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About us

My name is Kelly and I run Walnut & Bailey Dog Training - here I am with Walnut & Bailey on a recent instructors course for Canine Rally Sport where Bailey gained his grade 1&2 and I qualified as a Canine Rally Sport instructor. 

Walnut is 9 and has been training in agility since 2015 and in 2019 we started hoopers. Bailey is 8 and prefers not to run about but is a whizz at Rally and learning new tricks.

They are both Puppy School graduates and are happy and sometimes very funny dogs :-)

kelly nicholson instructor rally

The Story of Walnut & Bailey Dog Training

I have always loved dogs and after being made redundant in 2016 due to a company sale I decided to take the plunge and start my own business doing something I love. I started as a dog walker in late 2016 then started my dog training education.

walnut jack russell terrier puppy

Puppy School

I had taken Walnut to Puppy School classes and enjoyed the training so much I began assisting in classes in February 2016. Later in that year I attended the tutors training course which I passed in the spring of 2017. I ran my classes in South London for 4 years before moving to Isle of Sheppey in 2021 and started running classes and 1-2-1 training there.

Puppy School is a member organisation with the ABTC, who's purpose is to set the standards for knowledge and practical skills of trainers/behaviourists to help dog owners find a qualified and ethical dog professional.


In 2019 I passed my assessment and became a registered Animal Training Instructor (ATI) so you can be assured I am qualified to help you train your puppies.


I can deal with small behaviour problems as an ATI but for anything that has become serious you will need to see a Clinical Animal Behaviourist (CAB). You can check out the ABTC website to find your nearest CAB.

Our Team

Kelly Nicholson ABTC-ATI
jack russell terrier looking happy doing hoopers
terrier cross posing for the camera
Kelly Nicholson

Dog Training Instructor


Hoopers Wizard


Rally Champ

Our Services



Puppy Classes

Group training and socialisation classes for puppies up to the age of 1 year


1-2-1 training sessions

Training and socialisation training sessions tailor made to suit you and your puppy

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