My name is Vay, I am an experienced dog trainer, qualified with the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers (IMDT) and also a certified scentwork instructor with both Scentwork UK and the World Scent Dog Association (WSDA).
I am a training geek, fascinated by all the little intricacies of training and the way we communicate with our dogs. I love figuring out what each individual team needs to progress, making it clear to the human as well as the dog.
I live with my two rescue dogs, Bru (staffy); Magic (collie-lurcher), and cat, Angie.
With Bru, I compete at agility, where he has reached Grade 5; Canicross; and also Heelwork to Music (Dancing with dogs). He is also a talented scent detection dog, and one of his favourite hobbies is playing hide and seek with people. (Also known as mantrailing!)
Magic is still new to the family and is currently learning to overcome his reactivity, sound sensitivities and lack of general socialisation. He has started competing in scentwork and showing promise in heelwork too. He has a very quick mind and is never still for long!
I have also often had a foster dog staying with me - a rescue dog who needs a bit of help to find the right home. Like Tiger, a young Staffordshire Bull Terrier who needed help with his basic training; and Talullah, a mixed-breed dog who was incredibly fearful of people.
In 2018 I took part in the "Trainer of the Year" competition at Battersea Dogs' home - of three daily challenges I won one and came second in another.
I am passionate about learning and always investing in my own skills and knowledge so that I can give you and your dog the best service possible.
I am fully insured and DBS cleared.