Qualifications

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QUALIFICATIONS

I am a proud graduate with distinction from the prestigious Victoria Stilwell Academy for Dog Training & Behavior and have been granted official status as a VSA-Certified Dog Trainer (VSA-CDT).

The Victoria Stilwell Academy is the world’s premier institution for professional dog trainer education founded by renowned dog behaviour expert Victoria Stilwell, and graduates of VSA have been individually taught in-person by Stilwell and other VSA faculty. All VSA graduates have been rigorously assessed at the highest level for both skills and knowledge in the areas of dog training, behaviour modification, canine ethology and creative problem-solving.

Additionally, great emphasis is placed within VSA’s industry-leading curriculum upon effective and empathetic human communication skills. This unique focus results in professional dog trainers who are prepared not just to train dogs successfully using powerful force-free, positive reinforcement-based tools and techniques, but also to help dog owner clients to learn how to truly transform canine behaviour and set their dogs up for success using the latest in modern behavioural science methods.

I have a Certificate in Canine Behaviour from the International School of Canine Psychology and Behaviour and have completed Puppy Lab and Canine Nutritional training with The School of Canine Science. I am also a proud member of the Pet Professional Guild.

I only use force-free, positive, reward-based dog training methods which are scientifically proven to give more effective, long-lasting results than punitive, forceful or intimidating methods of training. The terms ‘top dog’, ‘pack leader’ and ‘alpha’ no longer have a place in modern dog training; instead, we need to teach and guide our dogs to display behaviours we want from them through positive reward and motivation

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