I have 12 years experience working with dogs, from competing with our own dogs in various dog sports, fostering rescue dogs, walking rescue dogs and as a professional dog walker (9 years self employed).
I am a full member of the PPG (Pet Professional Guild- an organisation for force-free training) the 'National Register of Dog Trainers and Behaviourists', the 'Institute for Animal Care Education' and the 'International Society for Animal Professionals' and I have current qualifications with the ADTB, up to Gold level as well as reading in excess of 100's of books in relation to dog training, behaviour, psychology and physiology.
My current degree is for psychology and criminology and i am completing an Advanced Diploma in Applied Animal Behaviour (Canine).
I offer 1-1 behavioural consultations for basic training and behavioural issues, as well as workshops and group classes for puppy's and adult dogs on a weekly basis, which I have been running for the last 8 years. To date I have trained numerous dogs myself and 1000's of dogs and their handlers for a variety of issues. I also have 6 years experience of working on behalf of a high profile animal welfare charity, so I have extremely good knowledge of the Animal Welfare Act.
Some of the short courses I have completed:
These experiences and extensive research and involvement with all things animal, throughout the last 10 years have given me extensive knowledge about pet care, particularly dog training and behaviour. This knowledge is modern and I am always educating myself on the most recent training methods, animal care and handling.
Les provides the dog walking side of the service and assists in classes and daycare. He has a few years experience of handling dogs and has been helping run the dog walking side for the last 4 years. He has a genuine love of dogs and is expanding his knowledge of dog behaviour and training.
Les used to be a manager for the Legal Aid Department and an Animal Welfare Organisation but joined in on the business full time in February 2016 and hasn't looked back since.
Nicola runs some of our puppy classes, puppy socials and teens sessions. She has been shadowing me for a number of years. Nicola is a registered veterinary nurse (RVN) with 20 years experience in the field and has a certificate in canine hydrotherapy with Hawksmoore. She also runs canine first aid classes for pet owners and those in the canine care industry, as well as micro-chipping. She has been involved with showing dogs for over 20 years and has owned a few show champions a long with some that have had cc and rcc. She has trained some of her own dogs in gund dog work and agility. She currently has 2 red and white setters, a border collie and a Vizsla puppy. Nicola also has a Diploma in Canine Behaviour and Training.
Lindsey runs some or our puppy classes, puppy socials and teens sessions. She has been shadowing me for a number of months.
All our dogs do some form of dog sport, rally obedience, scentwork, tracking, agility, working trials, mantrailing, gundog and obedience.
Suzy is a 14 year old Staffordshire Bull Terrier from Barnsley Animal Rescue. She is a fantastic worker who LOVES agility, she is currently grade 1 at agility. Suzy is still extremley active for her age and eager to learn. Although she has retired from agility Dec,19
Brian is an 9 year old Staffordshire Bull Terrier we've had him since he was 7 week old. He's is a favourite with everyone due to his loveable character. He is easily excited and loves people.
After a few bad experiences with other dogs jumping on Brians back to 'hump' him and excessively sniffing him he has become reactive to dogs approaching him whilst he is on lead. He does not bark and lunge at other dogs but if they come up to his face he snaps at them to go away. Off lead Brian is fine and I have taught him to come back to me and sit inbetween my ankles so I can move the other dog away from him.
Brian likes destroying anything he finds out on a walk, but never in the house! Brian unfortunately has a reoccuring back injury meaning he is very limited to what he can and can't do.
Rosa is a 7 year old Malinois we've had since she was 8 weeks old from a very carefully selected, ethical breeder. We were very lucky to have found our breeder and be allowed to have one of her puppy's. Malinois are not a breed for everyone; they are high energy, high drive, protective and extremely intelligent. We did lots of research before deciding a Malinois was for us.
She is an amazing dog, ridiculously intelligent and will work all day, she has no problems assisting with 3 hours worth of classes.
Rosa will do anything and everything. I have trained her in obedience, agility, gundog training and working trials. She loves all of it and learning what ever she can to earn that reward, FOOD! She is not fazed by anything in any environment, even Crufts where she did discover dogs with Walter.
Walter is also a Belgain Malinois and is 4 years old. He has great promise for agility and working trials training. He loves Mantrailing and excels in it. He is a little more energetic than Rosa, is cheeky and occasionally naughty! He loves playing fetch and tug. He is currently grade 2 in agility and has lots of competitions lined up for this year!
Albert is a 2.5 year old border collie and is currently working on his socialisation and all the skills he will need for agility and obedience. He is a very sweet loving boy and loves meeting new dogs and people. His main goal in life seems to be to run as many miles as possible! He loves agility!
She is an 22 month old Working Cocker Spaniel. Wilma is in training to be a working gundog and hoping to take her on shoots and get her through the gundog grades and perhaps trials and tests. She will also be training for agility and scentwork. Wilma is currently grade 3 in agility.
Bean is out latest member of the team. He is a 15 week old Working Cocker Spaniel, who will be trained for gundog work and agility. Although at the moment he is enjoying basic training and having fun!