About Me

My name is Valentina, I've been working with dogs since 2003, starting of as a dog walker and then working alongside a dog behaviourist, where I realised that this is what I wanted to do. I've always wanted to work and help animals as well as people. I found that working in dog training let me do both.

I have since completed various dog training courses and behaviour modules from

*Cambridge Institute of Dog Behaviour and Training  ( https://cidbt.uk/ )  - Common Canine Behaviour problems.

*Institute of Modern Dog Trainers(https://www.imdt.uk.com/ ) - Career as a dog Trainer and

*School of Canine Science (https://www.caninescience.online/ ) - 30 Days of canine Science,  Fear short course and most recently started  The Behaviour Bible which is a work in progress. 

When it comes to my passion for working with dogs, I will never stop learning, so I do my best to equip myself with as much knowledge as I can in as many training methods as possible.

I aim to help you understand your dog and vice versa. Opening that line of communication is so important to be able to live with our best friends.

I have 2 kids, both have been raised around dogs. My eldest son will be 11 soon and has not known a life without a dog(although he prefers cats), he often comes with me as my camera man/ assistant during school holidays. Our youngest is  1 1/2  and absolutely loves the dogs, thinks they're hilarious but is learning how to be gentle with them, (we're working on this every day). Its just as important to teach children how to be around dogs, as it is to teach dogs to be around kids. She sometimes comes with me to mini adventures and is the official treat dispenser assistant. 

I am fully insured and DBS checked.

 

Bailey

Bailey, she's from Mauritius, I've had her since she was 6 weeks old. I lived in Mauritius for 2 years (2013-2015) where I worked as a behaviourist and trainer alongside SOS (Saving our Strays) and MSAW (Mauritius Society for Animal Welfare). I have taken part in dog training demos at family events as well as educational events at universities and on national TV (in Mauritius).

When I moved back to the UK, I brought Bailey with me, she will be 7 in May 2021. Bailey has been my trusty assistant and stooge dog all these years. She has now retired from her role as Stooge and assistant due to age and showing signs of arthritis. 

She is highly intelligent and quite an escape artist. Due to her nervous nature, I made sure to start her training as early as possible and with the basic training she has, we were able to build on it and teach her cues that would enable her to keep calm and focused on me when in stressful situations. Now at the grand age of 7 she continues to be nervous, but is easily reassured and relaxes easily. She has taught me what I always make sure to teach owners: training is for life, especially with certain behavioural issues, but as long as you are always keeping it up, your dog will learn to handle these situations better, with your help.

Rollo

In 2019 we adopted Rollo, a Romanian rescue, from Barking Mad Dog Rescue (https://www.barkingmaddogrescue.co.uk/ ), he's come a long way since and always learning something new all the time. He started off being very fearful of everyone, in particular, men. There is never a “quick fix” when it comes to teaching a dog not to be fearful, even as a dog trainer. Surprisingly, since the Covid-19 pandemic and the numerous lockdowns, Rollo has shown incredible improvement around men (even though he’s seen less of them) and although he still gets initially scared, he is much quicker to become friends with them once he realises they are not threatening. It has to be said, that teaching a dog the basic cues will help with behaviour problems, even the most basic command can help.
I am constantly working with Rollo and Bailey to improve and keep on top of their behaviour.
Rollo has now taken over the role of Stooge dog and assistant now that bailey is older and is starting to show signs of arthritis.

Both of my dogs are very nervous but with consistency and ongoing training they can overcome almost anything that comes their way. Their training will be for life.