About Throw Me a Bone

 

My journey as a dog trainer began shortly after our first rescue German Shepherd arrived into our home. This gorgeous young dog, who back in kennels seemed like an all-round happy & friendly dog, presented some big challenges soon after arriving, none of which we knew about or were prepared for. So I looked for help from dog professionals. The training offered to us at the time was not only ineffective but also made our dog worse, as it was based on dominance, submission and fear. I then realized there must be another way to communicate with your dog, without making them scared of you, without trying to establish yourself as the “pack leader”, without using force. And that’s when my journey into kind, force-free & positive reinforcement training methods began.

I worked with our dog for a long time and I can proudly say – she is my biggest achievement. We are a good team, we understand each other, she knows she can trust me and will always choose to come to me when she is worried or unsure, because over the years she has learnt I will always have her back. My Woofpack since then grew by 2 more dogs – one Romanian rescue GSD boy and one older Cocker Spaniel lady.

 

A few ago I also started fostering dogs, which gave me an invaluable experience of living with a number of different rescue dogs, including street dogs from Romania. To date, I fostered close to 20 dogs, all of different ages, breeds, personalities and all with different issues. I now support a number of local, as well as national and international dog rescues.

I am fully qualified and accredited by the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers, a professional body which ensures that each accepted member has met their very high professional standards but also that these standards are maintained. I also hold OCN Level III “Principles of Dog Training and Behavior” accredited certification.

I am proud to announce that I am now a Platinum Member of the Pet Professional Network.

The Pet Professional Network is the first international business support organisation for force-free pet professionals.

Working in collaboration with world-class training and behavioural institutes, they provide the very best advice in all aspects of marketing, mindset and personal development, helping connect members with like-minded professionals in a safe environment. They are proud to be an Affiliate of ICAN (the International Companion Animal Network).

I have undergone a rigorous one to one platinum coaching through their programme and assessment process, ensuring I meet their high standards and force-free philosophy and have shown exceptional progress in both my personal and business journey. I will continue to receive ongoing coaching, which will ensure I can give my clients the best ongoing support and help encourage other professionals to reach out and help support each other.

I am Canine First Aid certified and hold comprehensive insurance.

 

Training Methods

I use kind, force & dominance free, positive reinforcement training methods in dog training. These reward-based methods work by rewarding the behaviour you do want your dog to do, instead of using any form of punishment for unwanted behaviours. Over many years it has been scientifically proven that positive reinforcement methods do work, not just for our canine friends, but for all species.

Rewarding desired behaviours lead to reduction/extinction of behaviours dog owners don’t want, without causing any unnecessary frustration or stress for your dog, and this helps the dog to feel “good”. Positive reinforcement gives the dog the ability to make their own choices and strengthens the relationship between you and your dog. The best relationships between dogs and owners are based on co-operation and kindness, NOT on dominance and submission.

 

I'm a member of the IMDT   Dog Behaviour Oxfordshire