ABOUT THE TRAINERS
Susan CLOSE: ADipCBM, MGoDT(MT), MIACE
(Qualified Behaviourist: Advanced Diploma Canine Behaviour Management with Distinction)
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 Distinction in the ADipCBM (Advanced Diploma in Canine Behaviour
Management) making her a qualified canine behaviourist. She is also a founder member of iTD, the National Register of Dog Trainers and Behaviourists and a member of 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!" 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. 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, reactive dogs and nutrition. She is currently adding to her skills by studying for a Certificate in Puppy Training and a Diploma in Canine Aggression. Please see "What is a behaviourist" page for details of Susan's behaviourist knowledge.
Susan has two assistants - YARO NOVYCHENKO and PAUL SOUTHWARD. Both are studying to become master trainers and behaviourists.
Barbara NEDAS: CAP 1 & 2
PDTI Instructor Certificate with 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.
Susan (left) and Barbara (right) |