Credentials & Qualifications

Credentials 2020-09-26T15:58:50+01:00

I have been an animal lover for as long as I can remember and have owned all sorts of pets including gerbils, fish, stick insects, rabbits, guinea pigs and dogs. An interest in psychology allowed me to specialise in a topic that brought my two areas of interest together; animal behaviour.

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I have a degree in Psychology, an NOCN level 3 in Canine Training and Behaviour as well as a Post-Graduate level qualification in Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling. I attend workshops and seminars to keep my knowledge up to date.

I am a full member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors, a registered clinical animal behaviourist by the Animal Behaviour and Training Council and a full member of the Pet Professional Guild of force-free trainers. 

I am fully insured.

I have ten years experience of both professional and personal experience with behavioural issues. As well as the many owners and pets I have worked with I have also fostered and adopted a number of pets into my own home to work and live with. A number of these dogs have had issues, from being afraid to go for walks to separation problems to both human and dog directed aggression. Not only can I help, but I understand what living with problem dogs can be like.

It is important to me to have a non-judgemental approach to helping owners with their problem. Despite popular misconceptions, it is not usually the owners’ fault that behaviour problems develop. However, no matter how issues arise the most important factor is how to best move forwards. It is important to progress at a pace that works for both the humans and pets for long term success.

Case Studies

Below is the percentage of the different breeds of dogs I worked with in 2019

Other crossbreeds 46%
Other pedigree breeds 17%
Cocker Spaniel 10%
Cockapoo 8%
Labrador 7%
French Bulldog 6%
Border Collie 4%
Jack Russell Terrier 3%
Lurcher 3%
Miniature Schnauzer 3%

The issues I worked with were:

Primary Presenting Problem % Caseload
Aggression/Threats Towards Familiar People 23.3%
Aggression/Threats Towards Unfamiliar People 20%
Aggression/Threats Towards Unfamiliar Dogs 20%
Fearful/Phobic Behaviour 14.2%
Training Problems/Over Arousal 9.2%
Separation Related Issues 5.8%
Aggression Towards Familiar/Household Dogs 4.2%
New Baby/Children Preparation and Training 1.7%
Repetitive or Compulsive Type Behaviour 0.8%

I have previously also appeared on BBC Radio Nottingham as a guest speaker (Expert of the week).