Growing up with a range of different animals, I had a natural interest in all animals, but dogs were always my passion, ever since I could speak! I finally got my first dog aged 11, my “Raffy” who was a deep ginger Golden Retriever and he was my first love! 4 years later we added Smashmouth, our funny English Bulldog into the family and we had the best years growing up together! As our dear dogs aged, and I had reached my late teens I had noticed some strange behavioural changes between them, so I sought help and it’s safe to say our whole family ended up with a whirlwind of contradictory information. I was already studying animal care at college and needed to find a work experience placement so I decided to try out our local dog training centre. What had meant to be a 2 week placement turned out to be 18 months! The more I learnt the more passionate I grew and I was able to not only help my two beloved dogs live out their years peacefully, I was also able to help my parent in-laws 3 feisty welsh terriers! As challenging as that was it was so rewarding! I trained at three different training schools over 8 years before I felt ready to launch my very own dog training business in December 2017. Since then we have made a lot owners very happy! I also found my passion for assistance dog training and became a certified dog trainer for Veterans With Dogs and trained with Dog Aid for 2 years alongside launching my business.
Back in 2015 we sadly lost both our beloved family dogs, 6 months apart and that broke our hearts, 6 months later my husband and I realised there was a paw shaped gap in our hearts so we set out to find ourselves a Newfoundland puppy, but instead we ended up finding a spaniel cross retriever who needed a home because he was reactive and had been left to his own devices at home!
There my love for rescues started, our first rescue dog Steve taught me about a different side to dogs, he came to us a crazy hyped up 7 month old puppy, who barked at every dog he encountered and chased every shadow in sight! We were out of our depth to say the least! Feeling completely at a loss as to how we could help him, thus my adventure into behavioural problems! 8 months later and we adopted our next crazy spaniel Dave, he came to us at 11 months because of his over boisterous behaviour. We very quickly learnt that to be true when he stole a sandwich off the waitresses’ tray when we took him to his first café! He then ran off with it, resulting in the chair my husband was sitting on breaking! So husband on the floor and a mad spaniel running around the café gardens with a broken chair attached to his lead and a victory sandwich being consumed! Yet again I realised we had our work cut out! 3 years later we took on our Golden Retriever Foster, Joyce at 4 months, she came to us with severe separation anxiety and some reactivity issues, she has been our biggest challenge but she also gives us the biggest rewards! Joyce is now living her best life in her forever home and is overcoming her challenges paw by paw. She has improved tremendously and we have regular contact with her new parents.