I have had dogs for most of my life and was brought up with dogs, and for the short time I've spent without dogs have had other pets and looked after dogs belonging to friends and family.The first dog of my very own was a Chihuahua called Che (Guevara!) - a very little dog with a BIG name and personality. He was bought for me when I was at University and although he didn't do anything competitively he had a large repertoire of tricks!
I live with Bob, my partner of about 30 years who I often refer to as one of my Beardies. It's obvious from the picture why he fits in so well with the Beardies I have owned over the last 21 years.
I have competed in the breed ring as well as in obedience, agility, HTM and Canine Freestyle. In addition I have judged in breed, agility, Working Tests as well as in HTM and Freestyle, and have had the honour of judging the Freestyle & HTM Finals, the International Freestyle as well as the YKC classes at Crufts.
My academic background is primarily in education. I have a first class honours degree in Psychology as well as a post graduate M.Sc in Research Methods in Psychology and a Diploma in Education. I have worked at all levels of education - in playgroups, primary schools, a secondary school as well as in Further Education and in University where I was involved in lecturing and in research. I have recently enrolled to undertake the KCAI programme, and look forward to adding this to my other qualifications and of course continue to attend courses as part of CPD - after all life is about continuous learning!
My background in psychology equips me well as a trainer and I train with positive methods and an understanding of animal behaviour. Check out the Training page for further information regards classes, individual training sessions or if you want to host a training day or weekend.