Louise Meakin



Louise started dog training in 2005 with APT Training which was foundered by Polly Thomas.  Following Polly’s retirement Louise took over the company early 2017.  Louise has  been training dogs for over 10 years, and has developed a brilliant training schedule that ensures there is gradual progression between classes, whilst still maintaining the basic learning, therefore ensuring that dogs and owners maintain their unique, well trained relationship.

Louise has always had dogs, right from being a child there were always dogs in the family home.  Louise’s passion for dog training started with a German Shepherd called Samson, named after the first German Shepherd Louise met as a child at school.  Louise knew Samson was going to be a big dog and wanted to be confident she could handle him both on and off the lead.  Louise and Samson has such a great time that her and Samson started doing Working Trials, and Samson won the Slingsby Trophy during a Working Trial holiday.  Samson came first and achieved CDex (this means Companion Dog, this is the first test in Working Trials).  This spurred Louise on to do more.

Louise has since had more, but equally as amazing German Shepherds, called Delilah and Dexter.

Dogs And Owner



I am happy to announce I have now passed my examinations to be a working trials judge.

APT School for Dogs cert 1
APT School for Dogs cert 2



West Highland White Terrier.

Wilson is working towards his gold award with Louise and loves to attend her training sessions which are fun.
She is very friendly and manages the sessions in a professional way to cater for all levels of ability in the group.
Wilson and I have learned lots of skills which she demonstrates beforehand with the help of Delilah and she is very patient with us until we master them!
Sincere thanks to Louise.
Christine Price.


Golden Retriever.

Archie was such a mischievous little puppy who didn’t know what trouble to get into next. We weren’t sure he would make it to his first birthday as he was always getting himself into trouble no matter how dangerous. APT school for dogs showed us where we were going wrong and helped us to put basic commands in place with puppy training. Archie responded amazingly at the classes and became really happy and sociable with other people and dogs. APT school for dogs is a really happy and friendly training facility where you can see amazing results fairly quickly as long as you put the work in as well. Louise is a lovely and friendly lady who made us feel at ease in no time as well as everyone else at the class. Safe to say 7 years on Archie is still a cheeky dog but he’s so well behaved and that’s because of APT school for dogs.


Wirehaired Vizsla

I am now training my third dog with APT which is testament to the standard of obedience you can achieve as you progress through the  various grades and classes offered.  The level attained in each, in my opinion, outweighs that offered by other dog training schools. The trainers are exceptional and have an in depth knowledge of how to train a dog and their owners to a high standard, leading to more advanced canine sports if you wish to explore the endless opportunities on offer to you and your  companion. If you're after a well behaved, intelligent and happy dog then give APT a call. Tony and Wren.


German Shepherd.

I first met Louise about 10 years ago when I joined APT school for dog's with my first rescue German Shepherd (Max). Max had issues which Polly showed me how to overcome, Louise and her German Shepherd (Samson) helped Max and myself gain confidence on local walks. Both Louise and myself had more German Shepherd’s, Louise got Delilah, and I got Kiera and Lexi (Both rescue), again Louise helped me with confidence when we took all 5 dogs out. I am now attending Louise’s class with my new pup Codi and know that I will have the support to train another well rounded German Shepherd.
Many thanks
Jeanette and fur babies.


Northfield Focus Point,
Vale Road,
Mansfield Woodhouse,
NG19 8DR.


Brinsley Parish Hall,
Cordy Lane,
NG16 5BY.