After many years in the corporate world I was lucky enough to be able to change my life and follow a path that I feel passionately about - dogs! After owning many problem free dogs in the past I changed the way I think about dogs after getting my first ever rescue, a terrier named Dennis. I struggled to find a successful approach that seemed appropriate for both him and me. Gradually through research and increasing involvement in the dog world I discovered more up-to-date and forward thinking methodologies. Dennis improved immensely as a result. I learned about how dogs communicate, what their instinctive behaviours are, how different the drives and instincts are of different breeds, how to look at the whole picture and not just symptoms and how with a calm, holistic, informed, kind and relaxed approach life can be improved immensely for everyone.
I now work professionally as a dog trainer and behaviour consultant and speak at seminars and workshops in the UK and abroad. My first book 'How To Handle Living With Your Dog' was published in 2008 by ShortStack Publishing.
Honorary Member and Chair of PDTE (Pet Dog Trainers of Europe). Full Member of APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers) and ABTC (Animal Behaviour and Training Council).
I follow the philosophy and Code of Ethics of the Pet Dog Trainers of Europe, a global network of dog professionals who promote progressive and ethical approaches towards dogs and their humans. Their vision is a world in which dogs are understood, respected and treated with kindness and empathy.
My approach is always holistic and dog centred and my aim is to improve the lives of dogs and their owners by educating and treating all dogs and owners as individuals. I use humane and scientifically supported training techniques, ensuring that each dog has appropriate choices and opportunities to act out normal dog behaviour. I never use or encourage physical or psychological punishment and welfare is paramount in all my work.