My career has always been drawn to training, from working in Richmond in the mid 90's with large corporate accounts, through to working in education and childminding. In the latter years, as well as raising my 2 boys, my passion has always been dog training.
I believe that my knowledge and experience, gained in my previous roles, has really complemented my learning and understanding of what it takes to successfully train dogs. My particular interest lies in how they learn and how to capture their natural traits and instincts to train them to become the well behaved, loving, family dog that many of you have always desired.
Having attended several of Sarah Whiteheads’ Clever Dog Company courses, including the Practical Dog Handling course (under the expert instruction of Sarah Whitehead and Stella Bagshaw), I am very proud to hold a Clever Dog Company Method Licence. As part of my continuous efforts to update my training knowledge I am a member of Sarah Whiteheads Inner Circle: The UK’s only online mentoring and CPD platform bringing together and supporting trainers, behaviourists and canine professionals.
Dogs aren't the only animal I have trained. I was recently (Feb 2018) lucky enough to attend Natural Encounters' 'Contemporary Animal Training and Management' course, in Orlando with instructors Steve Martin and Susan Friedman. I trained and learnt a lot about Macaws and believe it or not goats!
I have completed the IMDT (Institute of Modern Dog Trainers) Practical Instructor course and the 2 day Assessment and as a result am qualified and assessed FULL member of the IMDT. In addition to this I have achieved OCN (Open College Network) Level III in 'The Principals of Dog Training and Behaviour'.
I have worked locally as part of a mentorship program assisting in classes, gaining and receiving valuable advice and mentorship from a highly experienced, positive reinforcement, force free dog trainer and behaviourist. This hands on experience has been vital in really helping me experience different breeds of dog and how both owners and their dogs respond to training.