question.

  • Behavioural Issues (e.g separation anxiety,  attention seeking,  excessive barking)
  • Obedience Training (e.g recall, pulling on lead, jumping-up)
  • Dog on Dog Aggression
  • Dog on People Aggression
  • Advice for New Dog Owners
  • Puppy Visits (play biting, toilet training, health advice)

I have developed my knowledge through observational work with my own dogs, teaching 6 classes a week and my study with the Cambridge Institute. I consider myself responsible to help the journey our dogs have made from the wild into the modern home. This journey can cause conflict when we do not understand our dogs basic needs and breed traits. I try to understand the many corresponding relationships between people and their pets and work to help the owners train or rehabilitate their dog. The advise I offer is flexible and  practical and help is given to ensure the advise is understood. The consultations may take place either at the owners home or mine .

20150714_129There are a few  important advantages of One to One sessions over classes. More time is available to discuss the care and management of the dog. They take the form of the initial information gathering ,to extract the information that is pertinent to the problem. Behavioural problems in dogs vary immensely. Problems most commonly presented are often the dog behaving in a normal way, a way that the dog reacts in a given situation. Of course this does not make the behaviour acceptable.

A good example of this is when a dog destroys furniture and howls and barks when alone. The dog is trying to cope with his boredom and anxiety at being isolated . This is not acceptable, not fair on the dog or the neighbours.

The cause of a problem is always useful to establish so an understanding of how and why the problem came about.This cause must be dealt with so that by default the symptom disappears .Some of these problems may simply be that the puppy has matured without the correct training and management.

I find that people have different views of what is a behavioural problem. Many owners accept a dog jumping up on people climbing on furniture or occasional chewing of household items .It really is a case of how much the behaviour affects the owners lifestyle. Even dogs which are dog aggressive may not be a problem if they seldom meet another dog.

20150714_130Booking a Consultation

  • Flexible appointments (weekends, weekdays, evenings)
  • Appointments at your home or mine
  • Consultation costs £30/hr (or part thereof)
  • Travel charged at 40p mile
  • Follow-up phone and email advice

Contact me by phone or email on

01299 270514 or jo@mannerlymutts.co.uk

Pet Agility

Pet Agility

Pet agility classes are run at our purpose built agility centre at our home. Lessons are run by Jo and take place on our secure,  all weather surface using a full range of Kennel Club Standard agility equipment. Jo is a trained dog agility instructor.

Most breeds of dog are capable of some level of agility and would benefit from the exercise, mental stimulation, control and improved partnership with their owners. We at Mannerly Mutts welcome handlers of all ages and fitness levels. Our aim is to provide family pet agility which can also provide a sound foundation for anyone wishing to pursue agility competition.

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All training is done in small groups.


Basic dog control and obedience is a minimum requirement for all Agility. Mannerly Mutts offer beginner courses of obedience training. Simple control exercises “sit”,”down”,”stay” and “come” are fundamental. Initial training is on lead but this will soon be dispensed with.

Young dogs can start puppy agility training at 9 months with exercises designed to prepare them for proper agility at 12 months. This is dependant on the breed of dog. Large breeds take longer to mature. Certain aspects of agility can cause damage to immature bones and joints.

Beginners courses will start at regular intervals throughout the year.

Prices for a 6 week course are £45.

Private one-to-one lessons are also available at £30/hr.

Vouchers are available for gifts.

Private agility lessons are suited to dogs with behavioural issues such as dog aggression, and dogs with weight issues as part of an exercise regime.

All classes are very popular and need to be booked in advance.

Please complete a registration form to express your interest using our secure

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Home Boarding and Dog Walking

Home Boarding and Dog Walking

20150713_146At Mannerly Mutts we strive to offer your dogs an environment which is much more like his or her  home. Their stay will be tailor-made to replicate their normal routine. So many of us worry about leaving our dogs in boarding kennels, they may be safe but these facilities often lack the opportunity to provide home comforts and the mental and physical stimulation your dog normally receives . We also worry about leaving our dogs in a sterile kennel environment. You can rest assured that with us your dog will be having  as good a time as you.

Our Dog Walking and Home Boarding services are provided by Steve and Pip Tolley.

Steve is a retired police officer who lives on a small holding near Cleobury Mortimer with his wife, Philippa,  horse, 2 dogs and 2 cats. While with the police Steve spent 4 years working as a Mounted Police Officer and 5 years as a Dog Handler. Steve is one of those special ex police officers that really does empathise with all animals and has a natural insight into the way they think.


Steve and Pip’s own dogs are Brian who is a rescue dog from the Dogs Trust and Rio a German Shepherd.


  • Fully insured and Licensed
  • Secure paddocks for free exercise
  • Home comforts
  • Outdoor kennelling available if your dog is used to this way of life
  • Medication can be given
  • Full veterinary treatment provided in the event of your dog becoming unwell
  • Collection service
  • Provide your own food, so diet maintained
  • Steve is fully CRB Enhanced Checked
  • We are not a franchise, you know who you are dealing with

20150713_148We also provide “Doggy Daycare”, useful for those occasional days when you cannot be home.


Doggy Daycare – £12 for the day (max.8 hrs)

Home Boarding – £22 for 24 hours (second or subsequent dogs £15 )



Phone:  07779 047551,  Land-line – 01746 718447


Licence conditions for home boarding establishments