Dog trainer Graeme Hall’s Yorkshire roots, wife and surprising early career as the Dogfather goes on tour
Many dog owners will at some point have met “Dogfather” Graeme Hall.
The Yorkshire-born dog trainer best known for presenting the Channel 5 show Dogs behave (very) badly, has worked with thousands of puppies across the country.
His motto is “any dog, any age, any problem”, but who is the man at the end of the leash? A look back at the life of the 55-year-old man.
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Graeme, who is from Selby, worked as an executive for the Weetabix grain company for 21 years before training as a professional dog trainer while on leave from gardening.
His passion for dog training first ignited when he had his two Rottweiler puppies Axel and Gordon in his late 40s.
Like any other new dog owner, he soon realized that he wanted to train their dog well. Now an expert in all things canine, he offers his knowledge and experience to owners whose dogs have behavioral issues.
But his job is not without risk: in 2015, he was hospitalized after nearly losing a hand to a German shepherd in Worcestershire.
Although it’s a scary experience, Graeme said it comes with work and you “sometimes get a dog that reacts badly no matter how hard you try”.
The dog trainer’s career really took off after landing a role on Channel 5 Dogs behave (very) badly who has seen the demand for his expertise skyrocket. It’s even sought after by celebrities, including Little Mix’s Leigh-Anne.
Graeme also hosts a podcast talking dogs and published a book All dogs large and small in February 2021.
The latter features some of his hard-earned and often hilarious success stories and reveals simple but effective tricks that can help dog owners better understand their pet’s behavior.
Graeme also appears regularly on BBC Breakfast and This Morning on ITV and has built up a list of rave testimonials from clients.
It is not currently taking new bookings for private dog training due to a backlog of cases. However, he will soon be going on tour where he will share practical tips, memories, heartwarming surprises and an exclusive Q&A session.
From April 11 to June 2022, she will call at Leeds, her hometown of Selby, Salford, Birmingham and Newcastle, to name but a few.
He currently lives in Rugby with his accountant wife Elinor Perry-Hall. They have no children, but are the proud parents of the black Labrador/Boxer Lilydog cross, which Graeme often shares updates on his social media pages.
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