I completed the Post Graduate Diploma in Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling at the University of Southampton in 2006. This 4 year part-time course covered learning theory and application,ethology, neurophysiology, psychology, welfare and ethics. It also gave the opportunity to apply the theory to practical case studies. 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 and Animal Training Instructor. I am a full member of the APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers).
I live in a multi animal household with 10 dogs (all 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 18 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 many others in the East of England. I have been involved with a number of national rescue organisations. I have been involved in assessing dogs and writing reports for legal cases for a number of years.
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.