Originally from Leeds, I now live in Norton, Malton with my 2 adult children Rebecca and James and 2 dogs, Beth and Ziggy, we also have 2 horses. 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 view to animal care and training.
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 a BSc(Hons) in Applied Psychology with Arden University. and HNC in Canine Behaviour and Training. I also have an Edexcel Level 3 in Education. I am currently studying for an MSc in Applied Animal Behaviour and Training at Bishop Burton College.
James has now joined the business as assistant trainer. 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 Pet Professional Guild.
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 National Hunt horses. He also works with Atkinson Action Horses taking part in summer shows as a stunt rider and has also appeared on TV in Victoria, adverts and short films.
Hayley Dargan is assistant trainer helping out at classes and also carrying out any one to one training sessions for us in the Helmsley area. Hayley 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.
Rebecca helps out now and again with Day Care Plus! if she has a day off work. She loves to have a cuddle with our residents and they always have a great time playing impulse control games with her.