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 Heelwork to Music Freestyle, where he has reached Advanced (the top level) in his younger days he also competed in agility and canicross. He also enjoys scent detection, and one of his favourite hobbies is playing hide and seek with people (Also known as mantrailing!). Bru has taught me so much about training with clarity - if he didn't understand something he would just wander off and find something better to do! Which is fair - the onus is on me to explain things clearly. As a more experienced dog, if he doesn't understand he will just look at me and wait - he trusts that I will try harder!
Magic is a complicated lad, learning to overcome his reactivity, sound sensitivities and lack of general socialisation. He has an incredible nose and a great work ethic, loving both scentwork and mantrailing. He is also following in Bru's pawsteps with Heelwork to Music and Freestyle. Magic has taught me all about the balance between body and behaviour, if he is acting up it is usually because he is not comfortable in his body. He has taken my knowledge of mantrailing to a whole different level as he works tricky trails and gives us both the thrill of finding our person.
Magic and Bru are sponsored by Stafford Vet Physio - who they see regularly to keep them in top shape. Maisie is amazing with them both, but especially with Magic who can struggle with strange people touching him.
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.
As an Assessed and Qualified Member of The Institute of Modern Dog Trainers I am proud to display the UK Dog Behaviour & Training Charter symbol