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Training Philosophy

My methods are force-free, scientific and reward based. I have undertaken a wide range of canine related courses including clicker training, homeopathy, nutrition, TTouch and first aid and have attended seminars with a number of world leaders in canine behaviour including Susan Friedman, Ken Ramirez, Emily Larlham, Kathy Sdao, Roger Abrantes, Ray Coppinger, Chirag Patel and Kay Laurence.

A Little Bit More........
My current dogs are all spaniels but I have owned a number of breeds and cross-breeds to date. I have trained my own dogs for Working Trials, Lowland Search and Rescue and general obedience and one of my spaniels has worked as a Therapet and have been a Puppy Socialiser for Medical Detection Dogs.

I am active in rescue and a founding member of a Scottish Breed Rescue and help other rescues in Scotland and beyond wherever possible. I am a former Chairperson of Scottish Working Trials Society and former Kennel Club Liaison Representative for SWTS. I was the first Assessor in Scotland for the UK Tracking Dog Association.

I am fully vetted under Disclosure Scotland - PVG

Dave is the Operations Manager which means he does all the hard work! He is often found out with the dogs and he has considerable experience of a range of breeds.

He has attended a number of seminars with Professor Daniel Mills, Dr Isla Fishburn, Nick Thompson and Al Bunyan and many more. He is also a Canine First Aider.

Dave provides valuable assistance in classes alongside running the Tynewater K9 shop

The Canine Team

Maisie is a Cocker Spaniel and is 9 years old. We adopted Maisie from Dog Aid Society Scotland when she was 6 months old. Maisie loves to root about in the long grass and lie in the sun!

Millie is a 7 year old Springer we adopted from Springer Rescue Scotland. Millie absolutely loves her Kong Squeakair tennis ball and her favourite pastime is to search for it or just sit with it! Millie is trained to hunt truffles!

Gracie is a 2 year old Working Cocker who we have had since a puppy. She loves all her toys and is great pals with Millie. Gracie is a truffle hunter in training.

All 3 are Ambassadogs for the Paws for Progress Programme and often go into work in HMP Polmont to assist the programme participants in their learning. Millie loves to do some tracking and has passed her Level 1 UK Tracking Dog Assessment. Maisie has KCGCDS Bronze.

The Tynewater K9 Team
We take our job of looking after your pet's needs very seriously and to ensure we provide the very best service we undertake continuing professional development to keep our knowledge up to date.

With over 30 years heavily involved in the many aspects of the dog world, I have been privileged to share my life with dogs, fortunate to have been able to learn from some of the world leaders in canine behaviour and to work in a role that gave me the knowledge and expertise to teach others.

I am a qualified Dog Training Instructor and Coach, a fully qualified Learning professional and I am on the staff of the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers (IMDT). I am a Certified Training Partner with the Karen Pryor Academy, a Certified Dog Trainer with IntoDogs and am a member of both the ABTC and ICAN. I am a Full Member of both the IMDT and Pet Professional Guild.

In addition to running Tynewater K9 I am also an Instructor with the not-for-profit Tynewater Dog Training and a founding Board Director for the Social Enterprise Paws for Progress CIC. I am the Scentwork UK Representative in Scotland and teach Dog Training Instructors in Scotland who are keen to offer Scentwork in their classes.

On the people side I hold a Masters level qualification in Training and Development with a Post Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching