ADipCBM, MGoDT (MT), 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 has achieved:
- Advanced Diploma in Canine Behaviour
Management with Distinction - making her a qualified Consultant Canine Behaviourist.
- Master Trainer with the Guild of Dog Trainers - confirming her capability as a professional companion dog trainer
- Certificate in Puppy Training with Distinction
- Currently studying for the Diploma in Canine Aggression
- Full Member, Institute for Animal Care Education
- Individual Member, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Animal Welfare (APGAW)
- Founder Member of iTD, the National Register of Dog Trainers and Behaviourists
- Member, The Registration Council for Dog Training and Behaviour Practitioners.
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!" 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. The retired head of the Status Dog Unit recently said of her that: "You can’t beat academic and experience and she has both in abundance".
Susan attends seminars and courses from the best dog training and behaviour practitioners in order keep her skills up to date. These cover topics such as aggression, dogs and the law, and reactive dogs. She has a current DBS (disclosure and barring service) certificate.
Susan has three assistants - YARO NOVYCHENKO, PAUL SOUTHWARD and recently MARIAM MOTAMEDI-FRASER has also joined the team. They are all starting on the journey to becoming master trainers and behaviourists.
MARIAM is beginning a second life as a dog trainer under the guidance
of The Dog Hub. It was her own dog, Monk, who led her astray. Like Susan, she
is especially interested in the skills that dogs and owners need to live
together happily in crowded and complex urban environments. Mariam shares John
Bradshaw's concern that, compared to the 1970s, 'tolerance of dogs and their
ways is [nowadays] hard to find, especially in cities, and dog ownership is
showing signs of retreating to its roots in the countryside' (John Bradshaw,
2012, In Defence of Dogs, xvi). She
doesn't believe it has to be this way.
YARO started training with Susan at The Dog Hub when she got her first
puppy, a female Doberman called Cleo. With Susan’s help she has managed to
train her to a high standard and enjoys doing agility and CaniX with her. In
the last two years Yaro has become closely associated with The Dog Hub since
she raised an interest in pursuing a career in dog behaviour; she is currently assisting in puppy classes and private consultations. In the summer of 2015 Yaro started her own
dog walking business (for details see the dog walking service tab on this site) and since then has had experience with dogs of many
different breeds, personalities, sizes and backgrounds. This has made her
appreciate the importance of teaching people (and dogs) skills that will enable
both parties to have enriched, happy and fulfilled lives.
CAP 1/2, PDTI Instructor Certificate (Excellence)
BARBARA is a founder member of The Dog Hub Community Project and joins Susan to work with referrals from the local authority, police and other statutory bodies. See "Community Project" page for more information. She runs her own private practice in Hampstead. She has a current DBS (disclosure and barring service) certificate. Susan (left) and Barbara (right)