IMDT Qualified Dog Trainer
I’ve always had dogs… Around the beginning of 2009 I realised my passion for training and coaching was far more than a passing interest. I’d had childhood pets when I was a kid, and as soon as I could I got my dog, Maisy the Border collie cross. I found it incredibly fufilling to train with her, understand her and have her as part of my life.
After getting 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 as it seemed a bit kinder and forgiving, though still didnt quite work for me. 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. From here I started to create my own principles, theories and proceedures and started to impliment them on just about every dog I could find. Still using the science based training but taking away anything that seemed clunky or unneccisary from a science point of view.
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, really. 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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Qualifications, courses and professional development
- IMDT Certified at Distinction Level
- K9 First Aid
- Course, 2 day career as a Trainer
- Course, 4 day practical instructor for classes
- Course, Perfect Puppy
- Course, Loose lead theory
- Course, Recall theory
- IMDT (Behavioural) – Consultation and Follow up
- IMDT (Behavioural) – Seperation anxiety
- IMDT (Behavioural) – Breed and Preditory Motor Patterns
- IMDT (Behavioural) – Canine Adolescence
- IMDT (Behavioural) – Resource Guarding
- Level 3 canine learning theory
- Exercise, foundation to advanced
My Reviews and why their so important.
I pride myself on only using honest, hard earnt reviews. I find the best way to keep myself current is to constantly take feedback from clients, professionals and research. If you ever have any training with me, I’d love to hear back from, to see what you liked, what you didnt and anything else. Im here to provide a service for you, and I want to do the best I can. Their also the only way you know who I am and what you get out of training. So please feel free to have a look around and see what others think to me, my training and its usefulness! And I guess the most important thing, its effectiveness.
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