The Vale Good Companion Dog Training School is approved of by veterinary surgeons, animal welfare offices
(dog wardens), and dog rescue centres in Cleveland and the surrounding areas. My aim is to treat all owners
and their dogs as individuals and constantly finding suitable ways to improve all areas of their lives together. I
have studied under some of the world's leading dog trainers and behaviourists and have been assessed and
approved as an instructor for the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT)
The APDT offer dog owners a guarantee of quality when looking for a puppy and dog training class in their area.
All members of the APDT have been assessed according to a strict code of practice and have agreed to abide by
kind and fair principles of training
Background Qualifications and Experience
- Approved Kennel Club Listed Status Training School (authorised to run the Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog
Scheme) the Vale can provide training for owners of dogs who wish to participate
- Member of the The Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) (00539) I have completed & and obtained
the APDT open college accredited course within this organisation (OCD)
- Northern Centre for Canine Behaviour: Advanced Dog Training and Behaviour Certificate
- Northern Centre for Canine Behaviour: Dog Training, Instructing and Handling Certificate
- Animal Care College at Ascot: Instructor Certificate (gaining a Distinction)
I have worked very hard to gain qualifications and experience in order to provide my clients with assurances of
quality and professionalism. I am keen to develop further and regularly attend courses, workshops and seminars
dealing with all aspects of dog training & behaviour. This keeps me up to date with new ideas to enable me to
share many of these with the owners of the dogs I teach today and in the future.
I am fully covered by profession indemnity insurance, thus accepting responsibility for what I teach and
providing the owner with protection. Veterinary Practices can therefore refer their clients with confidence for all
aspects of my work.
Dogs, dogs, and more dogs
I have shared my own home with the following breeds of dog from childhood to the present day.
A Dandie Dinmont Terrier named Pickles, a Flat Coated Retriever called Dusky, a Spaniel x Collie named
Sherry, four Weimaraners named Abbey, Poppy, Tilly & Lucy. Today I live with a cheeky white & black deaf
terrier mix called Patch and finally a beautiful Doberman named Darcey.
Living with gundogs, working breeds & terriers firsthand and gaining experience with the different breeding and
genetics has been good for me, some of which have been easy, others more of a challenge. A few arrived to live
with me as puppies, while others were rescue dogs needing a second chance. These dogs helped me to
understand the struggles that some owners are going through today. The majority of my clients come to me as
referrals from local vets and rescue centres that support my kind methods of training, also through word of mouth
So I believe that my greatest teachers have been the dogs I have been fortunate to share my home
with, plus the many owner and dog partnerships I have met who have chosen to attend my training
classes over the past 13 years within the Cleveland area. This has enabling me to gain essential
practical experience and understanding of dogs of all types and ages.
NB All breeds of dog are welcome and this includes dogs with disabilities. Our recent claim to fame is Blue a rough
collie who has been blind since birth. He has obtained not just his Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme Bronze
and silver award but his Gold award also. What a delight and a wonderful learning curve for me, Blue's owners
and of course Blue himself.