Meet The Team
I have 18 years of dog training experience and I live in Charles Tye with my partner and 4 dogs. Roxy an Irish Setter, Jaz a Flatcoated Retriever, Berrie a Cocker Spaniel and Ruby a Wirehaired Dachshund.
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 there part time for the last 6 months and couldn’t be happier.
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.
When I was 10, my parents decided to get a dog called Molly, a Labrador / Lhasa Apso. I was petrified of her, and any other dog. I would surround myself with cushions whilst on chairs, sit behind the stair gate until someone came to hold her while I got myself to a ‘safe place’ and I would panic every time she came anywhere near me. One day whilst we were on a road trip, Molly decided to jump through from the boot and on to the back seat where I was. Of course I panicked, but my mum and brother calmed me down and convinced me to stroke her. From that day on, Molly was my best friend and I thank her for showing me how amazing dogs are.
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 / 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.
I now teach the Rattlesden classes on Saturdays and Agility class on Wednesdays. 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.
So now, the girl who was petrified of dogs as a child, can’t imagine her life without dogs in it.
I started attending EADT training classes with my first dog in 2012, and loved it, quickly catching the dog training bug. When we got a second dog, we also started training classes with him, and started fun agility classes too.
I got involved helping out at classes in 2014, and have been assisting or covering classes ever since, gaining full IMDT membership in 2016. My dog Rumo loves trick training, scentwork, tennis balls, and chasing things.
Growing up surrounded by dogs meant that as soon as the time was right, I wanted to find a dog of my own. Now I have two Cocker spaniels, an English Working Spaniel called Stanley and an American Cocker Spaniel called Hugo. It’s safe to say that I am spaniel mad, and that these two have become my partners in crime!
I first became involved with East Anglian dog training by taking Stanley to puppy classes, closely followed by Hugo. I now take both of them to obedience training and agility classes on a weekly basis, which we all love!
After deciding I would like to become more involved, I started assisting at a couple of classes on Saturday afternoons. This has been great to increase my knowledge of dog behaviour, and to get a weekly dose of puppy cuteness! It’s fantastic to see the bond between dog and owners grow through training classes, and the dogs having a great time too.
I started working for EADT in June 2016 on a part time basis. I was introduced to Jo via a mutual friend who knew I was looking for some extra hours alongside my other part time job of nearly 19 years.
I was looking for something fun, entertaining and different and that is certainly what I got! I currently collect, walk and drop dogs home and also help as a training assistant.
At home I have a Labrador called Molly, a cat called Ozzy and a horse called Blondie. Oh and I mustn’t forget the 3 children and husband! All of which keep me very busy.
I love being active and busy and this job couldn’t have come at a better time!