Gwen Bailey has a BSc (Hons) in Zoology, and pioneered the use of dog behaviour knowledge in the rehoming of unwanted animals. She was the first person to be appointed as full time animal behaviourist by a leading UK national animal welfare charity and worked as Head of Animal Behaviour from 1988-2002. Her success in solving behaviour problems with rehomed dogs has helped prevent thousands of dogs being passed from home to home, substantially improving the rehoming success rate.
In June 2002, Gwen set up Puppy School, a UK network of puppy class tutors trained in animal behaviour and offering socialisation and reward-based training classes run to a very high standard. For further information, please visit www.puppyschool.co.uk
Gwen lectures at national and International conferences, runs animal behaviour training courses for staff at animal charities around the world and has written many books & education leaflets including: 'The Perfect Puppy' and 'Dogs Behaving Badly'.
Gwen is a member and past Chairman of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors.
Please see www.dogbehaviour.com and www.puppyschool.co.uk for further details.
Gwen says, “I believe there is a gaping hole in education of children in the UK as subjects such as empathy, compassion and how to solve problems with non-violent means are rarely tackled. The charity Dogs Helping Kids seeks to address this and, by using well-trained dogs that also benefit from the experience, children can be helped to easily learn many life skills that will become invaluable to them as they mature into adults and become parents themselves.
The concept behind DHK is brilliant and it has been perfectly executed and developed by Founder Tracey Berridge. I wish the charity every success and hope that it goes from strength to strength.”
Nando Brown is Head Trainer for 'In the Doghouse', certified pet dog trainer, clicker trainer, trick dog instructor, nosework instructor, security dog handler and assessor for the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers. Nando is also a committee member of the Pet Professional Guild.
Nando's interest lies with Working Trials, Trick dog training and Rally, but his passion is dog behaviour and he is keen to help any dog that has a chance.
Nando writes for various publications and hosts the “In the Doghouse” pet show on iTalkFM. Studying and training under the likes of Dr. Ian Dunbar, Sarah Whitehead, The Animal Care College, Drove Veterinary Hospital, Steve Mann, The Institute & members of the Dog Borstal team.
Having originally had a “problem dog”, Nando realised that there hadn't been just 1 person to solve his problems and set about trying to change that…….subsequently In The Doghouse was born.
Nando says "I'm supporting DHK as a direct result of seeing the work that both the charity and the Landymore family have done to help Liam Landymore thrive to the exceptional young man he is today! Any work that builds confident yet compassionate young people deserves support and recognition".
Sarah Fisher is a TTouch Instructor and behaviour counsellor. She trained with Linda Tellington Jones and Robyn Hood and organises the TTouch trainings for the UK. She has worked with animals for over seventeen years and teaches staff workshops for many of the UK's top animal shelters including Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, the Mayhew Animal Home, Blue Cross, Wood Green Animal Shelter and Dogs Trust working with their long stay dogs and other animals with behavioural issues. Sarah also fosters challenging puppies for Battersea Dogs and Cats Home and assesses dogs for court cases.
Sarah works with private clients, and lectures around the UK and internationally and has given talks and demonstrations on dog and horse handling and behaviour for a variety of organisations including the United Kingdom Register of Canine Behaviourists, the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, the British Veterinary Nurses Congress, the International Companion Animal Welfare Conference (Czech Republic, Slovenia, Germany, Italy, Hungary, Latvia), Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, the Association of Dogs and Cats Homes, Canine Partners for Independence, Dogs for the Disabled Association, the Association of Chartered Animal Physiotherapists, the McTimoney Chiropractic Conference, Harper Adams University vet physio course, The Kennel Club (Discover Dogs), the Dog Groomers Association, Pet Care Trade Association, The Association of Behaviour Counsellors (South Africa), the Tellington TTouch Organisation (USA) the veterinary nursing staff at the Queen Mother Hospital RVC, dog breed clubs, dog training centres, riding clubs and the Irish Horse Welfare Trust.
Sarah is a regular teacher on the Dogs Trust International Training Programme and teaches workshops both here and abroad. In 2011 she went to Romania where she worked with many traumatised and neglected horses that were in the care of GIA (Group Initiative for Animals). She also teaches on the TTouch Equine Practitioner Training Clinics in the UK and South Africa. Rescue work is closest to her heart and Sarah has taught workshops in Poland, Romania and Holland for rescue organisations and has created a new series of workshops under the title Cool to be Kind with Marie Miller promoting kind and effective handling and training techniques for dogs and horses.
Sarah Fisher is the author of Know Your Horse Inside Out, Unlock Your Dog's Potential and co-author of 100 Ways to Train the Perfect Dog and 100 Ways to Solve Your Dogs Problems with Marie Miller, all published by David and Charles Ltd. These books have been translated into several languages and she is frequently asked to teach behaviour and training workshops for a variety of groups in Europe. She has co-written The Difficult Horse with Karen Bush which will be published by Crowood Press in 2012.
Sarah has contributed articles to many national magazines including Your Dog, Your Horse, Horse and Rider, Pony Magazine, Horse Quarterly (South Africa), Dogs Monthly, Our Dogs, Natural Horsemanship Magazine, Dressage Magazine, NFU Countrywide Magazine, Bath Life, Salisbury Life and Dogs Today. She has contributed many articles to online publications and films training videos for the well known Horse Hero website where her blogs can also be read.
She has appeared at many educational events including the Wag and Bone Show, and the Cold Wet Nose Show, Your Horse Live, the Holistic Horse Show, London Pet Show and Discover Dogs. She has also made numerous television appearances including Talking to Animals (ITV1 and National Geographic), BBC Breakfast News (BBC1), GMTV (ITV1) Richard and Judy (Channel 4), The One Show (BBC1), Only Fools on Horses (ITV1), Underdogs (CBBC), Pet Rescue (Channel 4), Animal Rescue Live (BBC1), My Pet Shame (Sky 1), Celebrity Dog School (BBC1) and as the pet expert for the ITV1 show This Morning. Sarah has also worked with Blue Peter dog, Barney, and has appeared on the television show (BBC1). She was a judge on Over the Rainbow (BBC1) for Andrew Lloyd Webbers search for Toto. Sarah has also been interviewed many times on local radio stations including BBC Radio Somerset, BBC Radio Bristol, BBC Guernsey and BBC Radio Berkshire giving advice on animal training and behaviour and is a regular guest on the 12 o'clock show for BBC Radio Bristol.
Neil Parish was elected Member of Parliament for Tiverton and Honiton on 6th May 2010. He is a member of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee, and is also Chairman of the Conservative Backbench Environment Policy Committee, which plays a significant role both in policy formation and acting as a channel of communication between backbenchers and ministers. Before entering politics, Neil managed the family farm in Somerset after leaving school at 16 years old.
Prior to entering Westminster Neil was the Member of the European Parliament for the South West for ten years and in December 2001 was appointed Conservative spokesman on agriculture and the deputy chief whip of the delegation. In the European Parliament, Neil was the Chairman of the agriculture and rural development committee.
Neil's passion is animal welfare, and he has led a number of campaigns including those against cruel bear bile farming in China, the banning of wild animals in circuses, and the import of cat and dog fur. Neil is Chairman of the Associate Parliamentary Group on Animal Welfare, and winner of Westminster Dog of the Year 2011 with his Labrador Wilberforce.
Neil Parish said: “What I like about Dogs Helping Kids is that they train the dogs for 18 months before they go into schools so that they are of the right temperament and know how to act around children.
“When the dogs go into the schools children who were playing truant or had many problems at home and did not want to come to school now want to come and learn because the dogs are there. Tracey Berridge and her team do fantastic work and I delight to be able to support them.”