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About Hoops & Hounds

Hoops & Hounds Dog Training was set up to promote fun, force-free training and encourage people to get out and do more with their dogs. Whether teaching is on an individual or class basis, all of the training techniques used are force free and set your dog up for success. The focus is on keeping things fun for both you and your dog whilst building a life-long bond through training. 

We offer group classes, 1-to-1 training sessions and workshops throughout North Devon. Currently our classes run from St John the Baptists Church Hall in Newport on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and Instow Parish Hall on Saturdays.

Meet the Team

Hoops and Hounds Dog training was founded by Michelle Dart in 2015. Michelle is the only trainer in North Devon who has gained full membership with The Institute of Modern Dog Trainers (IMDT). In 2019 she also became a full member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers UK (APDT). She is also a fully qualified Force Free Trick Training Instrctor (FFTT), Real Dog Yoga Instructor, Instructor for the World Scent Dog Association (WSDA) and one of the very first #Superdogs Instructors, qualified to train helper dogs for people with mental and physical disabilities. She has a passion for teaching both dogs and their owners using up to date, scientifically proven, kind and force free methods. Since starting group classes we now have a fantastic team of excellent training assistants who are developing exceptional skills and a wealth of knowledge in force free positive training techniques too! 

Find out more by clicking on the profiles below:



Head Trainer


Zack Hazell

Assistant Trainer


Why Force Free?

It is important that learning takes place in a relaxed and stress free environment for our dogs. Whilst learning new things we all make mistakes and this goes for dogs too! Training should be fun and focus on rewarding desired behaviours using treats and toys. Mistakes should have no negative consequences for our dogs but serve as useful indicators to us that maybe we need to make things a bit easier and help our dog to understand what we would like from them. Training in this way means that learning remains fun for us and our dogs. We build a relationship based on trust, understanding and kindness where our dogs work with us because they want to, not because they have to!


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