My first dog, Sparky, came into my life when I was 4 years old. Even at that age I knew how special these creatures were and that they would always be part of my life in some capacity. Sparky was such a wonderful friend and boy, did we have fun together! I credit him for introducing me to the beauty that is sharing your life with a dog.
Needing more dogs in my life I started volunteering at my local ASPCA around the age of 14 and once I finished high school I made the decision to pursue a career as a Certified Veterinary Technician (Nurse). It was during this time that I started to have a more direct interest in dog behaviour and training.
In my role as a canine behaviour specialist, my ultimate goal is for you and your dog to have the best relationship possible. Every great relationship starts with a solid foundation built on an understanding of what one another needs, compromise and an ability to communicate effectively so that you are able to maintain a positive connection. This is what I practice and this is what I teach. I educate humans on how to empower their dogs.
Alongside my 20+ years of hands-on experience in working together with dogs, I am also:
The only referral behaviourist and trainer used by Pet Doctors Isle of Wight
A former moderator for the Do No Harm Training Group
Endorsed and receive referrals from other professionals in the field of behaviour, training and veterinary
R+Dogs began in 2018 and supplies behaviour and training options to you online and through downloadable resources. While I am physically based on the Isle of Wight, UK I primarily work with virtual clients all around the globe.
Dog behaviour has many facets and I have chosen to dedicate my professional study and guidance in these areas:
- Reactivity (barking, lunging, defensive behaviour)
- Generalised fear/phobias
- Puppy Development