Sunstar KennelsDog Boarding and Dog Training Services

Dog Training and one to one lessons


40+ years of teaching success with dog and owner.

With over 40 years experience as a dog training instructor, and as an owner of a breeding and boarding kennel establishment, I can assure you of a warm welcome and an excellent service. We tailor our training services to suit your needs, whether you are buying a pup or being taught how to train it.


Are you…

  • Struggling to stop your dog from pulling on the lead
  • Finding it hard work to teach it to sit to command
  • Or, do you simply just want your dog to come back when you call it?

We have been helping people to train their dogs for over 40 years and have a practical and common sense approach to training.

Whilst we believe that it is helpful to read books and to watch DVDs, there is no substitute for having a professional trainer on the spot to rectify individual problems as they occur and to discuss and explain how these problems can be overcome.

One-to-one lessons

TrainingHeld during weekdays for those within easy travelling distance to Poole in Dorset.

The cost is £30.00 for an hour.

How does it work?

For the first lesson, you would come along and we would assess you and the dog and then show you how to go on with its training. You’ll get homework and then you can come back for as long as you need to in order to get what you want out of your dog. We’re based 15 minutes outside of Poole in Dorset.

What can we help with?

We can show you how to get your dog to walk to heel without pulling, and to sit to voice and whistle command. We can also teach you various techniques that will help with recall around the home or when you are walking in the park.


We have been running gundog training courses for over 17 years, teaching you to train your dog. We have four courses planned this year, April, May, September and October. To request a Prospectus or the dates:


Who is the Course for?

The course is devised to give the novice handler or those with dogs of limited experience the confidence and the ability to work their gundog. The emphasis is on teaching you as the handler to train your dog. The course is open to all breeds of gundogs, or you can borrow one of ours.

What do we do on the Course?

The course consists of 3 days of easy down-to-earth training, without any psychological claptrap. We start from the basic foundation work, where we show you how to train your dog as if it was between 6 months and one year old, regardless of your dog's age.

We go on to cover steadiness, the all-important ‘stop’ whistle, retrieving skills, jumps and water work. During the course every effort is made to explain the various problems that might arise during your training and how to overcome them.

Our main aim is to help you improve your handling ability, and to help you generate confidence in your dog. As much time as possible will be spent on each individual to achieve this. Remember that the dog comes second and that you are the person being trained. However, if we come across a dog that has a problem, we will put it right and show you how we have put it right.

At the end of each day we show a DVD taken of that day’s work and have a discussion on problems that have arisen.

Our aim is not to find the best handler, but simply to help everybody improve their dog handling ability. Most people arrive on the course with certain trepidation, but in a very short time all worries and nervousness will have been forgotten. We are well aware that the easiest way for handlers to get the best out of their dog is for everyone to enjoy themselves and forget about nerves.

Support after the Course

At the end of the course you will go away with practical tips and training advice to enable you to carry on your training at home. Should any problem arise we are always happy to provide subsequent guidance over the telephone at no extra charge.

“Hard work, a lot of fun and a great deal of satisfaction at the end of it”.

For more details or to obtain a Course Prospectus, call Walter on 01929 459 364 or email