About Us

Yorkshire Canine Academy is a collective of experienced Dog Trainers and Behaviourists practising out of our Leeds based HQ on Kings Road.

Our staff’s constant desire and ability to better educate themselves puts our methods and training systems at the forefront of dog training and behaviour. Each training programme is carefully thought out to optimise results for both dog and owner. Having worked on 1000s of
cases, all of our training is both results, and evidence based.

Yorkshire Canine Academy practises modern, motivation-based methods that utilise a wide range of tools and techniques, depending on goals, issues, age of dog and many other factors.

The Yorkshire Canine Academy was created to offer an unparalleled dog training experience in Yorkshire, we’d like to think this goal has been achieved but we still strive to maintain our excellent reputation on what is now a national level. We hope to meet you and your canine companion soon.

Core values of the Yorkshire Canine Academy:





Meet Jacob

Nickname: Sensei

Jacob is our head trainer and co-founder here at the Yorkshire Canine Academy. Jacob grew up around dogs, specifically German Shepherds. The passing of his childhood dog Soffi in 2013 triggered a desire to work with dogs. After spending a few years volunteering to walk friends’ dogs while studying, Jacob decided to finally get his own dog Ranger. Shortly, (but not wisely) followed by Darla in 2016. Out of his depth, both dogs’ behaviour took a turn for the worse which called for some behavioural intervention for both dogs. After some help from dog trainers, many hours studying animal behaviour and undertakking countless online courses, Ranger and Darla were transformed into the trusty stooge dogs you’ll see around today.

Having worked as professional dog trainer for over 6 years and training over 2500 dogs, Jacob brings a wealth of experience to the team. Jacob has a passion for working with large breeds but even more so, with motivated owners that want nothing more than to help their dogs. In 2021 Jacob added a 3rd dog to his team, Stark the Belgian Malinois, who has featured in many of our puppy training tutorials. Jacob aspires to compete with Stark in protection Sports in the future.

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Meet Ian

Nickname: Kirke McDragon

Ian (also affectionately known as Kirkey) is one of our senior trainers and co-founder of the YCA. You may have heard his name before, in very different circumstances. Ian is an ex-professional Rugby League player who had many notable performances with Leeds Rhinos, earning himself 5 grand final rings (yes, FIVE). Upon his retirement, Kirkey took up a career in strength and conditioning, gaining another grand final ring, but this time, as coaching staff.

Ian got his first dog aged 11, an elderly and wayward Rottweiler who taught him many lessons in management of behaviour rather than ‘fixing’a problem. He had another two rescue dogs before his current team of four. Three rescues, (Rita 10, bullbreed, Blue 4, whippet/spaniel and Nerf, Frenchie), and a fresh Frenchie puppy Cora. Having studied behaviourism with the BCCS Ian was inspired by Jacob’s justification of modern dog training leading to a more inclusive life for dogs. Subsequently he bought into Sensei Jacob’s ways and hasn’t looked back!

Kirkey enjoys working with all dogs and issues but has a particular penchant for a cute Frenchie, even the ‘bitey’ ones!

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Meet Chloe

Nickname: Karen

Brought to you all the way from sunny Northern Ireland, Chloe is one of our newest members of staff and has taken on the role of Admin Assistant. Having moved to Leeds for university she fell in love with it and never left. Her love of dogs began with her first puppy – Lilly, the golden retriever – who was definitely bought to appease her after the arrival of her little sister. The golden retriever theme continued throughout her childhood, and she has experienced first-hand how it feels to have two dogs of the same breed behave entirely different to the other. As an adult, her love of dogs continued, volunteering as a foster mom for a Staffy rescue before finally giving in and getting one of her own. Enter…Kevin. Kevin is the little ginger Staffy you may see on site, he occasionally makes an appearance as a stooge but is more frequently found sleeping in between bouts of being an absolute lunatic.

Chloe has always had an interest in the YCA and been involved from a distance, as a close friend of Jacob and Ian. So, she jumped at the chance when they offered her the role. Chloe will be the person with whom you have most contact, outside of your trainer, as she sends all our emails and mans the phone – so please excuse the accent when you give us a call (translator available on request).

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Meet Dan

Nickname: Dano

Dan joined YCA early in 2022 having brought his dog to training sessions and completed our training course (quickly passing through the “advanced” test!) Having agreed with his wife to get a dog and carry-out a course of training, Dan instantly loved the theory and practical application involved in training his own dog. Dan arranged to start spending some free time at YCA around his job as a Physio and started doing some reading and online tutorials on dog training. Through this, he quickly realised that the skills he’d learnt helping patients with their injuries could be transferred to helping clients and their dogs. Dan has a keen interest in helping people reach their goals with their dogs, and enjoys applying theory and practical to real life situations to help people get the most enjoyment out of their dogs.

Dan has an aversion to sitting still and will always find something to keep himself busy, he is even the self-appointed Chief Bin-Emptier. Dan enjoys running with Sanchez, and you’ll frequently see the two of them running around Leeds together.

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Meet Suzanne

Nickname: Suzie

Suzanne is our Social Media Manager and in-house photographer/videographer. She graduated from Leeds College of Art in 2015 with a BA in Graphic Design. Suzanne’s first dog was a Retriever cross called Sandy. More recently she’s had Russel the Bulldog and Dennis the Cane Corso. Suzanne first came to the YCA as a client in 2021 with her Cane Corso, Dennis. Dennis arrived at the centre with a severe aversion to humans, Suzanne can now happily walk him, on her own, with no issue. Suzanne is a keen knitter, she has 80 balls of wool (that her husband knows about). We proudly display one of her creations above our sofa in the consultation room – keep an eye out for it the next time you’re in.

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What We Do

The Yorkshire Canine Academy is a professional dog training company that has created a mission to provide an unrivalled dog training service in Yorkshire. With a wealth of experience from raising puppies to treating dog aggression, our qualified training team will guide you and your dog through one of our extensive training programmes. We endeavour to ensure you and your dog have a positive experience while achieving your training goals.

Puppy Classes & Training

One-to-One Training

Residential Training

How it works

We like to keep things simple; our steps below show our 5-step approach.

1. Book.

Our friendly admin team or user-friendly booking system makes it easy for you to book an assessment for your dog at a time that suits you.

2. Meet.

Our initial assessment allows us to identify and address the needs to be met or problems that need to be solved.

3. Plan

Once we have an understanding of what your dog needs, our training team will create a training programme that suits both you and your dog.

4. Train

This is where the hard work starts. Our training team will guide you through our tailored programme in person and remotely when you need it.

5. Graduation.

On completion of the course, you and your dog will graduate from the Yorkshire Canine Academy and will gain access to exclusive member services such as day-care, boarding and store discount.

One Happy Dog.

Why Choose us?

We promise a personalised professional training service with no compromise.

Accredited in
Dog Behaviour


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Terri MoloneyTerri Moloney
09:45 19 Nov 23
I have had a fantastic experience with Yorkshire Canine Academy! The trainers are knowledgeable, patient, and truly dedicated to helping dogs thrive. The positive reinforcement methods used are effective, and my crazy spaniel is responding incredibly well. The facility is well-maintained, creating a comfortable environment for both dogs and their owners. I highly recommend Yorkshire Canine Academy for anyone seeking professional and positive dog training.
Marta MordonMarta Mordon
18:08 18 Nov 23
Not only a great place to train your dog, which I have been a loyal customer to for about a year and a half now, but also a professional organiser of many insightful and often completely free seminars, filled with interesting topics and helpful advice that I’ve been able to take away and incorporate into training of my dog. I highly recommend this place, run by people who are extremely knowledgeable, friendly and experienced.
Jamie FieldsendJamie Fieldsend
14:59 18 Nov 23
Attended a seminar at Yorkshire Canine Academy which I found really useful with some good tips to take home and use with my dog training. Would definitely recommend attending future seminars.
Renata WodzynskaRenata Wodzynska
14:58 18 Nov 23
14:56 18 Nov 23
Amazing seminar. Super friendly and welcoming team on hand
Jake SandersJake Sanders
14:55 18 Nov 23
Really good seminar