GET TO KNOW ME
I am a dog trainer that uses science-based, ethical training methods with the use of rewards to get positive results. Dogs are an amazing species and the deep connection that can be built with owners combined with their incredible natural abilities inspires me to help owners achieve a better relationship with their pets.
I have been assisting at dog training classes for the last year, covering puppy, junior, scent and agility, giving me a variety of practical experience.
Currently, the dog training and behaviour industry is not regulated meaning anyone could call themselves a trainer or behaviourist.
I believe professionals should strive to be accredited to the highest level possible, to raise the standard of animal training and behaviour modification. My current qualifications are:
BSc (Hons) in Animal Behaviour
MSc in Clinical Animal Behaviour.
A current PACT (Professional association of canine trainers) student, which is under the Association of Pet Dog Trainers.
I am a Pre-Certificated CCAB (Certified Clinical Animal Behaviourist) working towards full CCAB status.
A candidate member of FABC (Fellowship of Animal Behaviour Clinicians) and provisional member of APBC* (Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors)
I endeavour to assess your dog for their individual needs and tailor your programme accordingly.
(*Provisional Members have demonstrated that they have the appropriate level of Knowledge and Understanding for the professional role of Clinical Animal Behaviourist (CAB). They are now gaining the practical experience necessary to be assessed as a CAB and therefore become a Full Member of the APBC)
My own dog was rescued by Serbia's Forgotten Paws from the streets of Romania. He has his own challenges, particularly with overexcitability around other dogs and frustrations due to denied access on lead. This has been a work in progress, teaching me mountains and I fully understand the stress 'problem' behaviours can bring.
To strengthen our bond I enjoy teaching Stevie new tricks... Our connect four game is our most popular. You can follow his facebook or Instagram account for more tricks.
Continued Professional Development
As the field of Animal Behaviour is always progressing as new research is published and professionals put forward new approaches of training it is important to stay up to date.
I regularly attend webinars, conferences and case studies to increase my knowledge and offer the best services I can.