A brief introduction. I qualified in 2011 with a degree in BSc (Hons) Applied Animal Management, with a special interested in companion animal behaviour, welfare and nutrition. Since this time I have been offering pet care alongside dog training and training classes. I joined Puppy School and began teaching the syllabus in puppy classes. I have also taken my assessment to become a Register Animal Training instructor on the ABTC register. As well as this I became a Provisional member of the APBC meaning I have the required academic qualifications and will go through the process to become a full member. I also regularly attend conferences, seminars and workshops to keep my knowledge up-to-date as well as attending regular canine first aid courses to ensure my skills meet the standards.
I have been working with companion animals since 2008 while I was studying my degree. This gave me a great opportunity to gain a wide range of experience with animals. I began providing dog training and pet care services in early 2011 and have since worked with many dogs, cats, small animals and exotic animals.
From a young age I was interested in animals, particularly their behaviour and welfare. This prompted me to complete a National Diploma in Animal Management through Cannington College after leaving school (2006 – 2008). This furthered my interest in psychology, animal behaviour, welfare and nutrition.
In 2008 I began working in a kennels and cattery where I cared for the dogs and cats as well as being a grooming assistant. Through this work I gained a great amount of experience with many different breeds of dogs and cats.
In 2008, upon completion of the National Diploma, I studied BSc (Hons) Applied Animal Management with Bournemouth University which I completed in 2011 achieving a 2:1. Over the 3 years I gained an extensive amount of knowledge and experience with many animals and covered a large range of topics including health, anatomy and physiology, nutrition, welfare and behaviour. I was able to carry out projects specifically to observe and analyse behaviour and as a result learning to identify and understand the reasons for the behaviours being carried out.
I became a provisional member of the APBC (Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors) and am therefore gaining experience before applying for full membership. As a requirement of this I complete Continuing Professional Development (CPD) every year which includes attending seminars, conferences and workshops on various topics on companion animals and their behaviour. Over the past few years I was able to volunteer at a rescue centre where I exercised and trained the dogs as well as carried out behavioural assessments.
In recent years I have carried out many other courses on dogs, specifically training and behaviour. Currently I am studying an Advanced Diploma in Canine Behaviour Modification. This is a great way to keep up-to-date with the ever changing world of dog training and behaviour.
I joined Puppy School in 2017 and began teaching the Puppy School syllabus to owners and their puppies. I also took my assessment to become a registered training instructor on the ABTC register in 2018.
As well as this I have contributed to Total Boarding magazine where I wrote articles on various dog related matters. This has been a fantastic opportunity and it is great to be able to share knowledge and experiences with others.
Although I have studied to degree level I am always keen to learn new things as it is always possible to learn new information and techniques from both professionals and enthusiasts!
There is always something more to be learnt!
I am happy to discuss my qualifications and experience with you when we meet to discuss your pets needs!