I’ve lived and worked with dogs for over 40 years. Our family currently share our home with three whippets, Moth, Lily and Maggie and our little Muggle dog, Archie. Archie is a jack-russell/collie/whippet who was meant to be a whippet when he came to us at 5 months. The more he grew, the more he turned into anything but a whippet … He has helped us all understand what it is to live with a teenage boy – the chaos, noise, (smells) and moods!
We have shared our home with over 35 dogs in the last 20 odd years. Some of our fosters have stayed less than a week before finding their forever home, some have lived with us for over 15 years. We’ve lived with blind, deaf, disabled dogs and dogs who have had every behaviour problem imaginable. Slowly, over the years, I have developed the Thinking-Dog method, by studying the dogs we’ve lived with and working with clients’ dogs.
I started my childhood with Golden Retrievers and Springer spaniels, but once we’d discovered whippets, we knew we would always have one in our lives. And now we have 3 and the muggle-whippet!
In November 2012, we fostered Betty, a staffie who had been dumped in South Lincolnshire. We were soon smitten by her, and she has found her home with us. Through her, we have become involved with Safe and Sound, a charity who work to get dogs out of pound kennels and into rescue. In September of 2013, Betty and I were delighted to be asked to be patrons of Safe and Sound.
The most recent addition to the Happy Paws Den was Finn, a spaniel x terrier x collie. He’s taught us all a lot about life with a terrier – the fun, persistence and hard work that can be needed to integrate a fizzy dog into a calm household. In just a few months, he’s gone from excitable teen to working with us as a Buddy Dog with dogs who have issues.
I am fully insured to work with dogs both in a home setting, and as a provider of training classes. I am a full member of the Pet Professional Guild.
I abide by the ethics of behaviour work promoted by the Pet Professional Guild. All my training is force-free, pain-free and fear-free.