THE DOG LOG
WE ARE NATHAN AND LOUISA
It’s great to meet you!
We thought we’d take this opportunity to introduce ourselves and our business. We are a husband and wife team of dog trainers based in Northumberland. When we say husband and wife we also bring three children, two dogs and two Guinea pigs into the mix. Barney the Springer Spaniel is our old boy at 12 and Arran is a sprightly 8 year old Border Collie.
Currently, Nathan is delivering in person training and has just completed his BSc in Canine Behaviour management. I am working away in the background developing packages and talking to you all on email and the phone.
Our training and education is based in the use of positive reinforcement focused training. Nathan studied at APDT UK for 2 years and I have done 3 years with APDT UK.
We have both enjoyed attending many courses and conferences over the years but there are a few which stick out for us the most.
For me it’s an in person ACE course, the APDT activity weekends where we work alongside like minded trainers and a puppy socialisation course with Chirag Patel.
Nathan completed his FdSc in Canine Behaviour Training & Management in 2020 and particularly enjoyed Woof 2017 and ClickerExpo 2019.
Why does this matter to you?
Well, Nathan has been assessed to become a member of the oldest dog training body in the UK.
I am a student member looking to get my assessment in October. This means they have checked Nathan’s competency and he must abide by their code of conduct with a commitment to keep adding to his professional knowledge each year.
Also we have a complaints procedure for your peace of mind. It hasn’t had to be used yet, however, we welcome accountability in an industry that is completely unregulated. Yeah I know right ‘anyone can just set up as a dog trainer. Madness eh!?!
WHAT WE OFFER
Our aim is to provide a training hub right at the heart of the community. We will take your needs and suggestions and ensure we are trained up to deliver.
We know that loose lead walking, recall and socialisation are currently important to many families. These can be provided in a range of training classes and 1-2-1’s.
Once these basics and the foundations of training are established, some fun/sport classes will also be on offer. I have a love for teaching Hoopers and Nathan loves Parkour for confidence and TD Rally and we both love a good tricks class. All of these sports build a good relationship and understanding between human and dog.
When your dog has learned behaviours or behavioural issues with greater complexity to them, we will offer a small amount of more individual ‘behavioural’ 1-2-1 sessions. For those on their behavioural journey we will also be offering group based behavioural classes in an environment that we can control.
As well as a talent for working with dogs and their families and passing on his passion, Nathan is also a talented photographer. He offers location photoshoots which often feature lively action shots as well as powerful posed portraits.
Everyone’s dog training journey is different and we are here for you and your journey!