I am based in West London where, after a long career in a front line public service, I decided to achieve my ambition to start my own business in the field of dog behaviour. It is important to me that I have the academic qualifications as well as the practical experience with dogs. So many people in the field of animal behaviour have either one or the other, but not both! I have a Level 4 COAPE Advanced Diploma in Companion Animal Behaviour and Training, and a Diploma in Applied Psychology (Birkbeck – University of London) , I have qualified with Alpha Education for the Intermediate and Advanced ‘Think Dog’ courses which are accredited with the National Open College Network. I have applied for membership of the APDT (the Association of Pet Dog Trainers). I am interested in a wider area of human psychology and I have a certificate in NLP – Neurolinguistic Programming (a branch of cognitive psychology) and I am also a member of British MENSA. I am continuing to study with Professor Peter Neville at COAPE for an Honours Degree in companion animal behaviour.
I have volunteered with two well known dog rescue charities. I work as a kennel socialiser, with the most famous London based dogs home. I have regular, practical interaction with very stressed dogs in rescue shelters. This gives me the opportunity to put my academic learning into practical experience. It is one thing to learn about the brain chemistry which causes stressed dogs to behave distructively, it is quite another thing to handle that same dog when it is jumping up to try to bite your nose off! As well as being a volunteer dog-walker at another rescue centre in West London, I also help out at a local dog training class in Northwood.
I own a working Labrador who is a work in progress. Dog behaviour is my passion. Having a well behaved, happy dog in your home is a life-enhancing experience. If you take the time to get to know your dog and find out what makes it happy, your efforts will be repaid in abundance.
"On behalf of Hounds for Heroes I would like to express our gratitude for your support to assist us in our aims of placing assistance dogs with injured veterans and emergency service personnel. It is always so difficult when setting...read more
"I must admit, this is the most excited I have been for a while!! I am literally on the edge of my seat! "
"It has been huge fun for the family finding out! I have now recommended it to a few of my clients. "
"Thanks very much. You've been brilliant Sarah; the communication has been fantastic. I can't wait to see the results."
"It was amazing to find that he was a mixture of a shihtzu, westie and a Yorkshire terrier! I can see the westie in him now this has been confirmed, thank you so much for this and what a brilliant...read more
"Received results today thank you so much for your service I am delighted with results as now his behaviour makes sense, I have passed your details to a friend and hope she is as pleased as me."
"Now it puts a completely new slant on things. I can see the traits in him from his results. We knew there was Springer in there, and reading up on the other breeds I can definitely see some of the...read more
"Thank you so much for helping us find out Luckys genetic makeup we have always thought he was a x breed as when we rescued him that's what we were told. We are really suprised to find out he is...read more