Having grown up with border collies, one particular dog inspired and led me to understand better, how to support his needs further.
And so... in 2008, I started my formal education with a Canine Training and Behaviour course at Moreton Morrell College, Warwickshire. This led to my continued attendance of many other courses, seminars and workshops. In 2021 after 3 years of study I gained my degree in veterinary physiotherapy BSc (Hons).
Today I have two Springer Spaniels. Chester, now ten, who I had great fun training, together we have learned the importance of creating a partnership, problem solving and working through our challenges, as well as focusing on skills which make life fun and enjoyable. He enjoys helping to carry out the recycling, (I find giving working breeds jobs around the home works incredibly well) and at the other end of the spectrum, he loves nothing more than beating during the shooting season. In addition we have worked to achieve Levels 1 – 4 with the Gundog Club. Together we have also taken part in competitive working tests.
Barnaby my youngest is two, he is busy learning his foundation skills. He is such a totally different personality and his speed is immense which is certainly sharpening up my clicker and handling skills! We have already achieved distinction at Levels 1 & 2 with the Gundog Club.
Both of my dogs have physiotherapy and hydrotherapy to enhance their fitness, to enable them to participate in the athletic disciplines they enjoy so much.
Canine Training and Fitness Academy uses only positive reinforcement techniques, reinforcing the behaviour we want dogs to repeat, or that they are already doing correctly. The benefit of this approach is, it increases the likelihood that the behaviour will be repeated. Traditional fear-based techniques are not supported.
We want you and your dog to have fun, create a strong partnership and support positive actions and qualities using enthusiasm, encouragement and using natural/logical rewards to form these bonds.
I am a member of the National Association of Veterinary Physiotherapists (NAVP) and am insured with specialised professional and public liability insurance. Both veterinary physiotherapy and training is under pinned by scientific research and evidence, therefore I continue to undertake professional development in order to keep my techniques and knowledge up to date.
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Positive Reinforcement Trainer & BSc (Hons) Veterinary Physiotherapist, NAVP
Canine Training and Fitness Academy
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