Having owned hamsters, rabbits, guinea pigs and horses whilst growing up, my one big dream was to have my very own dog. Each year when my parents asked what I would like for Christmas (not that I condone pets for Xmas) I replied with the same answer... a dog please! Sadly I was told until I could afford my own home that was not happening. So horses became my passion and I continued to successfully compete in Dressage for many years.
Life took over as it does, and following University I went travelling around the world for a year. And then continued my education by working in fashion design, specialising in Bridal wear. After an 18 year career in the wedding industry, I reached a point in my life (as many people do) where I needed to ask myself some serious questions. Was I living my life the way I have always dreamed, and did I feel fulfilled? And as anticipated, the answer was No.
Not being a person to wait for my awakening I took it upon myself to take a leap of faith leaving the big smoke of London, and return to my roots in Derbyshire.
Shortly after I became a mum to a beautiful, mischievous and challenging Alaskan Malamute puppy called Miska. Having helped to raise my parents Akita over the years I felt confident I had a good knowledge about dogs... little did I know! So whilst lots of googling and lots of reading helped me gain a greater understanding of our canine companions. As any good parent does, I became extremely interested in learning how to offer my fur baby the best start and education to allow her to be a loving, fun, well behaved little lady.
4 years down the line, I have a confident dog who I adore and spend most of my time with, she is proving to be smart, loving, entertaining, a great running partner and whole heartedly is my best friend. We spend hours walking in the beautiful Derbyshire countryside, and my weekends are based around which new hillside we can explore next. From this I then decided to become a dog walker and absolutely love meeting new fur friends to have great adventures with. Miska joins me for some walks but can be rather intimidating so I choose her play mates carefully.
My invested interest in training Miska led me to the IMDT (Institute of Modern Dog Trainers) and the idea of retraining to become a Dog Trainer was a natural progression. And this is where my new journey begins...
IMDT Dog Training Education
Having completed both the 2 day Career as a dog Trainer and 4 day Practical Instructors course with the IMDT, I am now a fully qualified IMDT trainer and registered on their database.
The IMDT is the leading education provider for Dog Trainers and Behaviourists and is a registered learning centre for The Open College Network. And is the only education provider to offer the externally accredited OCN 'Principles of Dog Training and Behaviour' Dog Training Qualification.
Since completing several other courses covering Canine Aggression and Rehabilitation, Canine Body Language and a few more, and I will endeavour to continue my education.
I look forward to helping you train your canine companion!
Love Amanda X
I am fully Insured, DBS checked and a qualified in Canine First Aid.