A bad experience with a very “old-fashioned” dog trainer was all the inspiration I needed to learn more about dog behaviour. My Bernese Mountain Dog; Molly, had developed some particularly dangerous habits and I needed help. So I called upon a well recommended, local trainer.
The techniques he showed me were tantamount to abuse, in my opinion, and there was no way I was using a single one of them. That left me with a dog that was running out of options, and fast. I wasn’t going to give up her though, so I hit the library.
Initially, I only wanted to learn enough to help my own dog. but after reading many books and articles on the subject, not only did I have the tools I needed to train Molly in a kind way, but I was also completely addicted to the subject and started my first course shortly after.
Initially, I only wanted to learn enough to help my own dog. but after reading so many books and articles on the subject, not only did I have the tools I needed to train Molly in a kind way, but I was also completely addicted to the subject
I started my first course shortly after and I now have 14 qualifications in total: Basic Canine Behaviour(6) and Advanced Canine Behaviour(6), Aggressive Dog Behaviour(1) and Canine First Aid(1).
Since finishing my training in 2004, I have been solving all kinds of canine behaviour problems, whether it be in rescue centres, or at home with foster dogs.
In 2006, I had my first private client in Belfast, and my business in Northern Ireland has flourished since then.
In 2009 I achieved a lifelong dream and wrote and published a book; How to be the Perfect Pack Leader (published under the name Caroline Jenkins). It’s still available from Amazon and last time I checked it had 5 stars!
With all those years of experience you can be sure the methods I use have been fully tried and tested. In particular, my experience fostering “damaged” dogs, and working with rescues, means I am perfectly placed to help rehabilitate your rescue dog. Saying that, I never pass up the opportunity to learn something new, and my techniques are constantly evolving to suit the needs of the dog and their family.
In September, 2018, I brought all those years of experience to the dogs of Dundee, and the surrounding areas.
Today, a good portion of my clients come to me having already sought help elsewhere. They haven’t quite found the answers they need and are still in need of advice. Sometimes this is because the recommended techniques are fear based, and they simply refuse to use them. But, more often it is as a result of a poor assessment. A good assessment will highlight all underlying issues and related behaviours which, if missed, will sabotage any training plan.