I am the head trainer at Puppy School Hethersett, which began teaching puppy classes through the national Puppy School franchise in 2015 following extensive training from Gwen Bailey, internationally renowned dog behaviorist and Founder of Puppy School.
Since beginning my training I have worked continually to remain up to date with training techniques and believe in the importance of continuous education and development of skills. I have undergone rigorous assessment to become a member of the APDT (Membership number 01334) and am a registered practitioner with the ABTC.
“The Association of Pet Dog Trainers is a voluntary organisation established to improve the welfare of dogs and the competence of dog owners through the promotion of training skills and techniques based on up to date, researched, methods that apply the principles of kindness fairness and effectiveness and are in keeping with modern learning theory.”
Prior to working with dogs I worked with adults with learning difficulties and children with behavioural problems which taught me the importance of a calm and patient approach to teaching and an understanding of behavior modification techniques where verbal communication is sometimes impossible.
I believe that a huge part of helping owners with their puppies and dogs comes down to helping the ‘human’ part of the partnership. I teach people to become better at training and understanding their dogs and use my skills to support all my clients. Having puppies and dogs with behavioral issues can be extremely challenging and I work hard to support all my ‘human’ clients without judgment.
I am mum to two teenage children and understand the challenges of raising puppies within a family setting. I am always keen to involve and educate children living with or around dogs.
I am also a doggy mum to my two amazing Labradors Eva and Reg who are now 12 and 8 years old. Eva came to me at 1-year-old having spent the first year of her life locked outside in a run. It was thanks to her that I developed a passion for understanding canine behavior and learned about the joy to be had from rehabilitating an animal that had missed critical early socialisation and training as a young dog. Eva is now a happy and content member of our family and still, at 12 years old enjoys getting up to a little bit of mischief!