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About Wanderdog

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Here at Wanderdog we fully understand how important your dog’s happiness and wellbeing is to you, as it is incredibly important to us too. Whether you’re thinking of getting a new puppy, have just added a new rescue dog to your family, or you have an older dog with extra training and behavioural needs, we are here to help and guide you.  

 

We offer one-to-one private puppy and dog training sessions from the comfort of your own home, as well as behavioural consultations under vet referral for more complex needs. 

 

We also hold interactive group puppy classes for puppies under 18 weeks old at the Bermondsey Village Hall in the heart of Bermondsey, and puppy socials in the park.

 

See our service pages for more information regarding our training packages and group classes. 

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Wanderdog Ethos

Wanderdog promotes the use of force-free, kind, choice-based experiences for all of our Wanderdogs. We firmly believe that fun and reward-based training is the most effective way to build better, stronger relationships with our dogs, based on trust and cooperation. We completely dismiss the use of intimidation, physical punishment or fear as a means to train, walk or live alongside our dogs. We will never use or promote the use of aversive training techniques or equipment. We truly believe there are far more effective and kinder ways to live in harmony with our favourite canine family members.

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Reward-based training, through the use of 'positive reinforcement', means to add something desirable to make 'preferred' behaviours more likely to be repeated in the future. In training we predominantly use food as our main motivator, or 'payment', as we find for many dogs this is incredibly rewarding. 

 

Wanderdog, as a company, endeavours to keep up to date with current research, through continued education and by regularly attending seminars and conferences. We believe in taking advantage of every opportunity to learn and deepen our knowledge about the most effective and scientifically proven ways to have the kindest relationship with our dogs. 

Our aim is to make puppy and dog training fun and safe for all involved!

About Trainer & Behaviourist - Kay (she/ her)

As a baby my first word was dog – no kidding! However, the excitement that erupted in my parents by my ability to point at my family dog and successfully say ‘dog’, was short lived when I immediately pointed at everything in sight and proudly proclaimed each as ‘dog’. I think this inborn ability to see dogs just about everywhere, has only continued on to my later life and considerably spurred my interest in all dog related topics.

 

Growing up I have always lived with dogs and known that I wanted to work with them. During my second year studying Sociology at the University of Bristol, I caved into temptation, and found my very own Springer Spaniel Lucy (aka Lucy Woo Woo – or the Original Wanderdog), who’s been my better, furrier half ever since.

 

Lucy is now 14 years old, and still my best friend! She has slowed down a bit after being diagnosed with hip dysplasia and arthritis, so we keep her doing short but frequent walks, lots of indoor enrichment games, and take her to hydrotherapy to do gentle impact exercise.  

 

After forming such a close bond with Lucy and finding that I wanted the very best for her in every way, I quickly developed my interests in dog nutrition, health and behaviour. I have since spent countless hours studying and generally researching all sorts of dog related topics. 

I began dog walking and pet sitting in 2010, in-and-around my education and full time work. I also worked in rescue centres and have fostered dogs in the past. This includes two American Cocker Spaniels - Myra and Cole. I worked with these adorable dogs until a forever family was eventually found for them.

 

After a few years working in office environments, I came to realise that working with dogs is my greatest passion in life, so Wanderdog was born in January 2017 as a dog walking and pet sitting business.

 

In January 2018, I graduated with distinction from the Victoria Stilwell Dog Trainer Academy. This was a very intensive course, that included learning directly from Victoria Stilwell herself, and other fantastic dog trainers from both the US and UK. The course allowed me the opportunity to work closely with an amazing mentor, who has over a decade worth of experience and a crazily impressive knowledge of all things dog, training and behaviour - Eryn (Believe in Magic).

In 2020 I graduated with distinction from the University of Lincoln with a MSc in Clinical Animal Behaviour. I feel very grateful to be able to have learnt from leaders in the field of animal behaviour, such as Dr Daniel Mills the first professor of veterinary behaviour medicine. On graduation, I was also given the award for the 'most outstanding thesis' in my cohort.

 

​At the end of 2020, I achieved my pre-certification with the governing body ASAB (Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour) to gain my CCAB (Certified Clinical Animal Behaviourist) accreditation. My goal is that this will be completed within the next year or so. To achieve this, I have joined FABC (The Fellowship of Animal Behaviour Clinicians). I am also a provisional member of APBC (Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors). Provisional members have demonstrated that they have the appropriate level of knowledge and understanding for the professional role of Clinical Animal Behaviourist (CAB). They are now gaining the practical experience necessary to be assessed as a CAB and therefore become a Full Member of the APBC. The APBC supports its Provisional Members undertaking behaviour consultations. ​

In early 2021, I have completed a level 1 course to become a Canine Arthritis Management Advocate. Something that is close to my heart, due to my own Lucy's struggle with hip dysplasia and arthritis. I have also completed a level 3 diploma in Canine Health & Nutrition with distinction.

 

In October of 2021, I passed my exams to join membership with APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers) and am now a fully fledged member of this regulating body (Membership no: 01509).

 

At the end of 2021, I completed Michael Shiashiko's Aggression Mastercourse to hone my skills in dog aggression cases.

 

In May 2023, I graduated from a four-month intensive course as a CSAT (certified separation anxiety trainer) studying under world expert Malena De Martini.

 

In January 2024 I graduated as a Dynamic Dog Practitioner Course studying under gait, movement and pain expert Gemma Hodson. 

I strive to continue to advance my knowledge of canine psychology, health and behaviour and will continue to attend relevant seminars, courses and conferences to keep my knowledge as up-to-date as possible. The dog training industry is a  continually evolving science!

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Additional Continued Professional Development (CPD)

 

24-25th June 2017 - UK Dog Bite Prevention & Behaviour Conference​

4th June 2018 - Fear and Anxiety: How to help your fearful dog online seminar with Lisa Tenzin-Dolma

8th June 2018 - What to do, when with Victoria Stilwell

9-10th June 2018 - National Dog Behaviour Conference with Victoria Stilwell

7-8th July 2018 - Puppy Power Seminar with Chirag Patel, Sarah Fisher, Kay Attwood & Pam Mackinnon

9th July 2018 - Foundational Agility day with Jo Pay

22nd July 2018 - No pain, more gain workshop with Rachel Hayball, Tom Candy & Millie Robinson

28th July 2018 - Scent Work Foundation Level 1 with Louise Bater 

16th August 2018 - Natural Nutrition Webinar with Bianca Major 

October 2018 - Aug 2019 - Monthly subscription to Sarah Whitehead's Inner Circle (a selection of online seminars on various topics)

17th November 2018 - Scent Work Handling Skills Level 2 with Kim Kaye 

21st November 2018 - Brains, Bowls and Bull with Dr Nick Thompson

24th November 2018 - Heelwork to Music with Richard Curtis

17th January 2019 - A Evening Talk with Chirag Patel - Aggression

9-12th February 2019 - Woof, The Animal and Behaviour Training Conference with Chirag Patel 

14th April 2019 - Scent Work Skill Builder Level 3 with Pam Mackinnon

11th May 2019 - Day Seminar with Holistic Vet Dr Nick Thompson

16-17th May 2019 - 2 Day Think Dog! Practical with Sarah Whitehead

18-19th May 2019 - National Dog Behaviour Conference with Victoria Stilwell

26-30th May 2019 - TTouch Companion Animal Practitioner Training Program with Lucy Leclere

17-23rd August 2019 - Chirag Patel's Practical Puppy Training Instructors Course

11-15th November 2020 -  Pet Professional Guild (PPG) Geek Week Conference

11th November - 2nd December 2020 -  3 week Recall crash course for dog trainers with Kay Attwood

22nd February - 8th March 2021 - 3 week Loose lead walking course for dog trainers with Kay Attwood

1st-22nd March 2021 - 4 week Nose to Toes Alchemy 'Scent Work' Trainer Course with Eryn Martyn-Godfrey & Rachel Birt

23rd March 2021 - Helping Velcro dogs and Teaching them to cope when alone with Roz Pooley 

April 2021 - Sarah Whitehead online course on Canine Hormones, Sex and Neutering

22nd May 2021 - FABC Annual Behaviour Conference (Daniel Mills, Jon Bowen, Sarah Heath, Rachel Casey, Helen Zulch)

22nd-24th October 2021 - Aggression in Dogs Conference with Michael Shikashio

4th December 2021 - Reactive Rascals - 5 hour seminar with Alex Wilson of Xtradog 

22nd - 23rd March 2022 - 2 day Bronze Detection Dog Practical Instructor Course with UK Sniffer Dogs

18 - 20 July 2022 - 3 day Animal Training Course with Jo Mason

10th - 11th September 2022 - From one reward to the next - an immersive R+ weekend with Eva Bertlisson

18-20th March 2023 - 4 hour online seminar - Giardia, Health & Behaviour with Dr. Amber Batson

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About Trainer - Toni (they/them)

During lockdown I started doing some training with my family dog Bella after having some issues with being able to groom her without her getting stressed. This sparked an interest in me that I wanted to pursue so I reached out to Wanderdog and asked if I could observe some of their training classes to get a better idea of what training looked like as a profession. The Wanderdog team were very supportive and knowledgeable and helped me work out the path I would need to take to get myself qualified in the field.

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In October 2020, I began my Canine Instructor Course with the Professional Association of Canine Trainers (PACT). Alongside studying, I continued to shadow Wanderdog classes as well as beginning to offer solo dog walking services as my full time job. I qualified as an Animal Training Instructor (ATI) with PACT in Feb 2022 and have since completed many other courses and webinars about various areas of training to broaden my knowledge as much as possible. My favourite area of interest is Cooperative Care, which teaches dogs to be active participants in grooming and husbandry behaviours like brushing, nail trimming and veterinary examinations and procedures. In this area, I have completed the most established courses available including Grisha Stewart’s Cooperative Care Course as well as Fenzi Dog Sports Academy’s Cooperative Care Course at Gold Level. From here, I plan to work towards achieving my Level 1 Cooperative Care Certificate (CCC) with Cooperative Care expert Deb Jones PhD. This area of study is especially important to me, as this is something Bella particularly struggles with, and I want to gain as much knowledge as I can to make her life easier. Bella is now 9 years old and slowing down with arthritis, but adding this training into her routine has given her energy I’ve never seen her have before and has helped build up her confidence and trust, as she has always been quite nervous.

Among the many webinars I have watched, one that stood out to me was Tasha Atwood’s 4 Paws 4 Wheels where she spoke about her experience as a trainer who uses a wheelchair. This webinar was important for me to attend as I have an invisible disability and I wanted to hear the perspective of someone with a visible disability working in the same industry as myself. It’s important to me to make my training as inclusive as possible to all dogs and people, not just in relation to disabilities, but also to LGBTQ+ and neurodivergent communities. I am also a volunteer trainer for the assistance dog charity Dog A.I.D. where I work with physically disabled people to get their dog qualified as assistance dogs.

 

You can find me on Instagram @tonitrainsdogs

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Continued Professional Development (CPD)

6th September 2020: Victoria Stilwell – Being a Good Pet Neighbour 

6th September 2020:  Victoria Stilwell – Building Your Dog’s Confidence

October 2020 - February 2022: Professional Association of Canine Trainers (PACT) Canine Instructor Course

25th January 2021: PAWtected - Introduction to Assistance Dogs

25th January 2021: PAWtected - Basic Assistance Dog Awareness

28th January 2021: Karolina Westlund - Classical and Operant Conditioning Masterclass

3rd February 2021: Dr Amber Batson - Memory Matters

10th February 2021: Nat Light - Building Trust, Safety and Confidence

10th February 2021: Pawsitive Futures - Impulse Control in Teenage Dogs

24th February 2021: Debby Lucken - Jealousy in Dogs

4th March 2021: Michael Shikashio - Understanding Dog Aggression

24th March 2021: Dr Conor Brady - The Colossal but Unspoken Role of Nutrition in Behaviour

2nd June 2021: Dr Amber Batson - Pain and the Influence on Behaviour

23rd July 2021: Natasha Atwood - 4 Paws 4 Wheels

1st September 2021: Nat Light - Ethical and Effective Dog Training Methods

20th October 2021: Jack Fenton - Raising a Pandemic Puppy

21st October 2021: Debby Lucken - A Better Life for Kids around Dogs

21st November 2021: Karen Wild - Beyond Socialisation

11th January 2022: Dr Sara Davies - Phantom Pregnancies - The Silent Killer

January 2022-May 2022: Butternut Box Nutrition School

2nd February 2022: Grisha Stewart - What is Cooperative Care?

27th March 2022: Kathy Murphy - Biome, Brain and Behaviour

April 2022: Companion Animal Training - Cooperative Care in Action 3 webinar series

April 2022: Sarah Heath - Separation Related Disorders in Dogs

17th June 2022: Linlin Cao - Cooperative Care Unleashed

27th August 2022: Your Dog’s Friend - Resource Guarding: How to Help the Dog who Doesn’t Share

25th August 2022: Michael Shikashio - How to Avoid the Bitey End of the Dog

9th October 2022: Leslie McDevitt - Control Unleashed for Nervous or Aroused Dogs

18th October 2022: Fear Free - Happy Vet Visits for Dogs

September - October 2022 Fenzi Dog Sport Academy - Yes Please! Cooperative Canine Care

Ongoing: Raw Fed and Nerdy

Ongoing: Canine First Aid

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