My dog, Richard and I have been training as a team for over five years. Richard began life as a farm dog, and had spent his days chasing any animals that came within reach. Since joining me, his natural enthusiasm has been channelled into following or locating a specific scent. At the beginning of 2020, together we became one of the first to qualify as a Licensed Canine Tracker Dog team, with the UK College of Scent Dogs.
I make every effort to ensure that my knowledge is kept up to date, training regularly alongside other experienced dog handlers. During this year I will be attending the Professional Association of Canine Trainers seminar led by Pamela Reid, together with specialised tracking courses led by John Rogerson and Ilkka Hormila. I also subscribe to relevant professional development webinars such as those given by Jeff Schettler and Dr Robert Hewings.
Some of the courses that I have attended in recent years are as follows:
2023 Institute of Modern Dog Trainers & Behaviourists: Separation Anxiety.
K9 Behaviour Consultancy: Shepherd Special, Deep Dive.
Institute of Modern Dog Trainers: 2023 Conference.
British Mantrailing Academy: Mantrailing Sport Instructor Certification.
1st International Mantrailing 4 Day Seminar.
British Mantrailing Academy: 2 Day Trailing Workshops.
2022 Kamal Fernandez: Shaping Workshop.
Canine Detection Solutions: Working Around Distractions.
John Rogerson: 2 Day Clean Boot Tracking Course.
Ogilvie Dogs: Communicating, Arousal & Problematic Behaviours.
K9 Brain Training: Detection Foundation Weekend.
British Mantrailing Academy: 2 & 3 Day Trailing Workshops.
2021 Cameron Ford; 3 Day Canine Cognition Testing
Institute of Modern Dog Trainers & Behaviourists; Abnormal Repetitive Behaviours in Dogs.
John Rogerson, 2 Day Clean Boot Tracking Course.
British Mantrailing Academy: 3 Day Mantrailing Workshops.
Mark Doggett, Indication Workshop.
2020 The UK College of Scent Dogs: Licensed Canine Tracking Dog.
HARTT, Humane Lost Dog Trapping Workshop.
UK Dog Sport, Instructor.
Scentwork UK, Instructor.
2019 K9 IlMa Global Training: Human ID Tracking with Ilkka Hormila.
The UK College of Scent Dogs: Scent Tracking Instructor.
Scandinavian Working Dog Institute: 5 Day Detection and Indication Masterclass.
World of Detection Dogs (Level 2): 5 Day Workshop with Conservation K9 Consultancy
2018 Canine First Responder Course
World of Detection Dogs (Level 1): 5 Day Workshop with Conservation K9 Consultancy
UK Tracking Dog Association: Workshop in Tracking with Dogs
2016 Institute of Modern Dog Trainers:
Canine Aggression and Rehabilitation,
Career as a Dog Trainer
Injecting Fun into Classes.
Tellington TTouch: 2 Day Workshop with Sarah Fisher.
The Law as it pertains to Dogs in England & Wales with Trevor Cooper (Doglaw Ltd)
2015 Emergency Canine First Aid Certificate: Rhodes 2 Safety
BTEC Level 2 Certificate in Customer Service