Devoted to dogs
Paula O’Sullivan (Canine Behaviourist and Advanced Level Trainer (FdSc. B.A Hons)
I am a fully qualified Specialist Canine Behaviourist to degree standard education and an Advanced Level Trainer including Kennel Club listed status to gold standard. I have 10 years practical handling experience and I also teach 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 learn. I was already working with dogs in day care and walking, but I then 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 for him I am very grateful 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 8 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 teach all of our 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.