Happy Hounds & Secure Dog Walking Fields
In 1997, I attended Plumpton Agricultural College to study for a National Diploma in Animal Care, passing with Distinction and being awarded a cup for being the student with the highest grades. During this course I worked for 1 year in Wildlife Rescue and a further year was spent at Raystede Animal Rescue Centre in East Sussex. In both of these roles I was involved with a wide range of large and small animals but canine care and training became my passion after working closely with the rescued dogs. i also had a passion for fish and worked for 2 years in the world of water as a work placement then taken on as a paid member of staff, and got distinctions at college for my work in aquatics.
When I moved to Bristol I began work at Heavens Gate Animal Rescue Centre where once again i cared for a great diversity of animals but I spent as much time as possible with the rescue dogs. I was always drawn to the most difficult dogs which were frequently considered unsuitable for rehoming and with whom people were reluctant to work.
Whilst employed as a Dog Warden, I enrolled at the Animal Care College, studying Intermediate Canine Psychology, gaining a Distinction. I did many courses whilst with the Council but one of the most exciting was in Portland with Police dogs. Dogs used for drug searches and dogs that stop criminals. I was the pretend criminal with the arm protection! And a dog was sent after me! What an experience!
Later, when I felt a change of direction was needed, I worked as a Veterinary Nurse at Brimsham and Winterbourne Veterinary Clinics, gaining further valuable knowledge of animal health and treatment.
I left this job as i was offered a job at Teckels Animal Sanctuary in Whitminster. I spent 9 months there as a kennel assistant, working with boarding dogs and the rehoming dogs, helping to train and socialise the dogs. Unfortunately, the travel every day was too far so I left this job.
I spent several years working alongside another dog trainer at Castle Court Dog Training Club which was a Kennel Club class before setting up my own classes. I have been running my own classes since March 2012. My classes are not Kennel club classes because I do not agree with some of the standards of dog breeding set by them, these are my personal feelings.
I believe in ongoing training to keep my skills up-to-date.
- In December 2018, I attended a CPD Dog First Aid Emergency Canine Care course to refresh my skills.
- In June 2019, I completed a canine body language course run the by The Dog Training College.
- In 2020, I completed a reactive dog course run by The Dog Training college.
- 2022/23, Passed 'The School of Canine Science' Puppy Lab course
Please come along and see what I have to offer.