About Wendy Hill Dog Training
Wendy’s life-long interest in animal behaviour developed with a specialisation in behaviour during her Zoology degree at Liverpool University.
After a career in applied biology and then marketing and sales, Wendy turned her passion for training her own horses and then dogs into a full-time business and developed WH Dog Training. Specialist remedial behaviour work, competition and pet dog agility together with a unique range of pet dog classes keep the diary busy!
Wendy has trained with some of the UK and USA’s most experienced trainers and behaviour specialists including Sarah Whitehead, Ian Dunbar, Sue Sternberg, Ken Ramirez, Kathy Sdao, Nicole Wilde, Pia Silvani, Emily Larlham and Kim Moeller. Clicker Expo 2015 provided a further opportunity to keep up to date with research and progressive training techniques.
Previous personal experience of the effects of aversive techniques, which still abound in dog training circles, has forged her passion to understanding dogs, their physical and emotional needs and how they learn, and to use only ethical methods to achieve training goals. An ongoing commitment to continue expanding knowledge and experience means attending seminars and working online with leading canine specialists worldwide provides continuous CPD.
Whilst academic qualifications need to be balanced with extensive hands on training, providing clients with a benchmark to create trust in their trainer means that Wendy is examined and approved by the Association of Pet Dog Trainers who stand for force free, ethical training. She resigned from a behaviour organization a few years ago as they had refused to make a strong stance over training methods.
Wendy is also CRB checked and first aid and child protection trained.
Agility is a sporting passion and Wendy trains with World Championship Gold, Silver and Bronze medallist and top British competitor and coach Jo Tristram.
An understanding of canine behaviour and the importance of creating a minimum stress learning environment for dogs and their owners is central to all training whether advanced agility or puppy classes.