My story

Rescuing Oreo seven years ago has been life changing in a beautiful way. He was a 4 months old puppy, full of ticks and fleas, with a tummy so bloated he could hardly walk, and he had been locked up in a stable during the most critical stage of his life.

 

So far he has been my biggest challenge and invaluable mentor. I am sure I would not have been on this path had it not been for his difficult puppyhood (and perhaps genes) that resulted in his anxious demeanour.

When he developed a severe fear of other dogs I set up D&B Doggy Daycare so that he had a safe environment to run free and socialise with his favourite friends. From then on I studied, got qualified as a dog trainer and now I am helping other rescue dog parents prepare their pups for whatever life challenges come their way.

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Qualifications

Education: 

Art conservation, BA, Technical Educational Institute of Athens, Greece, 2006-2010

History of Design, MA, Royal College of Art/Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK, 2014-2016

 

Certificates:

Professional Daycare and Boarding, Level 3, OFQUAL, 20/10/2019

Principles of Dog training and Behaviour, Level 3, IMDT, 7/7/2019

         Career as a dog trainer, 28-29/4/2018

         Practical Instructor, 28-31/5/2018

First Aid Certificate, 20/12/2016

 

Workshops:

The consultation and follow up report, IMDT 2-3/6/2018

The perfect puppy foundations, IMDT, 9/6/2018

Courses:

Dealing with the boogeyman- helping fearful reactive and stressed dogs, Amy Cook, FDSA

Management for reactive dogs, Amy Cook, FDSA

Relationship building through play, Denise Fenzi, FDSA

Finding five- training for a busy world, Chrissi Schranz, FDSA

Naled it! Nail trimming, Deborah Jones, FDSA

Seven days to a more confident dog, Julie Daniels, FDSA

Transforming triggers into cues, Kathy Sdao, FDSA

How to house train your dog, Deborah Jones, FDSA

Crate training dogs: happy crating for life, Sarah Stremming, FDSA

Before Baby! Setting the stage for a new baby in the family, Tania Lanfer, FDSA

After Baby! Promoting safe parallel play and coexistence, Tania Lanfer, FDSA

Conferences: 

Lemonade Conference 2020

The empowered dog training Conference 2020

Lemonade Conference 2021

 

Memberships:

Member of IMDT since 5/10/2018

PPN (Pet professional network)

PIF (Pet Industry Federation)