Roz (Top Dog)
Roz is the owner and managing director of the Mutty Professor Ltd. She lives on the outskirts of Bristol with her partner, their three cats and three dogs.
Roz grew up in the rural Herefordshire countryside surrounded by animals. After a decade in retail management she became frustrated at being couped up indoors and left to start The Mutty Professor in 2010.
The dog walking side of the business evolved into dog training and behaviour. Eight years on Roz is one of Bristol’s most recommended and respected trainers who works with and alongside other positive reinforcement trainers. She also presents seminars in the UK and abroad on training and behaviour.
She has a keen interest in training voluntary veterinary behaviours. She is also passionate about rehabilitating rescue dogs and has volunteered at a spanish rescue shelter four times.
More recently Roz is taking steps towards training other species of animals and has had the opportunity to train Lions, Porcupine, Foxes, Raccoons, Rhinos, Polar Bears, Wolves and Chickens!
Roz is passionate about improving the welfare of animals in captivity. Positive reinforcement training can help reduce stress in their day to day life as well as teaching them to actively participate in their own healthcare (vet treatment).
In her spare time she is a keen indoor and outdoor rock climber.
Vicki joined the team in early 2015, and helps with group walks. Vicki also helps with staff training.
Vicki worked at Hollyhedge Animal Sanctuary for 13 years before leaving to start a family.
After a long break she has returned to working with dogs and helps with group walks and solo walks.
She owns three dogs, a Basset, a Rottweiler and a Staffie cross. She also helps her dad run Agility4Dogs up in Pensford.
Vicki has completed 4 weeks of training with Roz , has a certificate in canine first aid, NVQ level 2 in animal care, Btec in Dog Training, Btec animal first aid and also agility instructor training.
Karla joined the team in 2014, helps with group walks as well as training staff.
The proud owner of two dogs. A staffie and a huge Ridgeback X Weimarana.
Everyone wants Karla to walk her dogs because she takes such amazing photos of them. She makes Roz laugh because every dog on the books that they talk about is her favorite!
Some clients have reported a huge improvement in their dog’s behaviour since Karla took over their walks.
Karla has completed four weeks shadow work with Roz as well as two canine first aid courses . She is currently doing a diploma in dog behaviour.
Livvy manages the mutty shop full time, is the business secretary and also helps run puppy classes with Roz. More recently Livvy is doing training one-one sessions.
She is fantastically helpful and constantly updating her knowledge by reading lots and attending workshops and seminars. Most recently Livvy completed the intensive 7 day puppy instructor course with Chirag Patel.
She is also completing a diploma in Behaviour & Training with Compass and another in Canine Nutrition with the Centre of Excellence.
When she’s not in the shop or training, Livvy is slave to 3 year old Chihuahua/Pug, Louis.
Louis has food intolerances which has given Livvy a passion for understanding canine nutrition and feeding natural high quality food to all pets.
Vanessa has worked for the company for since 2014, starting off as a group dog walker and now mostly focusing on puppy visits and solo walks. She has an exceptional ability at handling difficult dogs with reactive behaviour, as well as the perfect approach to interacting with puppies.
She has received extensive training from Roz and has completed a diploma in animal welfare with Dog Cognition.
Her loyal dog Pip also ‘helps’ out in the shop, and can be found doing ‘admin’ with her eyes closed in the shop desk chair most days.
Lorraine is a group dog walker, having joined the team in October 2016.
Lorraine has completed 4 weeks of one-one training with Karla and Roz and has attended two canine first aid courses.
She has owned dogs all her life and had three bull terriers, eventually breeding two litters from them.
She now owns two dogs, a staffie x labrador called Bobby and a Jack Russel x Chihuahua called Pippy.
In her spare time she enjoys watching wildlife with her children.
Kate helps out in the shop, on puppy visits, solo walks, puppy classes and cat visits.
She has an FdSc in Animal Behaviour & Welfare and was previously a teacher.
She has two King Charles Cavaliers called Teddy & Lexi, and it was through her dogs that she mingled her way onto our team. She completed our puppy classes with Lexi, had a one-one training session with Teddy and had both dogs walked by us when she was at university.
In her spare time Kate enjoys discussing all things spaniel, snowboarding and horse riding.
Debbie helps out with puppy visits, solo walks and cat visits.
She has had a long career in health & social care & mental health.
Wanting a change in career direction Debbie spent 18 months dog sitting/walking and doing voluntary dog rescue work on the Greek island of Crete.
She has had many years experience of dog walking and pet sitting and has recently attended a dog first aid course as well as having lots of one to one training with Roz and Vanessa.
Debbie is the proud owner of Korky – a 20 year old blind and deaf cat who is a real character.
Liam is out newest recruit for group dog walking, having recently completed all of his training.
After working as a carer Liam wanted to have a change in career and chose to work with animals. He was selected to join our team based on his calm nature around dogs and how they responded to him.
His previous experience was helping out friends and family with their dogs.
Liam has completed 4 weeks of training with Karla and Roz.
In his spare time Liam plays guitar in a band.
Denzel (Big, Ginger Biscuit)
Anyone who meets Denzel loves him. He’s quite a character. Brought over from Spain in October 2010, Roz adopted Denzel (previously called Bubbles!!) in November 2010.
He spent the first three years of his life chained up in the sweltering southern Spain heat and was abused by his owners. He was then rescued and spent a year and a half in the shelter before being sent over to the UK for fostering. Roz spotted him on a dogs blog and decided he was the dog for her.
Considering his past he is an asset to the team. He’s very laid back and his calm demeanor has a great influence on all the dogs.
Denzel semi-retired during the summer of 2013 after battling cancer. At nearly 13 years of age he’s now fully retired bar the odd social walk or session when he’s having a really good day and Roz feels he can handle it.
Leto (The Dogarus)
Sadly Leto passed away on 3rd of August 2017 due to a complicated illness.
During his six years with Roz he helped rehabilitate a lot of dogs on dog-dog sessions. He was truly one of a kind and was taken away too soon at 10 years of age.
He will be dearly missed every day.
Kanita (Feral Cole)
Once known simply as K14, Kanita is by far Roz’s most extreme rescue case. Once a feral/stray village dog in Thailand, Kanita was one of a thousand dogs seized by the Thai police who intercepted them en route to Vietnam- to be turned into meat. The meat trade is illegal in Thailand and dogs are smuggled to neighboring countries. This huge group of dogs were held temporarily in a cattle holding area while volunteers got to work feeding them, giving them codes for identification and taking photos for all the waiting rescue charities. A charity called K9 Angels selected ten dogs, K14 being the first. Once selected they started to prepare them to be fostered in Bangkok and during this time Kanita tested positive for the deadly distemper disease. Fortunately as the week passed she showed no symptoms, and two weeks later she was recovering from ordeal in her foster home where she eventually completed her quarantine.
She arrived in the UK on September the 13th 2012. We collected her from London and brought her home. She recovered from her journey quickly, settled into group walks and is now my main teacher on canine body language. As an ex feral street dog some of her signals are quite different to any other dog I’ve known and I find it a joy to watch her.
Kanita is sensitive to handling and has helped Roz develop her voluntary vet behaviours training. She also helps out on the last stages of social walks for reactive dogs and puppies.