Peter Whittem Cert TPTD, Canine First Aid Trained, DBS Checked and Fully Insured.
Max is my 3 year old working Springer Spaniel who changed my life forever when he came to live with me at just 8 weeks old.
To say he is a bundle of energy is an understatement, but after lots of work (and play) together we have developed a fantastic relationship.
Max taught me about how much work it takes being a dog owner and that the more you put into your relationship with your dog, the more you get back. I found that I quickly became completely dog obsessed and loved doing as much as I can with him. I started to go to monthly gun dog training with him at WaggaWuffins Canine College where we learn about improving our connection when he is off lead and finding fun things to do when we are out and about together. We also started doing scent work at WaggaWuffins where Max and I work as a team to find hidden items, Max uses his nose and I help him out by making sure he has sniffed every nook and cranny, its loads of fun and great team building for us both.
I quickly realised that I wanted to spend as much time as possible with Max and other dogs, which is when I began planning a career working with dogs and in 2017 I made the leap, selling my half of my marketing business to start a dog walking business. I was passionate about doing things a bit differently than other dog walkers so I limited the number of dogs on group walks to four and started to research how I could improve my knowledge and understanding of dogs.
In 2018 I completed the Instructor Training Programme at WaggaWuffins Canine College, training with Jane Ardern (Kennel Club Trainer of the Year 2015). This course gave me the skills to not only train dogs but also their handlers so that they can teach their dogs the life skills they will need to live happy, sociable safe lives. I’m really passionate about doing things differently and focus on teaching life skills to dogs so that they fit into our 21st Century lives, teaching them to settle in the pub or leave distractions in the park are so much more useful than heel work or about turns!
At the end of 2018 Seven, a Working Cocker Spaniel joined Max and I and we became a multi dog household, its my opportunity to put everything I've learned to the test!