Daisy – My first puppy!
Daisy taught me that I selected the perfect breed for me, she was very active and a quick learner, the perfect partnership.
Using kind, force free, reward training Daisy was house trained, loved a ball over every other distraction, and had a great recall and a trusting relationship with me within a few weeks.
We shared life and explored new places together and had an amazing relationship.
Hi, I’m Caroline!
Dogs are such an important part of my life, that unconditional love and wagging tail always makes me smile. I believe that kindness, patience and understanding are an integral foundation for a happy, healthy dog.
It is a privilege to share our lives with our canine companions, mine is shared with a full of life Spaniel and a laid back Labrador. They have been the kick-start for researching canine behaviour, often to find solutions to behavioural issues we experience but mostly to develop our communication together as a family.
Through years of volunteering at local rescue organisations, assisting at local puppy classes, and working as a Veterinary Nursing Assistant, I have experience with different breeds, ages and behaviours. The most effective training solutions are modern, science based methods grounded in reward based positive reinforcement.
As a Puppy School Tutor I am qualified to train using force free methods which are fast and effective. Positive reinforcement during training, early socialisation and play prevents behavioural issues from developing as your puppy embarks on the journey though adolescence to adulthood. I am passionate about animal welfare and helping your family understand, communicate and live in harmony with your canine companions happily ever after!
I am constantly looking to improve my dog training skills, so I regularly attend training courses, workshops and seminars held by leading animal scientists, and world expert dog trainers. I am also proud to call myself a volunteer at the Blue Cross Newport Rehoming and Advice Centre, assessing dogs and cats for rehoming and training and preparing kennel dogs for their new homes.
I am accredited with the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers (IMDT Member Number 2907250) having passed theory and practical tests in the science of animal learning theory and coaching skills. 2018.
Continued Professional Development:
Tellington Touch Practitioner, 3 day workshop. 2019.
Learning, Motivation and Reinforcement, OCN Level 3. 2018.
Internationl Association of Dog Parkour: Instructor Course 2018.
'Giving Training Back to the Animals'. Chirag Patel. 2018.
'The Science of Predation and Drive'. The School of Canine Science. 2017.
'Reactivity: Dispelling the myths, empowering the dog'. Kemal Fernandez 2017.
‘Canine Aggression and Rehabilitation’. IMDT 2017
‘Canine Body Language’. IMDT 2017
‘Train the Trainer’. IMDT 2017
‘Learning Theory’, Nando Brown. 2017
‘Dog Law’ by Trevor Cooper Solicitors, Doglaw Ltd 2017
‘The National Dog Bite Prevention and Behaviour Conference’. 2017
‘Understanding Dog to Dog Communications’. Sarah Whitehead. 2017
‘Behavioural and training problems’, and ‘The fastest, quickest, most effective and enjoyable way to train your puppy/dog’, 2 day workshop. Dr Ian Dunbar. 2017
Growl Class, A workshop demo for Reactive dogs. Dr Dunbar. 2017
MBA, BSc Criminology and Sociology. Cardiff University.
Finley – My first Rescue Cat!
Finley taught us all that he needed safe spaces up high within the house and that chasing him would not be tolerated by him nor rewarded by humans.
We integrated all the animals successfully slowly and with a watchful eye.
Mabel – My second puppy!
I thought I knew it all, but I didn’t! By the age of two she had become reactive towards most other dogs. A trip to the vets proved nothing medical was causing the behaviour, so my research started to find a behavioural solution.
She taught me the methods that helped her cope with life in the presence of other unfamiliar dogs. She taught me the subtleties of dog body language so I can now try and predict whether she wants to say hello to other dogs, if she can tolerate their presence or she simply wants to move away and enjoy her own space.
Archie – My first Rehomed Dog!
Archie was an 18 month old adolescent boy when we brought him home. He taught me patience. All the toys were his - all at once! A lot were swallowed resulting in several vet visits. We learned to play swap, and in time he could give up toys and not swallow them, safe in the knowledge that he would get them back after dropping them.
He is a sensitive timid boy and needs to make his own decisions in his own time to let his confidence build. He taught me to ask for his consent for petting and handling and he now approaches me and asks for and enjoys affection. Any loud noises in the house and he is off to a quiet room, using his flight option when worry sets in. A tight body wrap/vest helped him with feeling safe in new busy environments. He lets me know if things are getting too much for him and he taught me to read dog body language so I could help move him away from situations where he is uncomfortable.