I qualified with a Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Zoology in 2002 and went on to specialise in animal psychology, completing the Postgraduate Diploma in Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling (PG Dip CABC) in 2007.
I was a provisional member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (www.apbc.org.uk), for many years and achieved full membership status in 2016. I have been running WAGS Pet Behaviour since 2012.
After graduating in 2002 I first worked at Wood Green Animal Shelter in Cambridgeshire
in the dog section, specialising in temperament assessment and rehabilitation of
dogs with behavioural problems prior to re-
Since May 2005 I have worked for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, the UK’s second largest assistance dog organisation. For the first few years I trained Hearing Dogs to the required standards as well as instructed and supported new and established working partnerships and deaf clients nationwide, giving training and behavioural advice. In recent years I have been working in staff training and then partnership development, both of which involve coaching and teaching others (staff and clients) about dog training and behaviour as well as developing new ways of working in the future.
I grew up with a Greenland Husky Dog and several Burmese cats, and have been involved with dogs throughout most of my life in various different capacities. I live in Aylesbury with my partner, my son Dylan, and my black Labrador Bruce. In Bruce’s younger years, I used to attend agility and gun dog training classes with him. He is a working demonstration dog for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. I am also able to communicate in British Sign Language to level 2.
A healthy happy relationship with our pets is something every pet owner wants, but sometimes things don’t turn out as we hope. I am passionate about improving relationships between owners and their pets through behaviour counselling.
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