In 2015, I opened Calne Pet Supplies. Since then I have welcomed hundreds of puppies through the door, each one ready to start a lifetime of adventures.
I have also spent many, many hours, supporting owners and soon realised not only how overwhelming the information for new puppy parents must be but how much misinformation and how many outdated and potentially damaging training methods are out there.
In 2019, 8 week old Kermit - a Labrador, arrived in our household. Despite having had dogs all my life and undertaking constant research as part of my responsibilities within the shop, it was 14 years since I had last brought up a puppy.
So, I decided it was time to return to the classroom and combine Kermit’s upbringing with a little bit of learning!
Consequently, I have now spent many, many hours being educated by The Institute of Modern Dog Trainers (the leading body for dog trainers and behaviourists worldwide and a founder signatory to the UK Dog Behaviour and Training Charter) attending courses both theoretical and practical.
This training remains ongoing and will allow me to add more opportunities as time goes on.
I specialise in puppies as bringing home a puppy and the subsequent days, weeks and months should be one of the happiest, most fun-filled and memorable of your life. Yet more often than not, I encounter puppy parents who are exhausted, stressed, confused and wishing every second of puppyhood away.
Book me to help you negotiate and enjoy all things puppy!
However, I also work with adult dogs of all ages and specialise in the behaviours and areas that most frequently require training, advice and support.
These include loose lead walking, recall and socialisation as well as feeding and health & wellbeing.
Pop onto my Consultations and Training pages to find out more.
I am fully insured, am a certified canine first-aider and a member of The Pet Professional Guild.
I hold certificates for all aspects of training that I undertake and am happy to share these on request.
I am proud to be a genuine positive reinforcement trainer.
"We chose the 4 lesson option and we cannot speak highly enough of the information, advice and training that Julia has offered us. Bobby (3mth old Cockapoo) has come on leaps and bounds through Julia's advice and training techniques...her polite and friendly manner made our weekly sessions something that we looked forward to."
Mr & Mrs Garraway
"I immediately felt relaxed with Julia and so did Beryl (4yr old Romanian rescue)...with Julia's help, her great training techniques and tips we made huge progress with Beryl and me!! Julia's understanding of dog's behaviours and also how humans react with their dogs was insightful. After our session I left feeling confident that I could continue the training with Beryl"
Mrs J Lloyd