Having been controlled and manipulated by a larger than life Collie-X for 12 years, I decided that enough was enough and studied for an Advanced Study Diploma in Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling (AS/Dip CABC) at Southampton University.
After graduating in 2004 I set up in business. 4 Legs Good Pet Behaviour Counselling CIC originally started out with dog walking, training classes and one2one training. After gaining full membership of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors in 2007 (http://www.apbc.org.uk). I started practicing as a Clinical Animal Behaviourist (CAB) and I have been seeing clients and their pets with problems on veterinary referral in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, the West Midlands and the Welsh Borders ever since. In conjunction with a colleague, I also developed and delivered the clinical modules on the Animal Welfare and Behaviour BSc at Harper Adams University (www.harper-adams.ac.uk), from 2013 until 2018 , however, I quit in 2018 as I was unprepared to go on the payroll!
I served on the APBC committee from 2015-2019 supporting the development and regulation of the industry, to better promote the welfare of pets and their owners.
In response to the need to get new people qualified and in conjunction with a local veterinary practice we have recently launched the ‘Copthorne Behaviour Clinic’ (www.shrewsburyvets.com).
I also write and produce video and written resources for other behaviourists and trainers as well as for pet owners. I regularly attend workshops and seminars to keep up to date with new developments in the field and live with two dogs, a cat and several guinea pigs (as well as my human family) in Shrewsbury.