puppy & Dog Training
in Newcastle

Dog trainer Milan

Meet Milan, the founder

Teaching positive dog training in Newcastle, Milan ensures that you are the centre of your dogs world. He has taught many people how to interact with their dog using only positive methods which, in turn, builds a stronger bond between the dog and the owner.

He enjoys the satisfaction of witnessing dogs progress over time and has developed an obsession with helping more people improve their relationships with their dogs.  After all, we know how much joy a dog brings to a home.

Learn more about Milan clicking the button below, or scroll down further to see the list of services and testimonials from past clients.

 

dog training
in newcastle

Milan has provided dog training in Newcastle for numerous owners and their dogs, using positive and effective techniques. He is passionate about instilling his dog training knowledge and experience in all clients.

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WHAT WE DO

 Experience the power of Milan’s tailored training programs and classes at Smart Dogs Training, where he takes great pride in fostering harmony and understanding between dogs and their humans, ensuring a calm and stress-free life.

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1-2-1 Dog training

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Dog walking

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Frequently asked questions

What breeds do we train?
Each and every one of them!
What methods do we use?
We carry out all training with a positive reinforcement/force-free method. This is the best training method as the dog is in a happy state rather when training rather than being uncomfortable in certain situations.
How to book?

First things first, we’d love to get to know more about you and your dog before booking in any training sessions. We offer a FREE 15 minute consultation where we’ll chat more about the services we provide, and what it is you’re looking for.

If you’re interested – click here to book!

How do the sessions work?
We book a FREE consultation to begin with to discuss the challenges you are facing with your pup/dog then from there we can provide you with the best solution going forward – whether that be 1-2-1 sessions, online coaching, or a mix of the two.
How much are each session?
There are a number of different training package options available, please book your FREE consultation with us to discuss this further.
What types of training do you offer?
We offer 1-2-1 in person sessions, whether that be at your home, a local field or somewhere else of your choice, as well as online coaching sessions via Zoom.
Do we do home visits?
We do indeed – we cover all addresses within a 10 mile radius. However, we do travel further for an extra cost. Alternatively, we train locally to NE5 if you’re wanting to travel here too.
What areas do you cover?
Anything within a 10 mile radius to NE5 (although can go further – at an increased price, please ask for more info) – so Newcastle, Gateshead, Northumberland, North Tyneside.
Do I take the dog?
Dog training is just as much about the owners and the dog, so I include both the owner and the dog in each training session – showing what you can do to help handle your dog and their behaviours. After all, we train the owners as well as the dogs.
What’s the success rate?
As positive as you want to make it – dog training is hard work, for both the dog and the owner. We do ask that by signing up for sessions that you will follow the homework between each session, and compile with the advice given – consistency is key to getting results!
Can you help an aggressive dog?
Yes, we use management techniques first to prevent the dog from getting themself into trouble then from there we can begin the training process to change the dog’s thinking. As long as the owners are consistent each day then we can definitely change the dog’s thinking.
Do you do group classes?
Not just yet, but watch this space! *hint*
Is puppy training something that you offer?
Of course! We know how tricky those first few weeks/months with a new puppy can be, especially if you’re a first time dog owner. But we’re here to help! From crate or toilet training to lead walking and socialisation, we are able to cover it all with you to help your dog get off to the best start.
Are you able to train service/therapy dogs?
We can set the puppy up to set a solid foundation however, we would recommend you to a specialist.
How long does it take to get results?
We can see results in just 1 session as we make it easy enough for the dog to understand. Once they are comfortable we continue to increase the criteria.
Can family or children attend sessions?
Yes, it’s important that each family member is on the same page in order for the dog to get consistency. However, we do ask that children stand on the side and watch to prevent the dog from getting distracted.
What type of treats should I use whilst training?
High value treats are recommended as this really motivates the dog in wanting to work. Cocktail sausages or cooked chicken are a great starting point.
Are the fees refundable?
Yes, if cancellations are made at least 48 hours prior to any booked session. Please see our T&Cs for more details.

Here’s what our dog training clients think

Training definitely helped with my show line chocolate lab. Milan answers questions nice and clearly in layman’s terms and gets you on the right track
Robert Woods
Robert W.
12:04 11 Apr 24
Milan is absolutely amazing - he is super patient and knowledgeable. Our dog Wilma really struggled outside of the house with the environment and we thought she might never like going for walks, with Milan’s advice and help her confidence has grown massively and we are going for successful walks which felt impossible a few months ago. Any questions via WhatsApp are answered so quickly and with detailed responses. Would definitely recommend Milan 🙂
Molly Boardman
Molly B.
19:44 06 Apr 24
I would highly recommend Smart Dogs Training. Milan was exceptionally patient and supportive throughout the training process for our 2-year-old Poochon. Our dog was very reactive to other dogs, but under Milan's guidance, we've seen massive improvements.The daily check-ins were an excellent touch, keeping us on track and motivated. Not only has our dog’s behavior improved, but we've also learned a great deal about how to manage and address these behaviors in the future. Thank you, Smart Dogs Training and Milan, for your top-notch support and expertise!
Geeta Ral
Geeta R.
08:46 29 Mar 24
My dog Bruce became really reactive to people, noises and other dogs. Milan has been great helping me work with him to reduce these behaviours. This has hugely taken the stress out of my daily dog walks. Thankyou!
Jamie Dury
Jamie D.
19:57 28 Mar 24
I booked the Premium package with Milan to help with loose lead walking and lead reactivity. There was a massive difference in only one session and Milan explained everything really well and kept in regular touch. I would definitely recommend Milan and I will book more sessions to help with recall next
Marie Waters
Marie W.
09:19 28 Mar 24
Milan has been working with our Labrador puppy Barney, who is completely different compared to our previous Lab in every aspect. We had clearly forgotten how difficult the puppy stage is or we had blanked it out. Without Milan's help, guidance and support we would still be struggling with some of Barney's behaviour and boundless energy. We would highly recommend Milan to anyone needing assistance or support with training their dog. Although we still have work to do, Milan has provided us with the tools and advice we need to get him to be the dog we know he can be!
Neil Rock
Neil R.
17:45 24 Mar 24
Milan has been helping me immensely with some behavioural issues I have been having with my dog, he has instilled confidence in both of us moving forward. I would thoroughly recommend using smart dogs services.Moe(Axwell park, Blaydon)
moe kade
moe K.
08:48 21 Mar 24
We discovered Milan through the website while we were in the midst of training our dogs. Even at this stage, we can already see the significant progress our dogs have made. Unlike previous trainers who couldn't identify the root of the issue, Milan has been instrumental in addressing the problem with one of our dogs mostly. It turns out our dog's anger stems from fear of the environment, particularly around other dogs. Milan has approached our dog with patience and care, never rushing, and most importantly, we've finally grasped the underlying issue and been able to help our furry companion. I wholeheartedly recommend Milan to all dog owners, and we certainly plan to use his services in the future.Agnes
Agnieszka Basinska
Agnieszka B.
19:53 19 Mar 24
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Highly recommend!We have just completed 30 days training with Milan with our Doberman puppy Tino. Milan has been absolutely amazing helping us build our confidence with training. The training we have gone over with Milan has been so helpful and we feel like we are well set up to train Tino to the best he can be! We can already see big changes, Milan has well and truly set us on the right path! Lovely lad and made us feel very comfortable, so patient and understanding. We have really enjoyed training with him. So once again thank you very much Milan, we appreciate all you have done for us and Tino.
Keli Lamb
Keli L.
19:26 19 Mar 24
Milan is extremely helpful and I have seen such an improvement in my dog since we’ve started her training. He is extremely patient and informative and has told me exactly what I need to do to work on my dog’s leash walking and reactivity. Milan broke everything down step by step and identified everything we need to work on, how to handle situations and why my dog may be doing a certain thing or acting a certain way. The WhatsApp support is very useful, with communication every day and any questions I had would be answered.I feel a lot more confident with my dog as I have a lot more knowledge about what we need to do together. I highly recommend Smart Dogs training!
Stacey Swinburne
Stacey S.
16:07 19 Mar 24
We started our training journey with Milan to help our dog Todd, who had become quite anxious of people, touching him and getting in his space. Milan’s training is super personal, no question seems silly, and the 1:1 sessions are super informative, and we always feel very positive with how we are doing and Todd’s progress. We were definitely at a stage where we didn’t know what to do about the problems we faced, and now we feel really good about it. I would definitely recommend getting in touch with Milan for any training advice you may need. He talks through everything in such a clear way, we have learnt so much.
Marni Beth Milligan
Marni Beth M.
07:48 17 Mar 24
I have found this a really good way of establishing training as part of my everyday, with good improvements in my dog’s behaviours. Milan has been responsive to daily challenges and given me some great techniques to continue with my dog’s training going forward
K Rogers
K R.
06:48 08 Mar 24
I have not known Milan long but the dog training session I had with him was Informative, skilled and reassuring. The skills Milan shared had a positive impact on how I handled my dog and gave me confidence when seeing progress being made. Due to circumstances the temporary home I gave this dog needed to be rehomed and Milan could not have been more helpful. He immediately immediately found a"walker" to exercise my dog and was able to reach out to the dog training community to find a training placement to make sure the dog received the support it needed. Milan did this with compassion and understanding, always with the needs of the dog at the heart of decision making. I am very grateful to Milan for the support he has provided.Rosemary Rhodes
rosemary rhodes
rosemary R.
14:28 05 Mar 24
I contacted Milan regarding my boisterous bull dog Bonnie. Milans advice and coaching has been first class. The improvement in Bonnie's behaviour is amazing. She now walks on a lead with no issues, returns when recalled and a little bit more work on reactivity to other dogs is ongoing but overall a fantastic improvement. I would highly recommend Milan for dog training.David J
David Johnson
David J.
17:57 03 Mar 24
Me and my boy Jabba have been receiving online training from Milan for the past 30 days. I can honestly say that my bond with Jabba has came on massively, and I can now safely walk out the house without him dragging me off the drive into the street. Still a bit to go but Milan’s attentiveness and dedication is why we are staying on for another 30 days. We couldn’t be happier, thank you Milan!
LAURA HETHERINGTON
LAURA H.
21:23 02 Mar 24
We highly recommend Milan and Smart Dogs Training !Milan has supported my husband and I with the greatest of patience and perseverance throughout an often frustrating training journey with our one year old cavapoo Paddy.The combination of online and face to face sessions have worked perfectly allowing training to become part of our busy schedules.Milan has provided innovative solutions for all of Paddy’s training needs, we can now trust that he will be safe in any environment as he listens to instructions.Milan was recommended to us , we are so grateful that he was and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him to any dog owner !
Andrea Rose
Andrea R.
19:14 24 Feb 24
Our Labrador can be reactive to other dogs at times ,so we sought help with Milan. Since our training sessions, we have seen a massive improvement with his behavior. Milan really broke down the structure of a walk for us and has given us great training skills to support our dogs needs. He is now much less reactive to dogs, using the training skills Milan has taught us. Milan is extremely professional, helpful and supportive. I would definitely recommend Smart Dogs Training. We are continuing with another month of training, as it has been so impactful and we want to work on lots more skills with our dog.
Jasmine Parker
Jasmine P.
14:57 05 Feb 24
We LOVED our training with Milan! Extremely professional, easy to follow training . As a new puppy mummy the commands we have learnt have been super helpful and I can see such a difference in my pup! Milan is so patient and lovely, always prompt to reply to any question or giving feedback. 5 stars and highly recommended !
Bárbara Moreira
Bárbara M.
18:41 04 Feb 24
Used Milan for the first time for a very excitable spaniel who reacted to the door so bad it he would pounce at it and the whole door and frame would shake. Milan give us Instruction, step by step on getting harley to go to his crate and stay whilst we moved away, further each time, rewarding him at every step. He then talked us through how the doorbell sound was making him react and to introduce a new doorbell.We received daily updates, on check in’s, progress, new instructions and new tasks. This massively helped us train Harley and also keep us on track with training.Would definitely recommend Milan as a trainer and we will definitely use him again to help us with a bit of separation anxiety issues in the future.Thank you Milan for getting us to this point, that we thought would be impossible.
Vicky Cavanagh
Vicky C.
09:25 04 Feb 24
I would without a doubt recommend smart dogs, great service and support from start to finish by Milan , we purchased our cavapoo from 8weeks old and had NO idea what to do with him , Milan has helped us understand what’s needed through one to one meetings and what’s app contacted on daily basis , this has given us the basic ground work to learn how to train not just Bruno G but also ourselves which is just as important as dog training, smart humans means smart dogs ! ….. I would recommended Milan to anyone to help you through some very trying and difficult times training your puppy.it’s only the beginning for us but the future looks allot better now with the help of Smart Dogs👍Keep up the good work Milan
Andrew Smith
Andrew S.
15:45 31 Jan 24
Milan came to train an 11 month old chihauhau. She had reverted to bad toilet behaviour and struggled with other dogs whilst on a lead. She was very nervous. Milan initially attended our house to see her behaviours for himself. He instantly gave us advice on toilet trying which worked almost immediately. It just meant adjustments to our behaviour not hers as you would expect but it worked. We are still working with her on lead but again gave seen great improvements. You really have to commit to the training plan which, to be honest, could be difficult at times with a holiday period and a house full of poorly people but it does work. Just keep following Milans advice
Veronica Clarke
Veronica C.
18:15 17 Jan 24
Massive thanks to the team at Smart Dogs for helping train our new dog Meg. She is a pointer sprocker cross so has bags of energy that needs harnessing in the right way.We used Rosie for training walks to help with lead walking and saw results immediately. Sessions were easy to schedule and video feedback meant I could see what Rosie was working on and was able to continue best practice myself.We also use the WhatsApps service with Milan which has been absolutely fantastic. Sending daily videos and getting clear feedback and instructions for next steps means I always felt like I was in control, knew what I needed to do and knew help was always there if we were uncertain of anything. Training is on my schedule and Milan was really flexible and accommodating to meet what we wanted. It’s never felt like a generic training plan, more an evolving program to meet the development speed of Meg.Thanks to Milan and Rosie we have the basics in place, looking forward to seeing how much more we can achieve. Training Meg is now fun and has strengthened our bond.Would highly recommend to anyone.
Graham Dotchin
Graham D.
18:54 13 Jan 24
What a difference in my two cavapoo dogs thanks to Milans help. I had major issues with them nearly pulling me over when going for walks but now they both walk really well and its a pleasure to take them out. I have also learnt how to teach them not to bark at other dogs and people. I would really recommend Milan , he always replies promptly when sending messages via whatsapp . I found the 1 to 1 sessions great .
sally goddard
sally G.
11:36 12 Jan 24
We had the online course. I think it's really brought us a lot, but we still need to practice more (only because we have to increase the time with being alone). We're thinking about booking a second course ;). But first we want to practice a bit with the tools we got in the first one. Thank you Milan! 🙂
Lisa Pohl
Lisa P.
19:43 10 Jan 24
Milan has been absolutely spot on from day 1. The day to day support has really taught me how to teach my dog in the most effective way possible. After a month I can see the difference in him and I’m looking forward to what me and Milan can work towards going forward. I’d recommend Milan to anyone. He’s very knowledgeable with any behaviour I have an issue with, with my dog and is always offering more support and encouragement if and when I need it.
Nick Kirsop
Nick K.
13:42 09 Jan 24
Our dog had made good progress since he came to us but had plateaud and struggled with recall and reactivity. He also struggled with vet visits or being checked over by us which was a concern.Milan listened to our challenges and concerns during the zoom call, identified our dogs anxiety and noise sensitivity and provided daily training plans, breaking training down to simple steps. His encouragement and feedback supported our progress. Being online with easy access and sharing of videos and updates meant we had the incentive to factor training into our busy schedules. It would not have been possible for us to have fitted in the intensive 30 day program face to face. I had looked at various trainers but Milan was recommended by a border collie trainer to support us with his more behavioural elements. As collies can have their own specific difficulties this gave us the confidence we needed to put our trust in Milan.We are so pleased we did. Our dog has made significant progress. He is no longer on high alert all of the time, his noise sensitivity and reactivity has dramatically reduced and his recall is so much better. He is a much happier and calmer pooch. We still have work to do but look forward to continuing further training with Milan, working together to help our dog become the star we know he is.
Dawn Young
Dawn Y.
07:08 09 Jan 24
Milan is an amazing dog trainer. We had a small Jack Russell puppy who was getting into bad habits but Milan gave us the tools to make him in a happy and well behaved dog.
Amelia Plummer
Amelia P.
20:55 03 Jan 24
Milan helped us with our dog Harley and some behavioural issues towards our new born son. Harley was very reactive to our son and they had to be serperated at all times. With Milan's guidance and training plan Harley is now demonstrating neutral behaviours around our son allowing us all to be together again. Milan was very patient with us and provided us clear advice and the WhatsApp support meant we could ask questions and tweak things with fast feedback which was very helpful!
Tom Wilson
Tom W.
19:08 03 Jan 24
Thanks Milan! Really effective training. He gave us a lot of tools and tips to improve our poodle's leesh walking and recall. We saw improvement after the first session and couldnt have been more happy with the training and guidance provided!
Ilze Kucina
Ilze K.
16:52 24 Dec 23
I contacted Milan for help with our Labrador Ted with his reactivity towards other dogs and general over excitability.We have just completed a 30 day course with What’s app daily support and it has been brilliant!Milan is very knowledgeable, and clearly knows exactly what he is doing. He listens to the problem, nothing is ever any trouble, and he answers any questions or provides alternative exercises very quickly. He is very positive and calm, and Ted is loving the training!We still have work to do, but have made huge progress in a short amount of time; we are now going places we wouldn’t have only a few weeks ago, and Ted is calmer at home.The best bit for me is understanding what is happening and why, and now knowing how to handle situations correctly.I genuinely wish I had done this much sooner and have already recommended Milan to others.
Rachel G
Rachel G
00:37 21 Dec 23
I’ve seen such a difference with my Nala, she’s the most loving dog but can be quite reactive at times. Milan knows exactly what he’s talking about and I’m buzzing to see even more progress being made!
saskia wiseman
saskia W.
10:50 19 Dec 23
Over the last couple of months we have worked with Milan and our Dobermann puppy Stella. We worked on her reactivity to people and dogs while walking, her recall while off lead and indoor training with our two cats and people coming in to our home.The one to one sessions were very tailored to Stella’s needs and she responded really well to the new things that she was learning. The WhatsApp support was great, Milan would check in with us everyday to see how Stella’s training was going, answer any questions we had and assist us with any issues that we may have been facing and how we could keep on making progress.How far Stella has come in the last couple months is truly amazing and I can’t thank Milan enough. I would 100% recommend Smart Dogs Training to anyone who is looking for dog training.
Sean Robson
Sean R.
17:56 18 Dec 23
Very good experience.Very useful tips that work with our dog.Very clear training and great communication outside of face to face .
David Ward
David W.
17:27 18 Dec 23
I initially hired Milan to train my Doberman and in the past 30 days he has massively helped with training for my dog. The home visits are great very informative and because of the training and advice given I'd say as an owner I feel much more confident in the development of my dog. Cheers Milan.
RYN
RYN
16:48 18 Dec 23
We've been working with Milan to try to help us with our 18-month-old dog Otis's recent increase in reactivity, and to help relearn all of the things Otis was great at before hitting those difficult adolescent months! Milan has given us some great exercises to do with Otis to help with lead walking and reducing his reactivity. Despite Otis being a bit of a hooligan around him, Milan was extremely patient, and you can tell just how well he handles dogs - Otis was very responsive while being handled by him. It's a long road to get Otis where we want him to be, but I'm sure with Milan's help we'll get there!
Mike
Mike
18:15 16 Nov 23
I did the 30 day WhatsApp course for help with our lead-reactive dog. Still a work in progress but we got some excellent foundations in place by working with Milan and Rosie and it helped me to have confidence to continue the work to help our dog.
Paula Smart
Paula S.
09:59 09 Nov 23
Milan was great with our dog Apollo. He was super helpful in showing us how to deal with distractions on walks, telling us what would work for Apollo since he loves food more than anything else. He has been super helpful over WhatsApp and Apollo has come so far from when we first started training!Would definitely recommend! Thank you Milan!
lauren thomas
lauren T.
20:37 03 Nov 23
Milan helped us with our stubborn bulldog, Winnie. After 4 sessions with Milan at our home and around our home, Winnie’s behaviour has noticeably improved. Her recall while playing on the field has dramatically improved, as well as her engagement on walks. I didn’t feel comfortable with Winnie around babies as she can get rather boisterous, but after learning some techniques and drills from Milan, I now feel more comfortable. I would highly recommend Milan as a dog trainer. He was patient and caring with Winnie which I really appreciated.
Quincy Koru
Quincy K.
11:41 29 Oct 23
We have a very excitable, over friendly 2 year old Boxer. He is everyone’s best friend which is sometimes a bit too much. I heard about Milan from a personal recommendation.Milan came to help us mainly with lead walking and recall for Bugsy. We had 4 one to one sessions with him including WhatsApp communication in between. Not only have we now got a dog who walks beautifully on his lead and a good recall but we have also managed to start some techniques for inside behaviour with guests (still a work in progress but we have the tools to work from now).The methodology he used was simple and easy to follow, to the point we often thought “why didn’t we think about that considering this is our 3rd Boxer.Worth every penny and Milan is friendly, helpful and certainly knows what he’s talking about when it comes to dogs. Would definitely recommend even it was only small tweaks in behaviour.
Helene Archer
Helene A.
09:28 23 Oct 23
We are currently working with Milan and our beagle pup. Milan is really knowledgeable when it comes to training. He is patient with us and nothing is a bother. The WhatsApp support is really helpful for us in between our sessions. Molly has came along leaps and bounds since the start of our sessions. I would not hesitate to recommend Milan to anyone. Looking forward to our next sessions!
Lee Robinson
Lee R.
14:38 20 Oct 23
The difference we've seen in our puppy since having help from Milan is amazing. She's much calmer round the house, doesn't chase our cat anymore and we're seeing brilliant improvements on the lead. She's a Border Collie and loves lunging at cars. This is the main issue we're working on at the minute and seeing improvements in her all the time. Can't recommend Milan enough!!
Alison Bolam
Alison B.
10:28 15 Oct 23
I had a fantastic experience with Milan. His expertise and patience made a significant difference in my dog's behaviour. He tailored the training to my dog's specific needs, and the results were impressive. I highly recommend his services for anyone looking to improve their dog's behaviour and obedience.
Shubham Rajesh
Shubham R.
07:04 10 Oct 23
Thank you so much Milan for helping to sort my mad dogs out. Very impressed with your skills and your can do attitude especially when you got the harness on Cammie after 5 minutes of training which me and my wife were never able to do. Highly recommend. Thanks again
Brooke Shield
Brooke S.
13:30 09 Oct 23
I have found Smart Dogs Training very helpful. There is so much support and my puppy has improved so much. Smart Dogs Training is always happy to help and I feel comfortable to ask any questions when concerned about my dog.
tavisha bhatia
tavisha B.
21:08 08 Oct 23
Milan is very knowledgable and has been very good with helping me deal with my anxious whippet would definately reccomend his training services
samantha Harrison
samantha H.
12:40 07 Oct 23
Milan has helped with our rottie with both guarding and walking on a lead. Progress is quickly noticeable within just a few sessions and the ongoing mobile support is always handy to have when you have questions / issues.
Thomas Davies
Thomas D.
13:40 06 Oct 23
I've been working with Milan for few months now, he's helped us so much with our dog Wolfie on his walks and socialising him with other dogs. Would definitely recommend, great progress and excellent support. Thank you Smart Dogs Training 🐕 ❤
Anna Wilkinson
Anna W.
13:37 06 Oct 23
Delighted with the progress my dog Jessie has made during her training with Milan. I am continuing myself now with her training but know if needed Milan is there for guidance.
Judith Robson
Judith R.
12:11 12 Sep 23

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