My Journey started in 2007 when I had what the “Dog Trainers” told me was an un-trainable dog.
I took him to a Dog Training Class, but every week he got more and more aggressive. I thought where I may have been going wrong, everybody else’s dog in the class seemed to be well behaved. It wasn’t until I came across a book called The Dog Listener by Jan Fennell, that it all began to make sense.
Inadvertently, I had not seen it from the dogs point of view. I thought my dog could understand our language, it never occurred to me that they have their own language. Or that they don’t think the way we do. I just knew I had come across something so different, that left me wanting to know more. This took me to Jan Fennell International Dog Listeners where I completed the Foundation and Advanced courses in Canine Communication. I am now a Highly Recommended Dog Listener of Jan Fennell.
I live in Stoke-on-Trent with my daughter and one dog. There have been two other dogs, that are not with me, that have taught me so much.
Wilfy (the un-trainable dog) and Ruby. The dogs that lead me on what is now becoming a journey of a life time.
As well as advising dog owners privately; I am part of a team at The Mayflower Dog Sanctuary in Bawtry, near Doncaster. We give talks to prospective dog adopters about the language of the dog and how to best settle their dogs into new homes. I have been part of the team since 2007 and work closely with the dogs and their owners.
In June 2013 and then again in February 2016, my dreams came true and I went to Yellowstone National Park with Jan Fennell and a few of my Dog Listening colleagues. It was an educational trip to learn about the wolves of Yellowstone.
I am extremely grateful to the people who made my time there magical, they taught me so much and were really generous with their time and knowledge.
- Dan Staler, researcher and biologist, gave us a fantastic talk about the research and findings since the wolves were introduced to Yellowstone.
- Dr. James Halfpenny, biologist and author, spent time with us and allowed us to have a look in his research lab.
- Nathan Varley and Linda Thurston, welcomed all of us into their homes to share the knowledge, experience and love of this beautiful place called Yellowstone.
A truly fantastic trip and I, for one, just can’t wait to go back!