Who We Are...
After 12 years in the Metropolitan Police, I returned to my original love of working with animals. I volunteered at Rescue Centres and worked with horses as a child, and then studied for a Biology and Psychology degree at Exeter University. I worked as a Veterinary Nurse and continued volunteering, so returning to work with animals seemed a natural thing to do. I have volunteered at the National Animal Welfare Trust and Battersea Dogs Home, and work currently work with Breed specific rescues. I love training dogs, but especially Rescue Dogs - my two are still a work in progress.
I am too, furthering my knowledge currently topping up a BSc in Applied Animal Behaviour at Sparsholt University.
Why Positive Training?
Dog Training as an industry is undergoing some major changes, including the movement towards "Positive" training methods. I am a firm proponent of the ethos behind this, because what I teach will always be rooted in researched scientific methods, not anecdotal evidence. In a nutshell:
I will always avoid the use of intimidation, punishment or fear in training.
I will promote understanding of modern dog theories, such as the often misunderstood concept of dominance.
I will always aim to find the dog's particular motivation, creating mutual benefit for both the dog and owner.
Training should be fun for everyone involved!
Assured, Insured and Accredited
Although the dog training industry is largely unregulated, I have worked hard to consolidate my skills and experience with academic and recognised accreditation.
I am always continuing to increase the depth and breadth of my knowledge, I have completed a degree in Canine and Feline Sciences at Northampton University, and am currently topping up a BSc in Applied Animal Behaviour at Sparsholt University.
Dogworthy holds full, current public liability and indemnity insurance via Clivertons.