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 the Secretary and a trainer 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 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.
Darren first started to work with dogs whilst traveling around south east Asia in the mid eighties. This was at a time when only a few people were active in feeding and caring for street dogs. Darren quickly became involved and soon realised working with animals, especially dogs, was a career path he wanted to pursue.
Darren has since studied canine psychology and behaviour management in depth, achieving a level 5 foundation degree with distinction. Having maintained a keen interest in dog psychology throughout his life, Darren is keen to keep up to date with new scientific methods as they evolve. He regularly attends workshops and seminars, broadening his education and practice, and distances himself from the harsh punishment style of training offered by some “experts”. Darren sits on the Board of The Canine Behaviour & Training Society as Treasurer .
Darren is a registered Animal Behaviour Technician with the ABTC
Supporting member of QIDTI
Registered with RCDTBP
Animals have always featured a large part of Sarah’s life from her early life of tending farm animals on a small holding to owning a variety of pets in adult life. She is passionate about helping dogs and people to achieve new success using kind, gentle, positive methods and a deep understanding of how people and dogs work best together. Living in Somerset, outside of work Sarah enjoys walking, mountain climbing, road running and going to the gym.
Sarah has been the Applications Officer for the Society dealing with membership applications for the last 5 years and has recently joined the Board.
Lisa has lived with a variety of dogs and other companion animals including cats and chickens, and has been involved with horses for many years.
Lisa has been a Dog Trainer and Behaviourist since 2004 when she set up her business Mutts with Manners Dog Training & Behaviour in Surrey. Lisa is a Full Member of The Canine Behaviour and Training Society (TCBTS) and a Full Member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers UK (871) (APDT). She is an Animal Behaviour & Training Council (ABTC) Registered Animal Training Instructor and Accredited Animal Behaviourist. Lisa is also a qualified Tellington TTouch Practitioner (P1) for Companion Animals.
Lisa’s hobbies include cycling, gardening, wildlife watching, reading and cross stitch.
Animals have always featured in Lucy’s life, in her early days she worked on a small farm being involved in all aspects of animal husbandry including showing sheep! Whilst studying Molecular Biology at University, Lucy was a regular volunteer at Bath Dogs and Cats home. Having graduated, Lucy moved to Cambridge to pursue a career in science but dogs still played a huge part in her life so she joined her local canine society and soon found herself a committee member becoming heavily involved breed showing, obedience and pet dog training.
Today Lucy has a Diploma in Dog Training and Integrated Behaviour Counselling, an Advanced Diploma in Canine Behaviour Management, is Head Trainer at Newmarket and District Canine Society, a Full Member and Website Officer of The Canine Behaviour and Training Society (TCBTS), is an Accredited Animal Behaviourist (ABTC) and has been running her business Baybrook Dog Training and Behaviour for 13 years. With her dogs she successfully competes in Obedience, Hoopers, Scentwork Trials, Gundog Tests and picks up regularly during the shooting season.
Lucy is married to Paul, has 3 young children, a 14.5 yr old German Shorthaired Pointer, 7 yr old Parson Russell Terrier, 2 year old Labrador and a few chickens!