About Me

I have had a lifelong interest in, and love of, dogs. Having owned a number of Old English Sheepdogs in the past, I now share my life with two Hungarian Pulis, Cookie and Chilli, Cavalier x Papillon, Maggie and Löwchen, Lyric, as well as two very elderly donkeys, Lucy and Dusty. My longsuffering husband, Adrian, provides much valued support in caring for them all.

 

My involvement in teaching people and their dogs began soon after my arrival in Aberdeen in 1995, firstly as a Ring-craft (dog exhibiting) trainer and then as an assistant puppy class instructor for five years.  During that time my interest in the science of how dogs learn grew and my formal study of this fascinating subject began.

 

I have studied dog behaviour and training to Advanced level and hold the COAPE Advanced Diploma in Companion Animal Behaviour and Training (DipCABT) awarded in 2005 under the tuition of internationally respected educators in the field, Professor Peter Neville, Sarah Whitehead, Val Strong and Vet, Robert Falconer-Taylor.

 

My final Case Study on Separation Related Disorders was published in the Veterinary Times in 2005 and also, in 2014, in the book: ‘EMRA Intelligence: the revolutionary new approach to treating behaviour problems in dogs.’ by R Falconer-Taylor, Peter Neville and Val Strong. 

 

I am an Affiliate of the Coape Association of Pet Behaviourists and Trainers.

 

As an Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) member, I abide by their Code of Practice which promotes training methods that are Kind, Fair and Effective.  Members’ classes may be spot checked at any time by APDT assessors.

 

My Professional Development is maintained by frequent attendance at seminars and workshops.