Meet our Team - DHK Assessors


Tracey Berridge, BSc (Hons), MSc (CABC)
School Assessor and Dog Training Assessor


Membership of Professional Dog Training Organisations

Tracey is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (A.P.D.T.), an Affiliate of Gwen Bailey's Puppy School, and a Registered Animal Training Instructor with the Animal Behaviour and Training Council (ABTC), the regulatory body that represents animal trainers and animal behaviour therapists to both the public and to legislative bodies.


Dog Training Qualifications and Courses Attended

Tracey holds a Master Postgraduate Degree in Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling from Southampton University, one of the best academic qualifications in the country with regards to canine behaviour. Tracey spent three years undertaking postgraduate research on children and dogs, and was the first person in the country at that time (2001) to undertake research on dogs in schools, looking at using dogs in the classrooms as teaching asssistants. During the past 25 years Tracey has attended many dog-related conferences, workshops, talks, seminars and courses all over the country. During this time she has been inspired by many amazing dog trainers including Shelia Bailey when she attended her workshops on Dog Instructing at the Derbyshire Canine Centre in the late nineties, Sarah Whitehead whose Puppy Instructor course she loved, Turid Rugaas when she watched her first ever UK talk at an APBC conference (and was totally blown away by her talk on 'Calming Signals'), and Kendal Shepherd whose conference in Cirencester she attended on dogs and children when Kendal first introduced the world to the 'Ladder of Aggression'. Tracey makes it a priority every year to attend Victoria Stilwell's Bite Prevention Conference, which is always very thought provoking with awesome speakers. Tracey believes there is so much more to learn about dogs and that we have only really scratched the surface on what we know about our amazing canine friends.


Dog Training Background

Tracey, Founder of Dogs Helping Kids, has been a professional dog trainer and a qualified canine behaviourist for over 25 years. Tracey was founder and director of 'Canine Etiquette' North Devon's first ever Dog Training, Behaviour and Education Centre, which she ran for ten years with business partner and fellow dog trainer Sally Ansell. Following on from this, she founded 'Puppy Gurus', the Southwest's first ever Puppy Consultancy, which she ran for a further ten years. Tracey now completely specialises in training dogs for the educational arena, where she also works her own rescue dog Vader, a DHK Support School Dog, with SEBD and autistic teenagers on a one-one basis.


 


Gail Laurence
School Assessor and Dog Training Assessor


Membership of Professional Dog Training Organisations

Gail is a member of the Pet Professional Guild and Talking Dogs Scentwork


Dog Training Qualifications and Courses Attended

Gail regularly attends workshops and seminars all over the country to train with well-respected trainers in order to keep up to date with the latest positive training methods. Gail holds a Certificate of Canine Behaviour and a Diploma in Canine Behaviour and Psychology from Compass Education and Training, gaining a distinction in both. Gail trained and completed an agility Instructor Course Level 1 with Lauren Langman and holds an LLAAI certificate (Acredited Agility Instructor). She has also trained with Susan Garrett and undertaken seminars on Advances in Dog Training and Contacts and Weaves. Between 2014 and 2015 Gail completed 2 weeks Tellington Touch training with Sarah Fisher and went on to train for two weekends with Shona Moon using one of her own dogs, a Standard Poodle. Gail has attended many dog courses in recent years including The IMDT 2 day course, 'Career as a Dog Trainer', Chirag Patel's 'Modern, low stress handling and Animal Husbandry', Carolyn Mentieth's 'Understand your dog - why dog's behave as they do', Nando Browns' 'Dog Detectives', Kathie Gregory's 'Understanding Aggression and Reactivity in Dogs', and Janet Finlay's 'Your end of the lead'. Every year Gail attends Victoria Stilwell's Bite Prevention Conference.


Dog Training Background

Gail has loved and lived with 19 dogs to date starting with a rescued Collie x GSD. Between 2004 and 2007 Gail was a Kennel Club Accredited Breeder, breeding working Labrador Retrievers. Between 2007 and 2010 Gail bred Labradradoodles, and was one of the first breeders in the U.K. to provide webcam facilities for families on her waiting list to enable them to witness the whelping and upbringing of their puppies. All of her 'Trentishoe' Labradoodle puppies left home at 8 weeks elminiating on cue, accepting a recall whistle and were crate trained. Gail still has contact with all 63 of her Labradoodle families! Between 2000 and 2005 Gail trained to work 3 of her Labradors as gundogs with KC 'A' panel judges/trainers and has judged many working tests as a Kennel Club Judge herself. Gail has trained two of her Labradoodles as DHK School Dogs, with Teazel being the current PR School Dog traveling around the country promoting the charity. Gail specialises in welfare education and assessing DHK Trainee School Dogs. She is Head of Primary Education for DHK and regularly presents educational talks. Gail also runs a dog training school, 'Canine Essentials' from Bampton, Devon, providing one-one dog training to the local community and beyond.


 


Michelle Dart (IMDT, FFTT)
Dog Training Assessor


Membership of Professional Dog Training Organisations

Michelle is a full member of the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers (I.M.D.T.)


Dog Training Qualifications and Courses Attended

Michelle regularly attends workshops and seminars throughout the country with world renowned dog trainers in order to ensure she keeps up to date with advances in positive training methods. She has a keen interest in trick training, studying with Nando Brown to become a qualified Force Free Trick Trainer (FFTT). She has also completed the Superdogs Training Course and thorough assessment to become one of the country's first Superdogs Instructors, enabling her to train helper dogs to assist people with physical and mental disabilities. Michelle has been on many courses in recent years including The IMDT 2 day 'Career as a Dog Trainer' course with Steve Mann, 4 Day Practical Instructor course, 1 day Canine Body Language seminar, 1 day Canine Aggression and Rehabiliation course and 1 day IMDT Impulse Control Seminar with Dave Brice. She has also undertaken the IMDT 5 day Puppy Instructors course with Nando Brown as well as the 1 day Happy Recallers and 1 day Loose Leaders courses. Michelle attended Victoria Stilwell's 2015 Bite Prevention Conference, a 2 day Human Aggression course with Jo-Rosie Haffenden and Sarah Whitehead's Inner Circle Conference 2016. In 2017 she is attending many courses and will learn from Chirag Patel, Jo-Rosie Haffenden, Nando Brown, Suzanne Clothier, Grisha Stewart and Sarah Fisher.


Dog Training Background

Michelle has always had an affinity with dogs but it wasn't until she was a teenager that she was able to share her life with one. Charlie, a Border Collie x German Shepherd was such a fun loving dog with lots of energy and endless enthusisam for every aspect of life. After university Michelle returned to North Devon and took on 2 Alaskan Malamutes, Dakota and Logan with the aim of training and competing in dryland mushing across the U.K. However Logan's calm nature and love of children made him far more suited to life as a School Dog than a working sled dog! It was during the DHK School Dog Training Programme that Michelle discovered her passion for dog training and she has since developed her skills, and in 2016 became North Devon's first Full Member of the IMDT. She runs her own dog training school 'Hoops and Hounds' specialising in teaching fun behaviours and inspiring dog owners to do more with their canine friends.


 

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