Why do I do it? Too many dogs end up in rescue centers or are re-homed because they have not been trained properly and have been allowed to develop problems that should never happened. Most of these dogs are only 18 months old, For most of these dogs it is simply because they have not been trained in even the simplest basic commands and are allowed, or even unwittingly trained, to misbehave. But all basic training, problems, and behavioural issues can be modified at any age!
My experience? I have always had dogs and am a helpless doggie lover. My last dog we got at six months old from friends who were being posted abroad. They asked if we could look after her for a while until they had settled and could send for her, well they never did send for her and Gizmo lived until she was over 18 years old. Half Westie half Jack Russell, at home she was the perfect lap dog, but outside she was all terrier! What a perfect combination for what was a perfect dog! I could never love her as much as she loved me, but she lives on in our hearts.
Bess 2nd February 2001
This is Bess, our current dog, she is half Labrador and half Border Collie and we love her to bits. I wanted her to be well trained so after lots of reading and research she was my help and inspiration to become a dog trainer and I 'experiment' on her all the time, she is the reason you are reading this now. She mostly takes after her dad the Collie, so is a bit too smart for her own good! But she has her mother’s good looks. She likes nothing better than a trip to the pub to wag her tail non stop and smile at everyone (yes she really does smile). After taking her to puppy classes and not feeling happy I started to read and surf the net for information but it was all so confusing and contradictory. The first book I read 'The dog listener' by Jan Fennell, which changed my entire concept of dogs and made me hungry for more knowledge and eventually I took my diplomas. I soon discovered Victoria Stilwell through both her books and TV program 'It's me or the dog', and have been fortunate to have met her several times now at various conferences and I cannot recommend her techniques enough, I still study them and employ them in my dog training today. I also discovered Dr Ian Dunbar and have done several on line lectures given by him gaining more qualifications along the way, and I was lucky enough to meet him while attending one of his lectures. After nearly two year’s hard work on both my dog training and dog psychology diplomas, I was delighted to pass both with distinction, and continue to study regularly to this day.
I started the Academy of dog training and behaviour course in July 2014. 6 modules in total and an A+ for each one! I really enjoyed it, and it gave me the information needed to expand and develop, and I am now a fully approved instructor. I was honored to receive this comment from them: "Many congratulations on passing all your tests. A great effort and one of our best in fact"