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Channel 5 star of Dogs Behaving (Very) Badly is coming to Northampton

The star of Channel 5′ Dogs Behaving (Very) Badly is coming to Northampton as part of his brand new live show The Dogfather Live on Stage. Graeme Hall will be at the Royal and Derngate on May 16, with pooch owners able to seek advice from the canine whisperer.

It is the first-ever UK tour for the TV presenter and renowned trainer, who often appears on bbc breakfast and This Morning. He is a Master Dog Trainer with the Guild Of Dog Trainers but admits he is “excited and nervous” about the new show.

He said: “I’ve done a few book tours but it’s the first time I’ll have been on stage in front of such large crowds. I’m used to chatting to an audience but not a whole theatre’s worth.

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“As I always say to people with dogs, ‘if you’re feeling a bit nervous do your best not to show it’, so that’s what I’ll be doing. I’m really excited about getting out there. If you have a bit of fun and you go away having learned something about your dog, then we’re on to a winner.”

He came to fame through his Channel 5 show Dogs Behaving (Very) Badly. The Dogfather Hall said: “The TV show is hopefully educational but entertaining with it, and that’s what we’re aiming for with the live stage show.

“It should be a fun night and dogs are really funny. Anyone who’s a dog person knows that for sure.”

In the first section of The Dogfather Live on Stage 2022 show, Graeme will be taking audiences through his golden rules of dog training and how owners can best change their pet’s behaviour. Examples are drawn from real life along with behind-the-scenes anecdotes, while part two will be an audience-driven Q&A.

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“So with the first half, I know what I’ll be talking about because I’ve planned it. I’ve no idea exactly how the second half will go because it will vary from venue to venue. It’ll be ‘over to you’ and it will be really interesting,” Graeme said.

“I also think people like the little bits of humor that are in the TV show. I’m not a stand-up comic but it doesn’t mean we can’t have a laugh.”

Sadly there will be no dogs allowed in the audience. People have asked him if they can bring their four-legged friends along.

Graeme said: “Unfortunately not because some of the venues are several hundred seats or maybe a thousand and having hundreds of dogs all badly behaved in one room… I mean, I’m good but I’m not that good!

“People can leave their dogs at home but they can bring me their dog-related questions.” Hall has more than ten years’ experience behind him and a celebrity client roster that includes footballers, comedians, actors and musicians.

He specializes in providing fast but long-lasting fixes for almost any dog ​​behavioral issue problem. His motto of him is “any dog, any age, any problem” but most dog owners, he reveals, want to know what their pooch is thinking.

Graeme said: “That question comes up a lot and sometimes I get credited with having Doctor Dolittle-like abilities. I’m certainly not telepathic but there are lots of ways when you know what you’re looking for, to work out things like ‘is he or she nervous or is it something else?’

“For years on my website, there was an article called ‘what’s my dog ​​thinking?’ and that got more hits than things like the mechanics of how to lead-walk your dog or how to train recall.

“I’ve worked with more than 5,000 dogs now and if you ever make the mistake of thinking ‘I’ve seen it all and nothing can surprise me’ there’ll be a dog along in a moment to prove you wrong.”

Graeme and his partner currently have three dogs in their Cotswolds home: a Boxer, a Staffy Cross Labrador and a Patterdale Terrier. Growing up in Selby, Yorkshire, there were no pooches in the family home because his parents both worked and did not feel able to devote the time and care needed.

It was only later in life that Hall acquired his first dog, a Rottweiler named Axel, which is what triggered his interest in dog training. Hall set up Dogfather Training in 2008 and was subsequently discovered by the producers of Dogs Behaving (Very) Badly, who saw his website. Now based in Chipping Norton in Oxfordshire, that is where he’s kicking off a 25-date tour and you can book Northampton tickets here.

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