Originally from Leeds, I now live on the outskirts of Norton, Malton with my 2 adult children, 2 dogs, cat and 2 horses. Having worked with a variety of animals over the last 30 years, I
have a wealth of experience with a calm and practical view to animal care and training.
In 2000 following attendance at a dog training class with our two weimaraners with the children and my sister, Val, she suggested that I could have run the class better! This started the ball rolling, I was one of the first people to enrol on the HNC in Canine Behaviour and Training at Bishop Burton College under the leadership of Angela White.This led to a position at Askham Bryan College lecturing on the canine related modules for National Diploma and First Diploma and also running evening dog training classes. I went on to lecture on a number of other courses and modules including exotics, small animal care, grooming and kennel and cattery management. During this time I was invited to join Radio York on a monthly basis on the Ellie Show answering peoples queries about dog behaviour and training. I am still invited to talk on current canine affairs from time to time on the news programme.
In 2002 I started running dog training classes in Malton.
As a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and Pet Professional Guild I am bound to continue my professional development by attending workshops and seminars. Both associations promote force free training. Having grown from the traditional yank and pull techniques which never appeared right somehow I have embraced the concept of force free, reward based training. I believe a well trained dog = a happy dog and a happy owner. To train a dog well requires patience, understanding and clarity using kind fair and effective techniques. There is no room in any of my training for aversives such as check chains, electric collars, rolled up newspapers or rattle cans. Instead I adopt a positive approach using reward to encourage acceptable behaviour, offering the dog an alternative to unwanted behaviour which can then be rewarded is a more reliable method of teaching your dog.
I have just completed BSc(Hons) in Applied Psychology with Arden University. I also have an Edexcel Level 3 in Education. In September 2017 I will be starting an MSc in Applied Animal
Behaviour and Training at Bishop Burton College.
James has now joined the business as assistant trainer. He is also offering dog walking and house sitting. James has always been involved with the family dogs and acheived a high level of training
with Beth and Bramble and now helps with Ziggy. James has been predominantly involved with horses throughout his working life training youngsters and retraining racehorses. He has spent the last
couple of years working for Malcolm Jefferson riding out and looking after National Hunt horses. He is now working with Atkinson Action Horses taking part in summer shows as a stunt rider.
Hayley Dargan is also an assistant trainer helping out at classes and also carrying out any one to one training sessions for us in the Helmsley area. Hayley works part time at Edgemoor
Veterinary Practice and has just completed the Compass Diploma in Canine Behaviour and Training at Distinction level. Hayley has a Cairn Terrier, Willow, who has attended all our classes and is
an absolute credit to her.