I completed the Post Graduate Diploma in Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling at the University of Southampton in 2006. This 4 year course covers learning theory and application,ethology, neurophysiology, psychology, welfare and ethics. It also gives the opportunity to apply the theory to practical case studies. This is the only course, at this advanced level, which is specific to the behaviour counselling profession. I also completed my M.Sc in Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling at the same university in 2010. In January 2014 I became an ASAB Certified Clinical Animal Behaviourist (CCAB). I am a full member of the the APBC (Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors) and currently its Chair. I am a member of the British Veterinary Behaviour Association (BVBA). I am listed on the Animal Behaviour and Training Council (ABTC) as a Clinical Animal Behaviourist. I am a full member of the APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers).
I live in a multi animal household with 13 dogs (11 of them from rescue), rabbits and guinea pigs. I have had an interest in horses for many years. I have run a tortoise sanctuary for over 20 years and deliver workshops and lectures to tortoise owners and veterinary professionals. I have written articles and other materials on dog behaviour and psychology. I have delivered presentations to veterinary staff and dog owners with regard to dog and cat behaviour and firework phobias.
I have run dog training classes for over 14 years and have been involved in developing courses for others in this field. I have an interest in agility, Rally-O and the Kennel Club Good Citizen Scheme. I am a Pets as Therapy (PAT dogs) assessor. I visit schools with my dogs helping to teach children how to stay safe around dogs. I have been a DogAid trainer, working with disabled adults who would like to train their own dogs as assistance dogs. I am the practice behaviourist for Black Notley Vets and work as a behaviourist and trainer for the local branch of a well known national rescue organisation. I have been involved in assessing dogs and writing reports for solicitors working on legal cases.
In 2006 I took a team of dogs to Crufts to demonstrate the Good Citizen Scheme, and in 2011 demonstrated Rally-O at the London Pet Show at Olympia and will do so at Discover Dogs at Earls Court. In 2011 I launched Agility-0, a new dog sport which combines agility with rally obedience.
In 2011 I became a Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Affiliated Dog Trainer. I am one of very few Victoria Stilwell approved dog trainers in Britain.