Originally from Leeds, I now live in Norton, Malton with one of my 2 adult children James and my dog Ziggy. Having worked with a variety of animals over the last 30 years both as a trainer, behaviour consultant and lecturer, I have a wealth of experience with a calm and practical approach to animal care and training.
As a Provisional Clinical Animal Behaviourist with the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors, full member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and Registered Trainer with the ABTC and DogAid, I am bound to continue my professional development by attending workshops and seminars etc.
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 kinder approach using reward to encourage and reinforce acceptable behaviour, allowing the dog the opportunity to make the right decision. Offering the dog an alternative to unwanted behaviour which can then be rewarded is a more reliable method of teaching your dog.
I have a Masters Degree in Applied Animal Behaviour and Training, BSc(Hons) in Applied Psychology and HNC in Canine Behaviour and Training. I also have an Edexcel Level 3 in Education and a Level 5 in Special Educational Needs.
I am currently working with young offenders teaching small animal care so have taken a back seat with the business although I still lead some classes and workshops and am available for behaviour work.
James has stepped up now to be Senior Coach and runs the majority of courses although I still do a few here and there and am available for one to one and behaviour consultations.
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 is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and a Registered Trainer with the ABTC, he is also a Level 2 Agility Trainer.
James has been predominantly involved with horses throughout his life training youngsters and retraining racehorses. He was on the Junior UK Polocrosse Squad and travelled to South Africa with the UK Tentpegging Squad as a teenager and was named best UK Junior. He spent a couple of years working for Malcolm and Ruth Jefferson riding out National Hunt horses. He also worked with Atkinson Action Horses taking part in summer shows as a trick rider and has also appeared on TV in Victoria, adverts and short films.
Rebecca, my daughter, helps out now and again with classes and selling APEX if she has a day off work. She loves to have a cuddle with the puppies in puppy class and is now training her own puppy, Ginny, a gorgeous fox red lab.
Joe, Bex's boyfriend can often be seen helping out here and there too, so it really is a family affair.
Eloise Davison has been working as assistant trainer with us for a number of years now and has recently stepped up to lead her own classes. Eloise has a Diploma in Canine Behaviour and Training from Compass Education and has just started work with Grace Lane Veterinary Practice as a student veterinary nurse.