We are all avid dog lovers with a huge collective experience and a wealth of knowledge with a variety of breeds, dog sports and everything canine!

Lucy (BSc, ADBT, MISAP, IACE, PPG) Founder and Owner of Pawsitive Pooches

I have 12 years experience working with dogs, from competing with our own dogs in various dog sports, fostering rescue dogs, walking rescue dogs and as a professional dog walker (7 years self employed).

I am a full member of the PPG (Pet Professional Guild- an organisation for force-free training) the 'National Register of Dog Trainers and Behaviourists', the 'Institute for Animal Care Education' and the 'International Society for Animal Professionals' and I have current qualifications with the ADTB, up to Gold level as well as reading in excess of 100's of books in relation to dog training, behaviour, psychology and physiology.

My current degree is for psychology and criminology and i am completeing an Advanced Diploma in Applied Animal Behaviour (Canine).

I offer 1-1 behavioural consultations for basic training and behavioural issues, mostly 'reactive' dogs as well as workshops and group classes for puppy's and adult dogs on a weekly basis, which I have been running for the last 3 years. To date I have trained numerous dogs myself and 1000's of dogs and their handlers for a variety of issues. I also have 6 years experience of working on behalf of a high profile animal welfare charity, so I have extremely good knowledge of the Animal Welfare Act.

Some of the short courses I have completed:

  • Grisha Stewart's 'Barking Mad Course: BAT and other Techniques for Frustration'
  • Dog Emotion and Cognition
  • Animal Behaviour and Welfare
  • Animal behaviour
  • Craig Ogilvie's interactive play workshop
  • Seminar by Nancy tucker on the treatment of fearful behaviour

These experiences and extensive research and involvement with all things animal, throughout the last 10 years have given me extensive knowledge about pet care, particularly dog training and behaviour. This knowledge is modern and I am always educating myself on the most recent training methods, animal care and handling.

Les - Co-Owner

Les provides the dog walking side of the service and assists in classes and daycare. He has a few years experience of handling dogs and has been helping run the dog walking side for the last 4 years. He has a genuine love of dogs and is expanding his knowledge of dog behaviour and training.

Les used to be a manager for the Legal Aid Department and an Animal Welfare Organisation but joined in on the business full time in February 2016 and hasn't looked back since.

Lucy and Les's Dogs:

All our dogs do some form of dog sport, rally obedience, scentwork, tracking, agility, working trials, mantrailing, gundog and obedience.

SUZY

Suzy is a 12 year old Staffordshire Bull Terrier from Barnsley Animal Rescue. She is a fantastic worker who LOVES agility, she is currently grade 1 at agility. Suzy is still extremley active for her age and eager to learn. suz ..........................................................................................................................

BRIAN

Brian is a 7 year old Staffordshire Bull Terrier we've had him since he was 7 week old. He's is a favourite with everyone due to his loveable character. He is easily excited and loves people.

After a few bad experiences with other dogs jumping on Brians back to 'hump' him and excessively sniffing him he has become reactive to dogs approaching him whilst he is on lead. He does not bark and lunge at other dogs but if they come up to his face he snaps at them to go away. Off lead Brian is fine and I have taught him to come back to me and sit inbetween my ankles so I can move the other dog away from him.

Brian is very chilled in the house and likes a bit of a playfight with Rosa as well as picking up and destroying anything he finds out on a walk, but never in the house! bri ..........................................................................................................................

ROSA

Rosa is a 5 year old Malinois we've had since she was 8 weeks old from a very carefully selected, ethical breeder. We were very lucky to have found our breeder and be allowed to have one of her puppy's. Malinois are not a breed for everyone; they are high energy, high drive, protective and extremely intelligent. We did lots of research before deciding a Malinois was for us.

She is an amazing dog, ridiculously intelligent and will work all day, she has no problems assisting with 3 hours worth of classes.

Rosa will do anything and everything. I have trained her in obedience, agility, gundog training and working trials. She loves all of it and learning what ever she can to earn that reward, FOOD! She is not fazed by anything in any environment, even Crufts where she did discover dogs with Walter. rosa ..........................................................................................................................

WALTER

Walter is also a Belgain Malinois and is 2 years old. He is has great promise for agility and working trials training. He is a little more energetic than Rosa, is cheeky and occasionally naughty! He loves playing fetch and tug. walt ..........................................................................................................................

ALBERT

Albert is the latest member of the team, he is a 9 month old border collie and is currently working on his socialisation and all the skills he will need for agility and obedience. He is a very sweet loving boy and loves meeting new dogs and people. His main goal in life seems to be to run as many miles as possible! bert