I have been fascinated with the behaviour of animals since I was a child and I remember watching programmes with Barbara Woodhouse or the Cruft's agility and obedience demonstrations in awe at how dog and owner worked together.
It was only in my early 20's that I managed to start working with dogs and beginning to understand just how complex the canine personality could be. I started helping out friends with their pets at first, gaining experience and knowledge while solving their problems and offering advice.
After working hard to obtain my ADTB Instructor accreditation I now give advice to dog owners who are seeking help with their pet's problems and issues whilst also working as a volunteer at my local Dogs Trust centre where I can learn more about dogs from different backgrounds, those with good and bad histories and what exercises can help to rehabilitate them.
My Beliefs On Helping Owners And Their Dogs
My beliefs for dealing with dog behaviour and training is that owners should be taught the principles of maintaining a 'Guardian' role with their dog, how to reinforce behaviour with positive actions and rewards.
I encourage owners to set rules and limits to what they will allow their dogs to do and how to behave, and then reinforce to them that for the sake of their dogs they must stick to those rules. I do not condone punishing the dog, only rewarding them when they abide by and listen to what their owner asks of them.
I also always discuss with the owners the importance of both physical and mental exercise for their dog and try to instigate a regime of long walks and dedicated playtime with various exercises and games to play that are both fun for the dog and their owner!
About The Academy Of Dog Training And Behaviour
Jenni Watson formed the ADTB in April 2001. Jenni had been involved in Competitive Obedience from the late 1970's. She had taken two of her own dogs, both rescues to the pinnacle of Championship competition and created two Obedience Champions.
Since 1981 when she was first requested to run a seminar she has travelled the country teaching others how to achieve the very best from their dog. She has instructed in many European countries and the USA. In all, she has held over 400 seminars and has provided a helping hand in the training of many of the top UK competition dogs.
Jenni believes that a dog behaviourist may not necessarily have the ability to be a good dog trainer, but that a good trainer must be able to read a dog and understand its behaviour in order to train it, therefore a coupling of knowledge between trainers and behaviourists will vastly improve the knowledge of all. She also believes that there are many excellent methods of training whether clicker, toy training, food training but only kind, fair and motivational methods should be used.
Since the birth of the ADTB Jenni has lectured at some 53 courses throughout the UK from as far afield as Huntley in Aberdeenshire to Southampton. Over 1,000 people have attended with candidates travelling from France, Spain, Ireland, Japan and the USA .
Today, the ADTB is proud to uphold over 100 ADTB Approved Instructors. The organisation is both recognised and respected by many canine related organizations
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Sushi And Darcy - Owned By Andy Eaves
"Sushi with her Jack Russell temperament has always been a bit of a handful, but at times she could become aggressive to strangers and even family friends and this was unacceptable.
Matthew helped me to recognise Sushi's body language and understand when she was being aggressive because she was scared or because she wanted some space to herself. He also taught me about the NILIF ground rules and this has helped to calm Sushi down.
Darcy was the complete opposite of Sushi, he has always been at times a shy and timd dog, but with Matthew's help we are slowly starting to buld up his confidence through a number of exercises that Matthew created for us."
Baxter - Owned By Matthew Shepherd
"Baxter was adopted by me after arriving at my local dog shelter in a very poor state. He had been abused and beaten to such a degree that he would flinch and yelp whenever someone went to stroke him.
I found that even though Baxter was in a loving home he was still very nervous when people arrived at my house or when we were out on walks, including being aggressive towards other dogs.
Matthew provided me with advice and exercises that would help give Baxter greater confidence in the house by turning people visiting into a fun and positive experience and using other techniques while outside to change Baxter's frame of mind into seeing other dogs as a positive thing for him.
Baxter is now a more confident and friendly dog and I have seen a lot of changes in him, we are now at a level where I feel happy enough that I am taking him to training classes and he is coming on in leaps and bounds."