How do I know if you are any good?
I started as an instructor at `The Dog Owners Club' run by Robert Alleyne (`Dog Borstal' BBC3) in New Cross, South East London in 2004. In 2006 I went on to run a class of my own at St Michaels School, also in South East London, as well as continuing to manage Robert's class in New Cross.
In any profession there are people who are better than others and ideally, anyone offering training and behaviour services should have practical experience of training dogs and resolving behaviour problems, as well as formal qualifications.
I have been working in the dog training profession since the early 1990s, I have worked with many clients over the last decade on a one-to-one basis, focusing on specific behaviour problems. I have formal qualifications in Canine Behaviour and Psychology and I regularly attend courses as part of my continuing professional development. I am a member of a recognised professional body: The UK Registry of Canine Behaviourists (UKRCB) and the Institute for Animal Care Education (M.I.A.C.E).
Referrals, particularly from other professionals such as vets, veterinary nurses or other trainers and behaviourists can be a good indicator. Many of my consultations have come to me from recommendations from other professionals and satisfied clients. Speaking to others who can recommend from experience is always helpful.
It is worth mentioning that in order for any training or behavioural advice to be effective, the owner must follow the advice given and put in regular practice, in order to see positive results and changes in their dog's behaviour.