Devoted to Dogs
Paula O’Sullivan (Canine Behaviourist and Advanced Level Trainer, FdSc. B.A Hons)
I am a fully qualified Specialist Canine Behaviourist and an Advanced Level Trainer, including Kennel Club listed status to gold standard (KCGCDS) . I am a full member of International Canine Behahaviourists, which sets the standard of qualified specialised Canine Behaviourists and a member of ICAN and CAB. I am also a member of the UK Behaviour and Training Charter. I have 10 years practical experience and I also train assistance dogs and therapy dogs.
I grew up with dogs and they have always been a huge part of my life. Growing up I knew I wanted to work with animals and when I had a particular dog who was extremely fearful and challenging I began an amazing behavioural journey with him that changed my life forever. I wanted to better understand his behaviour and how I could help him, and the more I learnt the more I was thirsty to know more. I was already working with dogs in day care and walking when I made the leap to study a Canine Behavioural and Advanced level Training Degree at Bishop Burton (the only Canine specific behavioural degree in the country). My dog Guinness practically took the degree with me and I am very grateful to him for everything I have learnt and the dramatic positive change he made to my life that enables me to help other dogs like him.
Since then I have never looked back. I have been working with dogs now for 9 years, and have helped train and rehabilitate a great number of dogs during that time. I never stop learning through Continued Professional Development to ensure I am always at the forefront of applied behavioural science to be the best behaviourist and trainer I can possibly be for my clients. I also mentor and help the education of other student trainers through the Kennel Club Accreditation Scheme. I provide dog safety and awareness talks at schools on behalf of the Blue Cross Charity to raise awareness.
I teach all of our obesidence training courses and aim to provide the highest level of kind and effective training techniques based on the most advanced scientific principles of canine theory. We aspire to help owners understand the ‘how and why’ fun and positive training methods are so effective, using them in the right way to encourage good behaviour and enhance the dog and owner relationship.
Previously I have worked collaboratively with various councils on dog walking licenses and DCO’s and provided talks and workshops for other dog professionals, including the Royal Parks and Kennel Club to spread the word on professional practise and positive training for other professionals. During this time I was also the Vice President of Association of Professional Dog Walkers.
Emma Turner RVN, UK Sniffer Dogs Instructor
I teach the scent detection courses for domestic dogs at Walkies & Waggietails. I have been a qualified registered Veterinary nurse for 10 years and have been working as a deputy head nurse in a large charity hospital for 7 years. I became interested in animal training and behaviour whilst studying nursing and I am currently studying an Advanced Diploma in Canine Behaviour Management. I joined the Walkies & Waggietails team in 2019 as part of my accreditation to become a Kennel Club approved instructor and more recently became a UK Sniffer Dog Instructor.
I have always been passionate about animals and animal welfare since I can remember. Growing up I had animals of all different shapes and sizes from gerbils to donkeys. I have always been fascinated by the bond between humans and canines and how they have become part of our lives, whether they are working with us, or in our homes as part of the family (or both!).
I have a rescue Pomeranian called Tod who was born with a medical issue that meant he was unable to walk as a pup. I took him on as a foster and fell in love! He has been with me through my training and behaviour journey and has taught me so much in the last few years; he never stops amazing me! Tod now also helps me to look after other foster animals that I care for. I keep up to date with continued professional development in veterinary whilst also continuing my studies.
I really enjoy assisting in Paula’s obedience training classes and meeting lovely people and their adorable pups!
Louise Breton, Assistant Trainer, Dog Parkour and UK Sniffer Dogs Trainer
After a scary number of years climbing the corporate ladder in the travel industry, I decided there was more to life, and it was our newly adopted Hungarian Vizsla ‘Bosco’ who helped me to realise it. I was lucky enough to be able to give up sitting behind a desk every day and start enjoying adventures with Bosco come rain or shine.
As an adopted dog Bosco came with all sorts of quirks, and taking Paula’s Walkies & Waggietails Junior Class helped me bond and understand him more. We went on to study for our Kennel Club Good Citizen Bronze Award and one day hope to complete our Silver and Gold.
My husband runs a dog walking business and I have spent the past 5 years immersed in all things dogs. It is an excellent way to study dog behaviour and body language.
I am currently studying to become a Kennel Club Accredited Dog Trainer. I joined the Walkied & Waggietails team 4 years ago and have become the resident enrichment guru , helping to design our new Enrichment Classes. I am also working with Paula in our new Dog Parour Fusion courses and have qualified as a UK Sniffer Dogs Scent Detection Instructor.