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 (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.
With all this said I understand my current limitations. I am not a behaviourist or a vet. If there are issues beyond me I know of many fantastic trainers and behaviourist to talk to and help each dog get the support and care that they need. I will endeavour to keep developing and know that I will always have something to learn myself.