Meet The Team
I have 18 years of dog training experience and I live in Charles Tye with my 4 dogs. Jaz a Flatcoated Retriever, Berrie a Cocker Spaniel, Monkey a Rottweiler and Cashew a Labrador.
I first started working with dogs when I was 14 years old at a kennels that housed stray/rescue dogs, boarding dogs on their holidays and racing greyhounds. This started as a part time job, until I went on to specialise in Greyhound training then spending the next few years working in various locations for trainers listed in the top few in the country, travelling to races all over England and Ireland.
After a career change and working as PA to the Chief Executive at a charity based in Bury St Edmunds, I decided to stay in Suffolk long term and in 2011 set up East Anglian Dog Training. Starting with just one class and walking dogs. Within a couple of months the business had begun to take off so I left my full time employment to concentrate on helping people train their dogs.
In 2012 I became a fully accredited member of IMDT, promoting force free, positive reinforcement training.
I grew up with dogs and other small pets in my family and now I live in Stowmarket with my partner and our Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Koda. My passion for working with animals began at 14 years old when I started working at a horse riding school helping to feed, tack up, groom and muck out the horses and ponies.
In 2010, I left Otley College with a level 3 higher national diploma in Animal Management and a level 3 Certificate in Small Animal Care. Gaining invaluable experience caring for a huge variety of different species such as exotic reptiles, livestock, birds, small domestic pets, exotic wild animals and of course, dogs.
Joining East Anglian Dog Training in 2013 as a volunteer, I quickly showed the enthusiasm and dedication that it takes to become a full time dog trainer. After working alongside Jo on a daily basis to gain practical experience and attending numerous training courses, seminars and workshops, I become a fully accredited member of the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers in October 2015.
In 2015 we adopted Koda who was found as a stray. It soon became apparent that Koda was suffering from the emotional and behavioural scars of his previous life. I have used this experience as an opportunity to further expand my knowledge of canine behaviour and reactive dogs like him that need progressive rehabilitation and behaviour modification training on a daily basis.
I am dedicated to helping owners build better relationships with their dogs. By creating a two way communication between both human and dog, I believe both can live a more harmonious life together.
After having worked in Retail as a Supervisor and Manager for over 20 years I felt I needed a change of direction and was put in touch with Jo at EADT through a family member. I have been working here since 2016 and now teach on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
My shadow when I’m not working is a 3 year old Shih Tzu /Jack Russell cross called Archie who can mostly be found hogging my bed.
Since I was little, I always knew I wanted to work with animals. In 2016 I discovered EADT due to the need to find work experience for my Animal Management course at West Suffolk College. During this time, I enjoyed looking after the daycare dogs and taking part in training and agility classes.
At college I gained a vast amount of knowledge and experience about caring for several different species such as: small domestic pets, exotics, reptiles and livestock.
After I completed my work experience hours and finished my time at West Suffolk College (in 2018), I received my Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Animal Management. And then gained my employment here.
As soon as my husband and I bought a house with a garden big enough for a dog we went and found Merlin a Labrador x Spaniel. It soon became apparent to us that Merlin needed to use his brain and energy in different ways and from there we found East Anglian Dog Training’s Agility classes.
Shortly after, I started volunteering by helping in the puppy classes and learning from the trainers I worked with. A few years later I decided I needed a change in career and so I started going on training courses and I gained my IMDT membership in August 2017. I love to see how much dogs grow in confidence and knowledge from week to week and I am constantly fascinated with how quickly dogs can learn new things.