About
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CQSW
, BA (Hons), MA (Merit)

Reward Based Dog Training and Behaviour Clinics

Background

I have 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.

Education

Originally I 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 live.

In November 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.

Activities

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”.

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