I live in Cassop, County Durham with my husband, 2 children, 2 dogs, 2 cats and some ducks and hens.
It had been my dream, since being a young child to work with animals. So in 1996, I moved to the North East from Scotland to train as a veterinary nurse in a Gateshead veterinary practice.
I qualified in 2000 and continued to work in the same practice until 2012.
I now work as a locum veterinary nurse in a several practices across the North East and 2 days a week at Stray Aid dog rescue in Coxhoe, County Durham.
Working in rescue has shown me how important a puppy’s start in life is. Too many lovely dogs find themselves in rescue due to lack of correct socialisation and training.
It has now become my passion to help owners understand how their new puppies think and learn, helping them to become happy, well mannered, sociable dogs that anyone would want as part of their family.
In 2015 I joined Puppy School.
To become a Puppy School tutor, I had to undertake a comprehensive training course, comprising of residential training courses as well as home study.
Puppy School give further training to keep tutors up to date with new ideas. Courses include behaviour problem solving, run be Gwen Bailey (author of ‘The Perfect Puppy’), twice a year and Puppy School conferences.
I am registered with the Animal Behaviour and Training Council which promotes the welfare of animals while they are being trained.