About me: I have owned, loved, worked with and trained dogs and other animals all my life, not just here in the UK but also in the USA, Europe and Brazil. As a result, I have a wealth of knowledge, expertise and experience to support and teach you with your dog. After extensive studies in canine behaviour and training my aim is to teach you the most up to date, humane and effective training methods in order to have a well behaved companion dog that you can be proud of.
I also worked with the Sheffield (RSPCA) Animal Shelter as Behaviour Consultant during 2011 and have many accredited qualifications in dog behaviour and training gained through recognised bodies of education including:
- NVQ 2 Small Animal Care
- City & Guilds 7622 level 2 Canine Studies
- Instructors Certificate gained from Sheila Bailey the UK Registry of Canine Behaviourists Education officer
- OCN Level 3 Instructors Diploma - Teaching People Teaching Dogs
- OCN Level 3 Animal Care College Diploma in Canine Behaviour & Counselling Theory and Practice.
- BAT Behaviour Adjustment Training for dog reactivity - Grisha Stewart
- Dog Law For Professionals - Trevor Cooper
- The Well Adjusted Dog - Dr Nicholas Dodman
Reactive Dog Workshops - Brenda Aloff
I am a student member of the Kennel Club Accredited Instructors scheme, and I continue to attend seminars and courses in order to support you with your dog, and to improve and extend my knowledge and experience in this progressive and fast growing field of animal behaviour.
I am a member of The Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT). This is a highly reputable international organisation that represents professional, qualified dog trainers and has high standards of Kind, Fair and Effective training. All members MUST uphold these standards and abide by the strict code of conduct of non punishing methods and keep up with continueing professional development.
I have learned many of my skills under leading behaviourists and trainers in the UK and USA such as Kay Lawrence, Dr. Ian Dunbar, Sarah Whitehead and Angela Stockdale among many others. I have also puppy walked for Guide dogs for the Blind and also adopted several reject and retired dogs.
Other experiences over the years, have included setting up a local branch of the national charity PAT dogs when I was instrumental in forming a group of hospital and hospice visiting dogs, and I was also a trainer with Dog Aid, a national charity which helps disabled owners to train their pet in becoming an assistance dog.
My 2 current dogs are mature Labradors, Indie and Pip. Both dogs have been trained and worked as Gundogs on various 'shoots' and also help me as 'stooge' dogs in rehabilitation of nervous or aggressive dogs.
I have a team of another experienced Instructor and 4 Assistant Trainers who help support the lessons and give you individual attention. Some of them have worked their way up to advanced training at People & Dogs and in other disciplines. Laura Bardwell is a Kennel Club Judge with Working Trials and a ticket holder with her own dogs and is an Instructor at P&D. Another is a Kennel Club Judge in ring craft and a show dog breeder, and another is studying to be a dog groomer. 3 more are studying my 'Train the Trainer' scheme with a veiw to working for me as Instructors in the future. All of them continue to study dog training and behaviour and are mentored and coached by myself in the skills of being excellent teachers and trainers to give you and your dog an excellent and enjoyable experience.