I hold an Accredited Canine Behaviour Practitioner Diploma with the British College of Canine Studies, which consolidated several years' practical, hands-on, literally 'in the field' experience, working with dogs and their owners in a training environment. This involved traditional multi-dog training outside in a class setting; 1-1 consultations; puppy training; group walks and supervised socialisation.
Why dogs do what they do is a subject that fascinates me so it was a natural progression for me to specialise in dog behaviour. If you can establish the emotion behind a behaviour, you are in a better place to start changing the behaviour by changing the way a dog feels, using techniques like counter-conditioning and desensitisation. I find this is always a good starting point.
My approach is caring and sensitive, using kind and patient methods, based on current scientific thinking. I concentrate on building confidence and trust, empowering the person to become the best mentor they can be for their dog.
Every case, every person and every dog is different and my approach will always reflect this.
My own dogs, past and present, have been amazing teachers and I have learned so much from each of them over the years. It is a privilege to share your life with dogs and I am so grateful for everything they have taught me. There have been challenges along the way and I have found that there is always a new way of looking at things and that one method does not suit all. They have shown me how important it is to take breed requirements into consideration …. temperament and personality too. I thank them for being so forgiving of all my mistakes, allowing me to learn from them and move forward – a kinder, more patient dog ‘parent’, hopefully a little wiser, definitely more flexible in my approach – and still learning. This, in turn, helps me to help others.My Services Book Appointment