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Nurturing the bond between you and your canine companion through force free, positive training methods.

Michelle - Head Trainer

Michelle set up Hoops & Hounds in 2015. She has volunteered with the charity Dogs Helping Kids since 2013 training her Alaskan Malamute, Logan, to become a Certified School Dog. It was during this programme that she discovered her love of dog training and has since been on courses around the UK to further her knowledge of positive, force free training. Her biggest passion lies in teaching tricks and helper dog behaviours and she has achieved several trick titles with her dogs, including Advanced Trick Dog with Do More With Your Dog (Kyra Sundance) and Trick Dog Ninja with In The Doghouse (Nando Brown). 

 

She initially trained with Tracey Berridge, the founder of Dogs Helping Kids and Puppy Gurus and worked with her as an assitant trainer throughout 2015. Over the course of 2016 she undertook many courses with the IMDT (Institue of Modern Dog Trainers) as their ethical beliefs align strongly with her own. She has learned from Nando Brown, Steve Mann, Jo-Rosie Haffenden and many other world class dog trainers, who have really helped to guide her on the path of becoming a fantastic dog trainer. Next year she is already booked onto many more fantastic courses with well renowned positive dog trainers. She strongly believes that you should never stop learning and striving to improve how we train our dogs. There will always be more to understand and vital skills to develop!

Qualifications

  • Full Member of the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers (IMDT) since July 2016

  • Fully Qualified Force Free Trick Training Instructor (FFTT) since August 2016

  • Fully Qualified #Superdogs Instructor since September 2016

  • Assessor for Dogs Helping Kids (DHK) since December 2016

  • Fully Qualified Dog Yoga Instructor since April 2017

  • Fully Qualified PPG Pet Dog Ambassador Instructor & Assessor since April 2017

  • DHK Approved Trainer since January 2018

  • WSDA Instructor since May 2018

  • Full Member of the Association or Pet Dog Trainers UK (APDT) since April 2019

Courses

2019

  • February 2019 - 4 Day WOOF! - European Behaviour and Training Conference

2018

  • October 2018 - Real Dog Yoga Instructors course  with Jo -Rosie Haffenden (repeated as loved it the first time!)

  • October 2018 - Dog-Dog aggression with Jo-Rosie Haffenden

  • October 2018 - Separation Anxiety with Jo-Rosie Haffenden

  • October 2018 - Resource Guarding with Jo-Rosie Haffenden

  • October 2018 - Predation and Drive with Nando Brown

  • October 2018 - WSDA Scent Squad training day with Nando Brown

  • June 2018 - Trainer of the year competition at Battersea London with The School of Canine Science

  • June 2018- Living and Learning with Animals with Susan Friedman

  • May 2018 - WSDA Instructors course and assessment

  • May 2018 - WSDA Science of Scent with Nando Brown

  • May 2018- Film and TV workshop with Corrine Wrend and Bryony Cole

  • May 2018 - Canine First Aid

  • April 2018 - Advanced Instructors Course with Chirag Patel

  • February 2018 - Platform Training with Kay Attwood

  • February 2018 - Controlling Crazy Canines with Jane Ardern

2017

  • November 2017 - 1 Day DHK Conference

  • October 2017 - 4 day WSDA Manhunt Practical with Nando Brown

  • September 2017 - 3 Day BAT 2.0 - Behaviour Adjustment Training with Grisha Stewart

  • September 2017 - 2 Day Cognitive Skills Workshop with Kay Attwood

  • July 2017 - 4 day Relationship Centred Training - Suzanne Clothier

  • July 2017 - 5 Day The Unadoptables Course - The School of Canine Science

  • June 2017 - Dog to Dog Aggression Evening Case Study with Jo-Rosie Haffenden

  • June 2017 - 1/2 day Out Clinic with Nando Brown

  • June 2017 - 1 day Injecting Fun Course with Nando Brown

  • May 2017 - 2 day The Science of Multi Dog Households with Jo-Rosie Haffenden

  • May 2017 - 2 day Clicker Special: Miniature Horses with Jo-Rosie Haffenden & Nando Brown

  • May 2017 - 2 day WSDA Manhunt Introduction with Nando Brown

  • April 2017 - 4 day Real Dog Yoga Instructors Course with Jo-Rosie Haffenden

  • February 2017 - 3 Day WOOF! - European Behaviour and Training Conference

2016

  • December 2016 - 1 Day Impulse Control Course IMDT

  • September 2016 - 2 Day The Science of Dog-Human Aggression - The School of Canine Science

  • September 2016 - 5 Day #Superdogs Instructors Course and Assessment - The School of Canine Science

  • August 2016 - 5 Day Force Free Trick Training Instructors Course and Assessment FFTT

  • May 2016 - 5 Day Puppy Instructors Course IMDT

  • May 2016 - 1 Day Loose Leaders Workshop IMDT

  • May 2016 - 1 Day Happy Recallers Workshop IMDT

  • March 2016 - 4 Day Practical Instructor Course IMDT

  • January 2016 - 1 Day Canine Agression and Rehabilitation IMDT

  • January 2016 - 1 Day Canine Body Language IMDT

2015

  • October 2015 - 2 Day Career as a Dog Trainer course - IMDT

  • August 2015 - 1 Day Happy Tricks Workshop led by Nando Brown IMDT

  • June 2015 - Victoria Stilwell's National Bite Prevention Conference

Other Achievements

  • 2016 - Logan Certified as DHK Visiting School Dog

  • 2016 - Completed Rookie and Trick Dog Ninja Titles with Logan (Alaskan Malamute)

  • 2015 onwards - Secretary of DHK's Fundraising Committee

  • 2015 - Completed Uber Dude Trick Dog Title with Logan (Alaskan Malamute)

  • 2014 - Completed Trick Dog Titles with Logan (Alaskan Malamute) - Novice, Intermediate & Advanced

  • 2013 onwards - Volunteer with Dogs Helping Kids, training Logan to become a fully Certified School Dog

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