About Pear Tree Pets

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Background

Pear Tree Pets was established in 2014 and is based in the New Forest area of Hampshire. I provide one-to-one consultations and training for puppies and dogs. 

Originally a dog walking and home boarding business, I saw so many dogs struggling with different things and I wanted to learn more about how to help them. I attended my first course with the IMDT (Institute of Modern Dog Trainers) in 2015 and was hooked and since then have completed many more courses, becoming a fully qualified IMDT trainer in 2019 and passing the Level 4 OCN qualification in Behaviour Consultations and Functions of Behaviour in the same year. I am currently studying towards the Level 5 qualification in Understanding and Working with Canine Behaviour.

 

In 2017, I fostered and then adopted our little terrier cross Hope from the fantastic rescue Glendee Dog Rescue. At 20 weeks old, she was scared of the outside world and everything in it, being a terrier this meant barking at everything! She was also quite averse to being handled. I began the long process of building up her confidence, restarting puppy socialisation but from a much greater distance and teaching her that she didn't need to use her teeth to communicate with me. At 4 years old, I am very proud of the affectionate and adaptable dog she has become. 

I love working with dogs and their humans and helping them grow in confidence and resilience. Training and behaviour problems are a symptom not a diagnosis and so I believe in a holistic approach. I take time getting to know the whole dog, their health, routines, finding out what motivates them, their learning history, so that the root cause is addressed.  

Qualifications and Experience

Accreditations:

  • Full Member of the IMDT (Institute of Modern Dog Trainers) 

  • Full member of the PPG (Pet Professional Guild)

Qualifications:

  • Open College Network Level III qualification 'Learning, Motivation and Reinforcement’

  • Open College Network Level IV Qualification 'Behaviour Consultations and Functions of Behaviour'

  • Currently studying for Open College Network Level V Qualification 'Understanding and Working with Canine Behaviour'

Continual Professional Development:

  • Treating Separation Anxiety in Dogs during Covid (Malena DeMartini)

  • 30 Days of Canine Science (School of Canine Science)

  • Fear (School of Canine Science)

  • Relabelling Reactivity (Kamal Fernandez)

  • Canine Wellness (Dr Isla Fishburn)

  • 2 Day Qualified Trainer Membership Assessment (IMDT)

  • Understanding our Companion Animals: Ethology, Welfare and Training Conference (University of Winchester)

  • IMDT Dog Trainers and Behaviourists conferences, 2017, 2018, 2019 (IMDT)

  • Loose Lead workshop (IMDT)

  • Recall workshop (IMDT)

  • Perfect Puppy (IMDT)

  • Interactive Play workshop (Craig Ogilvie)

  • Behavioural Case Studies day (IMDT)

  • 6 day Advanced Training and Behaviour (IMDT)

  • Impulse Control (IMDT)

  • Dog Rescue and Rehabilitation (IMDT)

  • Canine Aggression and Rehabilitation (IMDT)

  • Signals of Pre-emptive Aggression webinar (Sarah Whitehead)

  • Dog play, sex and conflict webinar (Sarah Whitehead)

  • 2 Day Career as a Dog Trainer (IMDT)

I continually update my knowledge to bring you the most up-to-date and effective methods of training your dog.

Ethics and Social Responsibility

I am committed to promoting kind, ethical, evidence based, modern methods of working with dogs and with people. I am a proud supporter of the UK Dog Behaviour and Training Charter and the Pet Professional Guild.

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