Emma’s love for dogs started as a child with her first family pet, a Cavalier King Charles spaniel. Emma spent hours in the garden improvising with brushes, mops and planks of wood to make agility courses to practice with. Emma has been involved in dogs ever since. This includes owning several different breeds over the years but mainly concentrating on Labradors which Emma has bred and shown successfully at both Open and Championship level. Emma no longer breeds but still owns and adores Labradors.
In 2000 Emma started her own dog training classes and started offering one2one training sessions to local pet owners. Emma also spent ten years working for Guide Dogs as a Guide Dog Trainer, training dogs that entered training from puppy walk right up to blindfold standard before they moved on to be matched with a client. Emma loved this role and found it rewarding and often very emotional when seeing the end product of the trained dog matched with a visually impaired client and the changes this made to people’s lives.
Emma’s now owns Bury Dog Training and her passion lies with helping dogs to live their best life possible by helping owners to better understand their pets. Emma offers group training classes, behavioural consultations, specific training days such as recall, scent work, etc with use of both indoor and outdoor secure facilities. Emma runs the Kennel Club Good Citizen Scheme and is a listed Examiner for all four levels. Emma is trained in first aid and also keeps up to date with Dog Law. Consultations for behavioural issues can be in person or via telephone or video call depending on location.
Emma has spent a lot of time over the years attending the late John Rogerson’s courses including Advanced Training and Behaviour in Dali, China. Emma has always seen John as a mentor and role model and wishes to continue his legacy with the work she does.
Assisting with Doodle Rescue as one of their recognised behaviourists, Emma works to help rehabilitate the more complex dogs signed over to the rescue who may have issues such as aggression, resource guarding, separation anxiety, etc. She then helps the rescue team to match them to their future forever homes. Emma also helps the fosterers and adopters with any issues that may crop up.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her own dogs, doing scent work and tracking. Emma also owns horses and loves spending time with them and riding when she can.