Jo qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 1994 and worked in practice up until 2005. During her career as a Veterinary Nurse, Jo studied for a surgical diploma and dealt with many distressed animals trying to cope with pain and disability. This spurred her on to take a keen interest in dog behaviour as it was so important to read and understand dog body language to be able to interact appropriately. She coupled her behaviour knowledge with dog hydrotherapy and is proud to have helped mentally and physically rehabilitate many injured and post surgical cases.
Jo set up a successful behaviour clinic in one of her Veterinary Practices, which then led to her running her own behaviour consultancy on a full time basis in 2005. Jo has partaken in obedience, gundog training and agility with her previous dog, a black Labrador and currently owns a Golden doodle who regularly keeps her on her toes on the behaviour front, she also has many visiting dogs who come for socialisation as part of their behaviour modification programs.
Jo has studied a higher education course in dog psychology and has completed several of the CIDBT university accredited courses, she joined the University of Middlesex in the summer of 2012 to complete her goal of achieving an MA.
Jo conducts one to one behaviour consultation’s, treating all behaviour problems and helps new owners understand and communicate with their puppy to avoid future problems. She routinely works via Veterinary Referral. She is also involved in rehabilitating rescue dogs for Labrador Rescue, ensuring new owners are aware of, and able to manage and cope with the variety of psychological problems associated with dogs who have been sent to rescue.
Jo writes and regularly presents public seminars on dog behaviour as a means of educating a wider audience in how to understand and manage their pet. She has also written local newspaper articles, spoken on local radio and appeared on a documentary for the BBC, discussing the rehabilitation of dogs.
Alongside her CFBA membership, Jo is also registered with the Guild of Dog Trainers and actively assists them and the CFBA with awareness campaigns and literature.