About Jen Smith

Be Brilliant Dogs is run by Jen Smith.

With the help of Basil and Etta!



Jen is a fully qualified IMDT (Institute Of Modern Dog Trainers) trainer, passing her assessment in August 2020 with Distinction. She has attended a number of courses with the IMDT including Canine Body Language, Puppy Development, Practical Instructor Training and numerous others. Jen has also studied a number of IMDT webinars in subjects including herding breeds, learning theory, the canine brain and many others.

The IMDT is the leading education provider for Dog Trainers and Behaviourists and all members commit to abiding by the IMDT code of ethics which ensure that training methods are force-free, professional and in the best interests of the dog and owner. If you would like to find out more, you can do so on the IMDT website here.

Scentwork UK

Scentwork UK is one of the leading organisations in the UK that promotes and develops scentwork both as a training activity and as a dog sport.

Jen participated in her Train The Trainers Scentwork UK Part 1 course in May 2020 and is a qualified Scentwork UK instructor.

Jen has also successfully competed and qualified at Level 1 at Scentwork UK trials with her dog Basil and plans to attend Level 2 COVID pending!

Canine Hoopers UK

In February 2021, Jen passed her Accredited Canine Hoopers UK assessment. Hoopers is a fun, low impact, free flowing sport and Canine Hoopers UK is one of the leading organisations in this dog sport.

Jen is proud to be a part of the growing network of Accredited Canine Hoopers Instructors across the UK and hopes to offer Hoopers classes to individuals and groups COVID allowing!


In 2021, Jen was awarded her Open College Network Level III ‘Principles of Dog Training And Behaviour’ accredited certification.

In 2018 Jen worked towards and was awarded her OCN Level 3 qualification in Dog Grooming. Jen does not currently practice dog grooming but this qualification gave her hands on experience with a wide variety of breeds of dog. It also gives Jen first-hand experience and knowledge of how to prepare your dog or puppy for the groomers.

Heelwork To Music

Jen started in Heelwork to Music in 2016. Currently she competes her dog Basil at Intermediate Heelwork having achieved their excellence title in Starters FS, HTM and Novice HTM.

As well as competing, Jen has participated in Heelwork to Music Progress Awards and Move Development Schemes.

Jen also plans to attend her HTM judging rules and regulations seminar when COVID-19 allows!

School of Canine Science

Jen has completed the Puppy Lab course with a score of 92% on her final exam. This course is an in-depth look at the development, needs and training of puppies. Puppy Lab informs a lot of Jen’s puppy one-to-one and puppy classes.

Jen is also currently completing Scent For Six which a six month online scentwork course which aims to examine the scientific and practical elements of scentwork.

Other Qualifications & Courses

Jen has participated in and completed courses with a number of other leading providers such as Canine Principles, Learning About Dogs, FDSA, Puppy Culture and many others.

She also has an extensive and active reading list to ensure she stays on top of the latest training techniques.

Jen can provide a full list of other professional development qualifications and courses upon request for anyone interested to learn more about her experiences. Just drop an email to Jen@BeBrilliantDogs.co.uk for more information.

“I have loved coming to training with Jen, she makes things really fun and easy to understand!”


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