Welcome to Alpha Dog Training .....
I am a Pet Behaviour Consultant and Trainer based in Devon. I cover Plymouth and its outlying districts, Tavistock, Ivybridge and the South Hams area. I will also take behaviour referrals from Veterinary Practices within a 30 mile radius of Plymouth.
I am an up to date member of the APDT, the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and one of their assessors. (APDT No. 196. www.apdt.co.uk ). Members have all been assessed by a strict code of conduct and have agreed to abide by kind and fair training principles, updating their knowledge each year. The use of choke chains, electric collars and any other coercive or punitive methods of training are not used by Alpha Dog Training and Behaviour Consultancy.
I have a Diploma in Practical Aspects of Companion Animal Behaviour and Training awarded by Coape, Centre Of Applied Pet Ethology ( www.coape.org ). Since acquiring my Diploma in 2001 I became a partner practice to Peter Neville and have been on the CAPBT committee running webinars, practitioner status and working hard to make the CAPBT an Association worth being a member. I am still a Practitioner with the CAPBT but am no longer on the committee.
My other qualifications are owning, showing and breeding dogs for over 35 years. I have owned German Shepherds, Rottweilers, Akitas and Shibas.
I have also taken courses with the Animal Care College on Dog Instructing, Dog Breeding, and Dog Behaviour giving me the Institute of Animal Care and Education qualification ChMiace.
I continue updating my qualifications each year by attending lectures and seminars with Coape and other associations to ensure my methods are up to date both as far as training or behaviour is concerned.
I am married to Peter, who I have to say I couldn't have done this enjoyable job without him. Peters help and encouragement both now and over the years has given me the confidence and ability to get where I am in my profession.
I have two children, well not children anymore! Lisa, my first born, is a Teacher working in Plymouth and I'm very proud of where she has got to in her profession; she is married to Jonathan, who is a Business Bank Manager. Lisa and Jay have a son, Isaac my first Grandson is now 7 years old and my youngest grandson Noah who is 8 months! Chris, my son, is a Veterinary surgeon working for Drake Vets in Yelverton, he has helped me throughout his years in practice with both my own dogs and clients. He is married to Catherine who is also a Veterinary surgeon with the PDSA and works with her dogs in the Dartmoor rescue. Chris and Catherine have given me my second Grandson William who is now 4 years old and David who is 2 years old. I spent lots of time with all my grandsons; they are a joy to be around.