I am 17 years old and have a DHK Trainee Support School Dog, Charlie, who helped me overcome my PTSD. I have been involved in training Charlie, with the help of DHK, for nearly 3 years. Through training Charlie, I found out that I am pretty good at dog training, and that I have a real passion for it. I really want to show people how great training is using force free training methods. I get a thrill when I see how dogs develop through dog training. I like seeing dogs having fun and I also love seeing the relationship owners can get with their dog through training. Every dog is an individual and it's seeing what makes them tick and work, no two dogs are the same. It's never boring and they make me laugh.
I work for DHK as their Teenage Advisor, help at workshops and have completed my first year on dog behaviour/dog body language with DHK. During 2015 I started my training with IMDT, undertook a Chirag Patel's Puppy Instructors course and also a TTouch Practitioners Course with Sarah Fisher ( DHK's Patron).
I started Liam's MOB to inspire more men to be proactive with force free, positive reinforcement training and to educate dog/child safety.
I seem to be the only male on a lot of courses, so I would like to address this balance and get more "Men On Board".
Since graduating from the Royal Veterinary College in 1995 I have worked in Charter Veterinary Hospital Group at Roundswell, Ilfracombe, Pilton, Newport and Braunton. In 2002 I became an RCVS certificate holder in Small Animal Surgery and am currently based at Charter Veterinary Hospital in Roundswell where as well as doing some first opinion work I coordinate our internal and external referral services treating surgical cases for veterinary centres across the South West.
I work within a supportive and knowledgeable team of nurses and vets all with a passion to provide above average veterinary care, all with a philosophy to care for your pets as we would our own.
We are happy to be supporting Dogs Helping Kids for many reasons. Every day, within our clinics we are exposed to the immeasurable joy and sometimes sincere heartache associated with people sharing their lives with pets. These extremes of emotion have foundations in simple values our pets bring to us. A dog always knows how to be an agreeable friend, asking no questions and passing no criticisms.
Many responsibilities come with owning a dog, time commitments, costs of feeding, vaccinations, worming and parasite control, before we even start to worry about the cost of pet insurance or potential veterinary fees if they have an accident or succumb to an illness. As such not all children are fortunate enough to be able to have a dog in their lives. The work of DHK can particularly help these children to share some of that joy and friendship pet owners are fortunate enough to experience.
Other than a puppy trying to lick your face, there are few greater joys than that of a dog just wanting to share all or even part of its day with you.
After graduating from Northampton University in 2001 with a BSc (Hons) degree in psychology with sport studies, I then went on to Exeter University (St Luke's Campus) to study for a postgraduate certificate in Education (PGCE).
Once qualified I took up a post at West Buckland School teaching Physical Education. Since then I have been working at Chelfham Mill School near Barnstaple, a special school for boys with Emotional and Behavioural difficulties. I have worked in a number of positions at the school right up to my current position of Head of Education.
In 2005 I studied for a Masters Degree in Education with the Open University, graduating in 2007. Here I worked on areas such as 'Managing Behaviour in Schools', 'Co-ordinating Special Educational Needs' and 'Researching Educational Policy'.
I work in an environment where not only are the students educational attainments important, but also their social education and general life skills, equipping them with the necessary skills and attributes to become effective members of society, and allowing them to reach their full potential.
I am very happy to be supporting Dogs Helping Kids as I have seen first hand what a huge positive impact they can have on our young people. Children are so pleased and excited when dogs come to visit and the level of care and attention they display is fantastic.
I myself have 2 dogs and they have become such a huge part of my life, as well as providing tremendous companionship, they give so much joy and happiness. I love the fact that my dogs are always so pleased to see me, and that I know, no matter what, their love and support will always be there.