I started training at a dog club with my rescue airedale terrier Cassie. During my time at the club I competed in competitive obedience with my airedale terriers Cassie and Poppy with some success. Poppy was part of the Northern Ireland inter regional team for obedience at Crufts.
After that I realised that I was not really enjoying competitions and I wanted to have fun with my dogs. I started studying different training methods and joined Puppy School run by Gwen Bailey. I travelled to England and trained with Gwen and learned about positive training methods and how to work with behavioural problems. This was the best learning experience I could have chosen.
I am now Puppy School's Northern Ireland regional manger looking to recruit new tutors, there are currently three of us in Northern Ireland.
Fifteen years ago I became a full time dog trainer. I gained experience taking classes, dog walking, home training for various training issues and dealing with behavioural problems. Over time I have learned many things and my ideas are ever changing to continuously improve what I do. I am always continuing my education for the improvement of dogs lives and welfare. I also previously ran boarding kennels and a doggy day care centre for a year.
Since then I have written and presented a number of seminars, I take weekly dog training and Puppy School classes and teach agility for fun, as well as continuing with one-to-one behavioural work and various workshops.
I currently work part time in Mid Antrim Animal Sanctuary working with dogs that need help to improve their situation.
I am co-founder, with Sandra Gilliland of a website http://buyingapuppy-thinkmeg.com to educate people on what to look for when buying a puppy to help put an end to puppy farming. Sandra and I are also currently a few Open College Network Northern Ireland accredited courses to help people who work with dogs in various capacities or who want to put in the hard work to become a dog trainer.
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