I started my career in dogs by qualifying as a Canine Beautician. This qualification was my entry into the world of a boarding kennel and the day to day care dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea-pigs, birds and most other regular family pets. We’ve cared for an incredible number of dog and cat breeds (and those of no recognisable breed). This has provided us with all of the necessary experience to understand and care for most pets that we are likely to meet.

As a family with two children our family menagerie included, the to be expected, dogs and cats, rabbits and guinea-pigs, but also varied breeds of chickens and parrots, Shetland Ponies and goats. This was the way that our children learnt how to respect and care for animals.

Over the last couple of years I’ve been taking a series of courses and workshops with the IABTC (International Animal Behaviour Training College).

Training our black Labradors has been, and is, very rewarding. I’ve used reward based techniques, and  the kind, gentle approach supported by the IABTC.

We are convinced that our family dogs require exercise that stimulates mind and body, they must be allowed to use their powerful sense of smell.


My entry into the world of boarding kennels and small animal care was through the dog showing and judging community. Showing dogs requires a very professional approach to canine physical fitness. Diet, and it’s impact on coat, grooming and  quality exercise are of the utmost importance. Judging allows for a development of an eye for what is right, but also for what is not. Helen and I are very conscious of how our different experiences can benefit our “dog walking”, and “pet sitting” customers.

Kennels were always set aside for the use of dog re-homing charities both local and national. Dogs coming into our care often needed a little bit extra. One consequence of this side of our activity was that we occasionally kept a sweet but needy little person. Our “gang” must have looked very odd to people who didn’t know us.

As a family we have been deeply immersed in caring for a wide variety of animals that keep us all company. Helen and I will always  make sure that our services in “dog walking”, “pet sitting”, house visits to “feed cats and dogs and other small pets”, including “chickens”, will be carried out with all the professionalism that you should expect. We continue to take courses, keeping ourselves up to date with modern canine behavioural developments and techniques. We have both attended workshops in Tellington TTouch, a gentle surface touch technique designed to alleviate stress and tension in dogs and other animals. I plan to develop my knowledge and involvement in this.

Helen and myself have taken courses in Canine First Aid, we are both DBS checked