A Bit About Me
I started my professional career with dogs as an instructor for Alpha Dog Training School in Enfield in 2007, training under Steve Mann (APDT, IMDT), I taught classes there for many years in both obedience and agility at all levels. I successfully gained my Clicker Training CAP 1 and CAP 2 Clicker Training with distinction in 2008 and actively keep up to date with positive reinforcement training methods. I completed courses with Kay Lawrence at ‘Learning About Dog’s in 2007 including their instructor course and continued to teach group classes at Alpha Dog Training School including puppy, advanced obedience and agility until 2010.
I took part in a one day course for training dogs to be assistance dogs in 2010, with Val Harvey (APDT, DipCABT) and Chris Mancini (APDT, DipCABT) where I found a lot of great inspiration for helping my own dogs assist my mother. I also loved attending their weekly classes to progress my own training style and ability with my own dogs’ training alongside some wonderful instructors and enthusiastic dog lovers committed to using kind, fair and effective training methods.
I passed the assessment and was Certified Canine Behaviourist in 2017, I am a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainer (APDT 01294) registered Accredited Animal Behaviour and Training Organisation of the ABTC, I was one of Victoria Stilwell’s Positively Dog Trainers (VSPDT) from 2016-2019 and for my behaviour work am a fully Certified member of the International Association of Animal Behaviour Consultants (IAABC). I continue to keep up to date with current force-free training methods and attend regular courses and seminars, taking part in weekly discussions with international trainers.
I have worked with dogs and cats professionally as an instructor since 2007 and worked with horses for over 18 years.
I moved from North London to South East London in 2011 and offered my services and expertise in dog behaviour and training in the surrounding areas of Crystal Palace, Streatham, Tooting, Balham & Dulwich until 2020, from then I have offered my services online all over the U.K.
I promote only kind, fair and effective evidence-based training techniques. I actively encourage the use of positive reinforcement training because it builds wonderful open communication between handler and dog, building their bond, trust and confidence. I do not use methods or equipment designed to inflict physical pain, discomfort, fear or intimidation.
I am a Be A Tree Dog Bite Prevention Presenter. I believe it is imperative that our young children of today learn how to act appropriately around dogs and read their body language effectively. I am constantly keeping up to date with current research, attending seminars, conferences and training courses. We can never know enough!
I am a fully Certified member of the International Association of Animal Behaviour Consultants (IAABC) a behaviourist through the Animal Behaviour & Training Council (ABTC)
I was also one of the Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Trainers (VSPDT) from 2016-2019
I am a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers UK (APDT) (01294) and trainer through the Animal Behaviour & Training Council (ABTC)
I am a proud Full Member Dog Training Professional of The Pet Professional Guild – The Association for Force-Free Professionals (Membership No. 29609901)
I have been assessed & Certified Canine Behaviourist
I am Fully insured, I hold both Public Liability Insurance and Professional Indemnity Insurance for both my own and your peace of mind.
I am also a Certified Dog First Aider.
Dog Detective Animal Centred Education TTouch Weekend – Sarah Fisher
TTouch Workshop – Rach Birt
TToouch Workshop - Rach Birt
TTouch and Scentwork – Rach Birt
National Behaviour Conference – Positively Victoria Stilwell
UK Animal Behaviour Conference – IAABC
Dog Detective TTouch Weekend – Sarah Fisher
Canine Health Seminar: Thyroid Disorders – Dr. Jean Dodds
Scent-work Planning and Problem Solving – Robert Hewings
BAT 2.0 Advanced Day Training – Grisha Stewart
A Weekend with Kathy Sdao
Diploma In Canine Behaviour – ISCP
DeafDog Activities – Morag Heirs
Learn About the NEW “Be a Tree” program & how to implement it into your business – Niki Tudge
Learn How to Organize a Kittengarten: It’s Good for Cats, Good for Your Business, and Good Fun! – Paula Garber
Scent & The Assistance Dog – the development within PTSD – Robert Hewings
Step Off the Treadmill – Time Management forDog Trainers – Gina Phairas
Pharmacology – Dr Karen L. Overall
The Art and Science of Canine Behaviour – Patricia McConnell
Expanding Your Force Free Training Tool Kit – Chirag Patel
TTouch Workshop – Sarah Fisher
Teamwork Seminar: Building Cooperation with your dog on an doff lead – Grisha Stewart
Dog Aggression – Chirag Patel
The Emotional Life Of Dogs Dogs Trust Canterbury
Dog Law Seminar Dogs Trust Canterbury – Trevor Cooper
2 day Behaviour Adjustment Training for Aggression, Frustration and Fear seminar – Grisha Stewart
Calming The Conflict Canine Behaviour Seminar Dogs Trust Canterbury
Something For Everyone Lecture Dogs Trust Basildon – Robert Falconer-Taylor
BAT 101 Course: Introduction to Behaviour Adjustment Training – Grisha Stewart
Empowered Puppy Raising Course – Grisha Stewart
Canine Behaviour Training Diploma
‘No Walks? No Worries!’ Seminar – Sian Ryan MSc MAPDT, UK
‘On Lead Aggression, Reactivity and Conflict in Dogs’ Seminar – Dawn Allen (Four Positive Paws)
Qualified Dog First Aid for Professionals
Became a Be a Tree Dog Bite Prevention Presenter
Attended the National Dog Bite Prevention and Behaviour Conference
Distinction for 5 day CAP (Competency Assessment Program) 1 & 2 Clicker Trainer Assessment – Learning About Dogs
Completed 5 day ‘Teaching Adults To Teach Dogs’ Learning About Dogs – Learning About Dogs Kay Lawrence