Hi, I'm Katie
I run Pawsome Canines as a dog walker, dog trainer and behaviour consultant
I've been working with dogs now for over 5 years professionally and for over 10 years in rescues as a volunteer. I've fostered 17 dogs of different breeds and with different behaviour issues and now volunteer as the Dog Welfare Officer for the Senior Staffy Club.
I love working with dogs and their families to maintain and strengthen a great relationship and bond.
I use fun, easy to understand methods to help train your dog. I never use pain or fear and instead use reward-based methods such as toys, food or praise.
Most of the dogs I've fostered/owned have had behavioural issues, so I completely understand how it feels - I've experienced the frustration, embarrassment, disappointment and been upset too! I won't be judgemental as I've probably been in your shoes at some point but I will work with you to help you understand what's going on with your dog and how to make things better.
I am constantly updating my knowledge on dog training and behaviour and my qualifications include:
Degree in Zoology (includes animal behaviour) from University of Liverpool
Diploma in Canine Psychology and Behaviour from Reaseheath College
Puppy Start Right for Instructors from Karen Pryor Academy
Canine Body Language and Facial Expression and Canine body language and facial expression in dog-dog interactions from Sarah Whitehead
Puppy Lab and 30 days of Canine Science from the School of Canine Science
Canine Problem Behaviour and Dogs and Children Certificate from the Ethology Institute
Dog Bite Prevention Certificate from DogNostics Career Centre
I'm a member of the Canine Principles Skills Hub which provides courses and workshops that are being updated continuously.
Certificates earnt from here include: Senior Dog Care Course, Canine Fear Course, Interactive Play, Canine Enrichment, Canine Calmness and Predation Substitute Training
I'm also a member of the Dog Welfare Alliance. This means I have taken a pledge to only use force-free and positive training methods in my dealings with animals
I'm listed on the Professional Dog Business UK website: https://professionaldogbusinessesuk.co.uk/ - they only include businesses that have the necessary insurance, qualifications and training to provide the best care for your dog
I'm a member of the Pet Professional Network an international business support and educational platform for kind, ethical and trusted pet professionals.
I've undergone a personal assessment process, ensuring I meet their high standards, ethics and force and fear-free philosophy.