About Me

Expert Animal Behaviourist & evidence based practice

Knowledge. Trust. Assured.

I have a First Class Honours degree in Applied Animal Behaviour, an FDSC in Canine Behaviour and Training and a certificate with the Centre of Applied Pet Ethology (COAPE).

I am a Certified Clinical Animal Behaviourist (CCAB) with the Association of the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB). I am a Clinical Animal Behaviourist (CAB) with the Association of Pet Behaviour Councelllors (APBC) and a certificated member of the Fellowship of Animal Behaviour Clinicians (FABC). I am also a full member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (01311), and a Registered Clinical Animal Behaviourist and Animal Training Instructor with the Animal Behaviour and Training Council (ABTC).

I therefore must adhere to their high ethical standards and code of practice. I also regularly attend additional courses, workshops and seminars focussing on new research in the field, so you can be confident that my methods are up to date and ethical.

My Experience

I have spent the past 5years working in the central behaviour team for Dogs Trust and as a Puppy Training and Development Manager for an ADUK assistance dog charity. I now work as a full time behaviour and training consultant for pet dog carers, charities and vets.

I currently live with 3 of my own dogs, a rescue spaniel, a rescue terrier from Bulgaria and a withdrawn assistance dog. Outside of work I enjoy walks with my canine family as well as open water swimming and skating, I love being outdoors where possible!

My Approach

Ethical. Considered. 

I work with evidenced based practice that has been robustly measured by science. I do not use gadgets that claim to be ‘quick fixes’ for behaviour problems. These hard and fast methods can appear quite impressive sometimes for the behaviour in question, but frequently lead to much more serious issues because they suppress the problem, rather than address the route cause. As we know with humans, emotions have to come out somewhere else if not dealt with properly.  

Evidenced based methods are kind, and ensure that dogs feel safe through the process, but are not always a ‘quick fix’. Behaviour modification takes time and dedication and I believe there is no replacement for good training. I work to help you understand the way your dog communicates and help you address the underlying motivation for the behaviours shown. My training approach also focusses on problem prevention, helping you to equip your dog or puppy for life in an ever changing, fast paced human world! 

I also have a diploma with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, and recognise that we all learn differently. So don’t worry if a clicker isn’t your cup of tea, we will adapt training to your ability so that you enjoy it too!