Claire has been dog training since 2002 and holds a First Grade Honours Instructors Certificate from the British Institute of Professional Dog Trainers (BIPDT). She’s also a registered member working toward accreditation from the Kennel Club Accredited Instructor (KCAI) scheme, and is a Licensed Instructor for Wag It Games. Claire also runs the Northern Institute for Canine Professionals.
Claire is currently working with her Belgian Malinois Havoc in obedience, IPO, and agility. Lurcher puppy Mavis is still finding her feet!
Claire worked for many years with horses and riders, training them to work together and get the most from their relationship before her life changed with the arrival of Border Collie crossbreed puppy Lolly. Lolly (left), and Bert, a Greyhound Lurcher, were both rescue dogs and have been incredible ambassadors for rehomed canines. Claire competed regionally and nationally with both dogs in flyball, and this began her passion for dog sports. Over the years, Claire and Lolly also trained in working trials, scent work, tracking, and search & rescue work.
Claire believes that every dog should have a fulfilling job that they’re excited to do, whether that’s as a well rounded family pet, or working as a team to compete in a dog sport. She loves helping owners harness the natural drives and motivations of their pets, and wants to help owners discover appropriate dog sports or tasks to further develop their relationship and training skills. Claire is particularly passionate about getting puppies and new families off to the right start, and much of her work is focused on ensuring the whole family – people and pets! – are comfortable, confident, and happy right from day one.
Claire offers private dog behaviour consultations and one-to-one dog training throughout West Yorkshire.