Perfectly Polite Dachshunds
Dachshund Training and Behaviour services UK based, accessible online worldwide
A Modest History
Hello everyone, if you've arrived at my page you must have a dachshund. If you are a new dachshund owner, welcome to the most loving and supportive community you will meet, dachshund owners are as passionate and loyal as the breed. If you are a dachshund veteran - welcome to my page, I hope I can offer further insight into our wonderful although somewhat quirky breed.
I won't bore you with my entire history other than to say I am lucky enough to have been training dogs for all of my life, and started as a dog trainer in 2001. Over the years my knowledge and experience have grown and I have worked with a huge range of breeds. Gaining experience, academic qualifications and teaching qualifications to make myself the best at what I do from a huge range of experts, teachers and my peers. I am constantly studying, dog behaviour is ever evolving and continuous study and professional development ensures I provide the most up to date advice and techniques possible.
Dachshunds are in my blood, my family has owned them for several generations, I was born into a home with a mini long haired dachshund, who lived until he was a grand age of 18. After this we had 2 mini smooths, then a mini long....then another and yep another. They are addictive, be warned!!
Skip forwards a few years and I own a fair few of my own alongside a couple of large breeds. I have bred several litters of beautiful Standard Dachshunds, dabbled in showing, a bit of fun agility with them, scentwork, clicker training, and tracking. They are a hugely versatile breed.....once you work out what makes them tick!
I am a HUGE advocate for proactive rather than reactive training. If we are always reacting to things we are not dealing with the cause of a problem. My passion is to find the cause, and then help people make changes to the emotional states of their dachshunds and as a wonderful side effect, changing the owners emotional state too.
Over the years I have worked out what works and what does not when training a dachshund, we are all different, as are they but certain things remain the same amongst the breed. Having a deep understanding of a dachshunds behaviour is a key part of what I do, similarly, being adaptable and understanding makes me better at what I do.
Having grown up with them, bred them, trained them, lived with several and advised hundreds of owners I am well equipped to be called a breed specialist.
I am a Trustee with Dachshund Health UK. My passion for promoting health from the ground up and research into the diseases that plague our breed is channeled into supporting this wonderful charity.
I am also very honoured to have volunteered with The Red Foundation - Emergency Dachshund Rescue for over 3 years as their behaviour advisor and am a trustee for Dachshund Health UK. These roles are huge achievements and I am proud to work with and support both charities.
I have attended many courses, workshops and seminars but have listed the key ones below. If you would like further information on my achievements or qualifications please do not hesitate to ask.
Current and ongoing studies: Masters in Science in Clinical Animal Behaviour at Lincoln University
Achieved Qualifications, post nominals and Professional Memberships include:
Level 5 Compass Diploma Applied Animal Behaviour (Canine)
Level 5 University Diploma Canine Training and Behaviour Management (UDip CTBM)
Association of Pet Dog trainers (APDT UK) Membership No. 01485
Kennel Club Accredited Instructor (KCAI (CD))
Separation Anxiety Pro Trainer (SA Pro)
Full Member of International Society of Animal Professionals (M.I.S.A.P)
Professional Member of the Pet Professional Network
Professional Member of Pet Dog Training Instructors (having achieved Advanced award) (PPDTI)
Diploma in Higher Education (Law) (Diploma HE (Open)(Law))
International Animal and Behaviour Training College Clicker and Target Training 1 (IABTC C&T1)
Signatory to The Registration Council for Dog Training and Behaviour Practitioners (RCDTBP)(CAWC)
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