Hi I’m Sam
I have been a dog walker for 6 years and my training journey spans the last 5 years. I’ve been an accredited trainer with the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers for 4 years.
And from the very first course I attended I knew I was hooked. I could relate to the way dogs learn and feel about things present in their lives.
How good things make me want more and the scary things definitely take time, and how I’m way happier in changing my feelings if I’m supported and nurtured.
I think that’s a reasonable way to feel and I think our dogs have the right to feel good too!
Aside from walking and training I genuinely do love nothing more in life than being with my own girl Winnie out on woodland walks and at home spending quality time with her too.
For me training with Winnie is not just about recall or walking nicely on lead. It’s about her being comfortable with her harness, being groomed or her teeth and ears checked and cleaned. Feeling safe in the environment and allowing her time to sniff and process things as she makes her way from puppyhood, through adolescence to adulthood.
I’ve studied with the below and many more on various courses, seminars and workshops.
Imdt accredited and assessed trainer / member
The School of Canine Science
Canine Hoopers World Trainer and Assessor
Dogenius Foundations in canine aggressive behaviour and reactive dogs
Micheal Shikashio - Aggression in dogs conference
Canine Principles Skills Hub
Dog Training College Understanding Puppy Development and Socialisation
Glasgow Dog Trainer Mentorship - 2 years
I think it’s safe to say I found my passion. In among everything else, it’s the one thing I never tire of and am consistent in. So for me, it’s a lifestyle, not just a job!
And from the list above you can see I like to keep up to date.
Experience plays a part in training there is no doubt, it’s where we hone our skills and broaden our experiences. Up-to-date and science-based education is absolutely critical in ensuring we evolve as dog trainers and give dogs the best we can.
Putting myself on the line.
By being accredited I put myself out there as transparent and accountable. Along with the Imdt, I’m a member of the Pet Professional Network which also rigorously assess its members each year. Both require their members to regularly study each year to meet the requirements.
I’m proud to be a member of both!
A day in the life of a dog walker
The day starts with a cup of tea or two…..Naturally!!
Then it’s time to check the schedule for the day , ensure any equipment is loaded , fresh towels and cosy vet bed on colder days , water to drink or warm water for a hose down if it’s a wet muddy day !!
Then it’s time to set off on our first pick up of the day.
We ensure all dogs have an i.d tag or wear one of our I.d collars.
Any dogs that can’t go off lead have the opportunity at intervals during the walk to go on a long line so that they can sniff, interact and move freely and get the full benefit of their walk. It is, after all, their walk and we want to be sure they have opportunities just like the others.
We then head off to nice quiet places, usually woodland. Away from other people and dogs, horses and roads to ensure a happy and safe walk for all.
After our walks, we wash and towel dry muddy, wet paws and tums. We always try to ensure our dogs are cleaned off. Not all are quite so willing but we do like to ensure they are warm and comfortable on the journey home.
Once home the sleeping area and water bowls are checked. Ensuring we leave our pooches comfortable.
Then we start all over again for the afternoon bunch.
We love a fuss and a cuddle or tummy rub and the odd treat for those photo opportunity moments!
Ensuring we stay off the beaten track means even our more sensitive dogs can feel really at home and safe with the familiarity of their groups. Watching those dogs let go, grow in confidence and just be a dog!
There really isn’t anything better than seeing dogs just being dogs.
“Sam is amazing.
She is a fantastic trainer and really knows her stuff.
Not only is Sam a great trainer and dog walker but she goes above and beyond for her customers and the dogs. She really loves all dogs and can not do enough for them or the owners.
She is one of life’s selfless people and is a real softie when it comes to dogs. Sam has worked so hard with my boy to make things work for him.
Fantastic service and fantastic person.
Thank you So much. “
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