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Wendy has learnt a great deal from practical experiences both living with dogs all of her life and working with dogs professionally over the past twenty years. Wendy's method is to use an holistic approach and a working technology of science based animal behaviour (the learning theory). She believes in using kind, motivational techniques to achieve the required results. Whilst Wendy works with all breeds of dog with equal enthusiasm, she does specialise in Bull breeds.
Wendy works with clients at their home (on a one-to-one basis) for behaviour and training consultations.
She has attended countless seminars and training courses and gained many qualifications in the field of dog training and behaviour; always striving to learn more and constantly studying the subject.
Wendy has worked alongside Dr Roger Mugford and others, assisting in legal cases and temperament testing dogs held under the Dangerous dogs act as well as previously working for Cancer and Bio detection dogs.
Wendy currently works with Wood Green Animal Shelter as a life long care adviser.
Wendy comments “I am very passionate about my work and enjoy educating owners in skills to communicate and understand their dogs and thus improving many owners and dogs quality of life”.
To see more about Wendy please visit wendywoof.co.uk
Vicky works full-time as a Canine Behaviour Practitioner and Trainer and has done for over ten years. She is a full member of the Canine & Feline Behaviour Association, a Master Trainer with the Guild of Dog Trainers and an associate of the British Police & Services Canine Association.
Vicky’s passion for dogs has led her on this path to focus on helping dog owners enjoy content, well-behaved dogs by offering training and behavioural advice for resolving unwanted and problematic behaviour in all breeds of dog.
She spent many years running dog training classes teaching basic obedience along with the Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme from her purpose built premises, but due to time constraints, Vicky now focusses on one to one training in public places and a favourite part of her work is visiting dog training classes and assisting with streamlining their training processes to increase results for their clients.
As well as her full-time training and behavioural practice, Vicky is a tutor and lecturer for the Cambridge Institute of Dog Behaviour and Training on many of their courses. Prior to that had undertaken the majority of their courses before gaining her Advanced Canine Behaviour and Psychology Diploma with the Pet Education Training & Behaviour Council.
Vicky plays an integral part within the Dog Safety Education Executive (DogSEE) as a safety and training adviser, and within this remit she has also been instrumental in running training days for council workers, schools and housing associations along with Royal Mail, the Kennel Club and many others throughout London and the South East.
Vicky’s owns multiple dogs and currently has a Rottweiler, a German Shepherd Dog, a German Spitz (Klein) and a little rescued Terrier mixed breed. She has competed in Working Trials, has completed the Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme Gold awards and currently shows her Rottweiler in the breed ring.
She also regularly works her dogs in displays and training days. With her German Shepherd Dogs, she has been a regular with Three Counties Working Trials Club and their public displays at various events and recently with her Rottweiler, has been involved in Working Dog displays for the National Dog Warden Association, Hampshire County Council as well as displays for private clients, schools and Television shows.
Tristan has been working with dogs with behavioural issues for a number of years. His journey as a behaviourist began in Madrid over a decade ago where he worked alongside a number of charities rehabilitating, and training, rescue dogs looking for new homes. In a country where thousands of dogs are abandoned every year, it was imperative that these rescued dogs were fully prepared for life in their new homes. Most commonly he treated separation anxiety issues, inappropriate toileting, timid and fearful behaviours and general obedience.
On his return to the UK, accompanied by his own rescued dogs, Tristan studied and passed his Advanced Diploma in Canine Behaviour Management. The next step, a personal ambition that was not possible in Spain, was to learn the art of training gundogs which he did under the expert tutelage of fellow CFBA member James Reavil.
As part of his ongoing professional development, Tristan studied a number of courses with the CIDBT on dog on dog, and dog on people, aggression.
Currently he trains dogs in group classes and offers bespoke behavioural consultations in the home, for owners of dogs displaying more challenging behaviours. Tristan describes his role as a behaviourist as an opportunity to help owners put their relationships with their dogs back on to the right track and show them the possibilities for change and improvement. He describes it as an opportunity to educate, empower and motivate owners to create a balanced and harmonious relationship with their dogs. For Tristan there is no greater satisfaction than watching an owner realise that change is within their grasp.
Tristan shares his home with a number of Birman cats, Tessa, a yellow working Labrador retriever and an ageing but indestructible Spanish mongrel – who he claims could survive a nuclear disaster!
Having started training dogs as a hobby after a 12-year career in the Fire-Service, Trevor decided on a total career change and is working toward gaining a BA (Hons) degree with Middlesex University and the CIDBT.
Working full-time with dogs, driven by the motivation of improving the dogs and owners quality of life, welfare and relationships through education, Trevor offers all aspects of obedience and companion dog training, either on a one-to-one basis or small group courses in addition to a full range of behaviour correction work with an emphasis on teaching dogs good manners through patience and self-discipline. WildDogz now has an established and very successful training centre and behaviour clinic based conveniently in East Devon and covers all aspects of dog ownership.
Trevor takes enormous satisfaction in guiding owners to create a “Balance” in order to help their dogs adjust to a successful domestic relationship avoiding the need for the dog to be re-homed (and helping alleviate domestic disputes) and is passionate about the need to improve communication between people and their dogs.
Trevor deals with a large number of dogs taken from animal rescue centres and successfully helps both dog and new owner(s) embark on a successful and harmonious relationship spending time with both the dog and the clients, to dig deep into the dogs history in order to be able to understand and treat the cause of the problems and not just the symptoms!
Trevor has been successfully showing dogs for many years, has a pack of eight Bichon Frise taking several firsts in class at Crufts, and has written features for small local magazines, breed clubs and rescue organisations as well as speaking on dog behaviour and training at various canine related events including BBC Radio Devon.
A member of the Guild of Dog Trainers (Master Trainer), Trevor's motto is “Taming the Wolf inside your Dog”
Having been brought up around dogs from an early age I have always had a keen interest and understanding of them. I have always been surrounded by various animals and have a keen interest in horses and riding too which has stayed with me into my present age. I now own three dogs of different breeds who help me with my work in the rehabilitation of dogs with aggression issues. They are also working dogs during the shooting season picking up and flushing on local shoots, which gives them the opportunity to exploit their natural tendencies and instils discipline in an extremely distracting environment.
After leaving school I was offered a place in a local boarding and breeding kennels where I gained vast experience in dealing with all types of shapes, sizes and breeds of dogs. Of course dogs in a strange environment can behave differently that they would at home so it taught me how to be aware and deal with them sympathetically whilst in our care. Some were not always very friendly towards the kennel staff!
I later went onto have my family and decided after they became more independent to pick up on my dog related pursuits by attending and completing a course at a local agricultural college. Here I took a National Certificate in Animal Care with a view to veterinary nursing and kennel and cattery management where I achieved a distinction. Through this I attended work placements in vets, boarding and rescue kennels which sparked my interest in the more challenging cases. I then went onto complete and Advanced Award in Dog behaviour covering Dog Development and Animal learning theory. Whilst doing this I began working alongside a local Dog Trainer starting from teaching puppy classes to older dogs until starting up on my own dealing with more difficult dogs which I have done for the past 8 years. I have since become an Associate of the CFBA and completed a course in Dog Aggression for which I have a particular interest.
I now run groups for dogs with little or no training, rescue dogs, 121 lessons for the more challenging dogs and home visits and strive to help owners have a better understanding of their dogs needs therefore creating a more harmonious relationship.
Tamsin-Jane has in excess of 12 year’s experience working with dogs and specifically Akita's. Her special interest is the rehabilitation of the rescue dog.
Tamsin is working towards her BA (Hons) Degree in Professional Practice Canine Behaviour & Training Degree with the Cambridge Institute of Dog Behaviour & Training having completed modules such as Understanding Care & Behaviour, Advanced Common Canine Behaviour Problems, Understanding Dog Aggression, Advanced Dog on Dog Aggression, Professional Instructor Skills & Management. Tamsin-Jane holds in depth knowledge of the Dangerous Dogs Act and its implications. Has a Certificate in Canine First Aid and knowledge of Tellington Touch as well as being a member of Canine Health Concern, Non accredited Kennel Club Accredited Instructor in Dog Training and Behaviour Scheme (working towards accreditation). She has experience with all breeds of dog.
Tamsin-Jane currently owns an Akita and has achieved the Kennel Club CGCS Gold Award (one of only a few of the breed to achieve this level). Her approach to advising on behaviour problems is by using dog psychology coupled with human psychology to obtain the best results for both dog and owner. She uses positive training approaches coupled with focusing on breed typical traits to assist in the management of problems.
Tamsin-Jane also Instructs intermediate and Kennel Club Award classes at CCEG for Companion Dogs with class sizes ranging from 4 to 14 dogs. Whilst also assisting in Junior classes with rehabilitation of aggressive dogs within a normal class environment. From here the Cambridge Canine Behaviour Group was established to marry the skills of instructing and behavioural work to assist in the rehabilitation of behaviour problems in all breeds. Tamsin-Jane also assists in providing knowledge and coaching to assistant instructors that are interested in behavioural work, drawing on her skills from a demanding Service Management role where she have over 14 year’s experience of managing people.
Suzy has a BSc (Hons) Psychology and joined Best Behaviour School For Dogs as a dog behaviourist in 2013. She has two young children and has owned dogs herself for a number years.
Suzy has a great deal of experience in teaching and coaching from her years as a post-graduate lecturer and student counsellor. She also spent time training other lecturers both from the UK and overseas. Suzy took a career break to bring up her children but decided to undertake a degree in Psychology at the same time.
Whilst studying for her degree, Suzy developed an interest in the behaviourist paradigm, looking at learned rather than innate behaviour. She noted that for almost a century psychologists have taught dogs, rats and pigeons to display specific behaviours using positive reinforcement and rewards. On achieving First Class Honours in her degree, she decided to pursue her interest in this area, looking at the relationship between dogs and their owners.
Combining her teaching and counselling skills with her interest in dog behaviour, Suzy has offered courses for puppies and juniors as well as an obedience club, recall workshops and sessions teaching children how to train their dogs too. She also offers one-to-one behaviour counselling dealing with a range of issues including basic and advanced skills training, jumping up, mouthing, chewing, housetraining, dog on dog aggression, dog on person aggression, separation anxiety, desensitisation to stimuli, resource guarding, managing nervous dogs, managing the relationship between children and dogs, supporting owners with disabilities and helping train assistance dogs.
Suzy loves working with families to help them enjoy their dog by offering behavioural solutions to difficulties they’re experiencing. By helping them understand why their dog is displaying a particular behaviour she is able to support them in the counter-conditioning process. In doing so, she teaches owners how to diminish their dog’s undesirable behaviour in favour of displaying more socially acceptable behaviour.
Suzanne has a wealth of experience in rehabilitating a wide variety of problem dogs, particularly rescue dogs. Sue holds monthly behavioural clinics for the RSPCA to help owners with any problems that they may encounter as well as advising staff regarding any dogs in their care displaying behavioural problems.
Suzanne is a specialist in ‘operant conditioning’ and its uses in training and behaviour modification. She runs regular courses in the art of operant conditioning and its practical uses in communicating with animals particularly dogs.
An accomplished trainer, Suzanne is co director of the ‘Cheshire Dog Display Team’ as well as training many animals for television and media work both film and photographic. Suzanne is actively involved in training programmes for students studying animal behaviour and is responsible for such students work placement at the ‘Cheshire Canine Centre’
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Sue Gilmore is a Fellow of the Canine and Feline Behaviour Association. She works full time as a dog behaviour practitioner and trainer with clients in their own homes in East Anglia, London and the South East of England. Since 2008 Sue has owned and runs Essex Dog Academy oﬀering group dog training classes.
Sue holds a Post Graduate Masters Degree in Professional Practice (Canine Behaviour, Psychology and Training) and qualiﬁed with the Guild of Dog Trainers as a Master Trainer. She has trained and successfully competed with her German Shepherd dogs in obedience and agility, as well as training in Search and Rescue.
Sue is an expert witness accredited by the CFBA and is able to provide expert witness testimony on a dog’s character by temperament testing in its present environment, providing a detailed report for use in a court of law, as commissioned by solicitors and Government agencies, such as Social Services.
Education is a key theme of Sue’s philosophy; conducting staﬀ training courses for those working with dogs in professional establishments and lecturing on canine nutrition to enthusiasts who own and work with dogs on a voluntary basis are amongst the subjects she covers. Sue has tutored for the Cambridge Institute of Dog Behaviour & Training and also written courses for the Guild of Dog Trainers.
Political debate surrounds dog ownership and being Political Adviser to The Pet Education, Training and Behaviour Council (PETbc), Sue was involved with prominent politicians from both Houses of Parliament and Government departments during signiﬁcant stages of amending the Dangerous Dogs Act, 1991 and continues to monitor issues relating to social issues involving dogs.
As well as being a regular contributor as a dog expert to local radio stations, Sue has appeared on Breakfast TV in Australia and Sky TV. She also writes blogs, feature articles for publications, including Dogs Monthly and answers readers’ questions on all aspects of dog behaviour and training.
Sheena’s life and career has travelled varied paths from classical ballet to running a post office, but the one constant has always been her life-long love for the cat species.
In her childhood home cats were always welcome. Moving to the island of Malta at 19 to work and unable to have a cat of her own, this need was satisfied by feeding a feral colony of which there were many. The plight of street cats has always been, and still is, close to her heart. Her first cat in Scotland was a 5 week old kitten found abandoned at the roadside. The family, including bearded collie Ptolemy, took Fudge under their wing. After the loss of rescue pensioners Hinge and Gizmo, Sheena’s cats at present are 11 year old rescue siblings Tanith and Raven.
Post Office cutbacks gave time for volunteering for the local Cats Protection Adoption Centre and at last her love for cats could take a more practical role.
Soon she was invited to join the committee and became the centre’s Welfare Officer, a position still held, taking responsibility for all aspects of care in the 25 pen shelter and its isolation unit, including hygiene, diet regimes, health and medicines.
It is her job, with the co-ordinator, to liaise very closely with the veterinary surgeons at all times and on all matters, dealing with emergencies and their outcomes.
She found very quickly that it was the behavioural aspect that most piqued her interest and seemed to have an aptitude for solving arising issues. With increasing involvement, she felt the need to learn further what makes these beautiful animals tick and how to better help some of the stresses she was seeing in the shelter.
Having completed these studies her role in behaviour within CP substantially increased helping both cats in care and owners that phone for help.
She remains in the learning loop through information via the British Veterinary Behaviour Association.
Sheena runs her own behaviour counselling service ‘Cats on the Couch’ helping people become aware that cats, like dogs, can be helped to overcome the stresses and strains of living within the human environment. Understanding the nature of the cat is to be able to help him. She chose the saying ‘Every domestic cat has its wild side’ as her business statement as with this knowledge we realize that it is we who must adapt our environment to take into account his natural tendencies.
Sheena works with all cat issue, sometimes something as simple as requests for the teaching of administering medication, a problem well known, often to our cost, when giving that worming tablet! But, like everyone, she has her special interests; multi-cat households and aggression. Because prevention is always better than cure, works closely with the early socialisation of pre-9 week old kittens. Many leave mothers far too young and with wrong handling many difficulties do arise.
Sheena meets clients in their own homes within reasonable travelling distance of her St Andrews home but anyone in the Scottish region is welcome to make contact as she understands many struggle behind closed doors for perhaps months not knowing to whom to turn and will do all in her power to help.
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Founder and Director of The Way of the Dog Ltd behaviour and training consultancy based in Bolton, Lancashire. A dog training and behaviour modification specialist with leading qualifications in dog handling and training, leadership and management, and a Professional Diploma in Education (Distinction), Shaun is a former RAF Police Service Dog Handler with huge experience. Training his first police dog in 1989 he worked with dogs operationally for 19 years, handling police dogs and managing police dog sections in the UK and overseas operational deployments.
Working with dogs for three decades he developed his skills, techniques and understanding in both the Armed Forces and the civilian sector. During his career he has served as an Association of Chief Police Officers licensed Service Police Dog Handler specialising in operational dog handling, licensing and training, kennel management, and dog welfare and management. Having competed in and organised working police dog trials both regionally and nationally, he has won many honours and awards during his Service career.
Leaving the RAF in 2012, Shaun has been training dogs and modifying their behaviour daily. Working across the spectrum of breeds he has encountered a fascinating range of dog behaviour and training issues priding himself on investigating the motivation behind the behaviour, providing appropriate solutions, and supporting owners to live in harmony with their dogs. Specialising in dog aggression, Shaun works with all breeds and all intensities of aggression and he is focused on seeking successful outcomes.
Additionally, Shaun is former criminal investigator and crime manager who is meticulous in the gathering and presentation of evidence. Possessing industry leading qualifications in investigative interviewing and the investigation and reporting of serious crime, he is experienced in presenting detailed material to the court. Such professional competencies are used to great effect in his role as an Expert Witness specialising in Dangerous Dog Legislation. He is a Full Member of the Expert Witness Institute.
In addition to being a member of the CFBA Shaun is also the former Honorary Secretary & Legal Secretary, now the Trustee, of the British Police & Services Canine Association (BPSCA), a Member of the British Institute of Professional Dog Trainers (BIPDT) and a Member of the Dog Training Industry Association UK (DTIA). He is also a signatory of the Registration Council for Dog Training and Behaviour Practitioners (RCDTBP). He holds a Graduateship from the City and Guilds Institute for Leadership and Management.
Sharon is a full time behavioural practitioner and dog trainer based near Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, bordering north Nottinghamshire and south Yorkshire.
Sharon has been training dogs and their owners for 22 years the focus of which has been to consult with owners of dogs that display training and/or behavioural problems and find a way that allows them to live together without conflict. Almost 50% of those that come to classes originally came because of behavioural problems and have just stayed on for socialising or to train their dogs to a higher level.
Having dealt with behavioural issues for the last 10 years Sharon has found that the lack of appropriate socialisation has been one of the main factors or at least a component in the dog’s behavioural related problems. Clients can either enrol for classes, a one to one session, or are referred to Sharon by veterinary practices, trainers, breeders or rescue organisations. Over the years Sharon will have dealt with hundreds of dogs from a vast array of breeds with a range of issues from jumping up to displays of aggression to people and animals.
Consultations are generally taken within the dog’s home environment and last between 1-3 hours, but locations are not restricted to this. Consultations are followed up in writing to the client detailing a way forward and progress is monitored usually by phone at an agreed future date, although some clients prefer progress to be monitored in person. Sharon has acted as an expert witness in court for owners that are being prosecuted as a result of their dog’s behaviour, along with a written report to attest to the dog’s temperament, behaviour and the likelihood of a re-occurrence.
Having gained an Advanced certificate with the British Institute of Professional Dog Trainers in 2002 Sharon was invited the following year to join the course instructing team on the Institutes twice yearly courses held at Harper Adams University College in Shropshire and then the Board of Governors in 2007.
In November 2013 Sharon was invited to become a Director of the Institute which she has accepted.
Having gained a HNC in Canine Behaviour and Training in 2004, Sharon then went on to complete an FdSc in Canine Behaviour & Training in 2009. Agility and obedience classes are run throughout the year along with specific training courses/workshops for groups or dog clubs.
Sharon has also assessed dogs for a number of local and national charities:
- The Ark, Donna Nook, Lincolnshire, foster dog with a view to re-homing
- Lincolnshire Greyhound Trust in respect of re-homing or with a view to euthanasia.
- Canine Concern, a national organisation that sponsors dogs to visit homes and hospitals, of which I vetted the first two dogs to be allowed into Rampton Hospital, one of three top secure Hospitals in the country.
Sharon was bought her first dog about 8 years old, a Cairn Terrier called Sandy which was followed up many years later by her first Irish Wolfhound of which there has been several since. The Wolfhounds have been interspersed over the years by a couple of cats, a rescue Greyhound, currently a Lurcher and a few of short term foster dogs of mixed breeding. Two of the sighthounds have been worked in competitive obedience and been placed, and non competitively they have also been trained in working trials and agility. Although Sharon has a particular interest in sighthounds, she loves being able to work with a wide variety of breeds.
Sean Knowlson has acquired many years’ experience working various breeds of dog in general purpose protection and search roles. His extensive handling knowledge and experience naturally led him to start training in many disciplines. Sean is the owner and head trainer at Hampshire Dog Club, which is based at a purpose built 3-acre facility on the South Coast, where Sean currently teaches many group sessions every week, including puppy obedience and socialisation, obedience at various levels, agility, scent discrimination and tracking.
The most satisfying aspect of Sean’s work is the 1-2-1 behavioural sessions, where he deals with various behavioural issues either at the club or via home visits in and around the Hampshire area. After carrying out a detailed assessment, he devises a behaviour modification programme specifically tailored for both the dog and owner. Sean has obtained behaviour qualifications with the Cambridge Institute of Dog Behaviour and Training. He also has an Advanced Professional Instructor Skills qualification, a Higher Diploma in Professional Dog Training and is recognised as a Master Trainer by the Guild of Dog trainers.
Sean has owned and worked various breeds over the years including German Shepherds, Spaniels, Lurchers, Rottweilers, Malinois’ and numerous Cross Breeds. Most of Sean’s personal dogs have been rescued and re-homed with prior behavioural issues and he has gained great satisfaction from helping them to fulfil their potential by living stable, happy and active lives. He currently has a Malinois, German Shepherd, Rottweiler, Staffordshire Bull Terrier/Whippet cross and a Sprocker, all of which he uses during his behavioural assessment and modification sessions. Sean’s immense practical knowledge, supported by his academic achievements, has given him the tools to solve any problem presented. His skill set gives him specialist knowledge in working with all types of dog aggression.
Sara has over 35 years experience in animal rescue work and the care, management and training of dogs. She has been the manager of an independent dog welfare home for over 18 years. Annually Sara assesses over 500 dogs on behalf of the Chiltern Dog Rescue Society as well as helping to support dogs in dogs pounds principally in Wales.
Dog rescue and dog training are not words that most people would normally expect to see in the same sentence. However, Sara ensures that the staff at her organisation are aware that behaviour and training go hand in hand, in order to achieve a happy outcome for the dogs in their care and for their adopters.
Sara also enjoys working with and training dogs already in homes, assessing the nature of their behavioural problems and then working with their owners to rehabilitate them and prevent them having to be re-homed or worse.
Sara is also a qualified teacher and has spent many years teaching children with additional needs. Her wide range of teaching and communication skills has proved a great asset for her dog behavioural and training work and the teaching of new owners.
Sara has attended various training courses including the Colin Tennant & Associates Rapid Response Dog Behaviour Courses and is a Master Trainer for the Guild of Dog Trainers.
Sam works as a full-time canine behaviour consultant & trainer with over 25 years’ experience working with both dogs and cats. Over the course of her career she has studied with some of the UK’s leading training providers, most recently the Cambridge Institute of Dog Behaviour & Training.
From a very young age Sam has always been passionate about animals and was the first to make a beeline for any dog she saw! Her interest in then working with animals started on leaving school, following her dream and studying for NVQ Levels 2 & 3 at Bellmead Kennels & Cattery Training College in Berkshire. Not only was Bellmead the largest & most popular boarding facility in the South East, it was also the country residence for the most famous rescue in the UK, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home.
Since that first year as a student at Bellmead, Sam has enjoyed a 22 year career within the animal welfare industry working in numerous different roles including running & managing a rehoming department, training & rehabilitating dogs with severe behaviour & aggression problems, collecting stray dogs as a Local Authority dog warden, working as a canine temperament assessor, handling and training dogs of all ages, breeds & temperaments & most recently in a challenging position as an intake co-ordinator for Battersea, assisting owners who were no longer in a position to care for their dogs. Alongside this, Sam also regularly assists with the handling of dogs on television and film sets.
Her extensive knowledge & experience of animal care means she is able to bring you & your dogs the very best service. She has recently been acknowledged as a Master Trainer with the Guild of Dog Trainers and as a full member of the Canine & Feline Behaviour Association.
Sam has owned two dogs herself – Tia, a Border Terrier X who suffered with nervous aggression towards people & dogs and Dudley, a deaf Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Both these dogs proved a huge challenge in their own right and required her to draw heavily on her dog behaviour & training knowledge in order for them to be the best dogs they could. She was particularly proud of her efforts with the terrier who competed in dog agility and represented Battersea Dogs & Cats Home as the face of their 150th Birthday celebrations, attending photoshoots at numerous events. In recent years both dogs have passed away and Sam has concentrated her efforts on fostering dogs for animal charities who need some training or rehabilitation before finding them a new, forever home.
Sam offers private, 1-2-1 training for puppies and adult dogs and behaviour consultations throughout Surrey & West London, is fully trained in animal first aid, DBS checked and fully insured for the work she carries out.
Ruth runs Devon Dog Behaviour in the Totnes area of South Devon and is available to see clients throughout Devon and Cornwall.
Ruth holds a BA Honours degree in Dog Behaviour and Training, is a full member of the CFBA and a member of The Guild of Dog Trainers.
Having been involved in the re-homing and rehabilitation of rescue dogs for twenty five years, Ruth sees clients and their dogs for all manner of behavioural issues. Consultations take place at her centre, or in the home and her commitment is to working with owners, to provide better understanding, management and rehabilitation of their dog’s behaviour.
Ruth has a large pack of her own rescue dogs at home and keeps sheep for work in rehabilitating stock chasing dogs.
With specialist experience in working with dog aggression, Ruth also serves as an expert witness to the courts in her local area.
Ruth is fully insured, vet recommended and her work is accepted by the majority of pet insurance companies.
Ross McCarthy is a Fellow of the Canine & Feline Behaviour Association. He holds a Masters Degree in Canine Behaviour & Psychology. He has a background of behaviour reformation and training success with all breeds of dog over a twenty-year, full-time career. He runs the London Dog Behaviour Company through which he works with private clients.
Ross is a member of the British Institute of Professional Dog Trainers, a Fellow of the Canine and Feline Behaviour Association of Great Britain and acknowledged as a master dog trainer with the Guild of Dog Trainers. He is also an Associate member of the British Police & Services Canine Association.
In addition to working as a Canine Behaviour Consultant, Ross works alongside numerous Social Services Family Placement teams as a Canine Temperament Assessor & Adviser. He also regularly works as an expert witness in legal cases under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 and the Dogs Act 1871 and alongside housing associations and other professional bodies. He has been teaching students of canine behaviour & psychology for the past ten years with the Cambridge Institute of Dog Behaviour & Training.
In addition to his full-time practice, Ross also finds time to contribute to a number of British Pet magazines and Newspapers including 'Your Dog' and the 'Our Dogs Annual' and was a feature writer for 'Dogs Monthly' magazine for over ten years often examining complex human/dog relationships.
In addition, Ross is a founder and specialist dog handler with the Dog Safety Education Executive working with the Private and Public Sectors teaching dog safety to a wide and varied audience.
Ross had owned many breeds of dog, but has a penchant for working Rottweilers and competes with them in multiple disciplines including working trials. Currently he shares his West London home with three Rottweilers and an aged Pomeranian.
Roger Tabor CBiol FSB MPhil FCFBA HonFBNA FLS is a Fellow of the Canine & Feline Behavioural Association, a consultant cat behaviourist and does undertake home visits, usually via vet referral, or from owners who have been advised by their vet to seek specialist behavioural consultation for cat problem behaviour.
Roger is known for a wide range of activities, but he is best known as the TV Catman & Naturalist. He is one the most respected and sought after experts in the world in relation to cats, their behaviour, psychology and relationships with people. He has written a number of books on cats and their behaviour and one on dog behaviour.
Roger started his TV career on the BBC's Animal Magic, co-presenting alongside the legendary Johnny Morris, (including a Galapagos Special from the Pacific). Roger presented the BBC's Country File for 2 years before presenting and writing his widely acclaimed BBC TV series Cats that was filmed over 3 years in 14 countries. It was shown worldwide, and accompanied by his best-selling book Cats - the Rise of the Cat.
That series and book explored the origins of the domestic cat, its geographical spread, and current changes in the lives of cats. It initiated the public debate about ‘designer’ breeding.
Roger’s following series Understanding Cats looked at cat behaviour and its development, and how we relate to our cats, and how they relate to us. Both these BBC series were shown in Britain & in a number of countries including the USA.
Roger's award-winning book The Wild Life of the Domestic Cat was described by Desmond Morris as one of the modern classics of cat literature. Dr Morris also wrote of Roger as one few true authorities on the cat who have made a major, original contribution noting: ‘Nobody understands cats better than Roger Tabor’.
Roger is acknowledged as having pioneered the study of urban feral cats, and was one of the first to establish the range sizes of cats both feral & household cats. He was the first biologist & behaviourist to monitor & establish the effects of neutering & return of cats to site (TNR)
Roger has recently been able to extend his earlier field work on cat ranges using small GPS & camera units such as in his ‘Secret Lives of Cats’ study [which can be found via his website]. This research he has also shown on some recent TV programmes in the UK & USA.
Due to his TV programmes, books and research on cat behaviour and history, he is recognised as one of the world’s leading authorities on cats. He has observed cats in over 25 countries around the world.
Roger is a member of the Behaviour Panel of the Feline Advisory Bureau and president of the Pet Education, Training and Behaviour Council of Great Britain.
Dr. Roger Mugford
Dr Roger Mugford is one of Britain’s leading animal behaviourists and is an expert witness in animal related legal issues. He founded the Animal Behaviour Centre in 1979 and later created the Company of Animals after inventing the HALTI Consultancy and media work, including appearances on national radio and television networks, form part of his extensive portfolio.
He has written many academic papers on animal behaviour. Roger lives with his family on a working farm in Surrey together with several dogs and herds of cattle and sheep.
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Rachel Bean is a Qualified Veterinary Nurse and has worked in Veterinary Practice for 17 years. With the support of the Practice Veterinarians in the Greater Manchester and Lancashire area Rachel has for many years consulted with owners who encounter problem behaviour with their pets. Rachel works with clients in their home on a One to One basis and helps them achieve a better understanding of their dog’s behaviour.
Before qualifying as a Veterinary Nurse, Rachel was an Assistant Kennel Manager for the Dogstrust (formerly NCDL) and has a good deal of experience in the rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing of dogs.
Rachel visits owners of newly acquired Puppies to educate owners on the importance of early correct socialisation, habituation and training to prevent behaviour problems in the future. Rachel won Pet Health Counsellor of the Year in 2004 and has a certificate in Companion Animal Behaviour issued by The British Veterinary Nurse Association. Rachel is a listed and Registered Veterinary Nurse with The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. Rachel is also the consultant behaviourist at the Northwest newest and largest Dog Hydrotherapy Centre, K9 Swim.
Rachel has experience in providing Expert Witness reports for legal cases involving dogs both in Welfare and Dangerous Dogs.
Rachel is also a Master Dog Trainer with the Guild of Dog Trainers, and currently studying with Cambridge Institute of Dog Behaviour & Training for an MA in Canine Behaviour. She is also a Tutor for the Foundation level Degree with the CIDBT.
The skills needed in Veterinary Practice, empathy, understanding, precision and forward thinking compliment perfectly the skills needed to be a Dog Behaviourist such as practical handling, breed knowledge, dog training capabilities and a natural passion for dogs. This combination of experience both practical and theoretical is a rare combination and places Rachel above and beyond the average dog trainer.
Pippa has always had a love for animals and has competed nationally for the under 16’s show jumping team. Her first degree was a BSc in Equine Business Management, closely followed by an MSc in Animal Behaviour & Psychology. She has wealth of practical experience with both domestic and captive animals. She has a particular interest in dogs and elephants, and is a published behaviour specialist for both these animals. Her MSc concentrated on the structure of female elephant herds and their affiliative behaviours (not so useful in the UK!).
Pippa was Head of Education at Howletts & Port Lympne Conservation Parks, educating school groups and visitors on the current status of animal conservation and the unfortunate illegal trade of animal wildlife. She left there to follow her desire to use her knowledge of animal behaviour to help on a practical level, improving the relationship and reducing communication issues between owners and their dogs. She started up Best Behaviour School for Dogs in 2004 and is very proud to have built it into a successful company with a professional, dedicated team.
Pippa believes that you do not need to choose between tolerating undesirable behaviour or parting with your beloved pet. By addressing the balance of communication in a household and eliminating confusion, most cases are curable. She is the preferred behaviourist for 8 veterinary practices throughout Kent. She also helps to advise local councils wardens regarding dangerous dog incidences, is employed by fostering agencies to temperament assess dogs owned by prospective carers, lectures at a variety of universities on Animal Behaviour and is often the first port of call for Kent based media to discuss topical dog related issues.
Pippa believes that each dog deserves the very best and, in turn, they will repay their owner with trust, love and friendship for life.
Paula has many years experience helping clients with dog behaviour and training issues working with a wide array of breeds and is accredited by PETbc holding an Advanced Canine Behaviour and Psychology Diploma and is a Master Trainer with the Guild of Dog Trainers. She continues to attend seminars and workshops by leading specialists in the many areas of canine behaviour and care to stay up to date with all modern training methods and research as she feels there is always more to learn and enjoys exploring new avenues.
She focuses on building a strong relationship between you and your dog built on trust and understanding using science based training methods that work with the dogs natural drives and instincts. She uses positive reinforcement based methods using a variety of rewards for your dog such as toys, games, movement, your attention and your voice. She encourages a variety of rewards not just food and treats to encourage your dog to work with and for you! She also encourages a strong foundation of good basic obedience to underpin all behavioural reform as well as helping to maintain boundaries as to what behaviour is and isn't acceptable in your canine companion.
Having had a successful career in the hospitality industry and attained a BA (Hons) in English she is a capable communicator and a good ‘people’ person which is a great advantage when teaching owners who are facing problem behaviours with their dogs. She also has first-hand experience of living with and rehabilitating dogs with a wide array of issues so can understand how much this can impact on your life on a daily basis. Her focus is on teaching you how to be a calm benevolent leader and to understand more about your dogs breed specific behaviours, how your dog is feeling and how this impacts on their behaviour and how to move forward in your training together. She can include clicker training, scent work, fitness work and agility as part of your dogs tailored training plan and will teach you a basic understanding of dog body language, its primary drives and help you understand what your dog needs to fulfil its physical and mental requirements.
She offers one to one lessons, group classes, social walks, training packages and behavioural consults in your own home. Paula believes in approaching dog training and rehabilitation in a holistic manner and identifying causes rather than just treating the symptoms. A well-mannered pet dog is a pleasure to live with and her aim is to help you remove unwanted and problematic behaviour so that you have a happy, contented dog.
She currently owns four dogs, a rescue JRT x Chihuahua, a rescue JRT x Poodle and two Border Collies. These dogs are sometimes used to assess the temperament of an owners dog and can act as demo dogs for the training techniques she will teach you. She has also fostered a number of dogs for local charities and she feels that every dog she has lived with has taught her something new as each dog has it's own unique personality and training challenges.
Pat White (Roe) has her own training club called Paws-itive Dog Training in Sheffield, where all four of the Kennel Club awards are taught (puppy, bronze, silver and gold). Only six dogs in a class.
Pat also does one to one training and behaviour. Pat is a Master of the Guild of Dog Trainers and is also a Full Member of the CFBA.
Pat is also a Dog Bowen Therapist and is a Championship Show Judge of GSD’s and shows under to affix of Parowhite. Pat had four GSD’s.
Two of her older dogs were in a stage play some years ago. Pat trained them for the stage. Pat is studying for a Degree in Canine Behaviour at Middlesex University.
Patricia found her way into behaviour work having experienced behaviour problems with one of her own dogs. As a female with a large breed, she struggled to find effective, lasting behavioural help to suit her and her dog. Through this experience she learned a lot of valuable lessons and wanted to share her knowledge with other owners so she studied and qualified as a behaviourist and set up Be More Dog. Most of her clients are women and she teaches how to gain control through strength of character rather than using physical strength. Patricia has helped many owners with physical or mental disabilities, those unable to walk or suffering from anxiety or lacking in confidence. Her approach is calm and encouraging and non-judgemental.
Patricia focuses on relationship building between dog and owner. She believes in showing her clients how to communicate in the dogs own language usually through use of body language and space. She educates owners about body language of dog and human and explains the world as the dogs see it so her clients can understand what their dog is feeling. She is skilled at coaching owners on how to become powerful through reading the environment and mastering the walk. The types of exercise and interaction she promotes always encourage calm behaviour.
Today Patricia specialises in aggression and also provides one to one sessions for specific issues or general training. During her consultations she identifies the root cause of the issues with the dog and works on balancing the relationship between dog and owner so the dog feels settled and secure and the symptoms of problem behaviours often disappear. All her consultations are followed up with a detailed report and rehabilitation programme, a follow up session and telephone support. Patricia wants her clients to achieve results and likes to keep in contact to provide guidance and support where needed.
Her favourite breed is the Doberman and she works with the West Country Doberman Rescue charity Patricia is their chosen behaviourist and provides consultancy advice for the charity and the owners for the rescue dogs that have been rehomed. Her current Doberman is a rescue that she adopted. Initially he had a lot of issues including aggression to dogs and people and she successfully rehabilitated him. He now works with her as a stooge for certain types of dog that need confidence building, particularly small breed dogs that are reactive to large dogs.
Patricia has a Higher Certificate in Dog Behaviour and Psychology with the Cambridge Institute of Dog Behaviour and Training. She believes in continued learning and development and continues to read, study and attend courses. She is interested in diet and alternative therapies and often brings these ideas into her work.
Nick holds a Masters Degree in Canine Behaviour and Psychology with Middlesex University. He has been training dogs since 1995 starting with his own Hungarian Wire-Haired Vizsla, Amber. Nick won his first ever working test with Amber aged 9 months, which inspired him to set up his own full time dog behaviour practice ‘Alpha Dog Behaviour’. He works from his office based in Bewdley, Worcestershire covering the West Midlands and beyond.
Nick maintains a simple philosophy towards dog behaviour and training, and is passionately driven to bring dogs and owners together in a spirit of understanding and mutual respect. Nick offers a calm, positive approach to overcome dog behaviour problems with their pet dogs. He usually works on a one to one basis in the client’s home or out in public if the dog’s behaviour problem occurs outside. There are no limits to the dog behaviour problems that Nick is asked to address.
Nick takes great care to build the clients confidence by understanding the techniques and methods required to ensure the best outcome with their dog’s behaviour. Nick says, “Being able to effectively communicate with the client helps ensure positive change in the dogs and its behaviour.” He also goes on to say, “My approach to training is one of fairness and balance towards the dog, and you can be assured that my methods are free from heavy handling and in keeping with modern methods.” A sample of testimonials can be found here.
Nick provides a hands on, professional approach to his work and this has enabled him to create a busy practice that thrives on a good reputation for customer care throughout a programme of behaviour modification for the dog. Nick is always at hand from the start to finish on every case and purposefully keeps his workload manageable to enable high levels of care and guidance throughout the process. As a full member the Canine and Feline behaviour Association, Nick is able to work through your pet insurance company thus enabling you to reclaim your fees where possible. Nick is also a Master Trainer with the respected Guild of Dog Trainers.
Nick also works as an expert witness in court and legal cases under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 and the Dogs Act 1871 following instructions by clients, legal practices, welfare organisations, the police and courts. Nick works in cooperation with Police Dog legislation Officers, kennels and legal professionals bringing a practical yet professional spirit to his work, and is himself an ex police officer.
In addition to Nick’s day to day role as a dog behaviourist, he is pleased to write for Dogs Monthly magazine as a dog behaviour expert answering reader’s queries. He can also be heard on local BBC radio covering topics in the news or answering listener’s dog behaviour questions.
Mike Gilmore has been training dogs for over forty years. He was a founder partner of Essex Dog Academy but now works full time as a Dog Behaviour and Training Practitioner specialising with dog aggression.
- Mike also offers 1-2-1 dog obedience training or behaviour issues at the clients home, their selected location or his secure training grounds.
- Mike's knowledge and experience with dogs and their body language enables him to communicate directly with them quickly earning their trust and respect.
- Mike studied with The Cambridge Institute of Dog Behaviour and Training and is a Master Trainer with The Guild of Dog Trainers.
- Mike receives many referrals from Vets, boarding kennels and satisfied clients.
In addition to his behavioural practice, Mike also teaches obedience and agility and has designed the highly successful 'get fit with your dog' personal training coaching for people and their dogs.
Mike's hands on approach and knowledge of the dogs psyche as a dog behaviour practitioner brings his clients great success. Mike works primarily via veterinary referral. He is a full-member of The Guild of Dog Trainers and is currently studying towards a BA (Hons) degree with The Cambridge Institute of Dog Behaviour and Training.
Mike runs 'Gilmores Dog Photography' and has received numerous international awards for his work. His knowledge and experience with dogs, their body language and how they learn has enabled him to photograph well over one thousand dogs of all breeds and temperaments showing them in their best light.
Malcolm Paul Johnson
Malcolm Johnson is a full time Canine Behaviourist and Master Trainer based in Cambridgeshire. Malcolm travels to client’s homes around all the surrounding counties including North London, evaluating and modifying all reported dog behaviour problems with their owners.
Malcolm has studied canine behaviour through Middlesex University and has achieved a master’s degree in professional Practice in Canine Behaviour and Psychology. He is a full member of the Canine and Feline Behaviour Association and a Master Trainer with the Guild of Dog Trainers.
Malcolm’s extensive knowledge covers several areas:
- Dog on dog aggression
- Dog on people aggression
- Play, territorial, Inter-pack aggression
- Separation anxiety
Common problems such as lead pulling, jumping up to people etc.
When assisting and advising clients with their dog behaviour and training problems, Malcolm’s focus is always to teach the owner to train and understand their dog as this is often the key to a successful outcome as determining the root cause of the behaviour issues are fundamental to a successful behaviour resolution.
Reviewing the way owners and dogs interact at home is critical to helping deliver a positive result as all dogs need calm and assertive leadership enabling a more relaxed atmosphere to be established between owner and dog. Once the initial behaviour problems are overcome the training and obedience sessions become much easier to complete and the owners can really start to enjoy their dogs and equally the dogs enjoy the training.
Malcolm’s consultations often start with an initial phone call and chat or mail contact through his website from clients where he sends a behaviour questionnaire to be completed and returned for review prior to an arranged visit to the owner’s home.
A full consultation then takes place where several detailed tests are carried out with the dog and a plan to resolve the issues is discussed and agreed. Following the visit, a detailed behavioural report is prepared and sent to the client and a follow up contact made with Malcolm over the next two weeks to ascertain how the plan has progressed.
Malcolm’s base in Chatteris (just north of Huntingdon) is composed of a large 3-acre canine training centre where he instructs clients with their dogs in all obedience protocols including exciting areas of Agility, Flyball, tracking and Rally-O to name just a few.
The centre is also used for dogs that require further desensitisation and socialisation following the private consultations completed previously as well as one to one sessions for recall and where owners sometimes prefer individual attention with their dogs.
For more information visit Malcolm’s website at www.thedogtrainerandbehaviourist.co.uk
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Lisa is an honorary full member of the CFBA having worked for over a decade for the welfare and education of canines.
She supports non for profit organisations using her unique skills in dog behaviour and training behind the scenes. In essence Lisa develops ideas and promotes good dog education for pet dog owners and in all breeds of.
Lisa has qualified through the Cambridge institute of Dog behaviour and training in specific canine psychology, and holds certificates in Dog Training Instruction, Dog Behaviour Practitioner Skills. This special award was bestowed on Lisa by the Fellows of the CFBA.
She owns a German Shepherd named Shadow and he is her pride and joy.
Dog Expert Witness
Lez Graham is a Fellow of the Canine and Feline Behaviour Association. She runs 'Trained For Life' and works full time as a dog behaviour practitioner, working with clients on a one to one basis in their homes in and around South Lanarkshire.
Lez' focus is to show people how, through changing their own behaviour and attitude towards their dog, the dogs behaviour and attitude towards them will change. This then starts the process of training a well-mannered, obedient and respectful dog… whether this is in the home, on a walk or wherever you and your dog find yourselves. By expecting your dog to be well behaved and then enforcing it positively and in a way your dog understands, you end up with a dog that is looking to you for guidance and leadership.
Lez has achieved an MA with Distinction in Professional Practice (Canine Behaviour & Psychology), and is a master trainer with the Guild of Dog Trainers (GoDT) and is an established author. She is currently writing her fourth book; her first books, The Pet Gundog Puppy, The Pet Gundog and The Advanced Pet Gundog, all with DVDs, have been hailed as 'mini classics' by Shooting Times.
She is a qualified Adult and Further Education teacher and was an international trainer in Kinesiology which is where her background lies. She was the first person to write a Kinesiology for Animals course and taught anatomy and physiology and manipulative therapies for dogs and horses. One of her most exhilarating learning experiences was having the privilege of working 'hands on' as a Kinesiologist with an adult, alpha male, European wolf and spending time with a small pack of juvenile wolves.
Lez tutored for the Cambridge Institute of Dog Behaviour & Training between 2009 and 2015, teaching amongst other things Basic Dog Handling and Training Skills and Professional Instructor Skills and Management.
In 2009 she was asked by the Pet Education, Training & Behaviour Council (PETbc) to write the Defining Roles for Dog Behaviour & Training Professionals document which has become the definitive guide for the profession.
In 2010 Lez co-founded The Pet and Working Gundog Organisation (PAWGO) which was set up to encourage gundog owners of all ilk to spend time training and honing their gundog's abilities.
Lez is an executive and specialist dog handler with the Dog Safety Education Executive (DogSEE) which she co-founded in 2011 and whose specialist workshops are tailored to professionals who encounter dogs as a part of their working day.
Lez has trained and competed her dogs in obedience in the UK and New Zealand and in gundog trials in NZ and has worked in the complementary health care arena as a kinesiologist with different animals, but mainly dogs. As well as gundog work and competition obedience, Lez has trained her own dogs for agility and Search and Rescue.
As well as her books, Lez was also a feature writer for Dogs Monthly magazine, Marlborough Town & Country magazine and Our Dogs Annual; she is very proud to be the first lady gundog trainer to write a regular training section for a national shooting magazine, The Sporting Gun.
Lez is an expert witness accredited by the CFBA and is able to provide expert witness testimony on your dog’s character by temperament testing in its current environment, providing a detailed report as commissioned by solicitors and agencies such as Social Services for use in a court of law.
Kathryn offers one to one training with owners and their canine companions. She specialises in aggressive and out of control behaviour in dogs, and has a vast experience from her background in working private security dogs. She helps owners understand their dogs breed traits, natures and behaviour issues, this knowledge is key to help the owners understand why their dog is behaving a certain way. Once an owner is more knowledgeable then training can fall into place and the bond is rebuilt between dog and owner.
Kathryn is a full time behaviourist, and any behavioural work with dogs is always accompanied by her trained and well-balanced pack of dogs, who consist of German Shepherds, Springer Spaniels and a Staffie x Mastiff. Her dogs aid in the rehabilitation of both former dog aggressive dogs and human aggressive dogs.
She has also shared her life with Belgian Shepherds, Dutch Herders, a Giant Schnauzer, a Cane Corso and Gundog Breeds while rescuing dogs all of whom had human bite histories or dog to dog aggression.
Kathryn is also a member of the Guild of Dog Trainers and the International Association of Canine Professionals. She is also an instructor and trainer for the National Training Inspectorate of Professional Dog Users training both scent detection dogs and security dogs. She is the first female handler to gain her NTIPDU Level 3 GP Security Handler certification and is currently the only handler with two NTIPDU Level 3 dogs. She uses her years of knowledge in working with problem security dogs to aid owners with their dogs. This knowledge has allowed her to turn the lives around of dogs who would otherwise have been isolated from the world or passed from pillar to post.
Kathryn works closely with her local rescue centre, and provides behaviour assessments, one to one coaching for potential adopters and follow up visits in the home. She is also the preferred behaviourist for three other rescues in the area.
Karen has trained, shown, groomed, studied and competed in a variety of dog activities and sports with her own dogs for over 30 years and working with dogs and their families developed from this passion.
Volunteering in the dog world for over 25 years she turned a hobby into a career, and although having worked with many other dog professionals over the years she has developed and operates professional dog related service businesses in both the UK and in New Zealand.
Karen loves helping people integrate their dogs into their individual lifestyles as well as running classes in a fun, relaxing and friendly environment. To read more about Karen and the services she offers please visit her website.
Julie has been training dogs and practising in behavioural therapy for the past eighteen years and has spent many years specialising in the dog-human interface.
Julie owns Tibetan Terriers and a German Shepherd Northern Inuit crossbreed. Particular fields of interests include showing the Tibetan Terriers, and obedience training her own dogs in various disciplines.
A number of years ago Julie began developing mind exercises through training as a means of extra mental stimulus for dogs. This innovation was hugely successful and Julie began using the new training as a means of reshaping behavioural problems in clients’ dogs.
Julie’s has trained dogs for a number of television appearances including Blue Peter, S Club TV, Animals Do The Funniest Things, and BBC Crufts Series. At The Kennel Club’s invitation Julie has made appearances at Crufts and Discover Dogs, demonstrating and educating audiences for five years in a row.
Julie runs Ace K9 Training and Behaviour Practice in Leigh-on-Sea.
I am 32 years old and am located in Emley Village in West Yorkshire. I have been working with dogs for 16 years. I offer a consultancy service in the client's home as a dog behaviour practitioner and owner trainer. I also offer a 'boot camp' style boarding service in my own home with my own sociable pack of dogs. In addition to this I offer socialisation sessions for established clients and run a small-scale rescue for dogs that would traditionally be turned away by mainstream rescue organisations due to behaviour issues.
I have worked in the animal welfare sector as a fosterer, home checker, transporter, fund-raiser and dog assessor. I also worked with a Husky rescue association for many years. Through my dog behaviour consultancy I now try to assist owners in keeping their dogs in the home through the education of owners and the rehabilitation of dogs - thus helping to avoid the dogs being relinquished to welfare in the first instance. This is what I love to do. I also offer assistance to established rescues and registered charities.
I do not have a 'blueprint' approach towards behaviour modification, every single case is unique and I try to treat them as such. I do subscribe to theories of pack structure and dominance/submission, but also appreciate that there is a huge difference between the importance this holds for different breeds and individuals. I am neither bound to the trust destroying methods employed in the past, or the 'reward only' appeasement society theorists of the moment. I try very hard to take a balanced view that adheres to neither extreme, and is purely dependant upon the individual dog and his or her circumstances. I feel an open mind is essential for a holistic view.
I use and teach both operant and respondent techniques along with applying a fundamental understanding of dog behaviour in order to best serve the dog in regaining a balanced and happy life and to remove any unwanted behaviour. I also try to inform the owner as much as I possibly can in the area of dog psychology in order to help prevent future issues arising.
I have had by far the most experience with giant breeds and sled dogs but have worked with many, many breeds of dog over the years - of all shapes and sizes. I have had a lot of experience with the various forms of aggression and have a special interest in PTSD in dogs and it's treatment through behaviour modification.
I have a diploma in dog behaviour from the British College of Canine Studies and am a volunteer for training courses with SARDA (search and Rescue).
Judy has been working with dogs for the past 42 years. She has bred German Shepherd Dogs for many years and although no longer breeding keeps them as pets. In addition to this, she has also rescued many cross-breeds numbering in excess of 30 dogs.
Judy trains her own dogs in Obedience and Agility and spent some time in the Rebels 2000 working dog display team with two of her dogs.
Judy is a rescue assessor for a breed Society. She also works for the German Shepherd Dog Help line as a behaviour advisor and for many years. This involves helping enquirers with their dogs’ behavioural problems and has equipped Judy to understand the nuances of dog behaviour and the human relationships.
Judy spent many years working at the London Dog Behaviour Company who specialise in training dogs in basic obedience combined with solving behavioural problems in all breeds of dog. She has instructed and trained over five hundred dogs and their owners on the courses. Many of the dogs that attend the training classes are directed from veterinary practices. Judy is a member of the Guild of Dog Trainers.
John Fitzpatrick, or Fitz as he is known is a former RAF Warrant Officer, who began his dog training career in 1981 as an RAF Police handler and retired in 2013 as the Senior Instructor, Canine Training Squadron (Canine) at the Defence Animal Centre, responsible for all canine instruction delivered to all UK military personnel and MOD personnel. He was head of the Young Military Working Dog Development project.
In the course of a Service career spanning 35 years, Fitz has been involved in the training of Military Working Dogs of all Police, Protection and Detection disciplines, as well as the design and delivery of a 3 year project to develop young military working dogs from the age of 8 weeks until licencing, a project which achieved a success rate of well over 90%.
Additionally, Fitz served for many years in the RAF Police Special investigations Branch (SIB) including the role of the Headquarters Warrant Officer and Head of the Major Crime Team 2010-2011, providing an excellent level of expertise in interviewing, evidence gathering and the presentation of evidence in court.
Fitz is the head trainer at, Cosford Dog Training, which he established in 2001 and is a director of Skylarks Animal Management Ltd.
Cosford Dog Training encompasses Basic puppy and dog training, which runs KCGDS courses from Puppy Foundation to Gold standard and Behaviour Modification field, which deals with all aspects of problem canine behaviour.
At a higher level dogs are trained to compete in Working Trials.
Skylarks Animal Management Ltd is a company specialising in Canine, Equine and Alpaca management and training, for sale, media projects and in the case of dogs, specialist detection projects, including research and environmental projects.
In addition to numerous military Canine, Instructional and Coaching qualifications Fitz was the first, (and to date, the only) in service, RAF Police handler to achieve the Foundation Degree in Canine Behaviour and Training awarded by Hull University.
He was awarded a Certificate in Post Compulsory Education by the University of Wolverhampton.
His career achievements in Leadership and Management have been recognised with the award of Membership of the City and Guilds Institute (MCGI), an award equating to a Master’s Degree on the national scale.
Fitz has been a Member of the British Institute of Professional Dog Trainers since 2008.
He is currently a trainer and examiner for the BIPDT Security Division level 1 and 2 qualifications and has been a member of the BIPDT board examining potential trainers and examiners.
He has held the appointment of General Secretary of the British Police & Services Canine Association (BPSCA) since 2013.
Joe is a full time dog trainer and behaviour specialist who runs The St Helens School of Dog training and Behaviour. His approach to training and behaviour uses the principles of Operant Conditioning (The Science of Behaviour) where he advises owners that their dogs have to be taught the difference between appropriate and inappropriate displays of behaviour to fit into a human controlled society.
In his experience the majority of inappropriate behaviours displayed by dogs are usually as a result of a breakdown in or a lack of communication between dog and owner. Therefore his approach whether dealing with a training or behavioural issue is first to teach the owner how to open an appropriate method of communication with the dog, then how to engage with the dog on a level the dog both understands and enjoys, thereby creating the foundation required for a positive and mutually rewarding relationship between dog and owner.
Joe is a practical hands on dog trainer demonstrating the required techniques to owners, sometimes using client’s dogs, sometimes using his own dogs (rescue) and sometimes using both at once. All dogs assessed for behavioural issues are invited to join Joe’s Association Group. This is a group of dogs with various behavioural issues that are brought together once a week to enable the owners to learn appropriate handling techniques and where the dogs start to learn impulse control.
With 5 decades of dog ownership which includes breeding, showing in the breed ring, involvement in competition obedience, dog training, behavioural management and several years working to try and resolve behavioural issues in rescue dogs prior to re-homing, Joe has the vocational experience to deal with any behaviourally challenged dog. He is a Master Trainer with The Guild of Dog Trainers and holds a diploma in Advanced Canine Psychology and Behaviour with the Pet Education Training and Behaviour Council. His association with the Cambridge Institute of Dog Behaviour and Training will continue as will his willingness to continue to study the complexity of the dog human relationship. People that have worked with Joe will recognise and remember his mantra, “Teach a dog to listen and it will learn to follow”.
Jo qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 1994 and worked in practice up until 2005. During her career as a Veterinary Nurse, Jo studied for a surgical diploma and dealt with many distressed animals trying to cope with pain and disability. This spurred her on to take a keen interest in dog behaviour as it was so important to read and understand dog body language to be able to interact appropriately. She coupled her behaviour knowledge with dog hydrotherapy and is proud to have helped mentally and physically rehabilitate many injured and post-surgical cases.
Jo set up a successful behaviour clinic in one of her Veterinary Practices, which then led to her running her own behaviour consultancy on a full-time basis in 2005. Jo has partaken in obedience, gundog training, agility, working trials and scent detection work with her Golden doodle ‘Marley’, and ‘Hogan’ a working black Labrador who is also part of her online puppy education platform <a href="http://www.puppycoach.com"><strong>PuppyCoach.com</strong></a>.
Jo has studied a higher education course in dog psychology and has completed several of the CIDBT university accredited courses, she joined the University of Middlesex in the summer of 2012 and successfully completed her goal of achieving a Masters Degree (MSc) in Canine Psychology and Training.
Jo conducts one to one behaviour consultation’s, treating all behaviour problems and helps new owners understand and communicate with their puppy to avoid future problems and offers bespoke supportive advice via the Puppy Coach website. She routinely works via Veterinary Referral and often works alongside Veterinary professionals to assist in improving medical conditions through behaviour therapy. Jo also specialises in stress and anxiety related cases and challenging, life altering behaviour problems.
Jo is a published author of Puppy Coach ‘A Complete Guide to Raising a Puppy’ and writes and regularly presents public seminars on dog behaviour She has written local newspaper articles, spoken on local radio and appeared on a documentary for the BBC, discussing the rehabilitation of dogs.
In 2018 Jo proudly accepted a tutor role with the <a href="http://www.cidbt.org.uk"><strong>CIDBT</strong></a> (Cambridge Institute of Dog Training and Behaviour) and now has an active role in education, writing and tutoring course’s for them.
Finally, alongside her CFBA membership, Jo is also registered with the Guild of Dog Trainers and actively assists them and the CFBA with awareness campaigns and literature.
Dogs have played an enormous part in Jo’s life, something that she has only recently appreciated. Starting from being a sickly child, so afraid of dogs she would not go outside to play. Her family G.P. advised her parents to get her a dog. She sincerely wishes he were here now to thank him personally.
Her first crossbreed Laddie was a wonderful creature, superb temperament with humans but very much a male! He was a real escape artiste and Jo was often dispatched after school to go and catch him. He frequently roamed around the estate where she lived with other loose dogs. She soon realised some form of enticement was necessary to get anywhere near Laddie, so used to go armed with a ball. Luckily Laddie adored his ball and would follow Jo to play, after which, he would then happily allow his lead to be attached and return home. This was her first experience of dog behaviour and psychology, not that she knew it then.
Jo currently owns 5 dogs, 2 German Shepherds and 3 Large Munsterlanders. She enjoys showing and breeding and is a Kennel Club assured breeder. She runs pet obedience classes, dog agility classes as well as conducting behavioural consultations. The behavioural work takes place either at the clients home, in the public domain or at Jo’s Mannerly Mutts HQ where dogs are trained in a secure facility or in her own fields.
Mannerly Mutts began in 2010 and after studying with The Cambridge Institute for 5 years Jo is now qualified, a member of the respected Guild of Dog Trainers and a full member of Canine and Feline Behaviour Association. Jo is able to work through your pet insurance company thus enabling you to reclaim your fees where possible.
Jo’s approach is very practical and hands on. She appreciates the impact on families that dogs can have and understands that tolerance levels for certain behaviours vary within the family and with the public at large. She places great importance on the innate or hereditary instincts that occur in dogs and uses this understanding to help people improve their relationship with their pet. Dogs are intelligent creatures and we as humans are responsible for accentuating some of their inherited behaviours because we have selectively bred the dog to heighten the required characteristics to perform a specific role for instance gundogs and sheep dogs.
It is often easier to prevent inappropriate behaviours arising. Jo works with families to understand natural dog behaviours and how to control these behaviours that are inappropriate in modern society.
Jo is passionate about her practitioner’s role to bring about the best possible outcome for dogs and their owners. She understands that to help the dog the owner is the catalyst for any information she imparts and is sensitive to both theirs and their dogs needs.
Jen Self started Unique Canine in December 2013, two years after she had started her BA Degree in Professional Practice in Canine Behaviour & Psychology, which she obtained through the Cambridge Institute of Dog Behaviour & Training and Middlesex University.
Jen has sent a great deal of time working with an array of dogs with varying forms of aggression to include guarding, possessive and territorial behaviours, as well as dogs that were fearful, nervous, or had a lack of social skills around dogs and people. As a result Jen became very interested in the aggression exhibited by dogs. In the cases of dogs suffering from fearful aggression, lack of social skills, as well as nervous dogs, Jen knew that she could provide more help for these dogs and in January 2015 she started to provide canine socialisation sessions for these dogs.
During these sessions Jen would provide useful information as well as training aids to support clients in the behaviour management of their dogs. Jen started canine socialisation programmes as she wanted to do something different in the local area that no other trainer was doing and she does like to be unique and to offer something different and it has proved to be a big success in Buckinghamshire.
Not all of Jen’s work was centred around aggression, she also saw cases for separation anxiety as well as dogs with other fears and phobias.
In November 2016 Jen relocated to Norfolk so she could have her own training areas in order that she could start providing obedience training as well as puppy training classes in her bespoke facilities. Now Jen has the potential to introduce more activities for dogs, as she has always had a keen interest in Fly ball which may be introduced as new for next year.
Jen enjoys her work with dogs and looks forward to a positive future helping many more.
James Reavil has grown up around a multitude of dogs and moving into training and behaviour has been a natural progression having experienced numerous breeds in the family home from Basenjis, to Labradors and springer spaniels to German shepherds, the list goes on.
James has done lots of activities with his dogs from tracking and agility to obedience and Gundog work. He has been running classes for another trainer for 7 years in addition to running his own behaviour and training company.
James has been blessed that he has been able to put his passion and knowledge to good use helping owners of varying breeds and issues. He is a firm believer in utilising a breeds natural behaviours to fulfil their lives whilst maintaining a status quo in the home. Sometimes it's better to manipulate nature rather than go against it.
As well as being a full member with the CFBA, James is a Master Trainer with The Guild of Dog Trainers. He is also an Accredited Instructor with The Gundog Club and as well as conducting behavioural consultations and bespoke training also runs Gundog training on a 121 basis and also runs classes. A firm believer that if you fulfil their needs, train them and treat them right, that this helps towards dealing with any behavioural issues and prevents them from starting. Some behavioural issues that owners have aren't actually behavioural issues but the dog actually doing what it was bred to do. This is where James believes it is important to help the owner understand how best to communicate with their dogs.
James' experience in behavioural issues continues to grow. Although achieving an Advanced Canine Psychology and Behavioural Diploma through The Cambridge Institute of Dog Behaviour and Training and PETbc he continues to study to continually improve his knowledge and abilities. He is also a member of the Kennel Club Accredited Instructors scheme working towards accreditation.
He feels that there is a lot of misunderstanding as to why dogs display certain behaviours and that with proper guidance, owners can learn why dogs do certain things and how we can teach them not to do them and instead do other things.
Jake Clarke has many years’ experience volunteering and working in rescue and holding kennels. In this capacity he has handled and helped to train hundreds of dogs with diverse behavioural issues including many serious dog-dog and dog-human aggression cases. Jake currently owns six rescued Bull Terriers and a registered Pit Bull Terrier and is an avid observer of canine body language and the fluid pack dynamic.
Jake always promotes a ‘least invasive and minimally aversive’ approach and offers bespoke 1-2-1 motivational and environmental training that caters for all breeds. He regularly attends behavioural consultations in London, Kent, Surrey and Sussex.
Jake has completed the Certificate in Canine Professional Instruction with The Cambridge Institute of Dog Behaviour and Training and is a Master Trainer with The Guild of Dog Trainers.
Jacquie operates her training and behaviour consultancy from her purposely designed consultancy centre, The Jersey Dog Training and Behaviour Company, providing all aspects of dog training and rehabilitating a wide variety of problem dogs.
Jacquie has the pleasure of sharing her home with eight happy canines of her own and often has clients' dogs to board. She works on a one-to-one basis offering a tailor made and individual service and focuses on the behaviour and training of both owner and dog in the places that it matters most.
The methods she uses have been tried and tested with many dogs and are explained in full to the owner. The owner is then given causes and solutions to the behavioural problem, thus installing confidence to be able to deal with the issues involved in the future.
Jacquie has extensive experience with dogs that have spent time in rescue centres and has a heartfelt desire to assist dogs to adjust into their new homes. She is a Master Trainer for the Guild of Dog Trainers and has attended many professionally run courses on dog training and behaviour, including those offered by John Rogerson and Steve Mann.
She has benefited from working with Colin Tennant, Ross McCathy and Sue and Derek Williams and has also participated with the Cheshire Dog Display Team. Her practical experience has been complimented by her academic achievements. Furthermore, she is being mentored by the finest canine practitioners in the UK.
Jacquie has a 2.1 BSc Honours Degree in Canine Behaviour and Psychology and a Pet Education Training and Behaviour Council Diploma in Advanced Canine Behaviour and Psychology.
Due to the success of her canine behaviour centre, Jacquie has appeared on TV and given interviews on radio about dog behaviour.
Howard has been working for the largest dog training organisation in the world, Guide Dogs for the blind for 27 years. He is the Senior Guide Dog Instructor for the region, with years of experience in teaching and training all different breeds. Howard has also worked extensively within Guide Dogs puppy training and development establishing a wealth of knowledge and practical training skills that benefit his clients and their puppies.
Dogdayz was established by Howard Jones to assist pet owners with their dog's behaviour and training in 2000 and has grown with a now established reputation for assisting pet owner’s with their canine training and behaviour problems.
Recommended by Veterinary Practices across Shropshire, Staffordshire and the West Midlands, Dogdayz offers a range of services from Puppy Home visits, Puppy Socialisation Classes, Adult Dog Training classes, One to One tuition and more importantly dealing with Behaviour Problems as well as media services.
Howard is a full member of the Canine and Feline Behaviour Association, the leading organisation of approved Canine Behaviour professionals in the UK. Recognised by pet insurance companies, client's with pet insurance policies covering behavioural training maybe able to reclaim any costs associated with a member of the CFBA.
Always at the forefront of the latest techniques and research in dog training and behaviour, Dogdayz provides the very best in canine training services.
Helen has worked and lived with dogs for most of her life. She holds an Honours degree in Animal Psychology and Genetics, a PGCE, (working as a teacher at all levels from nursery through to university education) spent some years in IT management, and later became a counsellor and life coach dealing with major life trauma. Having worked part time in the behaviour world for many years Helen finally set up Focused Instruction for Dogs and Owners (F.I.D.O.) (www.fidobehaviour.com) on a full time basis some three years ago.
Her extensive experience of helping clients to deal with diverse life issues as well as a deep appreciation and respect for dogs give her a powerful set of tools to allow her to guide owners in improving their understanding of how their pets think in ways relevant to their own personalities and lifestyles. In this way she works with owners to create realistic and effective strategies to combat and prevent behaviour problems. She has attended many training courses and seminars relating to dog behaviour and human psychology and continues to add to her professional knowledge. Her approach to dog behaviour issues stems from in-depth study not only of the psychology of dogs but that of their owners, and their interdependencies.
She practices through behaviour consultations by veterinary referral or direct, and prefers to visit clients in their own homes in order to better appreciate the issues presented. She also offers one to one and group obedience training for differing experience levels of dogs and socialisation classes for young and under-socialised dogs. Her agility classes, held for fun and exercise, dramatically improve obedience, relationships between dogs and their owners and assist in addressing some behaviour problems.
She is currently working with her local county council to establish funded dog training classes for owners in less privileged areas of the county. She has recently started working with a local family to train their dog as a diabetic alert dog for their young son. She believes that it is important to promote education about dogs in the community and offers advice and guidance at local events, visits schools with her dogs to talk with them about pets and is involved in judging fun dog shows at local and county level all of which help to encourage responsible dog ownership.
In her spare time, she acts as an assessor for Pets as Therapy and also visits a nearby hospital, care home and schools regularly with her own dogs.
Helen has recently started breeding pedigree and pedigree cross puppies as a Kennel Club Assured Breeder.
Helen’s overall philosophy has been developed from the fact that the majority of behavioural problems are hugely influenced by peoples’ preconceptions of what it means to be a good owner. She works to create balance in the relationship between dog and owner and to build on that foundation to overcome and resolve behaviour issues.
Heather is in an elite class of dog behaviour specialists being a Full Member of the Canine & Feline Behaviour Association. She is also a Certified Training Partner with the Karen Pryor Academy, a Master Dog Trainer Member of the Guild of Dog Trainers, a Registered Animal Trainer with the Animal Behaviour & Training Centre, a Reiki Master, and a Volunteer Assistance Dog Trainer and Assessor for Dog AID
Heather has been training dogs and competing in a variety of canine disciplines since the late 1970’s, and running dog training classes since 1987. She has owned and trained over 100 dogs, including 40 Rottweilers and, through her training classes, has helped more than 100,000 dog owners over the years.
Helping to resolve canine behaviour problems with dog owners for over 30 years, Heather has amassed a wealth of knowledge on solutions to behaviour problems, but continues to attend workshops, courses, and seminars to increase that knowledge and therefore the help she can offer dog owners still further.
Heather’s knowledge and understanding of canine Functional Characters is advantageous when helping owners to better understand their pets, particularly those with aggression issues. This knowledge also benefits the staff at Heather’s dog day care facility, CentreBarks, where they see Functional Characters “in action” every day.
Gemma has been working with dogs for over 11 years. She started off her career with dogs, when she became a operational Police dog Handler in 2008, Gemma worked as a Police dog handler for 8.5 years (now retired). Whilst working as a dog handling team, Gemma gained her qualification in Dangerous Dog Legislation. Gemma has examined over 100 pit bull type dogs, and is an expert in Dangerous Dog Law.
Gemma has been with the CIDBT for over seven years, and has been studying dog behaviour ever since she started her studies in 2011. She has competed the following courses with the CIDBT:
Common Canine Behavioural Problems
Professional Instructors Skills & Management
Understanding Canine Behaviour
Advanced Common Canine Behavioural Problems
Advanced Dog on Dog Aggression.
Gemma then went on to complete her:
Advanced Diploma in Canine Behaviour and Psychology with the Pet Behavioural Council of GB
Gemma also has gained her pet instructors qualification, and also became an honorary member of the Guild Of Dog Trainers as a Master Trainer.
Gemma is a qualified Behaviourist and has been working with dogs with behavioural issues for over four years. She is also a Pets as Therapy Dog assessor and has passed assessments with three dogs of her own dogs. Two of these were with Gemma’s retired German Shepherd Police Dogs Zeph and Moo. They were the first ever Police Dogs to become Pets as Therapy Dogs.
Gemma currently has qualified both her Police Dogs for Crufts. She has previously competed in both obedience and showing, and has won the Obreedience Final in Crufts in 2017.
Gemma has worked and currently trains dogs in all aspects of behaviour, pet training, obedience, working trials, dog sport, and showing.
Her passion is behaviour, and she has a lot of experience in working with dogs with severe behavioural problems.
Gemma has just been accepted onto a Bsc (Hons) Degree course in Clinical Canine Behaviour and Psychology with Reaseheath University.
Gemma has full membership with the CFBA.
Gaynor is a co-founder and director of Swansea based A1K9, a company that is known for supplying specialist trained dogs to a worldwide clientele.
She has been a professional dog trainer for over 20 years and whilst she specialises in training German Shepherds and other large breeds, it would be difficult to find a breed of dog she has not worked with. She has amassed a wealth of knowledge that is put to good use when assessing client’s dogs and putting regimes in place to help correct unwanted behaviours.
Gaynor’s dog training has taken her to many different countries where she advises and assists clients with dog related problems ; from as close as Ireland to as far away as Dubai.
In addition to the more regular problems that people encounter with their dogs, she has dealt with unusual requests such as helping an owner to acclimatising their dog to flying in their helicopter and training a water obsessed dog to find the steps in its owner’s swimming pool enabling the dog to get out of the pool safely.
Sometimes it is the clients that have travelled a long distance. People have come from Scotland at one end of the country and Poole in Dorset at the other. They usually stay in the area for a few days and block book time with Gaynor to work on the problem that they have with their dog, staying in touch afterward by phone and sometimes coming back to enjoy a second visit to the Welsh hillside.
She specialises in rehabilitating dogs with ‘dog on dog’ aggression and ‘dog on human’ aggression. This type of behaviour modification training requires a great deal of skill and she has proven to be very successful when dealing with these problems. Gaynor works with all breeds of dogs and will deal with any dog no matter how serious the problem.
Prevention is better than cure and to this end; Gaynor holds dog training classes, starting with puppy and junior classes, where she starts the ground work with clicker training, socialisation and helpful advice that will ensure that the puppy has the best possible start.
Dogs aged 7 months and older are able to attend Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum dog obedience training classes, held weekly at Gaynor’s facilities. Before and after each of these classes, the dogs are allowed to run free under the close supervision of Gaynor and her assistants, it is a great opportunity for them to socialise and let off some steam. Gaynor is a firm believer that promoting this time where the dogs are allowed to play together defiantly improves their social skills and prevents a lot of the problems that she often encounters working with under socialised dogs.
Gaynor also utilises these classes as an ideal opportunity to help rehabilitate dogs that she has been working with on a one to one consultation basis.
Gaynor is also proud to be the first woman to win the associate’s member’s cup in the British Police and Services dog trials.
Gaynor is a full Member of the British Institute of Professional Dog Trainers and a Master Trainer, with the Guild of Dog Trainers.
Fiona started her career working with horses before going to work for the RSPCA as a re-homing co-ordinator; it was during this time she developed an interest in dog behaviour, most specifically in rehabilitating rescue dogs to help them find their forever homes.
After studying at De Montfort University, Fiona opened her own training and behaviour establishment in Lincolnshire which she ran for seven years before moving South in 2002 to join Roger Mugford’s team at The Animal Behaviour Centre as behaviour specialist and centre manager. Fiona continues to work as a consultant for the centre as well as taking direct referrals from local veterinary practices.
She also enjoys promoting the benefits of behavioural therapy in the media; in addition to many appearances on TV and radio she is a popular speaker at veterinary congresses and a regular contributor in veterinary publications.
Fiona remains passionate about animal rescue and lives with her own ‘rescue menagerie’ of three horses, five ex-battery hens, Neil the cat as well as three Australian Cattle Dogs one of whom is profoundly deaf from birth.
Estella is a full time canine behaviour practitioner and training instructor and covers part of the East Midlands (Leicestershire, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire), evaluating and working with dogs in the client’s own home or at a pre-arranged location.
Estella has been dog training since 2009. After undertaking formal education and professional development with the Cambridge Institute of Dog Behaviour & Training (CIDBT), she founded her own practice Doggie Delinquents, providing behavioural consultation and 1:1 puppy and dog training instruction for puppies and adult dogs of all ages and ability. Estella’s aim is to support and guide owners and their dogs to learn and grow together, building a strong, lasting and healthy balanced relationship based on understanding, trust and communication.
Estella provides a professional and friendly service, providing bespoke programs and realistic goals for the owner to implement. Programs are communicated and demonstrated thoroughly to the clients, so that they have the confidence and understanding of techniques and methods in order to work on their own with their dog. Estella believes that each dog and owner combination is unique, therefore the 1:1 tuition sessions are tailored to meet individual needs to achieve successful results.
In addition to running her own practice, Estella volunteers at a local dog training school as a dog training instructor and as an assistant behaviour assessor at a local rescue kennels where dogs are temperament and behaviour assessed before re-homing. This work has allowed her to build considerable experience handling and understanding a large variety of breeds and temperaments. Using this experience, Estella can assist owners in understanding a ‘re-homed’ dog’s requirements helping the dog to settle into the new home environment becoming an integrated family pet. Unfortunately, Estella has seen many young good dogs in the rescue environment and because of this she also offers advice on raising a puppy and guidance to prospective owner’s in choosing a suitable breed to match family and home dynamics to provide puppies and their owners the best start on their journey together.
Estella currently owns three terriers that all came from a rescue background and she has faced many training and behavioural challenges with them. Therefore she can truly empathise and understand the challenge and stress that living with dogs with behavioural issues can have on owner’s lives. Over the years, Estella has worked with many dog breeds, but she has a real passion and expertise understanding and working with the terrier breeds, and particularly enjoys guiding owners through the challenges (and joys) that owning these feisty, independent little characters can provide.
Estella comes from a strong scientific academic background and continued professional development is important to her to ensure that she offers the best service to her clients.
Estella is a member of the Guild of Dog Trainers (GoDT) and is also the director of educational development for the Pet Education, Training and Behaviour Council (PETbc).
My name is Diane and I am originally from the Midwest (USA) where I earned my BA from the University of Michigan. I was later mentored by several of the finest dog practitioners in the UK where I earned my Masters degree in the psychology of dog breed behaviour Middlesex University, London, England.
I maintain a full membership from the Canine and Feline Behaviour Association (CFBA) of Great Britain and am editor of the CFBA quarterly magazine. I am certified through the Cambridge Institute of Dog Behaviour and Training (CIDBT), where I also distance tutor for the following courses:
- CIDBT 4110, Understanding Canine Behaviour & Care
- CIDBT 4111, Introductory Pet Bereavement Counselling Skills
- CIDBT 5107 Advanced Pet Bereavement Counselling
In addition, I am the tutor for the following Pet Education, Training & Behaviour Council (PETbc):
- PETbc 101, Advanced Canine Behaviour & Psychology Diploma
- PETbc 102, Canine Behaviour & Psychology Diploma
I am currently based in Seattle. In addition to my private practice, Continental Canine Behaviour, Ltd., I am also contracted as the exclusive Canine Practitioner by one of Seattle's renowned pet care providers. Additionally, I am contracted to teach puppy, basic, Level II (advanced) and Level III (advanced) dog training classes in Kirkland, on the east side of Lake Washington.
One of my specialties and favourite aspects of my work is educating owners – the more difficult the dog's behaviour, all the more sweet the successes! Nothing makes me happier than a happy dog and owner!
Last, but not least – I have a special affinity towards bull breeds and am the proud owner of Lolly, Dogue de Bordeaux – one of my favourite teachers!
Dog Expert Witness
Derek is the proprietor of the Cheshire Canine Behaviour Centre. He has over 32 years experience working full time with dogs, 25 years of which were as a police dog trainer and instructor. During his distinguished career, Derek has successfully competed at the highest level in both police and civilian trials. In 1989, 1990 and 1991 he won the Cheshire Police Dog Trials and also in 1991 won a Pro Dogs Gold medal for outstanding team work and bravery with his police dog Thor.
Derek specialises in the assessment and rehabilitation of problem dogs, he possesses a wealth of experience in behaviour modification in particular dealing with aggression problems. He is regularly called upon by a wide range of professional organisations including the RSPCA, Manchester dogs home, the Cheshire dogs home as well as many veterinary practices.
Derek lectures on dog behaviour both on radio and television. TV appearances include Pet Rescue and Vets in Practice. He is also involved in the education of students studying animal behaviour at HND, NVQ and Bsc degree level. Derek's expertise is utilised in dog related court cases where he acts as an expert witness for cases under the Dangerous Dogs Act.
Dean Hart is well known for his entertaining and lively talks, seminars and college lectures on dog behaviour. He is lead tutor at the City & Guilds Accredited Canine Studies College in East Sussex and has written and produced several accredited courses in animal management, animal behaviour, dog behaviour, animal training and small animal hydrotherapy.
He has been a successful dog behaviourist for over 15 years and manages a busy vet referral clinic, covering Sussex and Kent with his two rehabilitation trainers and specialist behavioural dog groomer. He works mainly with dog aggression and dog phobias. Dean and his wife also own and manage a dog physical rehabilitation unit, grooming salon and dog training centre for pet owners where welfare is given top priority in all areas.
Dean regularly gives demonstrations on animal training, clicker training, hydrotherapy and behaviour modification and has been involved in pet animal training for over 22 years, starting within equine and small animal training for television leading to his specialisation in dog behaviour.
Dean’s interest and continual study is within animal learning theory, neuropsychology and psychopharmacology and he is working towards his MA in Professional Practice.
As well as providing support and information for several local rescue centres Dean was involved in the early set up of the National Association of Dog Hydrotherapists and is the Behaviour Advisor and Executive Committee Member of the Canine Association of Accredited Myotherapists. He is a Full Member of the Canine & Feline Behaviour Association and a Master trainer with the Guild of Dog Trainers.
Dr. David Sands
Canine & Feline Behaviourist
Dr David Sands and the Animal Behaviour Clinic
Dr David Sands is a human-companion animal practitioner at the Animal Behavioural Clinic (Chorley, Lancashire) and specialises in the treatment of behavioural problems displayed by dogs, cats, birds, horses and exotic animals. He undertakes home visits in the North of England including Lancashire, Merseyside, Greater Manchester and Yorkshire for the behavioural assessment and treatment in companion animals including aggression (behaviour that falls under The Dangerous Dogs Act) and animal ‘emotional behaviours’ such fixation and obsessive compulsive-like disorders, (stress), noise phobia and over-dependency on owners (separation-related disorders). David produces Behaviour-modification Programs and is an Expert Witness in court.
He is an internationally established animal-related author and photographer, researching ‘human psychology’ and zoology. David gained his doctorate in ethology for animal behaviour research at the Faculty of Science, Liverpool University. He is a Fellow of the Canine and Feline Behaviour Association (FCFBA), a Council member of the PETbc and a member of the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB). David writes feature articles for Dogs Monthly.
David has been featured in several UK television documentaries and programmes such as ‘Fish People’, ‘Absolutely Animals’, ‘Pet Rescue’, ‘Potty about Pets’ and BBC’s ‘999' and consulted on and appeared in ‘To The Ends Of the Earth’ (Amazon) filmed for Channel 4 and Anglia Survival and regularly contributes to UK TV and Radio news programs on related human and pet companionship subjects. His Granada TV series based on the clinic, ‘The Pet Set’, registered record audiences in Northern England. David has also co-presented (and acted as a consultant) for the 2005 Animal Planet/Channel 5 series, ‘Britain’s Worst Pet’ and a documentary ‘Suicide Bridge Dogs’ about dogs that have died leaping off a gothic bridge in Scotland, Channel 5 and subsequent television (Animal Planet Wild X Files, William Shatner’s Weird or What).
Dr Sands, as a author and photographer, has scripted a number of animal information videos on small animals, dogs and cats and contributed to and written many books including: Cats and Kittens, Dogs and Puppies and, ‘To The Rescue - Dogs, ‘To The Rescue - Cats’, guides to providing a rescue or re-homed dog or cat a new life.
He has authored ‘The Family Dog book’ (Collins) and the ‘Encyclopaedia of the Family Cat’ (Collins) and The German Shepherd Dog ‘Care and Behaviour’ (Crowood Press in 2004). His best-selling cat book is ‘500 questions CATS’ (Hamlyn) which answers questions about cats and behaviour. His most successful book, Know Your Dog, based on current research into dog DNA and behavioural studies, has been published in many languages and in USA and Canada editions (Octopus-Hamlyn 2008 English edition due out in Kindle 2012-2013)
David is fantastic at working with high energy, nervous or fearful dogs, he has a calm and positive attitude along with a wealth of experience and many techniques to get the best results from both dog and owner. He is committed to working with owners who wish to improve their relationship with their dog. David works full time with dogs and owns Homeward Hounds Dog Training and Behaviour School in Theydon Bois, Epping, Essex.
He takes one-to-one behaviour consultations which are specifically for owners with dog's who are experiencing issues, some dogs are not suited to group classes or they may be having issues in the home. Each consultation is backed up with a written report. This is aimed at helping the owners to build a relationship with their dog built on trust and clear understanding. Also included is a bespoke plan of action to address the specific issues the dog is having. He approaches each case individually, in a realistic manner and sets achievable targets. He does not work on a one method basis but uses a mental tool box to get the correct technique for the dog.
Puppy consultations for new owners that require advice to give their puppy the best possible start are a large part of his work, this is really about preventing behaviour problems arising. This is ideal for new owners before starting puppy training classes and just helps make the first few vulnerable weeks as smooth as possible for the puppy.
David also works closely with a rescue group helping owners to prepare for the challenges of taking on a rescue dog and with owners who are experiencing problems settling their new rescue dog after the adoption process.
He owns a Hungarian Vizsla, German Shepherd Dog and a Bull Terrier. Which helps him understand the breed specific requirements of each of the dogs and allows him to use this to motivate and work with them. He has a passion for working with Bull breeds who he feels are often misunderstood.
Damian has worked full time with dogs since leaving school. For the past fifteen years he has been employed by Guide Dogs for the Blind as a Mobility Instructor. He has always felt very privileged to work for Guide dogs for the Blind and has trained many dogs that have not only changed peoples lives, but also saved peoples lives. He has a huge amount of experience in the assistance dogs sector, working with other assistance dog charities.
He has been involved with the first dual trained Guide dog/Hearing dog, trained 'Guide Dog of the Year 2005', appeared on GMTV representing Guide Dogs as an expert and has trained the youngest Guide Dog owner in the UK. Damian is very experienced working with people with varying disabilities, including learning disabilities, acquired brain injury and both visual and hearing impairments.
Damian prides himself on being very approachable and friendly in his training manner. He is also keen to be honest with people and with their goals regarding their dogs. His experience matching newly qualified Guide dogs to new owners has proved invaluable in the pet dog world too.
He offers classes from puppy to adult dog and is a kennel club accredited instructor and examiner. One to ones for specific problem behaviours. This can be done a home or at his own 3 acre training school, where the use of his own dogs and livestock can be used in a controlled way. He has great success using his flock of trained sheep, to help with livestock chasers.
Damian believes dogs should get an opportunity to express their breed specific behaviours in some way, by getting to do what they enjoy. He feels often this can be the reason that many dogs exhibit behavioural problems. This paired with lack of proper training and poor, or inappropriate socialisation are factors he frequently is asked to help solve. He works on referral from several Veterinary groups in the Cheshire and south Manchester area to carry out Behavioural consultations for all dog problems.
He loves all breeds of dog, and has bred, owned and trained Boxers,German Shepherds, Bull Terriers (Standard) Labradors and Spaniels. He is always keen to go against stereotypes regarding dogs and people and believes in a kind simple approach. Getting the basics right and sticking to them. And using a clear black and white approach with both dogs and owners..He also keen on training dogs for falconry and as well as gun dogs.
He lives in Wilmslow with his wife, 2 children and a menagerie of other animals such as sheep, birds of prey, ferrets and dogs. All of which he works and trains. He is fully insured and CRB checked.
Craig Richardson first starting training his own pet dogs at the age of five, he had a German Shepherd that he trained and worked as a part of the West Lancs Dog Display Team. Craig worked on and off at West Lancs Canine Centre until he finished school at the age of 16. It was then that he became a full time dog trainer and behaviour consultant.
Since then Craig has worked within and trained with various institutions, these include;
- The British Institute of Professional Dog Trainers – Craig is a full member of the institute and has obtained this through dog obedience instruction & specialist assessments.
- Kennel Club – Craig has owned West Lancs Canine Centre since 2010, West Lancs Canine Centre is a Kennel Club approved centre – able to deliver the Kennel Club Good Citizen Scheme.
- Carla Lane Animals In Need – Craig works with different charities on a regular basis, non-more so than Carla Lane Animals In Need. Craig is their behavioural adviser and provides dog behavioural assessments, training programmes and follow up support for new owners.
- RSPCA Halewood- Between 2008 – 2011 Craig worked as a dog training adviser with the RSPCA Halewood (near Liverpool). Devising a course where each new owner received free sessions with Craig. Since this finished, Craig now provides referred owners with training plans and advice.
- The Fostering Team – Craig has been working with The Fostering Team, an organisation that helps find foster homes for children in North West England. Craig provides assessments in relation to potential fosterers that own dogs, ensuring that the home is safe for a young child.
Craig owns West Lancs Canine Centre in Merseyside. The centre has up to 20 pet dog training classes every week. Due his workload Craig mainly deals with dog behaviour consultations and follow up training courses.
Craig has been instructed in the past to provide reports in relation to the dangerous dogs act 1991 section 3 – Mainly on owner handling skills and capabilities.
Craig has appeared on the radio many times, mainly on City Talk 105.9 based in Liverpool – answering questions about dog training and behaviour. He has also appeared on TV commenting on dog behaviour & training aids.
Craig has worked as a dog behaviour and care adviser for the Abu Dhabi Police force in the United Arab Emirates.
Craig in the past has been a guest speaker at John Moores University.
In his spare time Craig enjoys tracking and scent training with his German Shepherd.
Dog Expert Witness
Colin has trained dogs and developed methods to improve their behaviour for 30 years. He holds a Masters Degree (Professional Practice) Canine Behaviour & Psychology.
Ex Home Office Police Dog Handler trained. Secretary to the Pet Education Training & Behaviour Council. Colin Tennant is Britain's leading expert in dog and cat behaviour, he has pioneered the psychological approach to solving problem pet behaviour for over 30 years and in front line work.
He frequently appears on television as an pet expert and was the first British practitioner to write comprehensibly on the human and pet psychology/relationships. This knowledge was converted to education videos. He travels throughout the world lecturing on pet behaviour. He has studied Wolf and Dog Behaviour which he has used to great benefit in dog wolf correlations where applicable - this is field led study with wolves and he has an extensive film library of wolf behaviour footage. Colin Has qualified and won in Britain’s top UK Kennel Club competitions. He is the original pioneer in filming pet behaviour and relationships between people and their pets. These DVDs have are used throughout the world by colleges, university's to MA Degree level. His output is remarkable and varied in all it encompasses. As an ex-Police Officer Colin is used by lawyers throughout Britain to opinionate on dogs for the prosecution or defence. His work has expanded year on year due the introduction of the Dangerous Dog Act.
Colin has trained dogs and developed original dog behaviour methods to improve and or manage problem dog behaviour.
Criminal and Civil UK Law Expert Witness
Colin is a qualified expert witness to the Law Profession and regularly proffers expert advice in civil and criminal cases relating to Dogs & Cats. He is a expert witness in many cases at Crown Court level and moreover who can write evidence and prepare court documentation to the highest standard and according to the Police & Crown Prosecution Service evidence rules.
The Dangerous Dogs act is the most common reason for others to call upon his skills in Britain, though he works in a variety of criminal law cases like the noise abatements act.
Dog Expert Witness
Colin Spender has been involved with training dogs for over 30 years, professionally for over twenty six years. He is a Home office Qualified & accredited Police dog Instructor (H.Dip PDI). Colin retired from the police service in September 2015 after 26 years of working and training police dogs. He is an expert witness for Criminal and Civil court cases involving dog related issues, as such he is an accredited Dog Legislation Officer (DLO) and recognised by the courts as such, in particular to banned breed and dangerous dogs.
Colin holds an Advanced Certificate in Education (Adv Cert Ed) (HE) with Canterbury Christchurch University. Colin was closely involved with the Police puppy programme caring for and bringing on puppies alongside operational working Police dogs. He has worked successfully a number of General Purpose (GPD) police dogs as well as having dual trained narcotics dogs and specialist narcotics detection dogs. Colin was a dog assessor and puppy walker for his force, bringing on the puppies and sometimes gift dogs, training them to the required standard to be able to complete the initial police dog training course.
He has completed a Ba Hons Degree with the CIDBT in association with Middlesex University in Canine Behaviour, Training and Psychology. (Professional practice)
Colin now runs his own dog behaviour and dog training business, helping local owners overcome behavioural problems, which helps them to obtain a better relationship with their dogs with training advice and guidance. Using his knowledge base and as important hands on experience enabling owners to help modify undesired behaviours within their dogs. He helps educate owners to have a better understanding of the dogs displayed behaviours and read and work with their dogs on a dog to dog communicative basis, which enables the dogs and owners to rehabilitate themselves for a more peacefully life together.
Colin is also involved in helping to advise a local charity which trains dogs to assist the disabled (in particular wheel chair bound owners)
Colin is also a member of the Guild of Dog Trainers, (GoDT) holding a Master trainers certificate with them (MT)
Colin is also a tutor with the Cambridge Institute of Dog Behaviour and Training (CIDBT) and specialises in dog law and in an Instructional role for dog handlers/ Instructors.
Colin has now taken on the role as Director of Experts for the CFBA. (See tab Director of Experts)
Claire Usen is a sought after canine professional in the Cotswolds, North Gloucestershire and South Worcestershire areas (she occasionally travels outside of these areas for certain behavioural cases).
Claire works extensively under veterinary referral, and additionally liaises closely with many other canine health, welfare & academic professionals. Always striving for the very best solutions, for her clients dogs.
With a proven success rate, Claire deals with all canine behaviour, including aggression to people and dogs. She is able to incorporate some excellent threshold tests & handling techniques.
Working full time as a practitioner, she has many years dog handling, care & behaviour experience. She is a Master Trainer with the highly regarded Guild of Dog Trainers. Claire also holds the Cambridge Institute of Dog Behaviour and Training (CIDBT) National Dog Training Instructor Certificate.
Having extensive experience of living & working with noise-phobic dogs & planning rehabilitation from fearful behaviours, she is sympathetic to the challenges of coping with a dog with significant behavioural issues & how it impacts upon numerous areas of your life. Claire incorporates functional rewards, and is innovative in finding & promoting the right motivator for each individual dog.
Life skills for pet dogs is her passion, helping dogs to integrate happily into our lives. She prides herself on her professionalism, comprehensive report writing and commitment to ongoing CPD. Client confidentiality is always respected.
Claire absolutely loves everything about life with dogs, and is friendly, approachable & committed. In her free time Claire likes nothing better than walking, playing with and training her own dogs, and participating in Scent work & Dog Sports.
Christina has been working in the rehabilitation of difficult dogs professionally now for over 15 years. Along with her husband Steve, a retired Mounted Police Officer and horse trainer, they own The Dog Woman Training Academy in Glasgow.
Christina is a Master Trainer with the Guild of Dog Trainers, the resident behaviourist at The Pet Empawrium, Scotland’s first all-inclusive pet centre, and the referral practitioner for Champion Vets Scotland. Along with her full time rehabilitation work, Christina manages a team of professional Dog Handlers, who run her thriving day-care facility within the centre. The 30 strong day-care pack, provide a constant learning platform and are a vital cog in the rehabilitation wheel.
Christina believes there is always something new to learn and considers continued professional development absolutely paramount to her role as Behaviourist and Training Instructor. Although she maintains at least 45 hours a week hands on experience, she is obsessive in her work, and studies for at least a further 10 hours, to keep abreast of scientific and ethological advancements continually bettering her technique and understanding. She also places huge importance on human psychology as well, to ensure she can better negotiate the gap between the species equation!
Christina and The Dog Woman team are dedicated to creating a world of understanding, with happy owners, and fulfilled dogs.
Bjorn Olafsson’s world revolved around all things dog. He has been working with dogs professionally for over 30 years. He was a key dog instructor at the Icelandic Kennel Club in the 1990s. Today he runs his own dog training school along with his wife, Lara Hundaskoli Hemsenda Hunda who he has been with for 19 years and with a history of hundreds of clients and their dogs.
Bjorn has an award winning breeding programme (Breeder of the year 2013, 2014 of all breeds in the Icelandic Kennel Club) and has bred and owned over 50 champions with his affix Heimsenda. Under Bjorn’s leadership, Heimsenda Kennel is the Top recommended breeder of the Sheepdog club of Iceland. He has bred Border Collies over 20 years, Australian Shepherds for over 10 years now and has a new beed the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever. Björn has also bred Briards and Labrador
Bjorn was active in obedience and Agility and has a record of great success in both disciplines. Today he is an obedience judge for the Icelandic Kennel Club. He was board member and one of the founders of The Retriever Club of Iceland and a board member of the Miscellaneous Club IKC. He was also on the board of the Icelandic Kennel Club for 6 years and his last year was the Vice president of the Icelandic Kennel Club.
Bjorn’s main goal is promoting sensible ownership of dogs, their welfare and he works hard to guide new owners and their canine companions to a balanced, happy and rewarding life. Bjorn has a purpose built inside dog training arena where he has classes in dog behaviour, obedience, advanced obedience, show handling as well as providing lectures about dog ownership. He also offers Private one to one tuition and behaviour consultations.
Bjorn has attended education in England, first in 1997 with the British Institute of Professional Dog Training for First Grade and continued for his degree Graduate 2008. Bjorn has worked as a Dog Behaviorist for the city government in Reykjavik, Iceland and also works with many veterinary practices.
One of Bjorn’s passions and specialist areas is working with the Red Cross and companionship dogs. For over a decade, he has specifically trained dogs and attended with them to visit elderly residents to provide therapy and companionship.
Ben Mckechnie has been a successful Canine Behaviourist and Rehabilitation Trainer for many years he owns Canine Behaviour & Training Referrals covering Sussex and Kent. He works with a variety of complex behavioural issues on Veterinary Referral. He is well known for his caring, friendly, supportive and professional service to owners who are experiencing difficulties with their dog’s behaviour. Owners can be sure to receive empathy and understanding while being given clear easy to understand expert information and advice on their dog’s behaviour.
Ben has worked in many areas surrounding the Canine industry Ben’s ambition has been to work with dogs from a very young age. Starting by working at a Veterinary Clinic to gain experience, he then went on to complete his City and Guilds in Animal Care and Management, at this time he embarked on work experience as part of his course. This lasted a long period of time at a Dog Training and Rehabilitation Centre where he then progressed on to an apprenticeship in Canine Behaviour and Training with Dean Hart CFBA where he completed accredited course in all areas of canine behaviour and training.
Ben continued his professional career by becoming a lead Tutor for the City & Guilds Accredited Canine Studies College in East Sussex. He was a key member of the teaching team that helped get the College KCAI Preferred Educational Providers status as he was assessed by The Kennel Club. Due to the high demand for his behavioural services Ben has temporary put teaching on hold but is hoping to return to it later in his career.
The behavioural clinic also takes referrals from local Dog Trainers and Behaviourist as Ben prides himself on achieving behaviour change and positive results where other behaviourist or trainers haven’t been able to. He known for providing a professional and supportive behavioural service to everybody at every level within the industry. In addition to the seminars that the Clinic holds for dog trainers he also offer additional support for local dog training clubs, rescue centres, dog groomers and specific Vets when they are faced with complex behavioural cases or need CPD training.
Ben is a Full Member of the Canine & Feline Behaviour Association and a Master Trainer with the Guild of Dog Trainers.
Born on a farm Barbara grew up with border collies as her constant companions and from an early age learned to work the dogs on the farm.
The simplicity of the natural communication needed to work a sheepdog is the basis for her own TLC-Thinking Like Dogs training which applies to dogs of all breeds.
She has trained dogs to take part in television programmes such as ‘Woof' (for children); Out of Sight; Prime Time and Peak Practice. Television appearances include Vets in the Country, Countryfile, Great Drives, Pets Part of the Family (in the USA), Dogs with Jobs, One Man and His Dog (Christmas special featuring Corporate Collies), and The Natural World – the Beardie and the Bloodhound.
She absolutely refuses to appear on any programme that she believes to be detrimental to dogs and their future. The Times, Times Educational Supplement, Daily Telegraph, Guardian, Independent, Daily Express, Sunday Mirror magazine, Telegraph and Argus, Wall Street Journal, Dalesman, Country Living and the Yorkshire Post are just some of the newspapers and magazines that have featured Barbara, her dogs and her work.
Barbara has represented her country in International and National sheepdog trials, but as head behaviourist and founder trustee of the rescue based at her home and behavioural centre in Yorkshire she now has little time left for competing.
Annie Meadows (founder) is an experienced dog handler, having cared for and worked with dogs for over 25 years.
Annie has been studying dog behaviour and training since 2012 and is a qualified Dog Behaviourist. She has achieved the Advanced Canine Behaviour and Psychology Diploma with the Pet Education Training and Behaviour Council and is a full member of the CFBA (Canine & Feline Behaviour Association).
Her accomplishments and contributions to dog training are also recognised by the Guild of Dog Trainers who have awarded her full membership at Master Dog Trainer level.
Annie has two Cockerpoos with delightful characters, Lupin and Mr Brambles. Both dogs have achieved the Kennel Club good citizen dog scheme gold award. Annie and her dogs volunteer with Paws for Wellbeing, a non profit organisation providing Animal Assisted Therapeutic Activities for older people who may be lonely & socially isolated.
Before starting Cannie Canines in 2012, Annie had a varied career, undertaking leadership, training and coaching roles. She has a Masters in Human Resources Management, is an NLP Practitioner and a qualified yoga teacher. Based in Bristol, she is delighted to be earning a living doing what she loves, combining her skills with her love of dogs, people and the outdoors. She adores dogs and is keen to support dog owners to develop a special bond with their dog through good care and training.
Annie has been registered as a volunteer dog walker with the Bristol Animal Rescue Centre (formerly RSPCA) since 2012.
For 40 years Anne has lived, studied and worked with dogs and their owners, ‘that’s a lot of dogs and a lot of behavioural problems’, and she still loves every minute of her work.
She started her career back in the seventies working in breeding and boarding kennels. She prepared dogs for the show ring, showed and run ring craft classes.
Over the years she taught a great many basic pet obedience and agility classes.
In the 80’s and 90’s she competed and judged in agility all around the country, in mini, midi and standard dog sections.
For 40 years Anne has also been a dog groomer of all breeds, including show preparation, hand striping and cat grooming.
All her adult life she has owned multiple dogs, which she says has taught her so much about dog body language and the needs of dogs living in our society.
Anne has trained and uses her own therapy dogs; they are a very important part of her behavioural team. These dogs are specially trained and extremely effective when working with dog to dog aggression problems. This allows her to assess the type and degree of aggression your dog may have, so they can put the best method of treatment in place.
Anne works hands on with dogs and owners, demonstrating the techniques and making sure the owners can accomplish the required results. Regular weekly follow up sessions are recommended, to give continued back up training.
Anne runs her Shrewsbury based business ‘Roann’s Dog Therapy Team’, which deals with Behavioural problems and training classes. She also provides Dog Treadmill sessions, and ‘Paws and Toes Aerobics classes’, which are fitness and rehabilitation classes for dog and owner. Also heelwork and free style to music fun sessions.
Dog body language workshops are regularly given and talks and demonstrations are available.
Anita is one of the most sought after cat behaviour experts in the UK with a first class honours degree (work based studies) in Feline Behaviour and Psychology. She also received the Gerry Fowler Prize for achievement in recognition of her work and final result. She has had a passion for cats her entire life and works with them every day, either caring for them, grooming them or solving behaviour problems – often performing all three roles simultaneously! She is also the owner and full-time slave of two stunning Norwegian Forest cats.
Anita founded the successful pet-sitting company Catnips in Notting Hill, which cares exclusively for cats, before training to be a professional cat groomer, specialising in grooming long-haired breeds such as Persians, Ragdolls, Maine Coons and Norwegian Forests.
After helping many of her grooming and cat-sitting clients with behavioural problems in her spare time and achieving excellent results, Anita decided to turn her passion and natural aptitude for cat behaviour and psychology into a career choice and tracked down the perfect teacher – renowned cat specialist and biologist Roger Tabor, who also happened to be the only cat studies tutor at The Cambridge Institute of Dog Behaviour and Training.
Anita had been unofficially studying cat psychology and behaviour for years, before deciding to take this passion to the next level and passed all four cat psychology and behavioural courses, with high marks. She was offered a place at Middlesex University to continue her studies in this field from which she graduated, not only with a first and a further distinguished award for excellent research results. Her study in this area has greatly helped with handling difficult or aggressive cats during the grooming process and many clients have commented on Anita’s unique way of listening to the cats and working with them, rather than against them, which is the more usual habit amongst cat groomers.
Anita’s objective has always been to gain the best understanding possible of everything cat, their origins, habits, patterns within their species, health, diet, breed personalities, needs connected to that breed – she wants to help change any problematic relationship between cat owners and their cats to harmonious. She has a particular leaning towards helping owners understand the needs of their indoor cats and, although not an advocate of keeping housebound animals, Anita will work hard towards getting the balance right in the home so that the cat has the happiest possible life indoors.
Anita’s passion for cats, her friendly outgoing personality, and her endless desire to lend a helping hand to cat owners is being noted by a steadily increasing number of distinguished vets, including Hyde Park Vets and Addisons Vets in Holland Park, who both refer grooming clients to her on a regular basis. Not being a qualified veterinarian herself, Anita holds a certificate in Feline First Aid, which she acquired with the help of Animal Aiders.
Anita also assists The Mayhew Rescue Centre as a re-homing officer for rescue cats, checking prospective owner’s homes and interviewing them. After meeting them she has given many clients assistance during the (sometimes) difficult settling-in period when a rescue cat moves into a new home. When she has spare time Anita can be often found sitting quietly with the more shy or nervous cats at The Mayhew, giving much needed reassurance and TLC.
Anita’s first debut book Claws, Confessions Of A Cat Groomer was published by John Blake in September 2017 with a new book to hit the shelves shortly. She is also a features writer for Your Cat magazine (as well as being on their experts panel giving advice on cat grooming and cat behaviour),The Cats Protection magazine ‘The Cat’ as well as contributing regular articles for The Vet Times and The CFBA website and magazine. Anita believes that the key to a happy cat is education of the owner, helping the human to see and understand how a cat sees the world and the space it lives in.
Anita is a full member of the CFBA. In 2018 Anita was nominated and won an award from Global Heath Pharma for best feline behaviourist and groomer in the Animal Health and Wellness category. See GHP image top right.
Anita is happy to give telephone and email consultations as well as home visits (the latter which she recommends on most occasions) on any cat behavioural issues and will consider travelling anywhere in the country within a reasonable distance.
A true friendly down-to-earth professional with a big heart!
Andrew is a professional dog handler and trainer with 15 years experience in both the public and private sectors. He is a member of the British Institute of Professional Dog Trainers and the Professional Association of Applied Canine Trainers.
Andrew has handled and trained both active and passive drug detection dogs for HM Customs and Excise. He has organised and maintained continuation-training programmes for HM Customs and Excise Dog Units. He has also appeared in national newspapers and on BBC daytime television demonstrating the use of Customs drug dogs and has given talks to various organisations throughout Scotland on the use of dogs in drug detection work. He has trained in Law and worked in various Customs dog units.
Andrew also works as a Dog Behaviour Practitioner consulting with problem dogs throughout southern Scotland. He also provided one to one personal dog training for those owners who request it.
He is a chartered member of the Institute of Animal Care and Education and a member of the Police and Canine Services Association.
Amanda has been training and working with dogs for over twenty years. She operates her training and behaviour consultancy "Fenland Dog Training" (www.fenlanddogtraining.co.uk) providing all aspects of dog training, and specialises in the development of puppies and educating new dog owners in all areas of dog care and training.
Amanda is passionate about correct socialisation, habituation and early training and conditioning for the prevention of behavioural problems. She operates a dog training school, which offers a range of classes form puppy to adult dogs at the Isle of Ely Veterinary Group (www.islevetgroup.co.uk).
Amanda also worked at 'Charlie's Dog Training Centre' (www.charlies-dogs.com) with trainers Jo and Charlie Clarricoates. She also played an important role working with the Cambridge Institute of Dog Behaviour and Training (www.cidbt.uk) as one of the head training instructors and course organiser for the level one, two and three in their BA Degree Programme.
Amanda is a Master Trainer with the Guild of Dog Trainers, and recently become a member of The Kennel Club Accreditation Scheme for Instructors in dog training and behaviour, and is working towards accreditation. And has also specialised in Hydrotherapy treatment for convalescent dogs. Amanda, in her free time volunteers for Pets as Therapy as one of the area coordinators and trainer assessors, for the East of England.
Adrian Kollnberger’s experience in dog training started in 1998 when he achieved his dream and became a Police Dog Handler. During his career he has trained and worked general patrol dogs and drugs detection dogs. This gave him the chance to work with a number of different breeds including German Shepherds,Labradors, Belgian Mallinois, Rottweilers and Spaniels With his Patrol dogs he has competed in the Police Working Trials to a National level winning trophies in a variety of disciplines.
From this experience he developed his own philosophy towards dog training combining an understanding of dog behaviour and psychology with an open minded attitude to the variety of dog training methods that exist.
In order to further develop the knowledge that he had gained with the Police he started a degree course with the Cambridge Institute of Dog Behaviour and Training and Middlesex University. In 2012 he completed this degree achieving an award of BA(Hons) in Canine Behaviour and Training.
In 2008 Adrian started ABC For Dogs and has helped dogs and their owners with issues ranging from toilet training to severe aggression on a one-to-one basis or in a class.
ABC for Dogs is Kennel club listed and pride themselves on taking in any dog with any problem and running their classes in a relaxed, enjoyable atmosphere. This ethos also carries over into our agility classes and all other aspects of our dog behaviour and training solutions.
Adrian is a Member of the Guild Of Dog Trainers and a Full member of the Canine and Feline Behavioural Association. ABC for Dogs is Located in the North Kent Area and covers the whole of Kent, Sussex, Surrey, S.E. London and the South East area.
Adem has worked with dogs for over 20 years, initially on a part-time basis whilst he studied at The Nottingham Trent University where he was awarded his BSc (Hons) Animal Science degree in 2005.
His love and passion for dog training and behaviour modification started from a young age, where as a teenager he worked and learnt about dogs in a busy boarding kennel environment.
Since obtaining his degree in 2005, Adem has worked full-time with dogs, specialising in behavioural and training issues. Adem now divides his time each week between behavioural 1-2-1s (both self and veterinary referred), obedience and gun-dog training 1-2-1s, and the group training classes that he runs at the Dog-ease Training School. Group training classes offered by Adem include puppy training, adult dog obedience, and agility.
On several occasions Adem has demonstrated at the Crufts Dog Show, The CLA Game Fair, and The BBC CountryFile Live Country Show on behalf of the Kennel Club. Adem uses his own dogs to demonstrate and also invites observers to enter the demonstration ring where he problem solves behavioural and training issues live for the owner and audience.
In addition, Adem works with local councils to assess and train dogs. He is also available for seminars, which are often run at the Dog-ease training school in Hertfordshire. Adem also enjoys visiting local care homes and hospitals with his PAT dog Yogi, as well as helping others to achieve the same rewarding PAT dog qualification and/or work towards their assistance dog status.
Adem's passion is to help people to understand their dogs and to help dogs to understand their humans. With his intuitive ability to read dogs, Adem's modern approach and way of explanation helps to bridge the communication gap between owner and dog.
Adam’s dog behavioural work focuses on ‘last chance’ dogs; dogs which are faced with being signed into a rescue centre or being euthanized due to their behavioural issues. Adam has always been drawn towards dogs whose poor start to life has resulted in their problematic behaviour. This results in the majority of cases he accepts being in less affluent areas or dogs adopted from rescue shelters. Because of this, many of the cases he works with are typically advanced aggression towards either dogs or people. Adam has tailored his own education to understand and work with aggressive dogs. It is working with such dogs that Adam developed his fondness for Bull breeds. He always endeavours to champion and promote these much maligned breeds.
Adam’s theoretical principals are based in the neuropsychology of behaviour, essentially focusing on how emotion is often a major factor in anti-social reactions or responses. This is an area of great interest for him and a subject of which he is always looking to expand his knowledge.
Adam is also heavily involved in rescue centres local to him. He works most closely with North Clwyd Animal Rescue (NCAR), a large ‘no kill’ shelter, performing several roles for them in his capacity as their voluntary dog behaviour consultant. He assesses behaviour, behavioural potential and works with resident dogs whose behaviour prevents them from being adopted. Adam also offers post adoption support for families who are having issues with their rescued dog, typically with home visits. NCAR has a lengthy sign-over waiting list and Adam provides assistance to those dogs with problematic behaviour which helps to reduce this list.
The aspects of Adam’s business which relates to assisting rescue centres in any capacity, is run on a not for profit basis.
On a personal note, Adam lives with his two rescue dogs; Nahla, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix, and Coco, the French Bulldog. Both dogs have over come very difficult circumstances and now assist Adam in rehabilitating other rescue dogs through their own behavioural issues.
Adam feels solid theoretical understanding of dog behaviour is required in order to structure efficient and successful practical sessions. Therefore he is always looking to expand his education, both of his own accord and under the guidance of the CFBA.