enjoyed living with a variety of dogs, sometimes 2 or 3 together, from a
German Shepherd cross to our present dog Perkins, a 9 month old Cavalier
King Charles Spaniel. I also have experience of the vast majority of
breeds through my work and associated activities.
qualified and worked as a social worker; I now consider myself a dog
social worker and as such I am committed to improving the quality of
their lives. Over 30 years, I have been on many courses, gaining
knowledge about dogs and their behaviour, how they learn and the ways in
which they relate both to one another and the humans in whose world they
2015 I was awarded the degree of Masters in Anthrozoology (the
interactions between human and non-human animals). For my dissertation I
explored issues concerning companion dogs in public places. In January
2016, still with the University of Exeter, I will start work on further
research, concerning the relationships between dogs and their humans,
and investigate the provision of education and training for them. This
will hopefully lead initially to an M/Phil and then if all progresses
well, to a PhD.
In addition to individual
consultations, I have been running
Millhouses Dog Training Club for 30 years.
For the last 20 years, I have
been the external assessor for Support
Dogs, a registered assistance dog charity. I assess the unit, dog
and owner, for their public behaviour. For the last 25 years I have also
been a regular contributor on BBC
Radio Sheffield dog “phone-ins”.