Ethics & Values

“The goal of education is the advancement of knowledge and the dissemination of truth.”

John F. Kennedy

 We ask our dogs to live in a human world and often we forget that this is not their world.  We all do the best we can with the information we have at the time - when we know better, we do better. Dogs do the best they can with what we have taught them, and it's important to remember that the human world is often a challenging place for them to live in.   Our aim is help owners understand what their individual dog needs to be happy, healthy and a well balanced member of the family as well as providing inclusive opportunities for appropriate activities. We aim to be fear free and do not advocate the use of painful or scary methods or tools. Our training is always focused on building a positive and collaborative relationship between you and your dog. to achieve your goals.   Your dog is at the centre of what we do. To achieve the most effective results we believe that an in-depth knowledge of current, ethical, methods are important for your trainer or behaviourist to fully understand - without this knowledge we are sharing no more than hearsay and tradition rather than "doing better" by our dogs.

Meet your Trainers

Lyn Caldicott MSc, CAB APBC

As our behaviourist Lyn takes on all behaviour clients, liaising with veterinary surgeons, veterinary physiotherapists and other paraprofessionals and runs our scentwork and mantrailing classes. Lyn passed her Masters in Clinical Animal Behaviour at Lincoln University with distinction in 2021. and is currently undertaking a PhD in Animal Behaviour and Welfare focusing on training methods in scent detection dogs.  

She is passionate about dog welfare and ensuring dogs are provided with appropriate outlets for their needs. Continuing professional development and regulation is incredibly important to Lyn and she was a full member of the Association for Pet Dog Trainers for five years, before leaving to transfer to more specialist organisations that focus on the regulation of behaviour clinicians.   Lyn is now a fully accredited member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC) and registered as a Clinical Animal Behaviourist with the Animal Training and Behaviour Counsellors (ATBC).  This means that any behaviour consultations carried out with Lyn can be reimbursed through most major insurance providers (depending on the terms of your insurance). 

At the centre of Lyn's world are two amazing Border Collies, Alphie and Chequers, who continue to inspire her to be better everyday!

Kayleigh Gulliford

Kayleigh takes on our training clients and runs our activity, puppy and lifeskills classes.  

Kayleigh began her dog training journey in agility with her Border Collie Febee. In 2016, Kayleigh passed her Kennel Club agility judging assessment and has undertaken judging appointments nationally. Having thoroughly enjoyed the complexities of training her two dogs to competition level, Kayleigh expanded her training knowledge and successfully passed the assessment to become a full member of the APDT. Throughout her dog training journey, Kayleigh has been passionate about fitness for function and seeing the canine as an athlete. She has recently finished her first year in a Masters in Veterinary Physiotherapy at the University of Nottingham. 

Kayleigh lives with her fabulous Merlie colle Pablo who loves nothing more than to play and learn and keep Kayleigh on her toes!