ABOUT THE TRAINERS
Susan CLOSE: MTGoDT, MIACE
SUSAN has owned and trained dogs and horses since she
was in her teens. Since 2004 she has focused
on dog training and the scientific analysis and modification of their behaviour.
She is in the very final stages of studying for the ADipCBM (Advanced Diploma in Canine Behaviour
Management). Her training groups (puppy
onwards) at THE DOG HUB aim to teach urban dogs and their owners how to cope
with the many challenges of inner city life. The one-to-one problem solving arm
of her practice expands on this: she is committed to rehabilitating dogs that
struggle to cope with the stresses and strains of living in today's fast-moving
world in dense and noisy metropolitan environments. All the training and support Susan offers is non-judgmental: "You
can't change the past, but you can
influence the future!" Susan has vast experience not just in the assessment and
teaching of dogs, but also thirty years experience working in IT with people with SPLDs (specific learning difficulties). She believes
that learning should be fun and that, because the activities learned should be
fit for purpose, she offers each dog and its owners thoughtfully tailored
training packages. Susan is also a founder member of iTD, the National Register of Dog Trainers and Behaviourists. Barbara NEDAS: MIACE
BARBARA grew up in a dog breeding / showing, multi-animal, family environment, where living with dogs was just part of life. With her own family growing up, she kept horses for 10 years, and more recently, over the last decade, an increasing amount of time has been devoted to training dogs, building her interest in the field of Companion Dog Training. She has studied an HNC in Canine Behaviour and Training; has gained the Pet Dog Trainers Instructors (PDTI) Introductory Certificate with Excellence. Barbara has a special interest in the skills of ‘teaching’ dogs and people and in particular, has researched and participated in Clicker Training activities, achieving CAP 1 and CAP 2 awards with Distinction. Barbara's dog training places great emphasis on education and life skills rather than performing traditional obedience exercises, helping owners to understand how dogs think and behave, enabling them to prevent, or change, unacceptable behaviour in a kind but effective way, ideal to support the holistic approach of the The Dog Hub.
Susan (left) and Barbara (right)
Susan and Barbara regularly attend seminars and courses from the best dog training and behaviour practitioners in order keep their skills up to date. These cover topics such as aggression, dogs and the law, reactive dogs and nutrition.