I have worked for many years with vets, dog owners and those in the canine industry, helping them to understand how their dogs learn and advise how they can modify their behaviour using only positive reward based methods. I'm passionate about improving the communication between dogs and their owners to enable them to have a happy, enriching, relationship together.
I spent 3 years studying 2 courses - Canine Behaviour and Dog Training for a combined nationally recognised qualification (level 5). I started my journey qualifying as a Veterinary Nurse where I worked at the RSPCA hospital in London, before moving to Dorset. As a qualified teacher, I have taught Animal Care to students at Kingston Maurward College, where I lectured in Canine Psychology. I have trained my own dogs in many disciplines including agility, competitive obedience and heelwork to music.
I have always promoted consistent ‘Kind, Fair, Effective’ training to both canine and human students for many years. This is also the policy code for the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), which is why I chose this training organisation to join after qualifying. No aversive training methods, equipment or advice is ever suggested or used, so you can be assured your dog will be treated with respect and understanding.
Sadly this industry is not yet regulated and anyone can set themselves up as a dog trainer, behaviourist or training school, without any recognised qualifications in Canine Behaviour and Training or in teaching adults! But we do have a National Council now working to change this. Being a nationally qualified teacher, trainer and assessor also requires continuing professional development, through reading and attending seminars to keep up to speed with modern research and developments in the field of canine behaviour and training. This can then be passed on to owners for their benefit.
Approved member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) Number 00907.