Belinda has been surrounded by dogs throughout her life; both her mother and grandmother bred and trained dogs, so the mould was cast from an early age and she grew up with an assortment of English and Staffordshire bull terriers, corgis and a poodle!
Belinda’s early career began in the hotel industry where she gained an invaluable insight into interacting with people and to providing excellence of service, with attention to detail.
In 1990 Belinda and her husband bought a boarding kennels and cattery, which Belinda ran successfully for many years. During that time she also bred and trained Weimaraners and American cocker spaniels and was often asked for training and behavioural help by clients.
After a break to bring up her family, Belinda decided to re-enter the world of dogs and started work at the Chilterns Dog Rescue Society alongside Manager Sara Muncke. Belinda is Deputy Rescue Centre Manager and works as a behavioural trainer, assessing dogs for re-homing, setting up suitable behaviour modification programmes, advising and assisting prospective dog owners, training staff, and assisting in the constant honing and refining of the individual re-homing programmes, so that a successful outcome might be achieved for each of the many dogs passing through the centre.
Belinda has three dogs of her own, a bearded collie cross, a smooth fox terrier x and a three legged bedlington terrier, all of whom assist her to further her knowledge every day. Belinda has attended a number of CFBA courses and plans to continue with her studies in the future, she is a Master Trainer with the Guild of Dog Trainers and an affiliate of the British Institute of Professional Dog Trainers.
Belinda’s friendly manner and range and depth of experience of breeding, rescue work and training makes her very well qualified to advise and support dog owners on all aspects of dog care.