man, i love them. especially these two boys.
some very, very lucky people get to do what they were destined to do for a living. I count myself as one of those people. so in return, I do all I can for those who also love dogs.
dogs have been a part of my life from a very young age. I acquired my first dog (Sparky) at the tender age of 4. he was born in my aunt's back yard by a local stray dog. he wasn't very well when he was born, but in every moment I had spare I would sit with him, give him his medicine, hold him and talk to him. Sparky made it through and lived a great life as my side kick, partner in crime and absolute best friend.
after his passing that was it for me. I was hooked on helping dogs. I started volunteering at a local rescue centre at the age of 14 and went on to work in companion animal veterinary medicine for a number of years before officially getting into canine behaviour and starting The K9 Academy.
doing things the right way is incredibly important to me and the "right way" is following evidence based theory on dog training and behaviour. science and study. science supports positive, reward based dog training and so that is all we do.
we teach mutual respect and clear communication.
your dog deserves nothing less.
My name is Renee and I am a qualified behaviourist and trainer on the Isle of Wight. I have worked with companion animals for over 20 years in various capacities: rescue volunteer, veterinary nurse and trainer.
I have been chosen by Pet Doctors to be their referral canine behaviourist.
Now more than ever it is incredibly important for behaviourists and vets to work together as the largest reason for euthanasia in the companion dog population is due to behaviour problems.