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:
A Moderator for the Do No Harm Dog Training Group which follows the Hierarchy of Dog Needs
The only referral behaviourist and trainer used by Pet Doctors Isle of Wight
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 in person, online and through downloadable resources. While I am physically based on the Isle of Wight, UK for in-person assistance 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, biting)
- Resource Guarding
- Separation Anxiety
- Generalised Fear (anxiety, phobias)
- Puppy Development
- Adolescent Behaviour