Need someone experienced at working with dog and cat behaviour problems?
Cat and dogs are a huge part of the family. They rely on us for all their care, and we love our pets in return.
How do we know we are doing everything for our dogs and cats have a happy life? That’s where I can help. I guide you to a better relationship wherever possible.
Recently, I apparently taught Daily Mail columnist Sarah Vine how to speak dog!
Hands on Experience
I am an experienced, practical trainer as well as a Clinical Animal Behaviourist. I use positive reward-based methods. Kindness is not weakness! I keep my skills up to date, and have been a dog training instructor since 1997. I used to teach Obedience, Agility and Flyball classes and ran a successful dog display team. I have also trained in Working Trials competition including tracking and scent work. Now my focus is on family dogs and cats with problems – and yes, you can train them all.
Puppy and Group Classes
I still teach puppy, intermediate and advanced classes every week. This means I see a large number of dogs and owners regularly as well as working with my behaviour clients. My training syllabus ‘Ready Steady Dog’ provides families and their dogs with the life skills necessary to do the tricky job of being a family pet.
I teach other instructors. I have taught practical handling courses to members of the APBC on several occasions, and was lead organiser and assessor for their ABTC animal training instructor practical assessment. I am a mentor and supervisor for other trainers and behaviour professionals and am proud to assist in helping others to build their skills. Contact me here if you are a trainer or behaviour professional and would like support.
Teaching, Seminars and Lectures
I present and teach all aspects of behaviour in webinars and seminars, both nationally and internationally. In 2021 I am speaking for International Canine Behaviourists, and in 2020 I gave two lectures at the Pet Professional Guild’s international Geek Week conference event. I have travelled to speak in Dublin, Ireland and addressed the APBC Annual Conference in 2014. Book for your speaking event here.
I have lectured on Behaviour practice, practical training and consultation for the Dogs Trust and delivered their staff training at a number of their centres in 2019, lectured on Professional Diploma for Clinical Animal Behaviour at Central College for Animal Studies (CCOAS) from 2014, and have been guest lecturer for Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, U.K on numerous occasions. Contact me here for teaching and lecture bookings.
I was lead author for ‘Clinical Forum: Resource guarding’. Wild, Bescoby, Fry and Hope. Companion Animal Volume : 21 Issue : 9 September 02, 2016 Vol. 21, No. 9 (2016) ISSN : 2053-0889. I have been a peer reviewer for Companion Animal Journal since Jan 2017.
TV, Radio and other Media
I have featured in the Daily Mail with Sarah Vine, TV’s Channel 5 ‘Royal Pets’, and was interviewed by Russell Brand on Radio X about his beautiful German Shepherd Dog, Bear. I once had to direct actor Simon Callow with his narration of a Doggy bedtime story to help with Firework Fear, and worked on a project regarding cat and dog TV which was narrated by David Tennant. Contact me here for media enquiries.
I have worked on PR Projects with pet care companies and insurers such as Eukanuba/IAMS, Ceva (Adaptil and Feliway), and MoreThan, including radio days, national press releases and other studies on dogs and cats.
Media is essential for us to broadcast crucial animal welfare messages and I will always try to be available for comment and support so please email me on [email protected] if you would like my help.
I was resident training and behaviour writer for Dogs Today for over 12 years, am regular contributor to PETS International, Pet Focus and have written regularly for Dogs Monthly, Pet Product Marketing, Pet Gazette and many other titles. I’m also a guest blog writer for Dr Ian Dunbar’s revolutionary website, Dog Star Daily and Wamiz Pet Care. I write clean, effective copy that is SEO-friendly. Get in touch to discuss my involvement in your next writing project
I have written five best-selling books on training and behaviour, including three published by Hamlyn, translated into eight languages worldwide. ‘What your Dog Wants’, ’21 Days to the Perfect Dog’, ‘Being a Dog’, and the ‘Purrfect Guide to Cats’ and ‘Pawfect Guide to dogs’ co-authored with TV Vet Dr Emma Milne. Contact me to discuss my involvement in your next book project.
How I began
I have an Honours degree in Psychology, a Diploma in Applied Psychology. I started as an assistant instructor and then class instructor with Hare’s Leap Canine Centre in 1997. In 2000 I qualified as a dog training Instructor (First grade, with Honours) with the British Institute of Professional Dog Trainers. This was in the days when the APDT barely existed! I have kept my skills up to date ever since and was registered as an Animal Behaviour and Training Counsellor Animal Training Instructor (ABTC-ATI) in 2015.
I am currently a Full member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (dogs and cats) and Certificated Clinical Animal Behaviourist (dogs). I am a full member of the Fellowship of Animal Behaviour Counsellors (FABC) and a Certified Dog Behaviour Consultant with the International Association of Animal Behaviour Consultants (IAABC).
Methods have changed a lot since I began as a professional trainer, and I use positive reinforcement (reward)-based training which is ethical, highly effective, kind and welfare-friendly.
As part of my commitment to high standards:
I am a Certificated Clinical Animal Behaviourist (CCAB) (dogs)
Full member of the Fellowship of Animal Behaviour Clinicians (FABC)
Full member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC) (dogs and cats)
ABTC (Animal Behaviour and Training Council) Registered Clinical Animal Behaviourist (dogs and cats)
ABTC (Animal Behaviour and Training Council) Animal Training Instructor
Graduate member of the British Psychological Society (MBPsS)
Certificate of Excellence from Dr Susan Friedman’s Living and Learning with Animals course