In my 31 years, I have always lived with dogs. As a very small child of about six, I made a game of rehabilitating our rescue dog – who would growl and sometimes bite if feet or sticks went near him – or if you ventured anywhere near his neck. Within a few months tiny Amy had taught her new dog to be totally relaxed in all these situations… And to run through tunnels, walk across beams, and ‘bounce’ on a trampoline!
My later years found friends and sometimes even strangers watching me with my Border Collies or other dogs (sometimes which I’d just met), asking me to care for or help their own dog with certain behaviours. Friends’ dogs being ‘dog sat’ always seemed to finish their stay with me suddenly able to walk at heel without a lead, or no longer barking for attention.
As my interest developed and I moved to ‘dog sitting’ dogs of new acquaintances as well as friends, and fostering, rehabilitating and often rehoming dogs; sometimes through rescues and sometimes privately, as well as delving deeper into more intricately training my own and partner’s dogs, I found myself hatching a plan to start a training business; which of course fueled more rigorous than ever research into every dog training method in every situation I could sink my teeth into, recognising things I liked here, and things I would rather avoid doing there.
Since launching my training and walking business several years ago now, like any good trainer I continue to pursue online training courses for professionals by carefully selected trainers, and to read read read everything on the topic that I can; forever refining and expanding my training practice.
Having grown up, trained, researched and practiced as a Biologist (and wild animal lover), all of my methods are backed with sound science, experience AND a genuine love and empathy for dogs.
I hope to hear from you soon!
P.S. Since this is the ‘about’ section, I am also very much about reptiles. I do mobile reptile displays and kids parties, with a wonderful range of reptiles; as well as snake relocation and wildlife education on YouTube. To find out more visit Amy Wild Adventures at reptileeducator.com