IMDT Qualified Trainer
Approximately nine years ago I realised my passion for training and coaching was far more than a passing interest. I had dogs when I was a kid, and as soon as I could I got my own. I found it incredibly fufilling to train with them, understand them and have them as part of my life.
After getting my own first pup, Maisy, I spent a lot of time travelling around many training classes trying to understand training and dogs. I got to see many trainers, how they taught and what worked. It wasn’t until later in life that I saw WHY some things worked, and why that wasnt necessarily the best way to train. The first classes were very much about the ‘Alpha’ dog, and I didn’t know any better. But at least I got to see that type of training first hand.
Our second dog, Rocky, a GSD x came with his own challenges. This time around we used a specialist protection dog trainer in Wales that focused on something called ‘balanced’ training, where I trained him to platinum level... This was especially hard, as Rocky was a rescue and had some behavioural issues around other dogs that we needed to work on, but slowly we managed to get him better, though the balanced training did more harm than good for his mental health. In later life, I’d steer away from that training methodology too and work on more science based training.
From there we moved to Northampton where I tried even more trainers before focusing on a force free, positive trainer that started to explain a little more. I didn’t know it yet, but he taught science, rather than folklore! Mainly I just found an affinity with that training style. Here I began learning about dog psychology, associations, and the connections I was making with my dogs. I started to look at the science. It’s something I had been doing a long time ago, but I couldn’t join the dots properly or even know what sources to trust.
During Covid, I got made redundant (twice!) and thought that while I love training dogs, and had been helping countless friends’ dogs over the years, I wanted to not only focus on it more, but become accredited. This is where it all started. I’ve found the science fascinating and used that to slowly build on my own techniques and exercises to deliver an easy to learn version of some very complex ideas. It’s not magic, or super specialist knowledge… Just science, boiled down to bitesize chunks involving dog treats and commands.
So that’s me!
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Super informative and great analogies!
We’ve had a few 1:1 sessions with Chris and our cocker spaniel pup and he’s been great. He gives really good examples and analogies which helps you understand the behaviour of your pooch and why they might be doing certain things. He’s really helpful too even outside of the training sessions whenever we have questions! Chris also does a write up of the session so you can remember all the training.
Chris has a fantastic bond with dogs!
I’ve only had one session with Chris so far but my girl is so much more calm and a bit less aggressive towards other dogs! I feel more confident now taking my dogs out for their much loved walks!
Chris is an amazing trainer using modern training methods. Yes I’m his wife and might be biased, but this review is to test the site 😊
Experience and Certification
IMDT Qualified Dog trainer
Qualified and assessed as a dog trainer with the IMDT, and therefore follow their strict rules on ethical dog care and training
Human & K9 First Aid Qualified
Qualified in emergency first aid for both human and dog. Regularly reviewed and with the most up to date knowledge.
Experienced in delivering agility classes, and currently working towards a city and guilds lvl 3 qualification, including UK Dogsports