Find out about me and transform your dog’s or cat’s behaviour with positive reinforcement training from a qualified, accredited professional trainer.
Qualifications at a Glance
ADip AAB: Advanced Diploma Applied Animal Behaviour
ADip CBM: Advanced Diploma in Canine Behaviour Management
ADip FBM: Advanced Diploma in Feline Behaviour Management
KPA-CTP: Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner
BTEC II: Health and Safety BTEC
ABTC: Registered with the Animal Behaviour and Training Council
MISAP: Member of the International Society of Animal Professionals
Canine First Aid Certificate
PetPlan Insurance Advisor
Veterinary Nutrition Advisor
Canine Law Training
Welcome To R+ Dog Training
Welcome to R+ Dog and Cat Training. I am a qualified, professional trainer and behaviourist providing positive reinforcement-based, force-free training that enables people and animals to succeed and learn in a supportive, safe environment.
- Is your dream of having a dog not always matched by the reality?
- Are you working to settle a rescue dog or introducing good manners to an excitable puppy?
- Does your adolescent dog leave you wondering where your sweet puppy went?
- Do you want to help your older dog lead a good quality life?
- Do you want to meet other dog owners in a relaxed, supportive setting?
- Are you fed up with your kitten scratching and biting?
- Are you trying to introduce your cat to a cat flap or litter box?
- Do you struggle with vet and grooming visits?
You are not alone; let me help you.
My training courses and behavioural consultations deal with real dogs and cats in a real life setting because, from that first greeting in the morning to settling down when you need time for yourself, you need support.
Cats may be the Johnny Come Latelys to the domestic animal world but they are just as stimulated by, and amenable to, training as dogs when taught using force-free methods. Please ask for help with behavioural consultations and training for cats.
Find out about how you can get help training equines, birds and fish.
Still have questions? Find out more here…
Together we can find solutions for the companion animal in your life.
Find Out About Me
Canine and feline behaviour is a fast-moving field. I update my knowledge and practise my skills continually so that you can benefit from the latest insights into why dogs and cats behave the way that they do.
I gained Advanced Diplomas in Applied Animal Behaviour and Canine and Feline Behaviour Management and am very proud to be one of the select few Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partners. KPA Certified trainers undergo intensive initial training and pledge to uphold the highest standards throughout their teaching. You can watch a short video about the KPA and my training methods here. I am registered with the Animal Behaviour and Training Council as an Animal Trainer.
I spent six years in veterinary practice where I gained qualifications in veterinary nutrition for dogs and cats and in companion animal insurance. Later, I gained a certificate in canine first aid.
I have shown my own dogs and run and judged many companion dog shows and am a Kennel Club qualified show judge. Welfare and stress-free handling with co-operative care are always my top priorities.
Continual professional training keeps my skills up to date, including frequent updates on canine and feline-specific legislation. There have been several government consultations in which I have participated, to try to make the world a better, safer place for animals and owners.
Dogs have been part of human society for thousands of years and cats joined later. I am committed to helping dogs, cats and humans continue to live together in harmony by providing real world solutions for the problems that life throws up.
You can read more about dogs and keep up to date with the latest developments on my DogsNet website and blog.
Find Out About The Dogs Who Led Me Here
I started work as a professional performer in theatre and television but I couldn’t own a dog because I was a freelancer. A cat and several spiders filled the gap. I also worked often with horses. Then, while reading for an MA, a friend died and I inherited Maly, her 11 year old collie-shepherd. Initially, he was too scared to walk down the road and was extremely noise-sensitive. I worked to ease his problems which meant that he soon qualified for the final of the Kennel Club Scruffts competition and was voted Your Dog Magazine Golden Oldie just before he died at 16 years old.
He was that very special companion, the dog of my life.
After Maly died, I needed a challenge to fill the yawning gap. With Vadim, I certainly got it! He was handed over to me in very poor condition as “untrainable” but we managed to prove everyone wrong. My lovely Sibe not only took his Kennel Club Good Citizens exams, but was a Pets As Therapy Volunteer and a blood donor for the Pet Blood Bank, going on to win their inaugural Bramble Craddock Award. He also earned an embarrassing amount of winning places, including prestigious Best In Show awards in the show ring. It was quite a journey for both of us. Vadim was 11 years old when he succumbed to liver cancer. I now specialise in working with basal breeds of dog (aka natural or primitive breeds).
I will also to pay tribute to Humphrey and his generous owners as they lent him to me for eighteen months. Vadim died the night before I was accepted onto the prestigious Karen Pryor Academy Professional Dog Trainer course, so Humphrey became my training partner. He was just seven months old when we started, and it was a tough few months for both of us. There were early starts and evening sessions during the week with more intense work at weekends.
Humphrey took it all in his stride whilst his owners provided practical and emotional support above and beyond all expectation. Sadly for me, they moved away, but we are of course still in touch. The legacy remains in the pride with which I acknowledge their contribution to my professional development – and in Humphrey of course!
Well here he is at last: meet Travis, the Australian Shepherd. After lots of research, failed matings and small litters and a 5 year wait, I finally have a new puppy.
I can certainly empathise and sympathise with my clients’ puppy training challenges! Travis is now 16 weeks old and growing extremely fast.
Why not follow my Puppy Blog and share his journey towards adulthood.
The relationship between people and their animals is continually changing as the world around us changes. Everyone needs a little help sometimes, so contact me now and together we can help your dog and/or cat to live the most fulfilling life possible.
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