The world of dog behaviour and training can be wonderful, rewarding and fun..it can also be brutal, exhausting and frustrating. I have been part of this world since I qualified as a behaviourist in 2002. However, until 2015 I was only ever a part-time inhabitant as I always combined my vet nursing and teaching jobs with just a few hours a week training dogs and seeing behaviour cases. Since becoming full time as a self-employed behaviourist and trainer I have worked with some amazing dogs and some wonderful owners. I’ve been lucky enough to meet and to be supported by, some generous and gifted fellow trainers. I have also met some owners who should really never have had dogs and I’ve experienced bullying and petty jealousy at the hands of the less generous and not so gifted trainers I share my patch with.
Mainly, I have loved the last few years working for myself. I have loved meeting the wonderful dogs, owners and fellow trainers who have made the long hours and the tax returns worthwhile. But I’m tired: in addition to the challenge of running my own business, the last 18 months has brought the most challenging family circumstances I could have imagined – the next year is set to be similarly challenging..
I have been offered a teaching post which will allow me to share my passion for behaviour and animals while working with teenagers – a dream combination! Regular hours, paid holiday and no tax returns…right now it’s a ‘no brainer’ for me.
So with mixed feelings I’ve decided to refocus Positive Pets to become a training company for humans. I will no longer be running training classes or offering 1-2-1 behaviour consultations. In my spare time I will continue to run Pet First Aid Workshops and give lectures for owners, training clubs and pet professionals.
A heartfelt thank you to all those who have been to my classes and to those owners who faithfully followed my behaviour modification plans to help their dogs live better lives. Another huge thanks to the amazing trainers who have supported me during some difficult times in the last couple of years. Special thanks to the fab five – Hannah Franklin, Francesca Willis, Gill Gallagher, Louise Williamson and Natalie Light – ladies you are all superstars!