- Full and Founder Member of INTODogs; INTODogs Certified Canine Behaviourist .
The standards that must be met to be an INTODogs Certified Canine Behaviourist are stringent in the sector and cover not just the skills, knowledge and understanding but also the management of the organisation. Continual monitoring also ensures that those standards continue to be met for as long as membership is maintained.
- VSPDT – The only accredited Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Trainer in Bedfordshire and surrounding areas
- IMDT – Full Member of the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers
- ISCP – Tutor and administrator for the International School for Canine Practitioners
- PDTE – Pet Dog Trainers of Europe, holder of the Certificate of Advanced Canine Communication and Certificate of Education
- PPG – Member of the Pet Professional Guild
- Dog Rescue Federation – Associate Member
- NRDTB – Member of the National Register of Dog Trainers and Behaviourists
Very simply, a trainer teaches dogs and owners how to do things. A trainer can be very skillful. There are many things a dog can be trained in from simple obedience to agility, complicated routines, protection and so on.
A behaviourist usually changes underlying emotional states such as anxiety, stress and fear. A behaviourist will be concentrating more on the emotions that drive behaviours, particularly problem behaviours. Much behaviour work is about getting a dog to feel differently. Feeling differently will result in him behaving differently. Two examples are where fear or aggression are concerned. I incorporate some training in my behaviour work. The line between the two is blurred.
For a dog to happily accept training, he or she should have any behaviour issues worked with first.
I may not take on someone who doesn’t have internet access, because without email I would be unable to give of my best in terms of prompt support, links to useful information, videos and so on.