Pawsitively Dogs

1-2-1 Dog Training and Behavioural Services



 About me

I am a grade 1 qualified instructor with the British Institute of Professional Dog Trainers (BIPDT) and a qualified teacher (PCGE).

I am an experienced trainer and canine behaviour advisor with over 20 years experience of working with dogs and their training/behaviour issues including aggression.

I was one of the first people in this area to use clicker training and started clicker training in 1996 having learnt from such notable people as Gary Wilkes, Nina Bonderenko and Kay Laurence. I find it is an incredibly powerful technique for resolving training and behaviour issues.

My code of ethics means that no aversives (such as rattle bottles, water sprays, spray collars etc.) are used as part of my training services. My focus is to teach the dog appropriate behaviours whilst preventing it from practising the undesired behaviours.

I have rehabilated several aggressive dogs over the years, some of these had severe people aggression issues, but are now 'pussy cats'.

I gained a Higher National Diploma in Animal Management and a Higher National Certificate in Canine Behaviour and Training. I am currently studying for the Advanced Diploma in Canine Behaviour management with Compass Education. I hold a BSc (Hons) and a PGCE.

I have attended numerous seminars and courses to keep my professional knowledge up to date. I am fully insured.

I am currently training several dogs for gundog work as well as working trials and competing in flyball. I am owned by an assortment of German Shepherds, Spanish Water Dogs, Jack Russell Terriers and working Cocker Spaniels. These guys often assist me during behaviour modification programmes.

Faith on gaining her Gundog Club Grade 2 Hunting Retriever award.

I wrote (and  delivered) the first Foundation Degree in Canine Behaviour and Training and  the first BSc in Canine Behaviour and Training at a local agricultural college.

I have written a book on positive gundog training as well as articles on working trials and puppy development. I am currently writing a training book.

Spud giving it her all in flyball

I am also a Reiki Master and I find that reiki can be a very useful tool in behaviour modification programmes as well as for gentle healing.


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