'BETTER DOGS' is run by Carole Tindall.
My aims are to help owners in training their dogs using kind, fair and compassionate methods. Whether a puppy, adult dog or a newly rehomed dog. We can help you understand the reasons for your dog's behaviour, provide ethical and knowlegeable solutions. An understanding of how dogs think, behave and learn along with repsect and patience, are key to obtaining desired results and reducing stress. It is always a pleasure to see dogs progress and have fun learning new skills whether in training or behaviour related work. I have also set up new fun Scentwork classes which are suitable for all age and ability dogs, these new classes book up very quickly, please see our Scentwork Classes page.
I have been involved with training dogs since 2002 both with classes and offering individual help to dog owners. I have also been connected with various Rescue Centres since 1997 including: The RSPCA, Mayhew Animal Home and also at the DogsTrust, where I was involved in taking Pet Dog training classes for their Rescue dogs. I currently volunteer on a regular basis with local Rescue 'Waggy Tails' both just for the pleasure of walking their dogs, or helping plan their training and rehabilitation when required. Over the years, I have enjoyed my volunteering immensely and it provides essential 'hands on' learning and experience with all breeds, sizes and types of dogs.
I have experience of owning several dogs, whether early family dogs (Cocker Spaniel, Dalmatian, Mixed breed dog, Chihuahua) along with several of our own Rescue dogs, all mixed breeds, and some arriving with various behaviour issues along the way!
I have been assessed as meeting both academic and practical requirements to reach Full membership of both the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and The Canine Behaviour and Training Society, both longstanding and well recognised organisations in the forefront of Training and Behaviour for dogs and their owners.
It is advisable to employ professionals that you feel happy and confident with, ideally assessed by recognised Training and Behaviour organisations such as the APDT, PPG and TCBTS, so that you can be assured of knowledgable, science based and ethical services for you and your dog.
A.Dip CBM (Distinction): In 2007, after several years of academic study I attained my 'Advanced Diploma in Canine Behaviour Management'. This is an industry recognised qualification required for those wishing to offer services as a Canine Behaviourist. It is currently the minimum level of academic qualification accepted by The Canine Behaviour and Training Society, with the longer term option to study to BSc level. It is also accepted by the Animal Behaviour Training Council as a level 5 (Foundation degree level) qualification.
Dip Can.Psy (Distinction): Diploma in Canine Psychology - I attained this level 3 accredited (ocn) qualification in Canine Behaviour in 2003.
**PLEASE NOTE: I AM ONLY ABLE TO ACCEPT LIMITED NEW 'BEHAVIOUR' CASES DUE TO OTHER COMMITMENTS. PLEASE EMAIL OR USE THE CONTACT FORM TO GET IN TOUCH AND I WILL BE ABLE TO ADVISE YOU FURTHER.
OUR GENERAL TRAINING AND BASIC BEHAVIOUR ADVICE VISITS ARE NOT AFFECTED.
Current and ongoing training:
I am training my dog in the activity of 'Scent Work' for Fun.
I have attended courses with Talking Dogs Scent Work run by Pam Mckinnon - There are 6 levels on the scheme to progress through, ultimately if wished, to qualify as an Accredited Scentwork Handler.
I have recently attended a 'Train the Trainers' training day with Scentwork UK. As a result I am now a Scentwork UK recognised Level 1 Trainer offering classes based on Scentwork UK syllabus methods. (see www.scentworkUK.com). I am due to attend a Scentwork UK Level 2-4 Training day late 2017.
These are just two of various methods for teaching scentwork, my aim is to learn and understand different techniques so that I can offer owners options and assistance in their preferred method.
Clicker Training: I currently hold the CAP Level 2 (Competency Assessment Programme) (Distinction) with Kay Laurence's 'Learning About Dogs'. I am working towards my CAP3 qualification.
2016 - I have recently commenced a programme of studies that will both increase my knowledge of dogs and enable me to expand services that I offer in the future.
Canine Nutrition Certificate and a Diploma in Pet Sitting: Both are with Compass Training and Education. For this and many other great courses on dog and animal behaviour see www.compass-education.co.uk for further details.
All these ongoing skills will enable me to enhance and extend my services to pet dog owners.
My own dogs have mainly been Rescues (including 'cruelty' case dogs) and some have achieved up to Gold level in the Kennel Club 'Good Citizen Dog Scheme'.
As a result of owning several Rescue dogs, I have first-hand experience of a variety of behaviour issues these dogs 'may' display from time to time and how we can support both dog and owner to overcome such situations. I also volunteer regularly as a dog walker at a local Rescue Centre, which provides ongoing practical 'hands on' work with Rescue dogs.
Other activities with my dogs have included and ongoing are;
Clicker training (including being a member of a Demonstration Team), 'Fun' agility, flyball, Heelwork to Music plus 'Pets as Therapy' work and Scent Work training.
I look forward to continuing to help owners and their dogs, whatever their needs may be.
"The advice she has given has been invaluable, we read so many things on positive and negative reinforcement, to punish or not to punish etc. The positive method has worked wanders and we are on the way to being able to leave our 4 legged friend at home for a few hours.
"Carole shows people how to train their dogs using only kind, force free, scientifically proven to work methods. In addition, Carole goes above and beyond training by explaining why a client's dog is behaving the way it is and how to adapt training accordingly." (LR. 2016)
I AM A MEMBER OF THE FOLLOWING;
Association of Pet Dog Trainers
(Member no. 01164)
The Canine Behaviour and Training Society
Scentwork UK Trainer