About Us – Sophia Taylor

About On The Scent.

Listed as one of the Top 10 dog training schools in Suffolk UK by Pooch and Harmony.

Welcome to the ‘On the Scent’ dog training website.  We provide training which is fun, kind and motivating for both the canine companion and their guardian. We are a reward based training school where we help you to teach your dogs life skills, have fun and build a connection and so much more.

As well as this website we are also on Social media, Face book:   On the Scent dog training Suffolk UK.  Instagram: onthescent2024 and TikTok:  OTS  

Our classes are held in the East Anglian village of Great Ashfield which is situated between Bury St. Edmunds and Stowmarket in Suffolk and where we draw clients from all over the UK.

In 2012 we had a client travel from Germany over night to attend one of the Friday morning Classes whilst on her way to meet her family, this was very humbling.  Since then we have several clients who have travelled from other counties and stayed in the area so they are able to come to us to train their dogs with us.

The classes take place outdoors on our ten acre site, where we are able to train in a natural environment, with all the scent and some of the distractions that will be encountered  everyday on walks.

r dog training school was in the village of Thurston, Suffolk on a smaller site, but as we expanded we wanted to increase the type of activities and services that we are now able to provide in a safe stimulating environment.

We provide training with a ‘behavioural and scientific influence’ as the two go hand in hand, but we also look outside the box , we are very keen to teach the life skills needed to have a well balanced and happy dog.  We do not offer certificates of success as we believe all clients are able to achieve their personal best and for some clients being in a too competitive environment can be off putting.

All types of dogs are welcome to attend our classes, our speciality is in the ‘hunt, point and retrieve’ breeds and the ‘working Cocker spaniels’. Our aim is to help you, the guardian to have a strong and happy relationship with your canine companion.

Swayne and Partners veterinary Surgery in Bury St. Edmunds hold ‘puppy socialisation’ classes for puppies who are not yet vaccinated and I was delighted when they asked ‘On the Scent’ to take one of the four sessions regularly for about two years to discuss the importance of having fun activities to do with dogs and the importance of training, boundaries and limitations.

I have also had the opportunity to also train several dogs born deaf both in Obedience and other disciplines.

For further information do not hesitate to get in touch with me.

We thoroughly enjoy what we do here, it is fun, interesting and at times very challenging.

This is not my job, it is my passion. 

For those of you on social media, we now have our own public face book page which is ‘On the Scent’ Dog training Suffolk. UK.

For severe behavioural issues like aggression towards people or other dogs, separation anxiety and more challenging behaviours then Helen Goodall of Dogs Behaving Badly is the person to contact.  Details maybe found on the ‘About Us’ page of this website.

On the Scent is run by myself and a small team of trainees and volunteers who also teach to the highest of standards the same way as my mentor and now good friend Sue Evans of Alpha Dog Training in London has done for me.  It was Sue’s encouragement, support and belief in me over the years which has kept me going.

Sue has been the best mentor anyone could ask for and has been and still is incredibly generous with her time, wealth of knowledge and support.  Its thanks to Sue and her continued support that has helped towards the success of On the Scent.

Founder of the Kennel Club Accreditation Scheme which has since been given into the hands of other members of the KC, Sue now co runs the Registration Council for which I am a signatory.


God bless you.  Sophia.

About Sophia

MGoDT (MT) Member Guild of Dog Trainers (Master Trainer)

Guild Master Dog Trainer (www.godt.org.uk

Signatory with the Registration Council for the RCDTBP. 

Dog Training College Approved Instructor.

Member of the Hungarian Vizsla Club.

Kennel Club German Pointer Show judge. C List.

As a child I was brought up with dogs, cats and horses and always felt I had an affinity with them.  My father and mother always encouraged my enthusiasm for animals and as I grew up I started to concentrate more on the dogs and the training that could be achieved through food reward and praise like teaching simple tricks and tasks around the home.

When I first had a canine companion, dog training was mainly check chains and formality in the classes I attended and play was not incorporated in the class situation.  We didn’t know any different then.  Thank goodness training has progressed since then and I am delighted that the majority of clubs today now use play as well as food reward and praise to achieve results from the dogs being trained, whether for obedience competitions, gun dog trials or agility.

I had several different work placements since leaving school and before starting on my dog training journey my main line of work was as the only Qualified Foundation Wear Consultant in Bury St. Edmunds and surrounding counties.  ( Measuring and fitting ladies of all ages with their undergarments)

Some of my customers were transgender and would travel from other towns to see me as they knew I was open minded and discrete.

Some of these customers were lawyers, barristers, public figures who needed to come and be helped.

It has been an amazing journey and have met many people from all walks of life from the shy young girl buying her first undergarment to the elderly lady wanting to be fitted with their old fashioned corsets!

The most rewarding part of my work though had to be the ladies who would come to be via the Hospitals who had undergone surgery for a mastectomy.  I was able to help them feel like a shapely lady again and play a very small part in their re cooperation process.  These ladies had wonderful sense of humours and were a delight to meet and help.

Of course there were also the comedians at Christmas, the young men who were wanting to buy for their girlfriends who would pop in slightly merry as they felt they needed Dutch courage to come into the lingerie department of the store.

However, my heart was always with animals, especially dogs and slowly as time went on I started to help friends to train their own dogs as well as my own, eventually helping me to make the decision to start training other people and their dogs on a one to one and finally starting up the classes.

Courses and Training.

Canine skeletal development, Confirmation and movement.

Two day Clicker Training Workshop.

Gundog retrieving training days. German Pointers. Yorkshire.

School of canine Science:  30 day challenge. Puppy Lab.  Scent for Six.  Walking Equipment.

On going:  Canine Nutrition Diploma.  Canine Behaviour Training Diploma.  Zoo Pharmacognosy Diploma.  Anxiety and Fear with Canine Principles.


Various Breed specific Dog shows around the UK  at Championship level and open show level.

Competition Obedience.

Competition agility.

Judged a number of fun dog shows.

Since 21st October 2009 I have been with the ‘Guild of Dog Trainers as a Master Dog Trainer’. For further information please go to www.godt.org.uk

As of 18th May 2019 I have been registered with the Registration Council for Dog Training and Behaviour Practitioners as a Signatory.

Since March 2019 I have been approved and listed with The Dog Training College. On the Scent is listed on their Approved ‘find a dog trainer’ website.

I am a member of the Hungarian Vizsla Club and the Kennel Club and have appeared on Local radio a number of times to discuss dogs and the importance of training and life skills.

Since starting up ‘On The Scent’ I have met some wonderful people and their beautiful if not sometimes challenging canine companions.

After appearing in the November 2009 issue off the Suffolk Magazine,  I was invited as of January 2010  to write a monthly column for them on Dog Training and Behaviour and also appeared in a double page spread of the Shooting times magazine for which I felt extremely lucky and blessed to be given these opportunities to continue to promote responsible dog ownership to the general public.

I am a Christian and feel incredibly blessed to have met and still meet wonderful people and their amazing dogs.

Thank you for visiting the ‘On the Scent’ website.  We hope you enjoyed its content and will want to tell your friends about us.

Visit us again soon! 

About Kate       

Hello, my name is Kate Harris.  With over 20 years experience of owning and training my own dogs my current dog bought me to On The Scent Training School in the early part of 2022.  By September I was asked if I would be interested in teaching training and as I had teaching experience and love dogs it seemed a natural progression.  So since September 2022 I have dedicated myself to help nurture the bonds between humans and their furry companions.

Under the mentorship of Sophia I have committed 100’s of volunteer hours to honed my skills in delivering the best quality service and now in2024 I confidently run classes and 1-2-1 lessons with our puppies.

I also run my own small business, dog walking and drawing animal portraits as commissions.  For more information on Pet portrait or animal drawings please go to www.kreativekateart.com

In my spare time you will find me looking after my family, gardening, reading, drawing and studying dog behaviours with different courses.


About Helen

My name is Helen Goodall and I have been a practising Dog Behaviourist since 2000, mainly in the Suffolk area.  I am certificated with the Canine Behaviour Centre. Working with organisations such as RSPCA and Action Aid for Animals, she has successfully rehabilitated and re-homed many dogs needing critical help.  I am a Veterinary Nurse and resident Dog Behaviourist for Haughley and Thurston Veterinary Surgeries.

I have known Sophia for many years and encourage owners to join Sophia’s training school as a vital part of a dog’s learning and positive experience process. Agility is a great way to improve a dog’s physical confidence and ability.  Sophia’s outdoor facilities create a calm open environment in which your dog can learn and have fun around other dogs, safely.

Part of my service is to visit you in your home and work with you, developing a therapy and training programme that is specific to the needs of you and your dog.

During an initial consultation and progressing through hourly follow-up sessions, working with you and your dog on any behavioural problem. I specialises in dog aggression, socialisation, fears and phobias, separation anxiety, body language and the effects of stress.

“It is essential that I help an owner understand why their dog behaves the way they do. Devising specific methods of practical help and guidance enables the owner to feel more confident in situations. They can help their dog listen to them and trust them, rather than responding through fear or protection, for example. I encourage owners to keep in contact between sessions via phone or email, it is important to me that owners can feel supported throughout the process of their dog’s behaviour modification.”

All behaviour modification therapy programmes devised by me, are based on positive association principles and the influence of positive guidance and leadership.

To learn more about me and my work, visit my website www.dogsbehavingbadly.co.uk For consultations and more information, call me on 01359 241890 or 07788  718852.

About Paul

Paul is a qualified Agility Approved Instructor(AAI) and teaches on a Sunday morning.

He has competed with Spider, his working Cocker Spaniel but now happily teaches our clients to have fun with their own dogs.

Paul is branch manager of a business in Ipswich where he is also their qualified paint technician.