Qualifications & Experience
My dog training and behaviour career began in 2011. I joined Puppy School in 2012 and started my own dog training and behaviour business (Tricky Paws). I have worked with numerous puppies and dogs in group classes and on a 1-2-1 basis; I have worked with local vets and rescue centres and helped many owners, from the very experienced to the complete beginner; I have helped dogs who have suffered from a range of behavioural problems to include aggression and separation anxiety and I have first hand experience of owning a rescued fear-reactive dog. Over the years, I have acquired many skills and abilities and I hope that my knowledge will help others too. I truly believe that one can never learn enough and so I am an advocate of continued professional development.
To kick start my business after taking two years off, I completed the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers (IMDT) 2 day Career as a Dog Trainer course in April 2016 and the 4 day Practical Instructor course in September 2016, personally tutored by the highly reputable and renowned dog behaviourist, Steve Mann and his IMDT Team.
I graduated from Hartpury College (part of UWE) in 2009, with a BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour and Welfare; previous to this, I obtained a BTEC National Diploma in Animal Management from Cannington Centre, Bridgwater College (2006). As part of these courses, I was required to learn about animal behaviour and learning theory, thus giving me a good foundation upon which to build my dog training and behaviour knowledge.
After university, I was lucky enough to become an official Puppy School tutor. To become a Puppy School tutor, I had to pass an extensive correspondence course, as well as partake in two training weekends where I was tutored by the highly reputable and internationally renowned canine trainer and behaviourist, Gwen Bailey, founder of Puppy School. After qualifying, I also attended many courses through Puppy School to learn about dog behaviour and training. I qualified as a Puppy School tutor in 2012 and ran Puppy School classes in Weston-Super-Mare until 2014. I stopped puppy and dog training in 2014 so I could stay at home with my daughter and although I am no longer running Puppy School classes, I feel very fortunate to have been a part of it.
To ensure the highest standards of care and professionalism, I have provisional member status in one of the most prestigious organisations in the field of animal behaviour. I am a provisional member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC), which means having gained the relevant academic qualifications, I am gaining the practical experience necessary for full membership. I also updated my dog first aid knowledge by attending an Animal Aiders Dog First Aid Training Course, which was taught by a Veterinary Professional, in August 2016 (previous course attended in February 2012).
To further my knowledge of dog behaviour and training, I have attended ( and continue to attend) many seminars given by professionals in the companion animal industry, to include Dr Ian Dunbar, Grisha Stewart, Dr Nick Thompson and David Ryan, to name a few. I also like to read books about dog training and behaviour, as well as dog-themed magazines and blogs.
A Little Bit More About Carrie-Anne
Growing up in a household full of companion and exotic creatures, I have always been passionate about animals and I knew from a very early age that I wanted to pursue a career in the companion animal industry. As well as previously working in zoos, stables/yards and farms, I have also run my own puppy and dog training business since 2012 (although I took two years out so I could stay at home with my daughter).
I currently share my life with my partner and my wonderful daughter, Greta. My beautiful rescued Rottweiler (Rhu) resides with my mother and is her devoted companion. Being the best teacher of them all, Rhu is the main reason why I decided to pursue a career specialising in dog behaviour and education. I have not looked back since!
Unfortunately, I suffer with the after effects of a condition called Stevens-Johnson Syndrome. I contracted the illness when I was seven years old and it has had a major impact on my life. The illness has left me blind in my right eye and partially sighted in my left. Despite this, I am determined to do as much as I can to help my community and my clients, and to provide the best service I possibly can.
As well as dog training, I am also an active member of the new Burnham Pooper Troopers group and a full member of Highbridge & Burnham-On-Sea Carnival Ltd. I love helping others and my community is extremely important to me. As well as this, I am also an Authorised Distributor for the Utility Warehouse, a company which I believe can really help many people better manage their bills and reduce the cost of living.