Professional Dog Trainer in Epsom & Ewell, Surrey
It all came about thanks to my experiences with our own dog, a tiny Chihuahua named Pixel. When my husband and I first got her, she was smaller than a bag of sugar, with big googly eyes, stubby feet and a tiny nose. But her cuteness was soon undermined by her razor sharp teeth, and her habit of barking at all hours. My husband and I would silently look at each other in horror at what we had brought into our lives. But even then, we had a sense that a lot of Pixel’s issues were down to her lack of confidence.
Wanting to help my dog (and restore some sanity to the household) I began to read up on canine behaviour. My interest quickly became a hobby. I attended courses on the latest science-based Dog Training and Behaviour by the IMDT, and, after extensive training and numerous assessments, I qualified as a full IMDT member. Later, I discovered the Pro Dog Trainer Programme: an innovative training technique that shapes dog behaviour and choices through games-based training.
Naturally, Pixel was the first beneficiary of my games-based training. As I started to see real-life changes in her, I knew I could help other dogs with similar struggles. I wanted to tell the whole world: There’s a game for that!
And so, I set up Horton Dogs, and began running group classes and one-to-one training sessions. I quickly saw that dog owners not only want training that works, but training that builds their relationship with their dog.
As a Dog Trainer I keep up to date with the latest courses and research that dog training has to offer. Below are some of the courses I have completed so far:
- IMDT Full Member Qualified Trainer
- IMDT 2 Day Assessment achieving Full membership 2017
- IMDT 4 Day Practical Instructor 2017
- IMDT 2 Day Career as a Dog Trainer 2017
- IMDT Perfect Puppy Foundations 2018
- IMDT Canine Aggression & Rehabilitation 2018
- IMDT Canine Body Language 2018
- IMDTB Resource Guarding 2018
- IMDTB The Consultation and Follow-up Report 2018
- Qualified Pro Dog Trainer
- School of Canine Science – The Puppy Lab 2020
- School of Canine Science – 30 days of Canine Science 2020
- Absolute Dogs Pro Dog Trainer – Coaching 2020
- Absolute Dogs Pro Dog Trainer – Geek 2019
- Absolute Dogs Pro Dog Trainer – Assessment 2018
- Absolute Dogs Pro Dog Trainer – Deep Dive 2018
- Absolute Dogs Pro Dog Trainer – Train The Trainer 2018
- Open College Network Level III ‘Principles of Dog Training And Behaviour’ 2018
- First Aid For Dogs 2017