Paula is currently working towards a BA (Hons) degree with the Cambridge Institute of Dog Behaviour and Training and has completed many modules including advanced courses in both aggression and common dog behaviour problems. She teaches agility at a local club and with her own competition dogs now retired she also fosters problem dogs for a local charity. These are dogs with high energy needs that have suffered severe distress in kennels and typically have an array of issues including aggression and general lack of obedience. She also volunteers at another local charity where she undertakes training, exercise and offers behavioural advice.
Having had a successful career in the hospitality industry and attained a BA (Hons) in English she is a capable communicator and a good ‘people’ person which is a great advantage when teaching owners who are facing problem behaviours with their dogs. She also has first-hand experience of living with and rehabilitating dogs with a wide array of issues so can understand how much this can impact on your life on a daily basis. Her focus is on teaching you how to be a calm benevolent leader which is underpinned by a good level of basic obedience. She believes in positive rewards for your dog but correction when necessary; can include clicker training and agility as part of your dogs tailored training plan; will teach you a basic understanding of dog body language, its primary drives and help you understand what your dog needs to fulfil its physical and mental requirements.
She offers one to one lessons, group classes and behavioural consults in your own home. Paula believes in approaching dog training and rehabilitation in a holistic manner and identifying causes rather than just treating the symptoms. A well-mannered pet dog is a pleasure to live with and her aim is to help you remove unwanted and problematic behaviour so that you have a happy, contented dog.
She currently owns four dogs, a rescue JRT x Chihuahua, a rescue JRT x Poodle and two Border Collies. They are very tolerant dogs who accept new members into their pack and assist with retraining; she also has a very tolerant husband! She is a Master Member of the Guild of Dog Trainers and as well as continuing with her studies she attends seminars and workshops held by leading professionals in the dog training arena to keep up to date with current methods and theories.