It seems to make sense to introduce myself at the start of this journey. But rather than trying to interview myself, I suggest you read this: Getting a Life
I wrote this while doing a course in non-fiction writing (the original course is no longer available, but its worthy successor is Writing Reality.) While the story is a few years old, it will give you a sense of why and how I’ve ended up with you here and now.
Why this website?
The global COVID-19 lockdown in 2020 forced many of us to rethink how we work. I already had a couple of remote students, and had been assessing DMWYD tricks for far flung people, so it seemed like a good time to formalise it.
Why Learn More
A love of learning was instilled in me from a very young age. My brother taught me to read as he learnt (he was five years old, me three). My love of reading is enduring and at any given time I have at least three books ‘on the go’.
Holidays with our paternal grandparents included pre-breakfast spelling and maths lessons with G’ma, followed by natural history outings with G’pa. I was nearly a teenager when I discovered this wasn’t ‘normal’.
All of this has left me with a philosophy that a day without a new fact is a day wasted. We should all endeavour to learn more – just because we can.
The range of clients and dogs that I’ve had the privilege to work with has encouraged me to continuously improve my dog training knowledge and skills to that I can provide the best possible service to them all. This continued learning includes courses and webinars from recognised providers including:
- Fenzi Dog Sport Academy (FDSA)
- School of Canine Science (SOCS)
- Institute of Modern Dog Trainers (IMDT)
- Dog Training College UK
- Karen Pryor Clicker Academy
- Simply Behaviour
- Epic Dog
- Dogs can Dance
- Duke University (Dog Emotion and Cognition via Coursera)
- The Ethology Institute (Roger Abrantes)
- Leerburg Online University
I’m a workshop addict – I’ll attend anything I can get to regardless of topic. My most recent highlight was attending Clicker Expo in Portland, Oregon in January 2019, where I got to listen to some of my all-time training heroes in the flesh.
I firmly believe that you can learn something from everyone, even if it is just that you don’t agree with them.
While not being a regular competitor, I have won KUSA Carting Dog of the Year, achieved qualifications in obedience (KUSA), freestyle (WCFO and RFE), rally freestyle (RFE) and tricks (DMWYD). My perfect dog, Mouse, has also appeared on TV a couple of times.
Some of my clients have also used skills learnt with me to advance their dogs’ acting careers.
So in a nutshell, I love learning and I love sharing what I have learnt. I don’t use a cookie-cutter approach to training – each dog and their human get what they need to meet their goals.
Come Learn More with me!
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