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 am a proud member of Julie Naismith’s Separation Anxiety Behaviour Consultant network and passed stringent assessment criteria in order to be able to treat separation anxiety cases.
I am a fully accredited Dynamic Dog Practitioner which means I am trained to carry out in-depth functional assessments on dogs to highlight areas of potential discomfort. This discomfort could be the cause or a contributing factor to behavioural issues. I offer this service to behavioural clients but as a collaboration with other dog professionals who may need additional insights into a behavioural case they are working on..
I have also passed assessments to be a proud member of the Kids Around Dogs (KAD) network of approved trainers.
I have also a Certificate in Canine Behaviour from the International School of Canine Psychology and Behaviour.