Meet The Trainers

Nathan Squires

Hello! Nathan Squires is the name, dogs and videos are my games. I studied film production at university. When I graduated I realised that I had space in my life for a dog. Enter the real star of the show Barney! My very first dog! I got this bundle of joy who transformed my life. Like so many others I got a dog and had very little idea what to do with him. I had all the best intentions with no real understanding. What did I do? I enrolled him in a puppy training course. I found reward based training and we never looked back! The more I learnt with Barney the better our relationship got. I completed the Kennel Club Good Citizen scheme Foundation, Bronze, Silver & Gold.

After that I started studying with APDT UK (Association of Pet Dog Trainers). At the time I had no real intention on becoming an instructor… I just wanted more knowledge. 2 years of study later and with some encouragement from the tutors on my advanced course I decided to start taking classes!

My first 6 months was a revelation. Seeing young families and puppies growing together through games and exercises was so rewarding. A puppy who started courses with their world quite insular became a confident, interactive member of the family. A pulling pocket rocket became a polite heel walking delight.

I have also attended many courses like Chirag Patels: Understanding, Managing & Modifying Behaviour Problems. As well as attending many conferences like Woof! 2017 and the ClickerExpo. Leading me to eventually being assessed and becoming a full member of the APDT UK. After that I went on to pass my Foundation Degree in Applied Canine Behaviour & Training. Now (2022) I am currently part way through the BsC Canine Behaviour Management degree. I will endeavour to keep developing and know that I will always have something to learn myself.

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Louisa Squires

Hello. My name is Louisa and I am Nathan’s wife. I grew up with Border Collies called Fly and Dodger and always loved spending time with them and the horses. I therefore have a particular soft spot for border collies however, the more I work with and interact with different breeds the more I realise its all dogs I love and in fact all animals.

My interest for dog training was heightened when I met Nathan and Barney. I saw the bond that was created through training in a fun way. I love seeing dogs communicate with us and the enjoyment they can get from training which in their minds is mostly just playing games. Our relationship journey has felt quite intertwined with dog training. Our honeymoon involved 4 days training at Moulton College whilst Nathan completed his second weekend for the Advanced training and for my second Part One weekend I was heavily pregnant with our first child, Emily.

We are a busy family with two children, two dogs and two guinea pigs. I am developing a special interest in two areas. Firstly, in how puppies and older dogs fit into our human environment and how training can fit around busy lives and secondly, the impact the lead has on walks. I view the lead as a safety tool and communication aid rather than a way to move a dog.

I have completed the Association of Pet Dog Trainers UK’s (APDT) Advanced course and hope to be assessed to become a member in the near future. I am also completing many hours of training in Animal Centred Education (ACE). This is an integrated approach which looks at the animal as a whole looking at wellbeing as well as education. This approach combines wonderfully with Nathan’s scientific knowledge to provide a well rounded, solution finding programme.

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