So why choose me ?
Let me tell you a little bit about myself.
I have been working with dogs for 45 years now, so you could say I have plenty of experience.
At the age of 14 years, I was working as a head kennel maid in a local boarding and showing kennels. There I learnt how to train and show dogs, mostly Red Setters, which was the first dog of my own.
I also started teaching pet dog classes, whilst training my own dog.
I have worked in another local boarding and grooming kennels, where I learnt the art of pet, grooming, clipping and hand stripping.
As well as the basic dog training that I was engaged in, I became heavily involved in dog Agility, of which I spent many years competing and judging in.
I left employment and started up my own training and grooming business, which included dog walking and a grooming salon and pet shop.
Since the age of 17, I have always had multiple dogs. so I studied and learnt all about dog language and communication, so that I could be a good leader to my dogs and I have never stopped learning. Along with that I have a great interest in human psychology and have studied this subject well, which helps me to understand us humans as well as canines.
I lost my business when in 1998 My health took a dive with the first of two severe strokes, of which the second occurred 6 months later. I won’t go into it all but, I was in a wheel chair for a year and unable to talk for 7 months (Aphasiac).
It took many years of recovery and I have had 5 small strokes (TIA’S) since then, but thankfully the last one was many years ago.
During my recovery I continue to work with and train my own and other peoples dogs, which was the main reason I have come through them as well as I have. Not being able to communicate or make my self understood, was one of the most frustrating times in my life, so I understand how our dogs feel, when we cant or don’t understand them. At the onset of the strokes, I had to deal with, anxiety, panic attacks and total fear of my new life. I also suffer with PHN (postherpetic neuralgia) which gives me permanent nerve pain, buy hay ho, we all have our crosses to bear.
If it wasn’t for my dogs I wouldn’t be here now, so I know how important our dogs are in our lives.
I have since rebuilt my dog business with the invaluable help from Roland Marks, my partner and Head Trainer, (see ‘meet the team’ Page) and as you can see from the menu list, we offer a lot of services to help pet owners have that happy and rewarding relationship with their dogs that we all want.
But I must say that I am passionate about teaching owners to be responsible, and to educate them to respect other dogs and owners problems.
If you are one of those owners that allow your dog to run up to other dogs when they are off the lead, when you have no recall control, and shout from a distance, ‘Its Ok he’s friendly’, and if you are not open to change or to learning why this is not good dog ownership, then maybe I am not the person to help you.
But if you are open minded and want to learn how to be a great and respectful dog owner, then carry on through this website and I look forward to working with you.
Author of educational books for all owners with anxious dogs.
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