For four years I worked full time as a dog walker for my own business. Walking thousands of groups of dogs over this time put me in a great position to observe them and intensively learn about their behaviour. I got my first dog, Denzel (a spanish rescue) in my first year of business. My second Spanish rescue dog Leto arrived a year later. Kanita, my Thai street dog followed- and I credit her for advancing my understanding of canine body language and behaviour. Sadly, Denzel and Leto have now passed away. Kanita’s entourage currently consists of Tooey (my third spanish rescue dog) and Roo and Mohawk the Turbo Badgers (Border Collies).

I’ve been working as a behaviourist since 2012 and am now one of a few active ‘front line’ Clinical Animal Behaviourists in Bristol, becoming the go-to person for my work with street dogs and rescue dogs from abroad.

I am the resident and featured behaviourist for the Blue Pet Co, an innovative nutrition and supplements brand, writing blogs on canine behaviour and training.

I have featured as a guest speaker for CAM (Canine Arthritis Management), on The BBC with Dr James Greenwood and The One Show- discussing canine nutrition. My work has also been  featured in veterinary journals  and have hosted a webinar with The APBC on street dogs. Pre-Covid I have presented seminars in the UK and Czech Republic on running safe and successful dog walking businesses, husbandry/co-operative care and how to conduct behaviour consultations.

I actively keep myself up to date with modern research on canine behaviour by attending various courses, seminars and conferences.
As a full member of The APBC I am required to complete more than 30 hours a year.
Some of my practical CPD is listed below, this does not include theory based seminars for which there are too many to list!

  • Master’s Degree in Clinical Animal Behaviour (Edinburgh University) MERIT.
  • Registered CAB behaviour practitioner with the ABTC
  • Full CAB Member of The APBC
  • Certified Member of the IAABC
  • A diploma (merit) in canine behaviour with the British College of Canine Studies
  • A diploma (merit) in canine aggression with Compass Education
  • A diploma in canine applied zoopharmacognosy
  • A certificate for seven days up close and personal tuition with the Norweigan dog expert Turid Rugaas.
  • A certificate of attendance for 3 days study at Turid Rugaas’ dog trainer school in the Netherlands (Focus of unit reactivity & stress).
  • A Certificate for full attendance at the Sheila Harper IDBTS 2013-2014
  • Two day Foundation Tracking workshop with Pat Tagg
  • Two day dog-dog Tracking workshop with Pat Tagg
  • Certificate of attendance for the Life Skills for Puppies course (with The University of Lincoln)
  • Certificate for Completion of Level 1, 2 & 3 Practical Training Skills with Chirag Patel (Chicken Workshop)
  • Certificate for Completion of Practical Skills 4 day workshop with Chirag Patel and the legendary Bob Bailey
  • Certificate of attendance for the 7 day puppy instructor course with Chirag Patel
  • Certificate of attendance for the 5 day practical ABA (applied behaviour analysis course) with Susan Friedman and Chirag Patel at Yorkshire Wildlife Park (working with exotic species).
  • 5 days training experience at Heythrop Zoological Gardens working with a variety of exotic animals.
  • Two day husbandry workshop with Chirag Patel
  • Two day ‘biology of behaviour’ practical workshop with Kay Laurence
  • 5/6 days completed with Amber Batson on Canine Aggression (couldn’t attend the final day due to senior dog issues!).
  • Canine first aid certificate (repeated multiple times)
  • Canine Emmett practioner Levels 1,2, & 3 (EP1, EP2, EP3)
  • Sheepballs 2: Border Collie skills practical 10 week course with Kay Laurence.
  • Learning about Border Collies/ Sheepdogs online course with Kay Laurence, 2021.
  • Mind the Gap online webinar series with Amber Batson, 2021.
  • ‘Understanding and managing trauma’ with Debbie Busby & Amber Batson, 2021.

    In my spare time I am an avid rock and indoor climber and trail/mountain long distance runner!