We are all avid dog lovers with a huge collective experience and a wealth of knowledge with a variety of breeds, dog sports and everything canine! All classes follow my carefully structured curriculum which I have developed over a number of years. We all have the same ethics, standards and ethos when training dogs.

Lucy (BSc, ADBT, MISAP, IACE, PPG) Founder, Owner and Head trainer of Pawsitive Pooches

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:

  • Grisha Stewart's 'Barking Mad Course: BAT and other Techniques for Frustration'
  • Dog Emotion and Cognition
  • Animal Behaviour and Welfare
  • Animal behaviour
  • Craig Ogilvie's interactive play workshop
  • Seminar by Nancy tucker on the treatment of fearful behaviour

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 - Dog Walker

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 - Trainer

Nicola runs some of our puppy classes and ringcraft. 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 and a Diploma in Canine Behaviour and Training. 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 gundog work and agility. She currently has 2 red and white setters, a border collie and a Vizsla puppy.

Lindsey - Trainer

Lindsey (BSc Hons, PGCE) Originally qualifying as a Zoologist, Lindsey specialised in and researched animal behaviour, then 12 years ago, retrained in primary education after taking time to raise her 2 children. As a respected Early Years teacher, she became a specialist in learning science and child behaviour, completing over 200 hours of additional professional development in this area. Recently, she has been shadowing me for several months and completing training courses with the School of Canine Science and AbsoluteDogs, along with extensive reading and research into positive training methods and canine science to supplement her animal behaviour background.

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