About Me

At Totally Canine, we provide a professional, experienced and trustworthy service to you and your dog.

Dog Training is currently an unregulated service in the UK.  Anybody can call themselves a dog professional, such as a trainer, with little or no knowledge and experience, and it can be very difficult sometimes to judge whether or not the person you have chosen has the requisite experience and knowledge to provide the five star service for your dog that you are looking for.

It is my aim to help people understand their dogs better, to promote good relationships and prevent problems.  I also want to see more people and dogs having fun together!  Giving people the tools to train and solve issues without needing expensive intervention leads to healthier, happier dogs and proud owners.


I am Zoe Axford, and I've been training dogs for over 40 years. I am a qualified APDT* member (membership number 01276), and also qualified with PDTI*, gaining the instructors award with Merit.  I have competed in the past at Agility and Obedience, as well as showing with my own line of Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. I am passionate about dog welfare and using non-aversive training methods.  

I keep my skills and knowledge up to date with continuing professional development, attending several courses, webinars and seminars every year.  

* PDTI is the Pet Dog Training Instructors organisation, and you can find more information about them here.

   APDT is the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, and you can find more information about them here.