Peter Whittem Cert TPTD, Canine First Aid Trained, DBS Checked with £5m Public Liability Insurance.
Max is my 4 year old working Springer Spaniel who changed my life forever when he came to live with me at just 8 weeks old.
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 could with him. I started to go to various different workshops with him at WaggaWuffins Canine College where we learnt about improving our connection when he is off lead and finding fun things to do when we are out and about together. Spending time at these workshops and other training sessions made me realise how passionate I was about dogs and I began planning a career working with dogs.
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 to coach and support their handlers so that they can teach their dogs the life skills they will need to live happy, sociable safe lives. I learnt that I had many transferrable skills from my previous career and enjoyed coaching people to achieve their goals with their dogs. I’m really passionate about doing things differently and focus on teaching life skills to dogs so that they fit into our busy 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. This was a fantastic opportunity to put everything I'd learnt to the test and has given me so much more experience with canine communication, multi dog household dynamics and puppy training.
Since completing the Instructor Training Programme at WaggaWuffins in 2018 I have been assisting in puppy and progressive classes which has given me huge amounts of experience with different breeds and temperaments and has given me the skills to support you and your puppy with whatever challenge you may be experiencing. In 2020 I started teaching puppy & progressive classes at WaggaWuffins as a Smart Pup Instructor.
I have continued my development and am currently studying a Diploma in Canine Health & Nutrition and have completed Dr Isla Fishburns course on Canine Functional Characters.
I have also completed the Bronze & Silver Kennel Club Good Citizen Awards with Max and am working through the scheme with Seven.