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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 4 - Teaching Dog Training Classes

aired 24 May 2024

After an exchange of pleasantries, a little chat about AI, a bit of reorientation around the map of Scotland, which is yet to be confirmed! Unusually, we quickly move on to the scheduled dog topic of training classes and how, when and where to start and all of the considerations that need to be taken into account. As always, Lez and Ross are ‘kinda’ on the same page, but on slightly different paragraphs! 😂 Working dog classes VS pet dog classes, selecting a venue, the reality of indoor and outdoor courses, insurance companies, films and handouts, session planning and course planning, banning kids, working around school holidays, contracts, leadership…the rules of individual classes (you’d be terrified to attend either Ross’s or Lez’s classes🫣) A chat about vaccines in regard to temperament formation, what to include in your tool kit, how to start off your class to create cohesion and maximum success. A brief insight into energy and deference, keeping conversations open and empowering clients…be open, honest and adaptable and get paid! 💷. We hope that you enjoy…with love from freezing Scotland and the Costa del London! 😎

Runtime: 49 min


aired 10 May 2024

After an unplanned little break…they are back! 👏🤙 Once we'd got past a blonde microphone moment from the Scottish contingent…it’s brought back by the Londoner who is managing expectations (we know your expectations aren’t that great), we discuss managing risks. What, why and where do you walk your dogs? Dodgy taps and on to the topic of slip leads, flexi leads and awful people in the park. Why are people so thick ? ! 🤷‍♂️ Cognitive decline, hounds of the Baskervilles, dogs in schools 😱 Then it's on to the scheduled matter of dog training classes. Naturally there is a pronunciation lesson regarding the Maremma. The KC Good Citizen Dog Scheme, dogs balls, rosettes, rubbish, FCI Obedience and general dog chat thrown in! Enjoy, or turn off at your earliest opportunity. 🤷‍♀️🤷‍♂️🫣

Runtime: 47 min