Helen has worked as an independent trainer and behaviourist for 23 years helping many people develop their relationships and bonds. She is very active within the dog world and proactively supports other local trainers.
*ABTC registered Animal Training Instructor
*Kennel Club Accredited Instructor for companion dogs and assistance dogs
*KCAI board member since 2015
*Kennel Club Good Citizen dog scheme Gold level examiner
* A full member of Association of Pet dog Trainers
*UK dog behaviour and training charter group
*FdSc in Rehabilitation and therapy
Helen believes that physical rehabilitation is an important process in having a healthy dog. If she can help animals achieve both physical and emotional balance then many more people would live in harmony with their pets!
Helen spent 6 years as an instructor at dogs for good, helping people with disabilities working closely with a dog provided by the charity to help them gain more independence. She now provides dogs for private clients to help do the same job.
Helen also believes that keeping up her own skills is really important in being a good instructor. She owns 4 pet dogs, 2 horses and 2 goats, she competes regularly in various disciplines and has bred two litters of Labrador’s.
Leo her eldest is Grade 2 in agility, he has also starred in the Wizard of Oz at Hull New Theatre and helps the NHS with children and phobias.
Sky is a beating and picking up dog on shoots, she has competed in Scurry's and she has her Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme Silver Award.
Jack is Helen’s youngest Labrador, he is Sky’s son and is a peg dog during the shoot season. He is currently at Kennel Club Good Citizen Bronze level.
Riley is a rescue with very little confidence, he has dabbled in agility but his main interests are going on walks and enjoying the company of other dogs.
KCAI CD, AD, CAP 2, IABTC C&T 3, APDT
Helen Harper MAPDT 01446
DOG Training Instructor
I have owned and worked with dog’s for more than 17 years. I began training at a young age as I used to show my dogs. I have worked with and owned Samoyed’s during these 17 years.
My dogs are very much pampered pooches, but I also enjoy working with them and teaching them new tricks to keep their minds stimulated. I have worked with various other animals from domestic degu’s and horses to exotic primates’ lions and raccoons.
I graduated my BSc (Hons) in Applied Animal Behaviour and Training in 2017, since then I have volunteered at wildlife centres both in the UK and Zimbabwe. Including to help devise a training plan for three deaf and partially blind Dalmatians that had no manners.
I have a Level 3 in Animal Management and I am currently undertaking a masters degree.
I also have experience in dog grooming and hydrotherapy. I decided to become a trainer as I believe in teaching people and their dogs the skills they need to create harmonious living, it forms a bond that will last a life time, and to me it is something worth dedicating our time to.
I believe that the love between owners and their pets is unconditional and is great for everyone’s mental health.
I enjoy expanding my skill set through courses, workshops and experiences, along with reading research papers. I have achieved bronze level in the good citizen scheme with my eldest female, have three levels of the CMT workshop with my Staffy cross.
DOG TRAINING INSTRUCTOR
We’d like to introduce you all to one of our newest members Mike, he’s got a background in dog training & handling In the military and civilian life and is also a fully qualified dog groomer with 12 years experience in the animal sector.