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Robert Alleyne

Robert Alleyne

I am a Member of the Kennel Club. I am patron for two charities – K9 Crusaders and German Shepherd Rescue Elite.

I have talked on several radio programmes on the subject of dogs. I have also appeared on numerous television programmes talking on dogs and other animals. I was the behavioural trainer on the BBC3 series Dog Borstal for all four series. I have also appeared on the BBC News, This Morning and London Tonight, covering a variety of dog related subjects. I have written articles for most of the major national dog related magazines, such as Our dogs, Dogs Today, and Your Dog.

I have run my own dog training classes since 1986. I have judged at limit, open, and championship level obedience competitions. I have been training people on instructing dog training classes since 1994.

I started working as a canine behavioural trainer in 1992, with the majority of my clients coming to me via veterinary referral, or from recommendations from previous clients. I have had a book published on the subject of dog behaviour and training, The Trouble-Free Dog, which was published in 2000, and had very positive reviews in The Times, The Telegraph, The Daily Mail and Dog Training Weekly and has been reprinted twice since then. It was revised and reprinted in 2008.

I worked as an animal welfare officer for the London Borough of Lewisham from May 1990 to January 2006, where I held the position of Senior Animal Welfare Officer. Dealing with all types of animals, ranging from escaped reptiles, to injured wildlife, to nuisance complaints, and of course – stray dogs, which was the services core function. I left the service in 2006 to work full-time as a behavioural trainer.

I joined the TCBTS (UKRCB) in 1992, and have been a Board member now for many years.

Sheila Hamilton-Andrews

Sheila Hamilton-Andrews

Sheila is a lifelong owner of dogs and other companion animals (cats, horses, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, etc.). Having graduated from Guy’s Hospital in London as a registered nurse, she spent six years working in the pharmaceutical industry followed by twenty-one years of professional medical counselling in conjunction with raising a family, running her own dog obedience training school and counselling those with pet behaviour problems.

She bred English Working Springer Spaniels for many years, has shown Beagles, Hamilton Stovares and Flat Coated Retrievers at Crufts, competed in agility and field trials and trained search and rescue dogs. She currently owns a German Shepherd Dog, a rescue Lab x Collie and a cat who loves terrorising the dogs.

She has studied human psychology through the Open University and has completed both a Post Graduate Diploma, and an MSc. in Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling at The University of Southampton.

She is an ASAB Certified Clinical Animal Behaviourist (CCAB) and is a member of the ASAB Accreditation Committee, The Chairman of TCBTS, and a committee member of the ABTC.

Though mainly working with dogs, she is also accredited to work with cats. Her knowledge, combined with many years of counselling experience, helps owners whose pets present with aberrant behaviour reach an acceptable and hopefully successful solution. She has written a number of articles for various journals and lectures both at home and abroad on a variety of topics.

She is married, has two daughters, four young grandchildren and lives with her husband, Graham, in Winkfield Berkshire.

Diane Hoar

Diane Hoar

I started training my own Border Collie at 11 years of age and joined a local dog club in Sussex where we lived. It did not take long for the ‘bug to bite’ and I was hooked on wanting to learn more! With a lot of encouragement I went on to instruct at the club and then to compete with some success and was asked to steward and then eventually judge.

On moving to Devon I started my own dog club which was an enjoyable challenge and when I moved to Birmingham I started another dog club and joined the APDT and BIPDT.

The term ‘behaviourist’ then started to become more widely used so, as a very mature student, I went to Bishop Burton College and qualified with an HNC in Dog Training and Behaviour. I then joined TCTBS (UKRCB) as an associate. After a year I became a full member and then a Director.

I have puppy walked for ‘Guide Dogs for the Blind’ for ten years and I have socialised dogs for ‘Hearing Dogs for the Deaf’.

I have also assessed and socialised dogs for the West Midlands.

I currently run my own dog club in Telford, training all breeds and all ages through the KC Citizens Award Scheme from Puppy to Gold.

Elizabeth Kershaw

Elizabeth Kershaw

Following a career in Education which included both teaching in schools and working as an Education Adviser, Elizabeth took early retirement in 1988 to study animal behaviour with a view to becoming an animal behaviour counsellor working mainly with dogs. This fortuitously coincided with the introduction of the University of Southampton postgraduate course in Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling and Elizabeth applied and was accepted as one of the first intake of students. This started as an Advanced Diploma but was upgraded to a Masters Degree with which she graduated. She was invited by Mike Mullan to apply for membership of the newly formed UKRCB and has been involved with the group ever since as a long standing Board Member.

Elizabeth has lived with dogs from the age of 10 when she first attempted to train a crossbred terrier. Since then she has lived with a number of breeds including a Dalmatian and several terriers. She has had wide experience in the field of dogs, with over 40 years as a dog training instructor, showing in breed with her Bearded Collies, training for Working Trials with particular interest in scent work and competing in Obedience competitions. She was one of the earliest in the UK to embrace principle based training, using Clicker Training with both her own dogs and in class and has run many courses on the merits of this style of training. She ran a small training and behaviour based business in West Berkshire known as Canine Education but is now mainly retired and enjoying doing more with her three Bearded Collies.

Jackie Murphy

Jackie Murphy

Jackie has always had a passion for all animals and at an early childhood she not only was involved with her dog (Angus) but was also an avid horse rider. It was when she re-homed a rather lucky black cat, named Timmy, who had serve behavioural issues that her passion and love for animals inspired her into a career working with companion animals. She runs a busy behavioural training company called Specialist Dog Training and has appeared on various radio programmes talking about canine related subjects.

Jackie is a fully qualified tutor and hold both DTLLS and QTLS qualifications. She works in schools, offering a specialised course for primary school children in animal care and is a distant learning tutor for Compass Education and Training.

Jackie also runs her own dog training classes throughout the year and offers socialisation and training walks through Teddy’s Trekkers to help nervous and anxious dogs meet other dogs in a relaxed and calm environment. With her dog Teddy they enjoy a wide range of canine activities, especially working trials and scent work.

Pat White

Pat White

Pat White has been involved with dogs all her life, including breed showing, obedience, racing dogs, working trials and agility. But her intent and interest is in maximizing the mutual pleasure between owner and dog in helping owners to live in peace with their pets.

She lives in Central London, has been Chairman of Hammersmith DTC for thirty years.

Secretary of TCBTS (formerly UKRCB) for twenty years, is a Dog Aid trainer and is an accredited Bach Foundation Registered Practitioner. She is co-author, with Bruce Fogle, of THE RSPCA COMPLETE DOG TRAINING MANUAL and COMPLETE PUPPY & DOG CARE.

Lisa Graham

Lisa Graham

Lisa has spent over 25 years working in the field of animal welfare and rehabilitation. She began her career as a Veterinary Technician in Canada and since arriving in the United Kingdom in 1996 has gained additional qualifications in canine behaviour and animal physiotherapy.

Lisa has dedicated most of her career to working within the field of animal welfare. She has had the privilege to work with thousands of dogs across a wide range of breeds and through this work has developed her passion of dogs and animals further into the field of education and training. This has taken Lisa down the road of developing working relationships with Housing Associations, Local Authorities and Police Forces to enable improvement in their handling and management of the dogs which they encounter during their working roles.

Lisa has a wide experience of working with the Press through her past role as Manager of Manchester Dogs’ Home which led her to becoming the Press Officer for the CBTS.

Lisa has recently taken partnership in Muttley Crew Dogs an established dog daycare in Stockport, Greater Manchester where she is able to focus her time on furthering her skills in canine training, behaviour and physiotherapy. Lisa currently owns a number of rescue dogs: 2 Chinese Cresteds, a cross breed, St. Bernard and a Rottweiller.

Gail Ward

Gail Ward

Gail became a dog training instructor over 20 years ago, having been an animal lover all her life. As a dressage rider who taught pony club children to ride, dog training was a natural progression.

She obtained a distinction on John Fisher’s Canine Human Interface course and attended numerous dog training camps in the USA run by Wendy Volhard. Wendy invited Gail to teach there on each of her visits. Gail started her dog training career by working her dog in Sheila Hamilton Andrews dog training school, and after several years both training, instructing and helping out with admin, took over running Cranbourne Dog Training School nearly 20 years ago. From a mere 3 classes a week, the school has now become one of the largest in Berkshire and operates somewhere in the region of 17 classes a week in both the day and evening. There are 5 levels from Beginners through to Advanced.

Gail is a member of The Canine Behaviour and Training Society, and a member of the Pet Professional Guild. She continues to improve her knowledge by attending relevant canine courses and seminars and is particularly passionate about teaching people how to read dog language and posture and how diet can influence health and behaviour.

She lives in Winkfield Row, Berkshire with a long suffering husband, a son, twin girls and a Norfolk Terrier called Roo.

Leonie St Clair

Leonie St Clair

Leonie has lived with a variety of animals, including dogs, cats, rodents and once even a crow, and a childhood interest in all things animal culminated in her retraining as a canine behaviourist. Formerly a TV documentary producer, Leonie has always had a keen interest in what makes people tick and she enjoys applying that same curiosity to animal behaviour and the complexities of the human animal bond.

Over the years Leonie has worked as a volunteer in animal rescue and is a regular advisor at the canine showcase, Discover Dogs. She writes for specialist dog magazines and has shown her own dogs at championship level, including Crufts. Currently, Leonie is a committee member and instructor at the long established South Eastern Dog Training Society, where she is on hand to help guide members through foundation training and the various levels of the Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog awards. She also runs her own behaviour counselling service, London Dogs Training.