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all things canine,
...and so much more!

Lez Graham, MA

About Lez Graham, MA

Lez Graham's professional journey with dogs began in the early 90's, and after many years of professional tutelage, culminated in the establishment of Trained For Life in January 2007 when she returned to the UK from New Zealand.

Lez Graham, MA

Recognised as a distinguished speaker, trainer, award-winning author and dog behaviour specialist, Lez holds a Master’s Degree (professional practice) in Canine Behaviour & Psychology.

She stands as a distinguished Fellow of the Canine and Feline Behaviour Association, having received a prestigious invitation as the first lady Fellow and in recognition of her contribution to the Canine Profession, and proudly holds the title of Master Professional Dog Training Instructor with the Guild of Dog Trainers.

An executive and specialist dog handler with the Dog Safety Education Executive (DogSEE), which Lez co-founded in 2011, she has been instrumental in training high-achieving dog trainers and canine behaviourists since 2009.

Her primary success lies as a successful Canine Behaviour Practitioner in addition to her pioneering work in the Gundog community. A true pioneer in her field, Lez made history as the first lady Gundog trainer to contribute to a national shooting magazine, yet again showcasing her unwavering commitment to breaking barriers.

With over 25 years of experience working with dogs of all breeds, Lez has an affinity with the black German Shepherd, the Dutch Herder, and the long haired Chihuahua as well as the Gundog breeds that share her home.

Since her return to the UK in 2007, she has specialised in addressing aggressive behaviour, working with owners to help them transform their dogs into well mannered and safe members of society.

Beyond her hands-on work, Lez is a prolific author, always engrossed in a new book or two! She gracefully divides her time between her passions of writing, tutoring and training dogs as well as continuing her canine research studies.

Nestled in beautiful Lanarkshire, Lez shares her home with her husband and her gorgeous Gundogs.

Latest Blogs

The Advanced Pet Gundog - Award

The Advanced Pet Gundog - Book Award

first published 1 June 2024

This year I received one of the best birthday pressies ever. I logged on to an email announcing that The Advanced Pet Gundog had won the 2024 American Legacy Book Award. more...

Not You! command

Not You! command...

first published 27 May 2024

A command that I use a lot that you may find valuable with your dog is ‘not you’. It means quite simply that you don’t want your dog to come with you, but he doesn’t have to hold a set position more...

Latest Podcasts

Season 4, Episode 7 - Pretty in Pink

aired 5 July 2024

Oops, a bit of a burpy start from the Londoner, that seems to send an over-tired Lez into hysteria. Once calmness is regained, this covers the role of the Professional Canine Behaviour Practitioner & Trainer (or whatever your job title is) Naturally, a rant or two ensues about social media and the modern wave of dog trainers and how to actually spend some quality time with your dogs. All we want is to create balance and truly happy dogs…which is what we do (and yes we call out the keyboard experts who know very little about dogs). Don’t mention hierarchy, paperwork or clients in tears…oh sorry, we did… remember don’t over-complicate it…if you can raise a child, you’ll probably do ok with a puppy...and yes you can say no to both(or is that either ?).Create some clarity, harmony and live in peace with your dog. Lez acts as the question master to bring things back on track…amazing that she has the time, between rattling gates?!(ha ha Ross). The reality of dog behaviour problems, rehoming as an option and the dangers of not telling the truth.Ultimately the hideous UK Dog Law trumps it all. Bad things happen to good people…as always keeping it real, but with a smile and a sneeze, a burp or two…and we are so old that we are no longer looking for answers that don’t exist…just say No! 🤣

Runtime: 1 hr

Season 4, Episode 6 - Running Puppy Training Classes

aired 21 June 2024

The Northern Aspect managed to turn her microphone on this week...after a nudge! The usual moan about the joys of ageing including nasal waxing and generally getting hairier! A catch up which no one is interested in including running classes under the Golden Arches is followed by a look at running puppy classes. Do you have the right knowledge? What's the difference between adult dog classes? Where do you train? Allowing interaction and causing more damage than the positives you create! Puppy training to perfection...how to be the best that you can be.A puppy party or a puppy education ? !A holistic approach to raising a sensible dog via owner education and breed specific knowledge. A brief technical issue where the Londoner froze...a quick chat about dog law and equipment for puppies.The 5 minute exercise rule explored...exercise Vs socialisation / habituation. Managing people is way harder than managing dogs! Sensible rules around the house for psychological or physiological development.Nature and nurture - creating neutrality and raising the adult dog that you are aiming for. Anyway...that's a bit of it. Enjoy (or not)?!

Runtime: 54 min