I have always loved all animals and have wanted to work with them for as long as I can remember.
I am currently owned by two dogs and three cats.
I have experience with many species after working at a wild animal park but dogs and cats remain my biggest love. I have a deep interest in their behaviour ensuring their mental wellbeing is catered for alongside their physical needs. I am passionate about providing the best care possible to my own animals as well as yours when they are in my care.
At the age of 16 I was lucky enough to be able to do some voluntary work at a Wild Animal Park which led to a paid position as soon as one came up. I gained experience of working with many different animals, ranging from wolves to wallabies, goats to guanacos and many in between.
After leaving my job at the wild animal park I worked at a livery stables which furthered my experience with horses which I had previously gained from riding and helping out at a local stables for many years.
In 2002 I got a job at a boarding kennels and cattery which was invaluable experience in dealing with many different dog breeds and personalities! During my time there I learnt a lot about dogs and their behaviour. I worked at the kennels for ten years and was animal care manager at the time of leaving.
I owned a Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Kyle, from 2003-2012 who was my greatest teacher. Kyle and I learnt so much together and because of Kyle I have read many books on dog training and behaviour which together with working with dogs for many years I feel has given me invaluable knowledge and experience with many different dogs.
At present I am owned by three rescued tabby cats, a Chesapeake Bay Retriever named Kaiden and a rescue x breed, Paco.
Since having Kaiden, I have gone on to become a full member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, I have taught scentwork as an accredited trainer for Talking Dogs Scentwork and I am a UKCSD trainer. I am currently studying a three year course on dog behaviour. I strive to keep my knowledge as upto date as possible and only use methods that do not involve fear/pain or harsh handling.
I know how worrying it can be when you have to trust other people to look after your animals, I will do my best to carry out your requirements and promise to treat your pet with the kindness I would like mine to be treated with if I was unable to be with them myself. Daily updates and photos are always available.
I am fully insured and CRB checked. References available.