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We are a fully insured and licensed establishment, each member of the Training team has the following qualifications:

LEAD DOG TRAINER: Elizabeth Maitland, BA Hons, PGCE, KCAI (AD)

"I am a force-free top Dog Trainer training dogs to use cues for new behaviours with praise and rewards (Positive Reinforcement). I started training dogs professionally in 2009 and have completed a ‘Principles of Dog Training and Behaviour’ OCN Level 3 Course with IMDT (Institute of Modern Dog Trainers) April 2016. I attended a residential APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers) Advanced Instructors Course (Level 4) in 2017 and passed the Assessment to be a KCAI (Kennel Club Accredited Instructor) Level 5 in August 2018.

Being a trained and experienced teacher with a PGCE completed in 1991-2006 I have some knowledge of Pedagogy, Active Learning and a Safe Learning Environment. Also I Trained in Competition Obedience and Rally Obedience Training, Clicker Training with IABTC. I have been a KCAI Member (specialising in Assistance Dogs) since 30.06.14. Also I was Lead Dog Trainer training dogs professionally with RECOVERY Assistance Dogs May 2009 - January 2021."

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Karen Pearce, Senior Dog Trainer -

“I have a professional background in Nursing and Nurse Management having worked mainly in the community and gaining a diploma and BSC(Hons.) degree and English National Board Higher Award in Community Nursing. I worked for the Royal College of Nursing as a Regional Officer until I retired.

I have studied dog behaviour mainly as a hobby for some years and helped people on a voluntary basis. I attended Kennel Club classes and for many years continued to meet with the group to develop our dog behaviour/training skills.

Living and working with dogs has been a lifelong hobby for me. I enjoy watching them and learning new things about them. I love learning new techniques for training dogs and their owners. I have had about 15 years experience in Fun Agility & one of my dogs was club champion two years running and the only dog to achieve this in the club. I have volunteered for 'Pets as Therapy Dog' – at a nursing home and at schools and latterly to primary school to help with the scheme Read2Dogs where dogs listen to children who are struggling with reading and lack confidence.

I have completed home assessment work for rehoming charities and private assessment and training plans for individual clients. Since lockdown, I have raised about £2000 making and selling craft things for a dog charity."

Dog Training Qualifications:
Cambridge Institute of Dog Behaviour and Training -
Common Canine Behaviour Problems level 4
Understanding Canine Care and Behaviour level 4
Professional Instructor Skills and Management level 4
Advanced Dog Person Aggression
Seminar Dog Law
National Dog Training Instructor Certificate

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