Having been animal-mad since the day I was born, I was highly disappointed that I could never persuade my family into getting a dog. I was also really sad when I learned as I grew older that we used to have a family farm that had been sold when I was small. (I so wish I could have grown up there!)
To compensate for the void of animals in my life I spent as much time as possible during my childhood & teen years looking after & exercising other people’s dogs & horses for them – where I could be in my element; as well as reading everything about dogs that I could get my hands on. (I was also very content with the fact that next-door’s Border Collie spent half her time in our house with me!)
IN LOVING MEMORY OF MY DEAR MUM, DAPHNE WOOLDRIDGE.
HERE SHE IS BACK ON THE FAMILY FARM IN THE 1950s
WITH HER FAVOURITE BOY
It was not until I eventually owned my own property in my late 20's that I could finally become a dog-owner & feel complete. The pressing demands of the bills however still meant that I could not pursue a career with animals as I would have loved.
WITH MY TWO DOGS, CHARLIE & CASSIE
Once in my forties I was determined to make a change. I obtained my dog psychology qualification & also completed advanced training in Jan Fennell’s "Dog Listener" methods. I later finally achieved my personal goal of training at the Dog Psychology Centre in L.A. with Cesar Millan (The Dog Whisperer). Through working with Cesar I also gained access to further training possibilities & have since studied with International Dog Training expert Brian Agnew. With the necessary veterinary endorsements of my practice, I also obtained Professional Membership of the International Association of Canine Professionals (I.A.C.P), I am at long last able to work with the closest things to my heart – dogs & people!
Every case is a new adventure & the reward of seeing a happy dog & an even happier owner as the improvements begin to take shape is the best feeling in the world.
Now I love my job!!