Meet the Team
Emma Judson - Head Training & Behaviour Consultant
Emma has a wealth of knowledge around all aspects of dog behaviour and training, with experience spanning nearly 20 years.
Emma is a member of the Pet Professional Guild and the Professional Assocation of Canine Trainers, an ABTC member organisation. She currently holds the PACT-KSA 1 - 1 accreditation.
Canine speciality: Hounds - sighthounds and scenthounds.
Behavioural speciality: Separation anxiety, resource guarding.
Stephanie Chamings - Associate Behaviour & Training Consultant
Steph has worked and trained a variety of dogs over the last 10 years and is particularly passionate about offering dogs choice and empowerment in order to get the best results for you and your dog.
Steph is a full member of the PPG and is currently studying towards her Diploma with the ISCP
Canine speciality: 'Steph loves all dogs, great and small and has a particular soft spot for big lazy lads'
Behavioural speciality: Teaching dogs to be genuinely calm and relaxed, resolving misunderstandings and miscommunications in the dog - human relationship.
Ned Cotton - Associate Behaviour & Training Consultant
Ned has a wealth of experience with dogs, particularly rescue dogs, having worked for Worcestershire Animal Rescue Shelter for a number of years, dealing with all aspects of intake, rehab and rehoming.
Ned is a full member of the PPG and is currently studying towards his Diploma with the ISCP - he has previously studied with COAPE.
Canine Speciality: Ned loves all dogs, currently shares his life with two collies but has a particular soft spot for Staffies and Trailhounds.
Behavioural speciality: Working with shy, nervous and fearful dogs, helping them learn to trust humans and feel safe.
Methods & Ethos
One of the most important questions you should ask any trainer or behaviour consultant is 'what methods do you use to achieve results?'.
Here at Canine Consultant, we make no secret of our methods, we have nothing to hide regarding what we do and how we do it.
We use primarily positive reinforcement - the dog does the thing we like or want, the dog is reinforced for that with something he likes or wants.
We strive to be 'force free' in our training - that means we will not be using fear, co-ercion, pain, intimidation or devices like prong or shock or choke collars, to force the dog to comply with our wishes.
That does not mean that we simply ignore dangerous or unwanted behaviour! Instead we aim to put in place sensible management strategies to keep everyone safe, prevent unwanted or dangerous behaviour occurring, which prevents that behaviour from getting worse and allows you the space to deal with the priority issues.
Our aim is that you enjoy sharing your life with your dog, that training and even modifying unwanted behaviour is easy and is fun, for everyone.
This means training and behaviour modification must fit into the time you have during your normal life, which for most of us is 5 minutes here, 10 minutes there rather than hours on end!
It also means the techniques must be reasonably appropriate for all members of the family, from your 8 year old son to your 80 year old Grandma to use!
So, what exactly do we do?
Positive reinforcement using food or toys.
Teaching alternative behaviours to replace unwanted behaviours.
Step by step training plans.
Stress reduction (for both dogs and people).
Explaining canine body language so that you can read your dog correctly.
Teaching the correct use of equipment such as harnesses, headcollars, leads and also the wide range of puzzle toys and interactive games now available.
And much, much more!