I started training my own Border Collie at 11 years of age and joined a local dog club in Sussex where we lived. It did not take long for the 'bug to bite' and I was hooked on wanting to learn more! With a lot of encouragement I went on to instruct at the club and then to compete with some success and was asked to steward and then eventually judge local shows.
On moving to Devon I started my own dog club which was an enjoyable challenge and when I moved to Birmingham I started another dog club and became Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) and British Institute of Professional Dog Trainers (BIPDT) qualified. The term 'behaviourist' then started to become more widely used so as a very mature student I went to Bishop Burton College and qualified with an HNC in Dog Training and Behaviour. I then began doing more behaviour consultations and joined UK Registry of Canine Behaviourists (UKRCB) as an Associate, now renamed The Canine Behaviour and Training Association. After a year I became a full member and then a Director.
When I moved to Telford I started a club called ‘Donnington Dog Club’, as that is where our first venue was situated, and have kept the name although the venue has moved.
I have puppy walked for ‘Guide Dogs for the Blind’ for ten years and I have socialized dogs for ‘Hearing Dogs for the Deaf’.
I have also assessed and socialised dogs for the West Midlands Police.