MY HISTORY WITH DOGS
My name is Jo Crawford and, as a qualified companion animal Trainer and Behaviourist (AdvDipCABT 5) and former RSPCA Inspector I spent many years dealing with the fall-out from poorly trained dogs, all too often leading to a dog being given up for re-homing or, sometimes, worse. In the vast majority of cases some simple basic obedience training or behaviour modification would have done much to cement the relationship between dog and owner, but sadly this was seldom in place and for many, the easiest option was to give up and pass the unfortunate animal on.
Having had a lifelong interest and fondness of all animals, particularly dogs, it seemed inevitable that I would continue to work with them. My experience has covered so many aspects of dogs and our relationship with them. As an RSPCA Inspector I must have seen just about every scenario possible – both good and bad and, I’m pleased to say, I was instrumental in a great number of happy endings!
With this experience of the challenges of taking on shelter animals, I have maintained a particular interest in helping new owners of Rescue dogs with training and rehabilitation.
In my time on the farm working with sheep I experienced the pleasure and thrill of working with sheepdogs whose skill and agility was often breath-taking. However, over and above this I have, over many years, had the joy and satisfaction of sharing my home with my own assortment of companion dogs, all of whom have been special in their own way and have each presented their own individual challenges!
MY APPROACH TO DOG TRAINING AND QUALIFICATIONS
I feel that any animal Trainer/Behaviourist has a massive responsibility to both the client and their animal to provide the very best service possible, and that a formal and on-going education in modern learning theory, animal behaviour and psychology, as well as experience, is the only way forward. To compliment my existing experience I am qualified at 'Distinction' level in Advanced Applied Companion Animal Behaviour and Training (Adv DipCABT 5) and a member of the CAPBT (COAPE Association of Pet Behaviourists and Trainers) and ICAN (International Companion Animal Network). I am further qualified in City & Guilds Animal Training to Distinction level.
In order to stay fully abreast of the advances continually being made in relation to animal behaviour, psychology and training, my studies will continue to be on-going.