My interest in animal behaviour goes back to my youth, but more recently I have been blessed to share my home with a succession of greyhounds who have taught me so much. Over the last 17 years I have had first hand experience of many of the problems that can beset retired racing greyhounds when they move on to a new home. I currently put that experience to good use as a volunteer at Greyhound Trust Hall Green, where I am Welfare Co-ordinator at our Stourbridge kennels. In this role I look after the hounds’ welfare and behavioural needs. This includes routine healthcare and supporting dogs who are nervous or reactive.
To complement my hands-on experience, I am studying Canine Behaviour at Diploma level. I completed the BCCS Diploma Level 4 in Canine Behaviour this summer and intend to finish the ISCP Diploma Level 5 by autumn 2020. In addition to this, I also hold a Certificate in UK Dog Law and Canine First Aid. I am currently studying Animal Centred Education (ACE), a technique developed by Sarah Fisher to combine Freework with TTouch techniques. These techniques are especially helpful with fearful dogs or reactive dogs, encouraging them to relax and engage with the owner. They can also be used to support behaviours such as recall and loose lead walking.