I am the Managing Director and Dog Training Instructor at the school and provide all training services. In group classes I am assisted by my wonderful team and this is to whom I refer when I say ‘we’ on this website.
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I started off by shadowing other trainers, lots of home study and I have studied correspondence courses with Alpha Education, Centre for Excellence and Ian Dunbar. I regularly attend webinars, conferences and seminars and firmly believe in the importance of continuing to learn regardless of how much you already know. I am a proud member of the Pet Professional Guild and continue to learn and aim for other accrediting memberships.
I spent a good while volunteering my time and skills at a rescue centre for dogs and in that time worked with many dogs at the centre as well as bringing some of them home for in-home training/fostering. Sadly, ill health has meant that I had to stop doing that but I am in touch with rescues who know that they can call on me for assistance.
I live with my two beautiful dalmatians (Bubble aged 10, and Radan aged 8) and my two cats (Sophie and Minnie). I have previously shared my home with rats, hamsters, squirrels and various waifs and strays!
Emma first came to Lottie’s School for Dogs with her puppy, PomBear. As a dedicated first time owner, Emma attended regular classes with ‘PB’ and worked very hard to help her become the wonderful little dog she is today.
Emma began helping with stooge set ups, handling my stooge dog, Bubble, so that I could work with the owners and now helps on Tuesday night classes as well as 1-1 sessions.
Emma is a great asset and addition to the LSFD Team.
Caitlin and her husband, Emile had previously lived with an anxious and reactive dog. When they brought Link, the border collie puppy into their lives, they wanted to be absolutely sure to get off on the right foot and avoid the problems they had previously experienced. And so we met!
They are still working hard with Link who is now a sensitive adolescent dog, and doing a great job with him, but Caitlin is keen to learn more about behaviour as well as helping a small business and other dog owners too.
Caitlin started off helping with stooge work as she had experienced living with a reactive dog herself, she now helps in our Friday night classes and is a fantastic addition to our team (as is Leo, one of Caitlin’s two cats who visits Puppy Club to meet the puppies every few weeks)!