About Us

We help families with kids to train and raise their dogs to be great family companions.

Dogs are all around us: we see them at the park, at the beach, on the streets. Family, friends and neighbours have dogs and lots of us too! However, it’s important to know how to train dogs positively to live with children and how to raise our children to live in a world with dogs. This is why KAD – Kids Around Dogs exist!

Kids Around Dogs is an association of qualified and experienced positive dog trainers and/or behaviourists, who have passed an assessment and are trained to use the protocol to overcome the fear of dogs in kids. 

Moreover, our KAD approved trainers are DBS checked and have a wonderful way of working with children of all ages, and their families too. We don't only help you to train your dog, we also make sure your family learns about our canine companions and that both humans and dogs can live happily together.

If your child is scared of dogs; or if you are expecting a baby and you want to make sure you dog is going to be happy about the new arrival; or if you already have kids, but a dog is going to join your family, or already has; then don't hesitate to call a KAD approved trainer near you.


The Founder of KAD

Debby Lucken (ISCP.Dip.Canine.Prac.) is the founder and owner of KAD and is a fully qualified dog trainer with the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers and dog behaviourist with the International School of Canine Psychology.

She is a member of ICAN, the International Companion Animal Network; PPG, the Pet Professional Guild; IAABC, the International Association of Animal Behaviour Consultants; DWA, the Dog Welfare Alliance. She is also a Doggone Safe Instructor and a Dog Training College Approved Instructor.

Debby has more than 6 years’ experience working with dogs, and some of her clients have also gone and become great therapy dogs in schools and nursing homes.

Although originally from Switzerland, Debby lives in Poole, Dorset, with her husband Gary, their daughter Molly and their two dogs Winnie, the Golden Retriever and Wilco the Pug.