I have been working with companion animals full time for the last 10 years. My two amazing dogs, Rolf my chocolate Labrador and Stewie the German Pointer, (along with my husband and three year old twins), mean everything to me.
Having graduated from Sheffield University with a degree in Zoology I then obtained a Master of Science degree in Animal Behaviour and Welfare from Edinburgh University. It was at Edinburgh University that I embraced my passion for companion animal behaviour and completed a dissertation investigating the effect of rescue shelter environment on the behaviour of dogs, the implications for adoption and re-relinquishment.
I am a full member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Councillors (APBC) (www.apbc.org.uk) and a member of the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB) and approved by the Animal Behaviour Training Council as a clinical animal behaviourist and training instructor. As Regional Manager for Puppy School I provide puppy school training but also help to guide other puppy school tutors in the South West region. My experience in dog and puppy training has further led me to be a dog trainer for the registered charity Dog Aid.
From 2002 until 2011 I was a qualified lecturer at Bridgwater College where I delivered practical learning sessions to students studying a Level 3 qualification in Animal Management or a BSc in Applied Animal Management. Due to the growth of my animal behaviour consultancy I had to bid a sad farewell to lecturing on a full time basis but still support the college by being a guest lecturer and supporting works experience students.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.