I've always wanted to work with animals. Leaving school I studied for a National Diploma in Animal Management followed by a gap year working at a wildlife rehabilitation centre in South Africa. I have a Bsc (Hons) degree in Animal Behaviour and Welfare (2.1) and have worked in various animal care sectors - farm parks, vets, pet shops and kennels.
I spent two years working for IMDT dog trainers/behaviourists in the New Forest before moving to Norfolk and bringing with me expertise and experience.
I am a member and have studied with the International School of Canine Psychology as well as a qualified Animal Healer and Canine Massage Therapist via the Healing Animals Organisation.
I have been heavily involved in running a Romanian charity - Eli for Animals for over 7 years. I regularly visit Romania to work with the dogs at our shelter as well as fostering and rehoming many dogs over the years. I work closely with rescues in the UK providing behavioural support for their adopters.
I attend as many seminars I can each year to broaden my knowledge. Here is a list of some of the courses/seminars/workshops I have attended:
Victoria Stilwell - The Power of Positive Training - 2 day seminar
Gav Muldoon/Jordan Shelley - 2 day reactive dogs workshop
Gav Muldoon/Jordan Shelley - 2 day fearful dogs workshop
Gav Muldoon - Introduction to scent work
Karen Wild - Resource guarding in dogs
IMDT - Steve Mann - Awesome owners for awesome dogs
IMDT - Rescue dogs
IMDT - Perfect Puppy
IMDT - Canine body language
IMDT - Working with noise sensitivities and phobias
School of Canine Science - 2 day multi dog household seminar
Isla Fishburn - Canine Wellness and Balanced behaviours
Introduction to T touch 1 day workshop
Craig Ogilvie - Interactive play workshop
2 day animal energy conference in Manchester
Healing Animals Organisation - Foundation in animal healing
ISCP - Certificate in canine behaviour
Michael Shikashio - Understanding Dog Aggression
Debby Lucken - Jealousy in Dogs
Susan G. Friedman webinar
I share my home with a menagerie of animals. My beloved English Springer Spaniel Jasper who has taught me so much over the years and has welcomed my Greek and Romanian rescue dogs into his home and has helped build the confidence of many fearful dogs over the years. I live in a multi pet household and also have a rescue cat and small animals.