I have always been passionate about dogs, and particularly interested in the welfare of dogs in rescue and their training once in a new home. I have volunteered for many years at rescues in Italy and Spain, and more recently worked at an English charity as a Rehoming and Welfare Assistant. Through my work with rescued dogs, I have got to know a great many temperaments and personalities, from very shy and anxious dogs, to the big bouncy ones who don't know their own strength. I have experience training for basic obedience, recall and general manners, as well in the behaviour modification of more complex issues, such as separation anxiety, noise phobias and reactivity.
I currently volunteer with a Spanish rescue group, carrying out pre-adoption home assessments for potential adopters looking to welcome a new dog into their family.
I have fostered and adopted a number of the dogs I've worked with over the years, including a very bouncy scent-hound who came to me with no recall and a love for running off into the distance whenever the opportunity presented itself, an adorable but equally grumpy Dachshund mix who suffered noise phobias and reactivity, a Podenco cross with separation anxiety, and most recently, a partially sighted puppy with some very big (and loud) feelings about everything unfamiliar.
Trying to better understand and help her has lead me to a deeper understanding of the effects of trauma and the dysregulation of the nervous system on the behaviour and welfare of dogs.
I believe in a compassionate approach that looks at offering your dog choice, encouraging calmness and building connection, strengthening the bond between guardian and dog. Desirable behaviours can be reinforced through varied forms of reward (including play), without any need for fear or the use of painful equipment.
I am committed to the use of scientifically-proven, force free and reward-based methods, to help you and your dog live happily together.
I am a full training professional with the Pet Professional Guild, an association of force-free pet professionals and a full member of the association of International Canine Behaviourists. Details of recent courses and seminars I have attended can be found here. I am fully insured with Pet Business Insurance.
Thank you for taking the time to visit the site and read about what I do. If you feel I might be the right person to help with your dog, I look forward to hearing from you.
Trauma Informed Certificate for Coaches, Centre For Healing - 2024
Animal Assisted Therapy Practitioner, BSY - 2020 to present
Trap, Neuter, Release For Feral Population Control, Level 3, Animal Courses Direct, 2020
Masters in Animal Law and Society, Universitat Autonomo de Barcelona - 2017
BSc. Applied Animal Behaviour, University of Portsmouth - 2015
Advanced Diploma in Canine Behaviour Management (Distinction), Compass Education & Training - 2013
Canine Behaviour Practitioner Diploma, British College of Canine Studies - 2012
Diploma in Animal Behaviour (Distinction), Level 3 - 2011